Our Visit To Thorpe Park
Thorpe Park was one of the main things T and N wanted to do from their Summer Holidays Activities List. To be honest I think this park is better for older kids or teens because of the size of the rides but they really enjoyed it last year even with the height restrictions and were desperate to return.
N wasn't tall enough for some rides and E wasn't able to go on anything (luckily she's happy just running around in the sunshine) so I would definitely consider this before visiting.
They started with the Detonator because N wasn't quite tall enough to go on it last year so it was her mission to get on it this time.
If there's a specific ride that you really want to go on, it's a good idea to head there as soon as the park opens because that's when the queues are at their lowest.
The Detonator is a ride that goes up really high and then just drops, leaving your stomach at the top!
The next ride they went on was X which is a roller coaster in the dark. This was another ride that N didn't go on last year.
Before we went we bought E a little Minnie Mouse backpack which had a lead type thing attached so she couldn't run off in the crowds. She took to it surprisingly well and looked so cute too!
Throughout the day we found that the queues weren't too long, most rides we went on were only about a 20 minute wait. The exception to this was the Saw ride which was 60 minutes so, seeing as they went on this last year, they decided to skip it this time.
They went on a giant boat flume, this is an impressive structure but the ride isn't as scary as it looks.
Everywhere you turn at Thorpe Park there are huge rides and roller coasters, just watching them sometimes takes your breath away (well, for me anyway)!
We went on the log ride and got far wetter than I remembered from last time.
N's favourite ride was Quantum because there was no queueing at all, she got straight on as the next ride was about to start and then ran back round a few times to have another go.
We tried to win a teddy by scoring some goals, even E had a kick. Unfortunately we didn't win this time (this was when I breathed a sigh of relief as we have enough teddies at home already)!
T and N had a battle in Angry Birds land. T won 2 - 1.
My personal favourites are always the water rides and Tidal Wave is the ultimate water ride - there was literally no part of us that was dry! Luckily we came prepared with a spare set of clothes and a towel because we learnt our lesson from last year.
The last ride of the day for us was Swarm where hubby and T had an exhilarating experience. The whole area surrounding this ride is eerie and has a dramatic atmosphere with real flames and disaster news reports playing in the background. It all fits the ride perfectly.
The best part of the Swarm is that the riders are recorded as they go round, so we were able to purchase a DVD of hubby and T's ride to watch their reactions over and over again at home. It cost £20 for the DVD and a photo but for us it was worth every penny because it was just so funny to watch!
We had a great day at Thorpe Park and look forward to visiting again.