The Big 5 At Thorpe Park For The Apprehensive Rider

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If you love roller-coasters you will love the big 5 at Thorpe Park. I know my limits when it comes to theme parks. I can barely push my 4 year old on a roundabout in the park without feeling sick, so any ride that goes in circles or swings is not my kind of fun. I do, however, love roller coasters. In my younger days, I rode the Black Hole, Nemesis and Oblivion. Then I spent my thirties having children. That kind of rules you out of massive thrill rides. So for a daytime date with my husband this May, I headed to Thorpe Park to prove that I was still young at heart if not in age.

I won’t lie. We drew up into the car park and I wondered what the hell I had been thinking. I had the fear. One of the security guards on the way in suggested I may be better off at Chessington! However, once I told him I had done Nemesis Inferno before he said I would be fine with all of them. He was right.

So if you are slightly apprehensive of the big 5 I thought I would share with you what they are like, so it may be less scary for you. It is worth noting that we went on a quiet Monday when queue times were 5-10 minutes. This meant you practically walked on the rides and some of the extra anticipation that is caused in the queue wasn’t there. Which to be honest for someone that is scared is probably a good thing!

Saw : This well themed ride was my least favourite of the 5. I would describe this horror film themed roller-coaster as an “old style roller coaster” with drops that make your stomach wrench. It starts off in the dark, which I hadn’t been expecting and the vertical chug up and fear of the impending drop really gets your adrenaline pumping.

Nemisis Inferno: I have ridden this a number of times and it actually felt the most tame. That may be because I knew what to expect. Don’t panic about going upside down, it isn’t bad. The ride is smooth, but I did come off feeling a little dizzy.

Stealth: I have looked at this as I have driven up the M3 and wondered what kind of lunatics go on this ride. The security guard on the way in assured me the worst thing about this ride is going from 0-80mph in less than 2 seconds. I spent a long time studying it. From a distance the drop looks horrendous. Up close you can see that the track is curved in a way that makes it a smoother ride. I was terrified about going on this ride. Thankfully some lovely people in the queue calmed me down. One man advised that he liked it as it didn’t make your stomach churn and that I would be fine. I strapped myself in and waited for the 4 red lights to appear. It was fantastic. I may have sworn as we sped away, but the sped means no one can hear!. It is the speed of this ride that is exhilarating. It is over in seconds. This is now my favourite roller coaster. This video shows it twice, just so you catch it.

Colossus: I have been wanting to go on this one of the big 5 for years. Colossus is a 10 inversion roller-coaster. It did not disappoint. It isn’t too dissimilar to Nemisis. Just longer, more turns, some tighter turns and you really need to brace yourself.

Swarm: Swarm is a wing coaster with 5 inversions. It is themes to look like a disaster area with upturned cars and crashed planes. We rode this forward. Apparently there is a row of seats at the back that go backwards. This winged coasted was well themed and a smooth ride. I particularly liked how close it felt you were getting to the set. I will have to go again and try it backwards.

So if you are apprehensive, which should you do? Well I can tell you that if you have done a big roller coaster before, then you can do all of them. It all depends on what scares you. Personally, I don’t like the stomach churning drops that much. That is why Saw was my least favourite of the 5. Nemesis Inferno is probably the tamest of the 5 in my opinion. The security guard was right, that if you can do that then, you can do all of them. So take a deep breath and enjoy. And make sure you try Stealth. It looks much worse than it is. But look how happy I was that I had done it!


Have you been to Thorpe Park? Which is your favourite of the big 5? What other coasters do you recommend?





49 Replies to “The Big 5 At Thorpe Park For The Apprehensive Rider”

  1. Oh my that looks so big. Well done you for that big smile at the end, was that really fun or a nervous fear laugh? I find the one here at Crealy which is much smaller a real dare. Hats off to you on that one! #MagicMoments
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    1. I didn’t take a before photo – that would have been pure fear! This is my that was fantastic, I can’t believe I did it face!

  2. Stealth looks and sounds very much like a ride I went on at 6 flags in the USA. The speed is such a shock first time! Popping over from #magicmoments

    1. Yes it is the speed that is worse than the height. But from the ground it’s the height you worry about!

  3. Tracey Peach says: Reply

    You look like you had a fab time 🙂

  4. Jo Hutchinson says: Reply

    An excellent day by the look of it.

  5. julie kenny says: Reply

    great photos – looks like you had a fab time x

  6. Looks like you had a fabulous time. I’ve not been there since the 80’s, now I’m showing my age!

    1. It’s changed a bit since then. No spacestation zero! Yep showing my age too!

  7. OOh! Thanks for sharing this Louise – I drive past Thorpe Park every single bleedin’ day and I’ve never really thought too hard about the nature of the rollercoasters or whether or not I’d want to do them but all of a sudden you have inspired me, and now I have my Merlin pass I’ve made a plan to go and try this lot out myself in July! I figure if I can jump out of an aeroplane at 14,000 feet and face the fear of that then this should be a walk in the park right? (Having said that I have never liked the idea of bungee jumping!). #thetruthabout
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    1. Oh you are like me. Jumped out of a plane but bungee seems wrong! You will love Stealth! I believe the beach bit is good in the summer, and the angry birds 4D is good x

  8. That’s a good round-up of all the Big 5 – I think the smoothness of the rides helps a lot. I haven’t been on a proper rollercoaster in a long time and the last time I went on one, I didn’t like it as much as I used to. I suspect I won’t be giving these a try but they’re interesting to watch! 🙂

    1. Smoothness has certainly improved – that is why I liked Stealth. Saw is your old style jerky, stomach through head roller coaster x

  9. Fantastic post, thank you for sharing! I remember my husband and I escaped to Thorpe Park just the two of us when my son was small and we were quite horrified as rollercoaster fans to discover that it was all too much for us, we had to stop mid-afternoon and have a rest and a sit down in the cafe! I do remember Saw in particular being quite terrifying, but I think that Stealth, Colossus and Swarm are new since our visit. I do want to try out Swarm, I’m hoping that now we have Merlin passes again this year we can manage another day there without the children, perhaps we’ll be a little less sleep deprived this time and it will be more enjoyable!
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    1. The beach opens soon which would be good for your children. Our boys loved angry birds 4D. You can get some kind of card from guest services so you can ride swap – but it isn’t the same riding without someone esp for the first time!

  10. Denfor Hopkins says: Reply

    Looks daunting

  11. Ruth Harwood says: Reply

    Yet to visit Thorpe Park, and we’re not really keen on fairgrounds, especially after the accident last year!

  12. I love Thorpe Park, cant wait for my girls to be old enough to be able to visit!

  13. claire woods says: Reply

    I hate roller coasters but my son would go on anything.

  14. Jackie Kelly says: Reply

    I’ve never been to Thorpe Park but love rolercoasters and all sorts of rides….added to my list!

  15. Susie Wilkinson says: Reply

    I have to confess, I hate most roller coasters and rides, my partner and his kids get such an adrenalin kick out of them, but I panic before I go on, and do not get any enjoyment out of them at all, I’m just relieved when they’re over!

  16. Kirsteen Mackay says: Reply

    Wow! These look quite terrifying. I’m sure that kids will love it though.

  17. Heidi Craske says: Reply

    I love Thorpe Park! My twins have finally reached the height to go on the big rides!

  18. I haven’t been to Thorpe Park for years – looks like you had great fun.

  19. I havent got much courage at theme parks but enjoy my children having a great time

  20. kim neville says: Reply

    Love the Saw ride. Would like to go on the new Derren Brown ghost train ride next

  21. jo liddement says: Reply

    Thorpe Park is great.My son’s loved it and makes a great day out.

  22. Sheri Darby says: Reply

    My kids adore Thorpe park – but I’m no good on the high rides

  23. I have never been to Thorpe Park but would love to try it

  24. I went with my friend one year and always told her I couldn’t go on the BIG rides because I had small children with me but she insisted I go on whilst she looked after them down below!

  25. Roger Bufton says: Reply

    A good day out, lots of fun.

  26. Chantiece Bates says: Reply

    I am terrified of rides and so is my boyfriend! Went on a ride with my niece at at a fair that was aimed at teenagers and ended up crying – how awkward!

  27. Never been there but looks fab!

  28. Adrian Bold says: Reply

    An excellent day by the looks of these pics. That Stealth looks insane!

  29. Natalie Gillham says: Reply

    I went to Thorpe park over 10 years ago, looks like it’s got better since so maybe it’s time for a second visit. Thanks for the review, glad you had a good time x

  30. Allan Fullarton says: Reply

    Looks like an excellent day – great!

  31. Rebecca Smith says: Reply

    This is one theme park I would love to visit

  32. Victoria Middleton says: Reply

    Wow that looks amazing, shame I’m a real scaredy cat

  33. Your face says it all, the look exhilaration (and relief!) makes me want to go and try them myself! Looks like you had a fab day!

  34. Rachel Craig says: Reply

    I have never visited Thorpe park. Big rides are not really my thing, though I do like theme parks etc. Blackpool Pleasure Beach I have visited on a few occasions, though many years ago. I have visited some parks abroad such as Fantasialand (Germany), Efteling (Holland), liked them both. Variety can be a good thing, as can make Day out more enjoyable :- Especially for a family group etc.

  35. Great pics & fab day 🙂

  36. Would love to go there, looks fun 🙂

  37. claire davey says: Reply

    looks like you had a fab day out xx

  38. Maria Jane Knight says: Reply

    Fab fun! Lovely to hear a positive review of a theme park!

  39. Caroline Buckley says: Reply

    I’ve never been but it looks so much fun!

  40. Pam Francis Gregory says: Reply

    Never been to Thorpe Park & not been on a rollercoaster for years – Would love to try again!

  41. Karl Borowy says: Reply

    never heard of this Park–sounds exciting

  42. I am actually going to Thorpe Park for the first time next month!! Looks a great day out and Stealth has my name on it!

  43. Jo McPherson says: Reply

    We are going in a couple of weeks – I have still not plucked up courage to go on the rides though

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