All eyes were once again on Thorpe Park for their February Half Term Thrill Chill, to see if they could improve on the mediocre events held the previous two years. Only a handful of rides opened with the park at 10:00, Rush and Colossus remained closed all day despite being advertised as part of the limited ride line up. Large queues built up at the rides which were open, but soon quietened down in a few hours. Nemesis Inferno was running well, the ride has been cleaned up over the winter and features refurbished wheel covers which look great. New lockers will be installed shortly.

There were a few ride shutdowns throughout the day, but an improvement on previous years. Colossus began testing in the afternoon when it warmed up, the ride opened but then shut down again due to a technical fault. New track bolts have been installed around the layout. The ride may be painted next year. When the area opened up it gave guests a closer view of Saw – The Ride, which is looking very impressive. Many enthusiasts were in awe at the ride testing. Stealth is not included in this year’s Thrill Chill line up, as it’s having major work carried out on it.

It looks like 2008 was the last year for Miss Hippo’s Fungle Safari as no winter maintenance has been carried out on it. Pictured below is Samurai and Slammer under maintenance. X:\ No Way Out has had its entrance refurbished, and queue line painted with other various upgrades.

Tidal Wave is also receiving some much needed paint, it has been rumoured that the Original Source sponsorship will be removed shortly. The park in general looks a lot better than this time last year, with a lot of painting and refurbishment that will continue for the next month or so.