Thorpe Park Resort is preparing to break ground on its biggest new ride investment to date. Over the last few weeks many SouthParks community members have spotted various signs of a new development, including large amounts of tree clearance work around the remains of the Miss Hippo’s Fungle Safari ride. This preparation work is now accelerating with the removal of the seating in The Arena.

SouthParks have discovered some small details regarding this upcoming project. Set to open in 2016, the ride will be a heavily themed, Intellectual Property based “rollercoaster style” attraction. It is also believed by those familiar with the situation that the budget for the attraction will far exceed that spent on previous attractions in the UK.

Following lukewarm public reception to The Swarm, Thorpe Park Resort – along with its parent company, Merlin Entertainments –  have started to shift the park’s target market away from purely thrillseekers and towards families with older children. With this in mind, the existing development plan, which called for a Rollercoaster similar in scale to The Swarm, has been revised. It is expected that this new ride will not feature such a heavy reliance on the ride hardware but instead focus on theming and storytelling for impact.

The size of this development is unprecedented and will result in the closure and redevelopment of the entire ‘Ranger County’ area of the park comprising of Chief Rangers Carousel, Mr Monkeys Banana Ride, Calypso/Backlot BBQ, The Arena, Studio 13 and the Nemesis Inferno shop. It is unknown at this point if any of the existing operating attractions in this area will be relocated elsewhere in the park.

Following the success of SAW – The Ride in 2009, Merlin Entertainments have been working closely with a wide variety of Intellectual Property holders, including BBC Worldwide, 21st Century Fox, Dreamworks, Marvel, and Lionsgate, resulting in an impressive portfolio of attraction themes to chose from. It is likely we will learn of the theme chosen for this attraction sometime next year when the resort begins teaser advertising. Thorpe Park Resort are currently in the final stages of preparing the planning application to be submitted to Runnymede council which will reveal more about the ride system and exact dimensions of the attraction.

SouthParks will be closely following this development from start to finish, so be sure to check back for all the latest news and updates. In the meantime, why not discuss your thoughts on this latest project over on our dedicated forum.
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