Ever wanted to know how the magic is created, or how things work? Direct from the SouthParks Archive, these photos show some of Thorpe Park Resort’s past and present attractions from areas not normally seen by the general public.
The 3D Freakshow debuted alongside The Freezer as part of the original ‘Fright Nites’ event line-up in 2002, and featured twisted scenes brought to life with UV paint and 3D glasses. The attraction closed in 2006, with the space since repurposed in to other Fright Nights mazes such as The Cabin in the Woods and The Walking Dead: Living Nightmare.
Some unique views of Nemesis Inferno including the operator’s console, ride control panel, and a look at the ‘inferno’ inside the volcano. The lighting system that produces the fiery glow has changed over the years, but the overall effect remains the same.
X:\ No Way Out
X:\ No Way Out was the world’s first backwards roller coaster in the dark, and featured a variety of effects designed to disorientate riders, including mist, wind, strobe lights and sudden stops and starts. The attraction went through a series of changes such as turning the trains around to face forward, and the introduction of a nightclub style theme. In 2018, the theme was changed completely when the ride reopened as The Walking Dead – The Ride. In these photos you can note the old trains featuring a shared lap bar for both riders, and the orange contact rail along the track which provided power to the on-board sound system.