7th January 2001
Work started with the removal of the Enterprise for refurbishment and demolition of Dare Devil Drivers.
25th January 2001
Construction continued with the completion of Vortex’s foundations, Zodiac’s installation and the creation and theming of a new walkway down in to the area, providing good views of Zodiac when in operation.
18th March 2001
These photos show the area a few weeks before opening day.
6th April 2001 (Opening Day)
Vortex failed to open with the park, despite being advertised, causing a fair bit of controversy with some parties, especially Watchdog!
21st April 2001
Vortex has now arrived on site, although some of its theming features are yet to be added.
12th February 2003
Work begins on the site for Quantum.
25th February 2003
More early construction of the duo of Fabbri flat rides. Note how the majority of surrounding vegetation was kept to create two wonderful ‘jungle’ type queue lines.
30th March 2003
Continued construction of Quantum and Eclipse, with the former now fully on site along with the support structure for Eclipse.
6th April 2003
The wheel of Eclipse has now arrived, although little did we know it would only last two seasons at the park before moving to Chessington World of Adventures.
12th March 2004
These two photos were taken just before opening day, and show Samurai now in place at Thorpe Park.