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  1. I think the audio is to make it more upbeat for the Park Vibes event. They'll probably change it back after the event or for FN but for what it's worth I prefer the new soundtrack. I also think that for the type of park Thorpe is it's much more suited to its target audience and the park as opposed to say Universal or Disney where you're going for 100% immersion into the theme of the area. Honestly the ride could be themed to Toy Story and the target audience wouldn't give more than a minutes thought to the theme. People visit for the ride, not the theme so 100% cohesive theming isn't a necessity and making a doom and gloom ride slightly less doom and gloom is always a good vibe for a park which is 50% themed to doom and gloom.
  2. It appears, due to the huge queue times in recent days, that the park have decided to increase opening hours by 1 to 2 whole hours over the next week starting from this Sat. It appears this is due to the school holidays :
  3. Full walkthrough of the attraction below:
  4. For me personally considering CWOA's target market I thought it'd be one of these: http://s-s.com/rides/288/ But with the 1.4m height restriction I'm not sure though. It might be one of these: http://s-s.com/rides/axis-coaster/ Especially considering the launch aspect, and that it's clearly a very "unique" coaster compared to the other rides at the Merlin theme parks.
  5. I don't understand adding a 1.4m height restriction ride when Thorpe are next door. Wouldn't a 1.2 or 1.3m be better for who visits the park?
  6. This ride also has lights on the underside of the trains. I'm not sure if there are any other inverts with a similar feature?
  7. Finally finished updating my massive control panel list (we're probably one of the few theme park fan sites that has a control panel image list for most of their park's rides). The 6 rides above are extremely unlikely to ever have a picture of their panel shown (no one does behind the scenes of these rides and they have enclosed op cabins).
  8. Was looking at a timeline of the park and seeing as nothing major's going ahead for 2022* (and realistically 2023 is also unlikely to bring anything major) this'll be the first period since the park's opening in 1979 where nothing major has been added to the park for a 5 or 6 year period (2018 - 2022/2023). With all that said I think that park are probably going to get an RMC (most likely a Raptor) replacing Logger's Leap as their next attraction. I think they'll save the space behind the Swarm for when the park's in better shape. Also, given that Merlin are set to run the park until 2042, I'm sure at some point within the next decade the park will have some form of new major attraction. *based on lack of planning permissions to Runnymede which are usually submitted 1 to 2 seasons in advance
  9. Amazing how similar a 2012 Thorpe Park looks to a 2021 Thorpe Park:
  10. It appears Detonator no longer gets pushed down (doesn't have the mechanism that pushes it down idk what it's called) and instead is a normal freefall tower (I believe this was the same in 2020 so this has been true for 2 seasons now). On another note, much bigger note, all traces of Storm Surge has been removed from the app (bar the image of the ride) which is very interesting. Perhaps they're finally removing that eye sore in line with all the other fresh changes across the park and putting it where the tree were cut down around Loggers Leap?
  11. What does this mean rides-wise though? Like Saw or Nemesis for example
  12. For things that we know for sure are happening in 2021/ are currently happening in 2021.
  13. Well I've found quite a few control panels over the internet. Just didn't know TPM had a thread for this! Hopefully some new ones for those of you interested in this stuff. There's mainly Thorpe Park stuff but also ones from fairground equivalents and also some that aren't from Thorpe Park. Please note some of the pictures are from previous posts within this very thread that I've re-uploaded due to the fact certain other pictures have been deleted and so those pictures don't share the same fate. My other intention is to create a comprehensive guide within this one post for Thorpe Park ride control panels. Some new pictures have also been added to give a different view of the control panel. I don't know how to operate these so if anyone is willing to share that'd be great! Detonator (Bomb's Away) Control Panel: The Swarm control panel: Swarm's CCTV cameras views for the operator: Interesting stuff about the operation of The Swarm including that if someone let's go of one of the buttons the trains stops! : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv_wXGCbFYA Olympia Looping Control Panel: Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9mR9FhKyXI Mondial Top Scan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwoRM3tdVWg (like Samurai) Still image of panel: KMG Afterburner: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/94/KMG_Afterburner_Control_Panel.JPG (like Vortex, sry it's in European) Rush's Control Panel (unobstructed shot without the sound panel unlike the one previously posted here - also taken in 2016 so many years after the previous image on here): Source: https://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=71751&start=20 Also interesting to note that this review also says on their BTS tour that the reason The Swarm backwards was removed was that in a potential crash this would have unthinkable consequences for the park so they removed it (which does make sense that it was removed for the season after The Smiler occured). Remnants of The Swarm backwards rows: Colossus control panel (source: Reuploaded from prior post in this thread): The restraint-checker's safety control panel: Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bug1pJFBBlB/ Huss Enterprise (taken from a sim as I couldn't find a real one online annoyingly) - This is similar to Zodiac: A Dodgems Control Panel (looks similar to the one at Thorpe Park iirc from my brief glimpse through the control box window - this is NOT the one at TP sadly): A Reverchon Bumper car control panel (guessing Bertazzon - the company that made the King Pig's Wild Hog Dodgems ride - have a similar style): Nemesis Inferno (source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PNzPJU7LAY) : Closeup of the Inferno Control Panel (reuploaded from prior post in this thread): Also potentially of interest is how the glow is made on Nemesis Inferno in the tunnel - it uses way more lights than I thought it did: Source: https://www.southparks.co.uk/features/behind-the-scenes-thorpe-park/) Rage Control Panel (a Gerstlauer Eurofighter which is the same model as Saw:TR) However I've actually seen Saw's control panel (can't remember where) but it looks very VERY similar to this more modern look than the above image: (below is control panel for a Belantis Eurofighter. source: http://www.coastersandmore.de/previews/belantis/belantis.shtml) The differences above to Saw's are the top left button (next to key) is yellow on Saw. Also, where there are 2 green buttons in the bottom centre, on Saw's panel there are 5 green buttons (I'm guessing because there are 2 load/ 2 unload stations and 1 spare button). The Allen Bradley display obviously shows Saw ride-related information. "Tidal Wave" at Adventure Island (I'm guessing has a similar control panel to Depth Charge at Thorpe Park seeing as they're both raft slide rides): Source for above 2 pictures were from this thread but unviewable. Luckily the "Wayback" machine somehow retrieved them: https://web.archive.org/web/20200116233837/https://forum.maniahub.com/topic/6156-control-panels/page/1 Flying Fish Control Panel: Before this Flying Fish was manually controlled (changed due to Smiler accident) as seen in the following photo: Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BeiNnEiFHAi/ Slammer Control Panel (reuploaded from prior post in this thread): Stealth: Closeup of control panel (reuploaded from prior post in this thread): Rocky Express (right, through the door. The teacups ride has a similar control panel too): Logger's Leap: 3rd Picture Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/CIMB5lBhQ65/ 4th Picture Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd3VaK-Fpk-/ Rumba Rapids (from Hurjakuru situated in Linnanmaki. This ride doesn't have a rotating disk-platform but is also an Intamin Rapids ride like Rumba Rapids so other controls should be similar. This ride operates from the platform when open at Linnanmaki but in the absence of the actual control panel at Thorpe this is the closest I can get to it. Source: https://themeparkreview.com/forum/uploads/monthly_2012_03/Kuva0039.jpg.5e14361ff8df875767e1afe68197c4e8.jpg Thread: https://themeparkreview.com/forum/topic/36235-the-control-panel-enthusiast-thread/ THE ACTUAL photo of the Rumba Rapids control panel from a VERY OLD image (presumably similar to how it looks today) from 1998 including a close up of its audio panel: Sources for above two images: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_Z4b6RJvJq/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B_ZgNkzJVtk/ TWD:TR: Vekoma Illusion control panel (Revolution at Bobbejaanland so should be similar) (source: https://themeparkreview.com/forum/topic/36235-the-control-panel-enthusiast-thread/page/11/?tab=comments#comment-1639947 then ctfl+f "vekoma) Look into the control box of TWD:TR (from RCDB copyright Nic Jenkins) when it was formerly known as X:\ No Way Out: Above is an image of the actual control panel. However it is quite old and it's probably been upgraded/ rehauled by now (photo from when TWD:TR was X:NWO) Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfAnY2EFCUy/ Another more complete image is below (source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfGxhkilZSS/😞 Storm Surge host control panel (source: https://themeuk.net/CWTP/?page_id=6690#1489589875900-5e48a9e8-714a) DBGT: Above images are from: https://merlin.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/4/home/requisition/8008?c=merlin The rides at Thorpe which we don't have a picture of the control panel on this thread are therefore: Timber Tug and Lumber Jump Mr Monkey Banana Boat Tidal Wave Storm Surge (main) Quantum I will edit this post/ make a new one as I find more rides. Hopefully @StevenVig can repost his old Saw photos so we can cross that one off the list. If you're interested in control panels and also programming and PLC logic I recommend checking out Irvine Ondrey Engineering: https://www.facebook.com/IrvineOndreyEngineering They have very informative posts about programming control panels and they're the ones who did The Swarm control panel amongst a huge range of other very popular and large rides. Many many American coaster control panels and assistance panels: https://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=61998&start=350 You may also be interested in a glimpse of morning inspections on a Windseeker ride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdZcGclDzts
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    2020 Season

    For things that will occur during the 2020 season and isn't really something being done over closed season I felt it was right to create this thread. Thorpe Park are getting proper lifeguards next year this year (link to job ad for the supervisor position): https://merlin.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/4/home/requisition/5304?c=merlin The description states that Amity Beach used to be run by the attractions department (didn't know that tbh) but they're transitioning to lifeguards: I'm not sure why they've made that decision but one could make the leap that they're planning on doing something to that area for 2020/ future years.
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