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Maximising Your Thrills: Top Tips for a Trip to Thorpe Park

  • Friday March 15th 2024
  • Charlotte

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Excitement fills the air as Thorpe Park gets ready for its biggest, best and most anticipated season yet as the gates swing open for the first time this year on Saturday 23rd March! But with so much to see and do, how can you ensure you make the most out of your visit? Fear not, because we've gathered insider top tips from the most dedicated Thorpe Park fans to help you navigate the thrills and make the most out of your visit.  

Mastering the Thorpe Park App 

First things first, the Thorpe Park app is your ultimate companion for a seamless park experience. Beyond checking real-time queue times, the app is a treasure trove of features. Discover food options for dietary preferences by searching terms such as ‘vegetarian’ or ‘halal’. Plus, discover a ride guide based on your height by simply searching ‘1.3m’ for example. You can also purchase your digital photo pass so you don’t miss out on any snaps featuring the hilarious faces you’ll be pulling on our epic rides, plus you can purchase any Fastrack tickets on there too. The app is a jam-packed tool that many visitors overlook, so make sure to download it before your visit as you can do lots of planning before you even arrive! 

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Fun for the Whole Family 

For visitors under 1.2m, admission is free and there's no shortage of exciting rides, attractions and during our special seasonal events there’ll be even more shows and extra entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. From Storm Surge to Tidal Wave, the iconic Mr Monkey’s Banana Ride to Zodiac, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Simply pre-book the free ticket online when purchasing tickets for the rest of your group on our website. 

Easy Speedy Entry 

Simplify and speed-up your entry process by saving your ticket on your phone so you can scan, go and dive straight into the adventure. Did you know you can import tickets and passes into the Thorpe Park App for quick and easy access?  

Public Transport Travel Routes 

When it comes to reaching Thorpe Park, there are several convenient transportation options to consider. Did you know we’re only just over half an hour from London Waterloo on a direct train? And if you're arriving by train, the Thorpe Park Shuttle Bus offers a seamless journey from Staines Train Station directly to the park gates. Alternatively, you can opt for the 446 local bus, which conveniently drops passengers off just outside the entrance to Thorpe Park. 

Car Park Peace of Mind 

If driving is more your vibe, you can ensure a stress-free exit after your day at Thorpe Park by pre-booking your car park ticket. Our car parks can get pretty busy on peak days and let’s face it we’ve all been there – you park up pretty certain you’ll remember exactly where you left the car, only to exit the park gates hours later to a sea of cars, completely forgetting where you parked! A top tip is to snap a quick picture of your parking spot as soon as you arrive. This simple yet crucial step will save you valuable time and frustration when it's time to head home. If you're not a Passholder with free car parking included, save time by purchasing your car park ticket in advance. 

The Early Bird Catches the Coasters  

Beat the crowds and arrive at the park's main gate around 9:00 am to secure prime positioning so you can be first in line at the turnstiles and as the gates open at 10:00am. 

Single Riders, Rejoice 

For the solo adventurers or those willing to split up from their group, take advantage of single rider queues, it's a savvy solution for solo adventurers. 

Dive Into the Details of Each Ride 

Whether you crave a bird's-eye view or an intense thrill, where you sit on a ride matters. Opt for the front row to soak in panoramic views or choose the back for an even greater intensified thrill ride experience. Which one will be your favourite?  

Queue Like a Pro 

Stay one step ahead by using the app to monitor queue times in real-time via the app. This invaluable tool allows you to plan your day at the park, map out the order of your chosen rides and will ensure maximum thrills can be had.

Seek Serenity and Discover Hidden Gems for Relaxation 

Amidst the excitement, don't forget to take breaks and recharge. Grab a drink and a bite to eat and seek out the quiet spots including the Sunken Gardens located behind Stealth for moments of tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle. 

Beat the Heat 

During scorching summer days, tackle water rides like Tidal Wave early to beat the heat and cool down instantly. Don't forget to pack (and use) suncream and stay hydrated throughout the day. Bring a reusable water bottle with you and fill-up at one of the many refill stations found across the park – the locations for these are mapped out on our app for you.

Queue Entertainment Essentials 

Arm yourself with entertainment essentials to conquer any queues. From small and easy-to-pack games like Dobble to power banks for your phone, preparation is key for keeping the fun going. 

Gift Shop Exploration 

For an ideal shopping experience, aim to visit the gift shops during the middle of the day. During the day they are usually quieter allowing you to browse leisurely and fully appreciate the merch without the hustle and bustle of peak hours. Don’t forget if you’re a Passholder you’ll also benefit from some selected discounts too! 

Stay Connected and Charged Up 

Ensure your devices stay powered throughout the day by bringing a portable charger. Stay connected for app access to plan your day and communication with your group. 

Time Your Dining 

Escape the mealtime rush by dining early or late. Keep an eye on showtimes too to integrate eating and entertainment into your itinerary. 

Sunset Thrills and Closing Time 

Remember, the rides don't close when the park does, the advertised closure times signify when the queue lines close. So why not seize the opportunity for one last ride and make sure you get into the queue before closing time. 

Embrace Kindness and Respect the Park 

Treat the park, its guests and its staff with kindness and respect. Kindness goes a long way, so spread positivity and make friends along the way.

Make Memories That Last 

Above all, seize the day and create unforgettable memories. Whether you're first-time-conquering or revisiting your favourite rides, testing your limits and going on that ride you’ve been afraid of for the first time or indulging in delicious doughnuts, create unforgettable memories that’ll last a lifetime. 

With these insider tips, you're well-equipped to embark on a thrilling adventure at Thorpe Park. So, gather your friends and family, download the app and get ready for a day filled with world-class rides, record-breaking rollercoasters and epic entertainment! 

Thank you to: Alex, Alec, Alfie, Anneliese, Chris, Craig, Daisy, Declan, Eloise, George, James, Jenny, Michael, Mike, Natalie, Nik, Olivia, Owen, Rosalind, Sacha and Sam for your Thorpe Park top tips! 


Until next time👋       



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