Fright Nights at Thorpe Park 2017

thorpe park fright nights

I’ve been going to Thorpe Park’s popular Halloween Fright Nights now with my eldest pretty much every year since he was old enough to go! First time was for his 13th birthday (the recommend age for this event) which happens to fall at this time of year. I took him and some friends and we were hooked from then on!

He will be 19 this year and for him/us it’s a definite must do in the yearly calendar!

As a Thorpe Park Ambassador, I was lucky to attend this years’ press/launch for Fright Nights 2017 and I took my Teen (of course) and his girlfriend along with me! Press nights at Thorpe Park are quite big in the celebrity calendar too so there’s lots of opportunity to spot a famous face! Not that I’m a groupie or anything, but Chris and Olivia from Love island were there and I did get a little bit excited! I know, it’s rather sad for a grown woman but hey, if you watched the smash hit summer TV programme then you’ll understand! If you didn’t, then you’ll probably think I’m mad! But Chris and Olivia were my faves and I just HAD to get a photo with them!

chris and olivia love island thorpe park fright nights 2017

It wasn’t easy though, I did have to stalk them for a while to get this one….. ;)

So what else did we do at the launch apart from chase celebrities round? Well, we soaked up the creepy atmosphere… macabre music is played into the park on Fright Nights and the lights (like this green in the photo above) really create the mood. It’s incredibly eerie.

Running throughout weekends during October, then all week in half term, Fright Nights are especially popular, growing in popularity each year as people get wind of how good it is. The park is open as usual in the morning then around 3pm (12pm midday during half term) as the sun starts going down, the scariness starts. Zombies infiltrate the crowds and the horror mazes open! The roller coasters light up and you can ride them in the dark, which is a whole new experience if you haven’t done that before! The park stays open till 10pm and it seems to get creepier and creepier the later it gets! Are you brave enough to stay?

thorpe park fright nights

First up we headed to one of the rides…. Nemesis! This is one of my favourites, not AS scary as some of the others but one I love going on… we did front row seats too! After that exhilaration we headed to our first maze. There are two brand new mazes this year from The Walking Dead TV series, to coincide with the launch of season 8 on FOX this October, as well as the landmark 100th episode.

We did The Living Nightmare first! I haven’t seen the programme but I’d heard that the inside of the maze looked exactly like The Walking Dead filming sets. You are taken in groups (survivors) around different, blood spattered rooms in the iconic scenes, where you will be on the brink of death at the mercy of the notorious Negan. Thorpe Park have gone all out to ensure fans of the series won’t be disappointed! There is no expense spared in all the mazes and it really does pay off!

There are moments of nervous giggling from the group as well as screams and the covering of eyes as we all huddle around almost clinging to each other as we walk from room to room. There was a little light in this maze, compared to some which are very dark, so we could hold on to the reality slightly that this wasn’t real! Sounds odd I know but the actors throughout the whole park, not just inside the mazes are brilliant and really know how to get under your skin…. with their erratic behaviour, the suspense, the speaking quietly before suddenly stamping and screaming, the hiding, moving suddenly to make you jump out of your skin!

I challenge anyone not to be slightly unnerved!

There are two mazes from The Walking Dead, the other being Sanctum! Guests can experience a live-action outdoor maze that pays tribute to Terminus, the safe-haven with a twist. Follow in the footsteps of survivors again, experiencing first-hand how to stay alive in the face of several obstacles placed in their paths. The aim is to navigate past the roaming walkers or risk being captured.

Next we went to the maze Platform No 15! I was a little reluctant to go for this one as it was there last year and I didn’t find it very scary. The sets were amazing, as always, but I think it dragged and there wasn’t enough fright factor! However, this has been improved massively for this year with a whole huge new addition towards the end which made it brilliant!

thorpe park fright night 2017 platform 15

Walking along a disused railway line in the woods… yes this maze is partly outside in the trees in the dark, with only a scary station master and the odd ghoul for company… we are led to a deserted, haunted train. From there, we are ushered into a tunnel… pitch black and very narrow, then, all in a line holding onto the shoulders of the person in from of you, we were told to keep walking. Believe me when I say this is pitch black, you literally can’t see the person in front of you. Teen was at the front of the line leading the way! My brave boy! Our line broke up somewhere along the way and I found myself at the back… not a place you want to be… the middle is best where you feel a tad safer…. because we then we had to CRAWL through a small tunnel and of course one of the scary characters crept in behind me and scared me to death!

I was so glad to get out of there I can tell you! It was really good!

I do recommend checking out your map which you’ll be handed upon entry to the park, because once it goes dark, some of the mazes are tucked away and not always obvious to spot. You don’t want to walk around aimlessly back and forth which is very easy to do!

And plan your visit. There are SIX horror mazes in total and the queues do get ridiculously long, so unless you have fast tracks (recommended) then you may want to find the mazes you definitely want to experience the most and queue for those first!

We decided to head to Derren Brown’s Ghost Train next. I know this is here all year long but there have been a lot of changes made to it since I went on it last and I thought, well it IS Fright Night and this IS a scary ride, I wanted to go on it!

ghost train thorpe park fright night

This is the virtual reality ride although there are some action parts to it too. I was nervous about this because in all fairness, I found the first edition scary so I wasn’t sure how I was going to take this! The verdict? It was brilliant! It’s definitely more chilling and realistic than before, needing me to lift the virtual reality headset up once or twice just to make sure I was where I should be haha! The only thing was, it was super hot inside the train carriage and when it was over I felt slightly disorientated. Weird…. maybe it was all part of the game…… The changes were well worth it though and I’m really glad I included this in my visit.

After a couple of roller coasters and the SAW maze, which is here all year round, so realistically it’s best to do this one before all the others open….we were running out of time.

Time certainly does fly…..

We decided we had to make a last ditch run for The Big Top! This was at Thorpe Park last year and by far I found it the most terrifying.

fright nights 2017 thorpe park

There’s complete darkness, there’s strobe lights which blind you and make you unable to adjust to the darkness. In fact these flashing strobes make you completely confused and delirious! The maze itself is made from cages of some sort and it’s VERY difficult to find your way out! Oh and there’s frightening clowns. Lots of them. Trying to get you!

Aargh!

I told my Teen to not let go of me in here as I got separated from him last year for a few moments and it was horrible! Of course this happened again because you literally don’t know where you’re heading at all, there’s left and right turns all over the place and you’re having to feel your way around…. think I grabbed some random couple nearby so I wasn’t alone till Teen located me ha!

That is one maze you really are glad to get out of! Utterly terrifying!

So that was it. Our night was over, unfortunately. We always feel as though we want to do more but we’re hoping to get back for another day before the event finishes on 31st October.

If you’re looking for a mega fun, seasonal day/night out with plenty of thrills, then look no further. I would recommend it to anyone!

You can book online here!

Thorpe Park Ambassador Again for 2017!

I am absolutely thrilled to announce I’ve been chosen as a Thorpe Park Ambassador again this year!

thorpe park ambassador 2017

We (my family and I) relished it last year and visited the Thorpe Park Island on numerous occasions. Sometimes with just Teen and friends, other times I took the younger kiddos too!

It’s a fantastic day out no matter how old you are as there’s something for everyone, but older kids/teenagers (and adults of course!), or younger ones that simply have no fear are the ones who will benefit most at Thorpe Park! It’s a thrill seekers paradise for sure!

I believe it has the best roller coasters around. A friend of mine went to Universal Studios in Orlando last Summer and she was telling me about the selection of roller coasters there, and I found myself saying… yes, there’s one the same as that at Thorpe Park! Pretty much every ride she mentioned that she loved had a twin ride at Thorpe Park! Which I think is pretty cool….. who needs to travel nearly half way round the world for amazing roller coasters when you have them right here? ;)

Rides like….

SAW

saw the ride thorpe park

SAW – The Ride, the world’s first horror movie rollercoaster as you experience a ‘beyond vertical’ drop of 100 degrees from a height of 100ft. One of my faves… so much going on with this ride and completely scary!

STEALTH

stealth thorpe park roller coasters

One of Europe’s fastest rollercoasters. Prepare to be propelled from 0-80mph to 205ft in under 2 seconds and experience the same brake horse power of two Formula 1 cars! This has to be ridden to be believed… it really is like no other, honestly couldn’t even begin to explain what this one feels like!

SWARM

swarm thorpe park roller coasters

Experience speeds of almost 100km/h and G forces of up to 4.5 as you ride on the wings of THE SWARM, sat either side of the track with nothing above or below you but air! Yes, this ride can be ridden facing forwards or going backwards! You decide! Swarm is one of the newer rides at Thorpe Park and has some amazing features like the helicopter crash and fire!

There are many other brilliant roller coasters, I’ll be here all day talking about every single one, but one of Teen’s favourite rides which has to be mentioned, that he says is the scariest is…

RUSH

rush thorpe park

Swing high into the air to 75ft at speeds of up to 50mph and experience the feeling of up to 4G’s as you swoop back towards the ground on this air powered speed swing. I have to be honest, I am too nervous to go on this! Even one of Thorpe Parks employees that I got chatting to last time we were there said this is the scariest ride! Not in the same way as the roller coasters, but scary in that you don’t feel safe! The single bar across the lap and the free falling effect means this is thrill seeking at it’s very best! Rush is incredibly popular and seems to be the one most people love…. I need shoulder bars though to be sure I won’t fall out… so I’m not sure I’ll be going on this any time soon! Teen tries to get me on every single time ha!

Now we can’t move on from the big thrills without talking about Derren Brown’s Ghost Train!

Following on from it’s successful opening year last year, this virtual reality combined with real action ride, has had a number of changes made this year, taking into account that people wanted MORE scares, but also there have been lots of tidying up of some technical loose ends.

Derren brown ghost train thorpe park

The Derren Brown Ghost Train takes you on a one way horrifying journey into the chilling depths of the unknown. With intense live action and thrilling physical effects, the grasp of the Demon awaits. Are you brave enough to come face to face with the Demon as it rises from the darkness? This attraction is not suitable for those under the age of 13, those who suffer from motion sickness, dizziness, psychological or neurological disorders… yikes!

I experienced this last year and I thought it was scary enough then! Teen went along to the opening night last month and saw the changes for himself… I couldn’t make it as my younger children were unwell and I couldn’t leave them. But Teen was one of those people that wanted more! He loved it last year but wanted more scares and could NOT WAIT to find out what the new additions were this time … he reported back that they certainly made it even better! Definitely scarier! I probably ruined the ride for him last year to be fair by grabbing onto him all the time! The virtual reality world scared me so much I had to know he was there beside me when the game played with my mind (of course it does, it’s Derren Brown after all!) and I thought I was alone! I will go on it again though when I visit very soon as I simply HAVE to see the changes for myself!

Away from the big rides, there’s plenty more on offer. There are a number of water rides including Storm Surge and Rumba Rapids…. both gentle enough for small children… we love these. There’s a 4D Angry Birds Theatre, the I’m a Celebrity Maze.. I haven’t been in this but Teen says it’s really good, there’s the SAW Horror Maze which of course isn’t for the faint hearted and there’s also lots of stalls and stands to play games on and loads of places to eat!

One of the best things about Thorpe Park in the Summer is Amity Beach. It’s wonderful for small children and a real get away from it all area. There’s gorgeous sand, climbing frames and a lovely splash pool. We plotted up for a while here on our visits last year…..

thorpe park amity beach

We’ve been visiting Thorpe Park rather frequently for years now as my Teen has been a massive fan since he was about 12 year old! He got me back into loving roller coasters actually, after years in the wilderness when the kids were very young! I think you forget how much fun they are, but once kids reach a certain age and want to try them, you have no choice but to get on the rides… and actually, it makes you feel young again! It’s also a wonderful feeling experiencing it all with your child. Seeing how excited and thrilled they get, this whole new world…. then there’s no going back!

As Teen got older, we have become regular visitors to the Thorpe Park’s Fright Nights! I wrote a review of our very first visit a few years ago and this event gets better and better each year! These nights are Halloween themed and are scattered throughout the month of October, when Thorpe Park erects a number of Horror Mazes for your entertainment! These nights are extremely popular!

If you haven’t been to Thorpe Park before I would without a doubt, wholly recommend. It’s situated in Surrey and is so easy to get to via the M25, and only 20 minutes from London. It’s definitely worth a visit if you live in the North and are thinking about travelling down. You won’t be disappointed.

What I love about Thorpe Park too is that, even though it packs a punch with the amount of attractions there are, the place doesn’t feel too big. Everything feels quite compact which means you can run back and forth to the different areas and don’t have to go on everything in order! Maybe because I’m used to it, but it doesn’t feel overwhelming like some theme parks where you can’t really get everything done in one day!

We absolutely had a blast last year and I can’t wait to make the most of our Annual Passes again this year, and tell you more news about what’s on at Thorpe Park as I find out!

Don’t forget, you can still buy Annual Passes and they’re worth every penny (59.99) and mean you get invites to Exclusive Events, 20% Off Food and Beverages, 20% Off Retail and up to 20% Off THORPE SHARK Hotel Stays!

Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon

This week I’ll be back at Thorpe Park for the pre season press night and to be one of the first people to ride on the all new Derren Brown’s Ghost Train!

derren brown ghost train

I was lucky enough to have ridden the train last year when it first opened and for me, it certainly lived up to all the hype. It’s unlike anything else I’ve experienced before and I found it incredibly scary! I had to hold on tight to my Teens arm throughout (much to his annoyance) because this Virtual Reality ride really did take you away beyond the realms of reality and only by holding on tight to someone else was I able to get through it!

It was brilliant.

But it wasn’t without it’s criticisms. Some people wanted more (are they mad?!) and this year it seems that those people have been listened to!

Yikes!

Remastered for this year, the ride has been revamped and was recently ‘tested’ out on some so called fearless participants, chosen especially for their perceived ability to withstand shocks and fear!

One terrified participant’s heart rate TREBLED to 183 bpm as they tried out the shocking VR attraction under laboratory conditions.

The below video footage, captured with the approval of the participants, shows Derren Brown experimenting on the subjects, who were the very first to preview the new VR additions to the illusionist’s upgraded Ghost Train – renamed Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon.

Derren Brown said: “Over the last few weeks I have been testing out the components of the attraction and decided to run scare tests on a selection of participants who claim they are totally fearless – the reactions have been incredible.

“Visitors to the Ghost Train will experience a heart stopping combination of next generation technology, grand illusion, live action and special-effects, completely unalike anything they will have seen before.

“We are making this bigger, better and scarier than last year. The changes and improvements that have taken place will scare the sh*t out of guests”.

The trials resulted in terrified reactions including spine-tingling screams, falling out of the chair and curling into a ball, with one test even resulting in a VR headset being flung across the room. The average resting heart rate is 60 – 100 bpm – however one subject’s heart rate reached 183 bpm. When combined, the participant’s heart rates reached a total of 1,452 bpm and typically their heart rates increased by 31.9 bpm each.

Matt Sproit, an ex-prison officer said: “I’m used to dealing with terrifying situations, so I was never expecting the VR footage to scare me that much. “When I took off that headset I was physically shaking.”

Stunt woman, Carol Nulty said: “I thought I had to be pretty fearless in my job, but this lived up to expectations, the VR is flawlessly real – you really believe there is a demon in the room with you!

“This is not a ride for the faint hearted.”

Another participant, Emilia Cain-Heritage, said: “As a bungee jumper, I face fear on a regular basis but this was a new level in fear – so, so real and absolutely terrifying.”

Ok, so I’m not sure what I’ll be letting myself in for when I go on Thursday but I’m looking forward to it! Just have to make sure there’s someone to hold onto!

Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon opens on 31 March 2017. For the latest updates on the attraction and advanced booking visit: www.thorpepark.com

FULL RESULTS FROM THE TEST:

Name:                        Occupation:                                        Heart rate (bpm):

Nick Ferreira                Ex-Boxer                                           138bpm
Joseph Sands                Security Guard                                129bpm
Alo Raptopoulos        Martial Arts                                        127bpm
Matt Sproit                Ex-Prison Officer                                112bpm
Matthew Larmond        Security Guard                               169bpm
Carol Nulty                Stunt Woman                                       145bpm
Freddie Pearce        High School Teacher                            133bpm
Emilia Cain                Bungee Jumper                                   183bpm
Faye Carmichael        Police Detective for Gangs Unit      159bpm
Roxanne Gregory        TA Army                                                157bpm

Win Tickets to Fright Night at Thorpe Park

Well it’s soon to be THAT time of year again. Yes, Fright Nights at Thorpe Park are back and I am giving away FOUR Tickets to one lucky winner to experience the madness!

Being a Thorpe Park Ambassador this year, it’s been absolutely brilliant to have visited quite a few times already. I’ve been with just Teen and his Girlfriend… where we’ve been able to really hit the amazing coasters in quick succession, and I’ve also been a few times with the younger kids too, where we’ve taken things slowly, played on the beach and generally enjoyed the other aspects of Thorpe Park! Each time has been great fun!

Fright Night’s at Thorpe Park are definitely one of the highlights of the calendar, especially for my Teen. He LOVES them and we’ve just received our official invite for the Press Night in just under two weeks time! We can’t wait!

For anyone who hasn’t experienced a Fright Night and wants to know a bit more about it… It’s a series of dates throughout the month of October where Thorpe Park pays homage to Halloween. The park is open as usual but stays open late, till about 10pm. Twelve whole hours! Everything is pretty normal until around 4pm when it starts to go dark, then the transformation begins!

A few actors are hired to mingle with the crowd in all forms of Halloween dress. As do many of the employees. This starts giving the place a bit of an eerie feel! You do find that visitors join in and go in Halloween costumes too. It’s not compulsory though and the majority of people don’t dress up.

All the rides stay open untill 10pm and it’s a lot of fun riding them in the dark.. that’s definitely something to experience in itself!

Then there are the Horror Mazes. If you’ve been to Thorpe Park before, you may have been in the SAW Alive horror maze. That’s open all year round and will give you an idea of what to expect. If you haven’t been in that… the different mazes are normally themed to reflect horror movies. They’re in darkness apart from flashing intermittent strobe lighting which reveal pretty gruesome scenes. You go in in small groups and walk through various rooms/scenes before finding the exit. There are actors inside who will jump out and probably grab at you along the way and scare the living daylights out of you!

It’s creepy as hell but it IS fun, honestly. I usually race through (if possible), holding on tight to whoever is with me (usually Teen who doesn’t get scared ha) and scream till I’m out!

There’s usually four or five additional mazes for the Fright Night’s and the themes of these can change from year to year.

Brand new for 2016 is Platform 15: Depart on a one-way ticket and trek along the overgrown railway line, the last known route of the vanished locomotive – the notorious Sleeper Express. Don’t lose your tracks and risk disturbing the haunted souls that were once aboard, where you may just experience the same chilling fate. Can you outrun what lies at the end of the line or will your journey terminate here, at PLATFORM 15?

Sound good? Definitely going to try that one!

Also new, although it’s been at Thorpe Park before, The Blair Witch Project is back this year with brand new scenes.. Released in cinemas September 15th, experience the horror-movie game changer for yourself and venture into the black hills woods to discover the truth behind the legendary Blair Witch.

The others this year will be… The Big TopTwist your way through this scare maze set at an abandoned carnival on the island’s Amity Beach, while former entertainers of the once famous Figaro Bros. Carnival comes back to life to haunt those who dare to trespass.

Containment: In groups of ten, you’ll be locked inside one of four haunt rooms, inspired by many of the UK’s worst nightmares, and tasked with breaking the codes to make your way through to the end… all in hopes of finding the antidote to a spreading infection. Will you and your team surrender to the outbreak or have what it takes to breakout of CONTAINMENT?

Please note: Containment tickets must be purchased separately

Cabin in the Woods: Choose your own fate in an award-winning maze so disturbing and disorientating you’ll be desperate to escape. But the route to safety is never easy.

And of course… SAW Alive: A serious test of nerves with each room a disturbing scene from the shocking SAW films. Escape the puppet’s sadistic games…if you can.

Don’t forget, you don’t have to visit any of the horror mazes, you can simply enjoy Thorpe Park as you would any other day! The roller coasters and other rides are all open as usual, except they’re open later so you can enjoy the park after dark too!

NB: The Horror Mazes open at 3pm and are NOT recommended for the under 13’s due to the intensity of them.

These events are VERY popular, for good reason. It’s a great day/night out for teenagers and adults alike so if you want to be in with the chance of winning FOUR tickets…. enter my competition NOW!

It’s only open for just over two weeks so hurry….

Fill in the widget, following the instructions. The more options you fill in, the more chances you have of winning!

Best of luck!

Terms and Conditions below.

Mummy Endeavours – WIN 4 Tickets to Fright Night at Thorpe Park
 

The THORPE PARK RESORT competition with MUMMY ENDEAVOURS requires that you are deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions of use. The winner must be in accordance with the regulations of THORPE PARK Resort, a copy of which is displayed at the attraction or can be obtained online at www.thorpepark.com. Please ensure that you agree to be bound by the regulations before redeeming your prize. MUMMY ENDEAVOURS will pick the winner who will receive 4 tickets to FRIGHT NIGHTS 2016. MUMMY ENDEAVOURS will forward the competition winner’s details to THORPE PARK Resort. The prize promotion is open to all UK residents aged 18 years or over except: Any employees of the Merlin Entertainments Group or members of their immediate families; Any employees or representatives of any agencies, suppliers or third parties associated with any attractions in the Merlin Entertainments Group; or If you are not over 18 and win please ensure your parent or guardian get in touch with us to claim the prize. The winner will receive 4 tickets to THORPE PARK Resort which can be used from: 7th October 2016-31st October 2016 . Tickets allow entry into the resort for the FRIGHT NIGHTS special event. Terms and conditions apply please visit www.thorpepark.co.uk. The winner will be announced by MUMMY ENDEAVOURS on their date of choice. Reasonable efforts by MUMMY ENDEAVOURS will be made to contact the winner.  If the winner cannot be contacted, or is unable to comply with these terms and conditions, MUMMY ENDEAVOURS reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant drawn at random. The prize is not transferable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered, unless specifically agreed by THORPE PARK Resort. The prize is not valid in conjunction with any other offer, concession or online/call centre booking. THORPE PARK Resort reserves the right to substitute the prize for one of the same or greater value at any time. THORPE PARK Resort and MUMMY ENDEAVOURS will not use the winner’s details for marketing purposes unless they have opted in to receive such information. THORPE PARK Resort and MUMMY ENDEAVOURS may contact the competition winner post-visit for feedback purposes. THORPE PARK Resort and MUMMY ENDEAVOURS cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by the winner or as a result of accepting the prize. The winner is responsible for any expenses and arrangements not specifically included in the prize, including any necessary travel arrangements, costs, travel documentation or meals. The winner agrees to the use of their name, photograph and disclosure of county of residence and they will co-operate with any other reasonable request by THORPE PARK Resort relating to any post-winning publicity including all social channels. THORPE PARK Resort’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into. Merlin reserves the right to alter theses terms and conditions at any time and for any reason.

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