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Storm Surge at Thorpe ParkSubmitted by SilPho on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 19:42
Storm Surge is a spinning rapids water ride and opened at Thorpe Park in March 2011, having been moved from the closed Cypress Gardens theme park in Florida. Located in the Amity Cove area of the park, the ride is more family-friendly than many of Thorpe Park's other attractions.
Storm Surge sees groups of up to 6 riders clambering into rubber rafts, which are then carried by a conveyor belt to the top of a 64-feet-tall lift hill. They are then propelled by water down a spiral chute, with panels in the slide causing the rafts to spin rapidly during their descent. After splashing down into a channel at ground level, riders can be soaked by onlookers using wind-up water cannons.Review:
We have mixed feelings about Storm Surge. It was nice to see a family-friendly ride added to the park after the relentless succession of thrill rides that have been installed over the last few years. However, it would have been even better to see something other than yet another water ride put in place at a park that already has a large number of them.
If the water cannons aren't in use (as is often the case early in the day), Storm Surge offers an enjoyable (if a little tame) alternative to Thorpe Park's other water rides, all of which soak riders with large volumes of water. The cannons, though, add a much-needed extra thrill to the end of the ride, which would otherwise peter out into a fairly low-key finale.
It takes a long time to load and unload riders on Storm Surge, and this can be result in long queues. We suggest avoiding the ride altogether rather than suffering through its dull queuing area, although the crowds are likely to have thinned out later in the day.Top Tip:
Don’t be fooled by the design of Storm Surge, which was actually intended not get to riders wet. The water cannons that Thorpe Park has installed at the end of the ride could well leave you soaked.
More information about Storm Surge:
Review: Storm Surge at Thorpe Park
Saturday, March 26, 2011 17:25
Theme Park Tourist's review of Storm Surge, the new spinning rapids water ride at Thorpe Park for the 2011 season.
What new rides and attractions are opening in 2011 at UK theme parks?
Saturday, March 5, 2011 12:58
An overview of the new rides and attractions coming to the UK's theme parks for the 2011 season.
Preview: Storm Surge, Thorpe Park's new Spinning Rapids ride for 2011
Thursday, September 9, 2010 21:31
Theme Park Tourist's preview of Thorpe Park's new attraction for the 2011 season, a spinning rapids water ride formerly known as Storm Surge.
Latest news on Storm Surge:
Storm Surge reopens at Thorpe Park following accident
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 13:11
Thorpe Park has reopened its Storm Surge water ride after an accident which reportedly saw a woman's foot crushed by a conveyor belt.
Confirmed: Thorpe Park's 2011 spinning rapids ride to be named Storm Surge
Monday, October 18, 2010 07:41
Thorpe Park has confirmed that its new attraction for 2011 will be named Storm Surge, with the park releasing concept art for the planned water ride.
Thorpe Park begins construction of new spinning rapids ride for 2011
Monday, October 11, 2010 07:30
Thorpe Park has begun construction work in preparation for the 2011 season, which will see the addition of a new spinning rapids water ride to the park.
Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures
We are not aware of any scheduled refurbishment periods for Storm Surge. Do you know of any upcoming "rehabs" that we're missing? If so - please contact us so that we can keep the list up-to-date.
Photos of Storm Surge
Reader reviews of Storm Surge
We were particularly disappointed with this ride. It brings nothing different to Thorpe Park and the boarding and disembark time is horrendous which in turn makes the queues longer than they need to be! We were lucky as we arrived at the park early and had no queue time. I noticed the queue's throughout the day were particularly long, probably because of the "new" element. The rapids and loggers leap are far more enjoyable rides.
storm surge is a good adishon to thorp parks water rides and is the sort of ride i wood think about riding after my lunch as it is not to stonch cherningand is genrily a fun ride however if the queue line is longer than 45 minets then it isnt worth the wait