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Hyperia, Thorpe Park

UPDATE March 3 - With all eyes on Thorpe Park, we eagerly await news of the opening date for the highly anticipated new tallest and fastest roller coaster in the UK. 

There has been a lot of speculation online recently due to the announcement from Thorpe Park of an early bird ticket offer where fans can purchase tickets at the cheaper price of from £29 rather than the usual from £39. This ticket offer finishes on Thursday 25th April meaning speculation has begun that Hyperia could open Saturday 27th April?

Now, just to be absolutely clear, there has been no confirmation at all so far from Thorpe Park as to when we will see Hyperia open. Although it would be very exciting to see an opening at the end of April, we currently think that this is unlikely as we are still waiting for the lift hill to be completed. 

In the latest construction update filmed on Tuesday 27th February and Wednesday 28th February and posted to YouTube by Jack Silkstone on March 1, we get to see clearer footage of the huge new crane which stands at just under 300ft and extensive footage on the first drop which is now in place.

Further planting of small trees has taken place on site and the once large service road has now been reduced to a small path currently separating the lake. We eagerly await further confirmation of the installation of the lift hill and the opening date for Hyperia. Weather will certainly come into play as the large crane will not be able to operate in high winds.

Will Hyperia be ready to open at the end of April as some are speculating? We are certainly skeptical and expect a late May opening in preparation for the busy summer season. 

March 1 - In very exciting news yesterday, we got to hear that when Hyperia opens this spring at Thorpe Park that the height restriction on this MACK record breaking roller coaster will have a height restriction of just 1.3m compared to the 1.4m height restriction of the other roller coasters at Thorpe Park making it accessible to more thrill seekers.

Thorpe Park officially released their 2024 theme park map where this height restriction was confirmed as can be seen in the Twitter post released yesterday.

Although we eagerly await the next construction video to be posted by Jack Silkstone, yesterday evening a video was posted to YouTube by Jolucious where we get to see that the large awaited crane is now on site and the highly anticipated first drop has been installed.

As all the track pieces for the remainder of the 236ft lift hill are ready on site and the large crane tasked with putting them into place has now been constructed we expect the lift hill to be completed in the coming weeks and are very excited to see the completion of the track for Hyperia. We will continue to update you with further developments as soon as they happen.

February 26 - Construction progress on what will be the UK's tallest and fastest rollercoaster when it opens at Thorpe Park is reaching its climax.

The tallest track pieces for Hyperia are now on site in preparation to be installed. This can be seen in the brand new construction update posted to YouTube by Jack Silkstone where we also see the latest progress on the theming on the station, the continued landscaping and expansion of the lake as well as the developments on the gift shop and photo unit.

We will be very excited to bring you news of the ride vehicles having arrived on site and we expect ride testing will then begin shortly after.

February 23 - All eyes are on Hyperia as Thorpe Park fans brace themselves for the opening of the new tallest and fastest roller coaster in the UK. In the new construction update posted to YouTube by Jack Silkstone we get to see that the 236ft lift hill continues to rise.

In a previous video a couple of days ago we saw that the gold track at the bottom of the lift hill had been installed and we saw white track waiting on the ground. Well, we now see in the video embedded below that this white track has also started to be installed and we expect to see further progress in the coming weeks as we head towards that record breaking 236ft.

February 21 - All eyes are on Hyperia as Thorpe Park fans brace themselves for the opening of the new tallest and fastest roller coaster in the UK. In the new construction update posted to YouTube by Jack Silkstone on February 20 we see that a number of developments have taken place including the all important news that the 236ft lift hill has gone vertical!

In the video embedded below we firstly see the station where the operators panel which is still covered in cellophane has been delivered to the operators booth. The lift has been installed as well as a staircase which includes a gold wing.

At the end of the video at timestamp 9:16 we see the addition of the word "FEARLESS" on the maintenance building. We expect the addition of "FIND YOUR" and for it to be finished in gold. The lake continues to be dug out to return it to its original size. During construction it was completely shrunk down in order for supports to be installed for the rollercoaster.

At timestamp 5:33 we finally get to see what we have all been waiting for, Hyperia's 236ft lift hill has now gone vertical! So far, we can see that gold track has been installed but there is white track on the ground waiting so we expect this to be added in the coming days.   

We will continue to update you on the progress being made to Hyperia and the developments regarding the lift hill, theming and testing in the coming weeks and can't wait to bring you news of the official opening date from Thorpe Park as soon as it is announced.  

February 16 - In the construction update posted to YouTube by Jack Silkstone on February 15 and embedded below, we get to see a number of developments on this record breaking roller coaster which is set to debut very soon at Thorpe Park.

Firstly, we get to see that the lift hill track has been delivered to the staff area which has been the storage location for all the track and supports for Hyperia before it is ready to be moved to the construction site. We are expecting to see the lift hill construction beginning very soon.

Moving to the construction site, we see walls continuing to go into place on the gift shop and photo unit, a drainage pit is now in place close to the station building in order to manage water in the area which is prone to flooding and the fence is being painted black with further trees having been planted to continue the landscaping for Hyperia.

The big news in this construction update is with regards to the dive loop. Pieces of track have been continuing to go into place for the dive loop this week and in the video beginning at timestamp 14:45 we get to see the final piece being lowered into place to complete the dive loop. With the completion of this dive loop, the only remaining pieces of track left to be installed for Hyperia is the first drop and the lift hill.

At the end of the video we get to see the first piece of lift hill track being delivered to the construction site which means we are very likely to see construction on the lift hill beginning next week. 

February 9 - In the new Hyperia construction video posted to YouTube by Jack Silkstone we get to see the latest developments which have been completed in the last few days.

Here are the recent updates:

  • Further digging of the lake has continued. 
  • The walls for the building for the photo booth and gift shop are now being put in place. 
  • Electrical work is happening on the transfer track straight out of the station.
  • Landscaping is continuing on site with further small trees having been planted.

The main news is the massive new support structure which is being constructed with new supports being put into place in preparation for the construction of the lift hill and the first drop of the ride.

In the next few weeks we expect the lift hill track to begin to go into place. We will continue to update you with progress over the coming weeks and we still await an announcement from Thorpe Park as to the official opening date for Hyperia which when it opens will take the crown from The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach as the UK's tallest and fastest roller coaster.

January 31 - In the latest construction video update posted to YouTube by Jack Silkstone we get to see all the latest developments on Hyperia at Thorpe Park.

In the video embedded below we get a very exciting update regarding the track at the beginning of the roller coaster. The track for the unique outer bank element located straight out of the station has now been installed. This unusual outer bank track will take riders from the station to the bottom of the 236ft lift hill which is promised to give a very unusual sensation.  

Track is continuing to be installed for the dive loop and we expect to see further developments in the coming week on this. Progress is also being made on Hyperia's gift shop and photo unit which now has a roof installed.

In the video we get to see an exclusive first glimpse of the Hyperia station where we will board this record breaking roller coaster. We see where riders will enter and exit the station and the operator's booth is in place.

We will continue to update you over the coming weeks and months on this very exciting roller coaster and look forward to bringing you news of the official opening date for Hyperia at Thorpe Park as soon as it is announced.

January 24 - All eyes continue to be on Thorpe Park as UK theme park fans are eager to keep up with all the latest construction updates on what will be the new tallest and fastest roller coaster when it opens this year.

In the new construction video posted to YouTube by Jack Silkstone, we get to see a major milestone for the record breaking roller coaster. The last piece of track for the non-inverting Immelmann which stands at over 150ft has now been put into place on Hyperia. The non-inverting  Immelmann is the first element riders will experience after the initial drop.

We also see that the support tower is being put into place for the dive loop which is yet to be completed. Dirt is now being removed from the lake which was originally put there back at the start of construction in order to be able to construct Hyperia successfully. The lake is now being restored to its former glory.

Plants and foliage have started to be delivered to site in preparation for landscaping to begin. We are expecting to see construction commence on the lift hill very soon and we will continue to keep you updated on all the latest developments on Hyperia over the coming weeks as progress continues on the new tallest and fastest roller coaster in the UK.

Are you excited to ride Hyperia? Which element are you looking forward to the most? Let us know your thoughts by leaving us a comment below or on our Facebook page.

January 22 -  We explore the question, Will Hyperia Open At The Start Of The 2024 Season In March? All eyes have been on the construction progress taking place on Hyperia at Thorpe Park in recent weeks with the burning question in everyone's mind being, will it be ready for the opening day of the 2024 season on Sunday 24th March?

Well, although very good progress is being made as can be seen in the construction updates below, there still appears to be a long way to go before we will get the chance to ride the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the UK.

Image: Thorpe Park

In recent developments, it is thought that 80% of the track and supports have now been installed and the top of the non-inverted Immelmann has been completed. Next we will see the exciting work being started on the lift hill.

Project Exodus officially begun at the end of December 2022 with the start of the demolishing of Old Town. If we go back to the original plan, the construction timeline was predicted to be 15 months. So, if this prediction was to hold true that would mean that an end of March opening should be possible.

However, we need to take into consideration the unsettled weather which has battered the UK in recent months which has likely caused some delays.

If you take on board current predictions, it looks like Hyperia is more likely to open in May or June of this year rather than at the start of the 2024 season on 24th March.

We will continue to inform you of construction updates on the highly anticipated Hyperia roller coaster at Thorpe Park and will let you know regarding an official opening date as soon as it is announced.

Image: Thorpe Park

January 16, 2024 - In the new Hyperia construction update posted to YouTube on January 15 by Jack Silkstone, we get to see all the latest developments on this record breaking roller coaster which is opening at Thorpe Park this year.

We can now see that the track for the bottom of the first drop is in position. In the video, new track sections are being lifted into place for the central support structure.

In an interesting development, Jack talks about the unexpected trim brakes that have appeared just before the insane twist element. We had already seen trim brakes installed in the splash down section. Trim brakes are a safety precaution to slow the ride down if needed. Jack explains that the likely reason for the trim brakes at this point is so MACK can perfect the rider experience over this world's first twist element where riders will experience airtime and hangtime.

Two more large support columns have also been put into place in this central section. We see that a concrete perimeter has been put into place on the splash down area to separate the water from the actual lake that will return to the area prior to the opening.

Gold panelling continues to be installed on the station building and the gift shop and photo booth building now has all the steel framework in place.

Construction on the lift hill is expected to commence in the coming weeks and we will update you as soon as there is confirmation on this. 

Image: Thorpe Park

December 28 - In the most recent construction update posted by Jack on Christmas Eve, we get to see a new support structure that is rising on the site down by the station for Hyperia that will join with the existing support tower. 

Jack gets to go up in a cherry picker to see the current progress on Hyperia and the view is amazing. Track is now nearly at the inversion and we get to clearly see the head chopper effect.

Over at the station, the panelling has begun to be put up. You can see the gold mesh details contrasting against the black which looks really striking.

Deconstruction has started on the current offices of the Merlin Magic team where the new retail and on ride photo unit will be. Steel has arrived for this new retail unit and we expect construction to begin along with the installation of further track for Hyperia when crews return after the Christmas break.

December 22 - In the latest construction update uploaded to YouTube by Jack Silkstone we get to see Jack having visited the B&E factory where all the fabricating has been done for the steel work for Hyperia which when it opens in Spring 2024 will be the UK's tallest and fastest roller coaster, taking the title from The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach which has held the record since it opened in 1994.

We get to see the new queue line fences being fabricated which will be erected for Hyperia on site in the coming weeks. We also get to see the large metal panels for the station and maintenance building being worked on.

Powder coating in the striking gold colour is taking place on the new parts in order to protect the structure from chipping, flaking and adverse weather. Once the powder coating has been applied the parts are put into a huge 8x4m oven and baked at 200 degrees before being packaged in readiness to be shipped to Thorpe Park for installation.

We will continue to bring you further construction updates from Thorpe Park over the coming weeks as construction on this highly anticipated roller coaster continues as we heard into 2024.

December 18 - The roller coaster construction crew working on Hyperia which will be the UK's tallest and fastest roller coaster when it opens in 2024 continue to make huge progress at Thorpe Park. In the latest construction video update from Jack Silkstone we can see that the central support structure is rising and track is now being added to it.

Work is also continuing on the transfer track which will be able to allow trains to be moved into the maintenance building for necessary work to be done. It is very exciting to see Hyperia continuing to rise at Thorpe Park and we will follow the progress over the coming days and weeks.

December 8 - More supports and track are continually being brought to the Hyperia site. In the latest video posted to YouTube by Jack Silkstone you can see that the supports and track are going in for the slow outer bank element as soon as you leave the station before you get to the base of the 236ft lift hill.

Work is also happening on the transfer track which will enable trains to be moved from the Hyperia track over to the maintenance building for necessary work to be done. The colossal support structure for the central section of Hyperia is beginning to rise with further work expected on this in the coming days and weeks.

 
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