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Thorpe Park Height Limit

Graeme Graeme Profile

Posted:
3/16/01 at
7:30:58 PM

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It has been made apparent that Thorpe Park have a strict height limit. The "Project Atlantis" coaster will only be 90ft tall (and 40mph) and the freefall is only slightly taller (about 100ft - the park's limit).

So what coasters are particularly good at packing a punch with a limited height? I'd say CCI for sure. Ask for a 70ft coaster and they'll build a stunner!

Graeme - who is crossing "hypercoaster" off his Thorpe Park list

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Re: Thorpe Park Height Limit by Fraser Fraser Profile at 3/16/01 8:54:08 PM

> It has been made apparent that Thorpe Park have a
> strict height limit. The "Project
> Atlantis" coaster will only be 90ft tall
> (and 40mph) and the freefall is only slightly
> taller (about 100ft - the park's limit).

> So what coasters are particularly good at packing
> a punch with a limited height? I'd say CCI for
> sure. Ask for a 70ft coaster and they'll build a
> stunner!

> Graeme - who is crossing "hypercoaster"
> off his Thorpe Park list

Hmm, I think a backwards coaster in the dark would pack a punch, don't you?
Only joking- just doing me bit for Comic Relief (how fab was the Ali-G/Posh-Becks interview?????!!!! And as for Billy Connolly...)

Re: Thorpe Park Height Limit by LizardsOmen at 3/17/01 2:49:47 PM

Sorry I haven't been on for a while.

Don't people know the fact that you can build down and not just up? Whats happened to tunnels on coasters now? Sure you still get them but they are quite rare.

Talon, The Lizards Omen.

P.S. Does anyone know what happened on The Bit With Graham Norton on Red Nose Day. I Fell asleep and Want to be able to talk about it at school on monday. Thanks.

> Hmm, I think a backwards coaster in the dark
> would pack a punch, don't you?
> Only joking- just doing me bit for Comic Relief
> (how fab was the Ali-G/Posh-Becks
> interview?????!!!! And as for Billy Connolly...)

Re: Thorpe Park Height Limit by Graeme Graeme Profile at 3/17/01 2:52:34 PM

You know, Thorpe Park probably has more potential than Chessington, but less potential than Alton Towers. At least Alton Towers can dig down, which makes me laugh actually. I mean, they aren't allowed to have anything poking up 5ft above the trees, but they are allowed to hack up the Staffordshire countryside!

I hear Thorpe Park has a c.100ft height limit and the ground is rather "soupy", too. At the end of the day, Alton Towers has a coaster with a 180ft drop and I doubt Thorpe could do that.

Graeme

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Re: Thorpe Park Height Limit by Graeme Graeme Profile at 3/17/01 2:56:03 PM

> Don't people know the fact that you can build
> down and not just up? Whats happened to tunnels
> on coasters now? Sure you still get them but they
> are quite rare.

That's a good point and I was typing-up my above post when you were posting this. It looks like I copied you!

But as I say, that's a good point. Why don't rides like Megafobia have tunnels?

Graeme

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Re: Thorpe Park Height Limit by Skydave at 3/17/01 8:26:32 PM

Hmmm... Curious that Thorpe was seemingly bought to get around the height limit problems. Digging down, is also out of the question, as the park rests very near the water table.

I wonder - the only other practical big coaster for Thorpe is now a woodie, or at least as far as I can see.

-Dave

Re: Thorpe Park Height Limit by Graeme Graeme Profile at 3/17/01 8:42:25 PM

Well, at the end of the day, anything 100ft tall is a big improvement on Chessington. They have bought themselves a better location than that, but still not as good as Alton Towers. Like I say, Alton have a coaster with a 180ft drop.

Graeme

> Hmmm... Curious that Thorpe was seemingly bought
> to get around the height limit problems. Digging
> down, is also out of the question, as the park
> rests very near the water table.

> I wonder - the only other practical big coaster
> for Thorpe is now a woodie, or at least as far as
> I can see.

> -Dave

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Re: Thorpe Park Height Limit by Ian at 3/18/01 6:19:49 AM

Is this why Thorpe were considering a LIM coaster? It would get round needing a big lift hill. But I agree that wonderful things can be done with wood below 100 feet, I think we need little more convincing of that!

Ian
> Well, at the end of the day, anything 100ft tall
> is a big improvement on Chessington. They
> have bought themselves a better location
> than that, but still not as good as Alton Towers.
> Like I say, Alton have a coaster with a 180ft
> drop.

> Graeme

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Re: Thorpe Park Height Limit by Fraser Fraser Profile at 3/18/01 6:42:53 AM

> Sorry I haven't been on for a while.

> Don't people know the fact that you can build
> down and not just up? Whats happened to tunnels
> on coasters now? Sure you still get them but they
> are quite rare.

> Talon, The Lizards Omen.

> P.S. Does anyone know what happened on The Bit
> With Graham Norton on Red Nose Day. I Fell asleep
> and Want to be able to talk about it at school on
> monday. Thanks.

Graham talked to Fergie, Duchess of Pork, then he chatted with the Big Brother celebs, and Keith Duffy got all sanctimonious when Graham tried to ask Vanessa why she flipped. Then Graham joined S Club 7 to sing reach for the stars. Oh yes, and he also got a posh old lady in the audience to say F**k.

Re: Thorpe Park Height Limit by Fraser Fraser Profile at 3/18/01 6:45:42 AM

> It has been made apparent that Thorpe Park have a
> strict height limit. The "Project
> Atlantis" coaster will only be 90ft tall
> (and 40mph) and the freefall is only slightly
> taller (about 100ft - the park's limit).

> So what coasters are particularly good at packing
> a punch with a limited height? I'd say CCI for
> sure. Ask for a 70ft coaster and they'll build a
> stunner!

> Graeme - who is crossing "hypercoaster"
> off his Thorpe Park list

remember that Thorpe Park is built on a gravel pit, so I presume height restrictions are enforced because they can't get stable enough foundations for anything larger. It's right next to a motorway, so the restrictions aren't enforced due to beauty!
Also, I think it might be on the flightpath for Heathrow, so anything too high might cause problems.

Re: Thorpe Park Height Limit by Nicholas James at 3/18/01 3:52:54 PM

It is also, like Chessington, in the Green Belt. And unlike Chessington it is in the Colne Valley Park. So it does have quite strict planning restrictions.

Problem is, of course, unlike AT they can't dig down (being on a former gravel workings and so close to the water table). So it isn't the unrestricted free-for-all that a lot of people seem o think it is.

Nick

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