We'd booked fast track tickets but as these didn't start until later in the afternoon, we spent the first part of our day visiting the rides with smaller queues, such as Detonator and Rhumba Rapids.
You could hardly see the top of Detonator! While queueing, we were reminiscing about old days and how we were sure that ride operators would keep riders waiting at the top for longer. In fact, this time the operators were saying "Hold on tight" before releasing the carriage which we thought was spoiling the ride a bit. Of course, when it was our time, we were the ones who got stuck up there forever. I genuinely thought the ride had broken and we'd be left to dangle in the air for hours on end!
This year's Fright Night theme was Big Top so there were creepy clowns chasing attendees around the park. Thankfully I'm not scared of clowns so I was happily taken a photo of this creep when she suddenly lunged towards me- hence the out of focus!
Last year, we braved the Blair Witch Project maze which was given a 2/5 fear rating and we coped admirably so decided to challenge ourselves this time with the 5/5 Big Top maze. Everything about this one seemed less scary than the Blair Witch Project- even the music being played in the queue was a happy carnival tune. Mind you, it probably also helped that it was daytime and there was an adorable little boy in front of us who kept telling us how excited he was. As it turns out, the maze wasn't at all scary. The main problem we had was how disorientating it was. Marie and I were in the lead and in rooms filled with mirrors, smoke, rapidly flashing lights and loud noise, we couldn't find the way out at all. A man behind us took over leading the group but somehow we managed to lose them and had to find our way through alone. After bossing this maze, I feel much more able to tackle others next year.
No matter how fantastic the day was, I think my highlight was this man eating lunch with a giant frog and minion. It made me laugh more than it really should have.
We both had a fantastic time. Thorpe Park is one of my favourite places to visit and they're currently advertising a new ride to be opened next year. Named Minds Wanted, it's fronted by Derren Brown- who I bloody love- so I'm super excited to find out more about it!
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