Are we nearly there yet?

A trip to a theme park al­ways pro­vides a great day our for thrill-seek­ers but when it’s in the lead up to the spook­i­est night of the year, as Adele Parks found out, the screams are all the more chill­ing

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Adele Parks gets a fright at Thorpe Park

It is a truth, uni­ver­sally ac­knowl­edged, that when try­ing to lure teenagers into hav­ing fam­ily trips out there are two fail-safes to guar­an­tee en­thu­si­asm: one, you of­fer to take their friends along and two, you men­tion the two magic words, ‘theme park’.

Luck­ily, one of the coun­try’s big­gest and best theme parks is on our doorstep and it’s never more ex­cit­ing than on a Hal­loween Fright Night. Dur­ing the day time, in the sum­mer, Thorpe Park is home to some of the UK’S most awe­some thrill rides so go­ing in the dark, on the scari­est night of the year, is up­ping the ante. Younger kids can be kept amused there, but to my mind Thorpe Park is a haven for thrill-seek­ing teens and adults. The rides are big and bold, de­signed for the fear­less.

Queue­ing in theme parks is in­evitable. The rides are good, very good, there­fore pop­u­lar. Peo­ple travel huge dis­tances to visit this park, es­pe­cially on Fright Nights. You need ac­cept the in­evitable: pay for a Fast­pass or be pa­tient. My tip is to work out which rides you ab­so­lutely MUST go on (or your life will be in­com­plete) and then pri­ori­tise those.

En­ter­ing the spirit, we ar­rived in Walk­ing Dead make up. This isn’t com­pul­sory, but we be­lieve you get out what you put in and dress­ing up amuses other guests and gen­er­ally gen­er­ates good will and good times. Some peo­ple go all the way and wear full cos­tumes, but I didn’t want to be con­fused with a mem­ber of staff and be con­stantly asked di­rec­tions to the loos, plus I’m very ‘safety first’ and wor­ried that cos­tumes might get in the way of the har­nesses etc. so ve­toed that.

The thrill-seek­ing, speed­mon­sters wanted to tick off Swarm (speeds of al­most 100km/h and G forces of up to 4.5), Saw (a 100ft ver­ti­cal drop), Colos­sus (a 10-loop coaster – 10!), Neme­sis (an in­verted roller­coaster) and Stealth (0-80mph to 205ft in un­der two sec­onds). I ad­mit to spend­ing a fair amount of time with my eyes shut! To be hon­est, that was scary enough for me but pre­tend­ing to be braver than I am, I agreed to join ev­ery­one on The Walk­ing Dead ride, a multi-sen­sory roller­coaster with a zom­bie sto­ry­line and spe­cial ef­fects in­spired by the hit AMC se­ries. There were live zom­bies out to get us! Well, un­dead zom­bies, tech­ni­cally. Whilst I told my­self they were ac­tors, I found com­pelled to leg it at quite a speed to the safety zone!

The night con­cluded with Der­ren Brown’s Ghost Train, which has a mind-blow­ing 12 dif­fer­ent pos­si­ble jour­neys, so your ex­pe­ri­ence can be to­tally dif­fer­ent to your friends even if you’re on the ride to­gether which in­evitably means you want to go back and do it again!

“Luck­ily, one of the coun­try’s big­gest and best theme parks is on our doorstep and it’s never more ex­cit­ing than on a Hal­loween Fright Night”

FRIGHT NIGHTS run from Oc­to­ber 5 to 31. For more in­for­ma­tion visit THOR­PEPARK. com. TOP: The Walk­ing Dead at Thorpe Park LEFT: Adele’s son took the Fright Night very se­ri­ously

Adele Parks

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