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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
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