Thorpe Park – Passholder day!

We were super excited to get back to Thorpe Park for the Passholder day today – however it wasn’t quite as thrilling as we had hoped!

Yesterday we had beautiful sunshine all day, today, torrential rain – boooo!

But we didn’t want to let the weather dampen our mood and we were so excited to be back. Thorpe Park is our favourite of all the Merlin Theme Parks. (Warwick Castle still wins for me for non theme park locations)

Of course we had to get the standard selfie by the entrance sign.

They have added these cute little Neon signs in the park this one is on the bridge by the main entrance.

This was a photo entering the park and one leaving – the colour of my jacket shows just how much it rained!

We knew before we got there Nemesis Inferno, Colossus and The Walking Dead would be closed. The replacement for the Derren Brown Ghost Train also hasn’t opened yet. This is scheduled to open in ‘Spring 2023’ so hopefully soon!

The Swarm

We had already planned that we would heard straight for The Swarm. It is 1000000% our favourite UK rollercoaster and we didn’t want to end up missing out if the queues got too long, or as normally happens to us, it breaks down and closes for the rest of the day!

We were pretty close to the front of the queue and were probably on the 6th load to go out. Also a little tip is you want to be on the side you don’t go over the bridge to board because this side get’s flipped OVER the track at the top when you first start. The other side just go under it.

We went for a front row seat too which didn’t add too much to our wait due to how early we got in the queue.

I had planned on getting the £20 all photos all day pass however this was the ONLY photo we got. I do like that you can now add all your photos to the app and then buy the pass later on and choose any prints you want.

Angry Bird Land

If you have small people with you, Angry Bird Land is probably where you will end up. We didn’t do anything in here. I would have gone on Detonator Drop Tower (Min Height 1.3m) but Gaz isn’t keen on them.

What are the Thorpe Park Ride Height Restrictions?

Open to all guests;
Angry Birds 4D Adventure
– Open to all ages, but recommended age 4+
Amity Beach – All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied at all times. 
Zodiac – Under 1.4m must be accompanied by an adult 16+.

Minimum of 0.9m to ride;
Flying Fish – Riders between 0.9m and 1.1m must be accompanied by an adult aged 16+.
High Striker – Riders between 0.9m and 1.1m must be accompanied by an adult aged 16+.
Mr Monkey’s Banana Ride – Riders between 0.9m and 1.2m must be accompanied by an adult aged 16+.
Depth Charge – Riders between 0.9m and 1.2m must be accompanied by an adult aged 16+.

Minimum of 1.1 to ride;
Storm Surge
– Guests between 1.1m-1.2m must be accompanied by an adult aged 16+.
King Pigs Wild Hog Dodgems – Those between 1.1m-1.3m must be accompanied by an adult aged 16+
Storm in a teacup – Riders between 1.1m and 1.3m must be accompanied by an adult aged 16+.
Rumba Rapids – Riders between 1.1m and 1.3m must be accompanied by an adult aged 16+. In addition, each boat must have an accompanying adult aged 18+

Minimum of 1.2m to ride;
Quantum – Maximum torso restriction 51 inches

Minimum of 1.3m to ride;
Detonator – Maximum torso restriction 51 inches

Minimum of 1.4m to ride;
The Swarm – Maximum torso restriction 51 inches
Stealth – Maximum torso restriction 51 inches
Nemesis Inferno – Maximum torso restriction 51 inches
Saw : The Ride – Maximum torso restriction 51 inches
Colossus – Maximum torso restriction 51 inches
Vortex – Maximum Torso Restriction 51 Inches
Black Mirror Labyrinth – Although this doesn’t have a height restriction it is recommended for ages 13+.  This attraction features dark indoor spaces with strobe lighting, loud noises and special effects.
Walking Dead : The Ride

We saw Stealth rollback twice – once while we were in the queue for The Swarm and then again just as we were about to join the ride queue.

It ended up being closed for the rest of the time we were there, so no go on Stealth for us!

We headed over to The Samurai and it seemed to be running really slowly and then it was stopped and closed. So that was another no go!

I did manage to get on Rush, which I do love, Gaz isn’t a fan so I went on alone. Me and the lady next to me were laughing because they REALLY jammed those safety bars down and neither of us were expecting it!

We walked back over to The Swarm and the heavens opened. The rain was torrential and we decided perhaps it was a sign to call it a day.

Oh and Gaz thought you might all like to know they had these lights in the mens toilets to show which cubicle is available.

Wasn’t quite the day we had hoped for but we got a night and day away from the kids so it was a winner for us.

Premier Inn – High Wycombe

We stayed in the Premier Inn in High Wycombe the night before it’s only around half hour from Thorpe Park and so much cheaper than the closer hotels.

Premier Inn beds are literally THE BEST THING EVER and I now have one on my Christmas List.

The hotel was nice enough, I like that when you book a Premier Inn they are fairly consistent in what you will get.

Our room was in the depths of the basement but it was great as we didn’t have any neighbours.

Premier Inn High Wycombe / Beaconsfield
Location : Thanstead Farm, London Road, Loudwater HP10 9YL
Room Cost : £57.80 + £9.99 pp for breakfast
Free onsite parking and a Brewers Fayre is attached.

Papermill – Brewers Fayre

Attached to the hotel is a Brewers Fayre. Premier Inns offer a Dinner & Breakfast deal which includes

2 Courses from the main menu (some come with an extra charge)
A drink (from the selection below)

The price varies by location but here it is £24.99 per person.


The food wasn’t the best, but it was pretty cheap on the deal. The starters were better than the mains and you can’t go too wrong with dessert.

I had a wine with the meal deal and it was this tiny shot of wine (apparently this is a normal serving, normal for WHO?!)

They also had these Rosé Sangria -Jack Rabbit White Zinfandel with Fever – Tree Raspberry & Rhubarb Tonic on the menu. I wasn’t a massive fan but I thought it was cute being served in a Jam Jar glass.


Breakfast was a standard cooked buffet with all the usual alternatives including cereal, croissants, toast and pancakes. It was a great start to fuelling our day at Thorpe Park anyway!

Tea, Coffee, Orange and Apple Juice were also available.

Although we didn’t have quite the day we had hoped, luckily as passholders we can visit anytime for free so we just have an excuse to go back.

ChrissyJ xxx

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