As far as theme parks go, the UK has a pretty great offering. Chessington, Alton Towers, Legoland... not to mention the GOAT that is Thorpe Park, notorious for its ‘Fright Night’ at Halloween and extreme rides like ‘Saw’. And now the park has upped its game, announcing plans to open a brand-new roller coaster that will be 72 metres high – making it the tallest in the UK. Eeeeek.
Though the new ride is yet to be given a name (it’s only been referred to as ‘Project Exodus’ in planning documents), it will be partly positioned over water and tower ten metres above the park’s infamous ‘Stealth’ ride. At 72 metres high, it would be just a tiny bit taller than The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
The attraction is expected to create a huge 89 jobs during the construction period, along with 31 full-time and 123 part-time seasonal jobs. This is the first new roller coaster since ‘Swarm’ opened in 2012, and will lead to several other major changes, with other rides being removed to make space for the roller coaster.
It’s not yet clear when the new ride will drop, but it’s just been given the green light by planning authorities, so it’s probably only a matter of time before the mega-coaster opens.