Samurai was moved from sister Park Chessington World of Adventures to Thorpe Park in 2004, in exchange for Fabbri Ferris Wheel "Eclipse". The swap was made as both rides suited the target market better in the other Park. The name ("Samurai") was kept the same, but the ride sported a new colour scheme; from the black and red of old to a new "Lost City" blue.
2004 was the last season for the Mack Powered 'coaster "Flying Fish", which had to be demolished to make way for the 2006 "icon" 'coaster, Stealth. The location of this family ride was what made it such a good one - the close interaction with the foliage made it a more thrilling ride than it otherwise would have been.
Thankfully the Park saw sense and, 3 seasons later, re-installed the Flying Fish in a new location in between Depth Charge and Tidal Wave. Check out our review of the re-located ride here!
Pictured here in 2004 is Sunken Garden, in its original form before Stealth was built in 2006. One of the only areas of the Park that wasn't a "concrete jungle", the Sunken Garden provided a peaceful escape from the thrills and spills of Thorpe's ever growing ride lineup.
Thankfully Thorpe saw fit to keep this area of the Park and it reopened along with Stealth in 2006.
As with the Flying Fish, Model World was dismantled in 2004, and the area removed completely in 2005, to make way for Stealth. Thorpe Park was growing in visitor numbers year on year, and the Park could no longer justify keeping such a "sedate" attraction in the Park.
Model World was a collection of miniature 1/36th-scale models that, upon Park opening in 1979, was one of the largest collections in the world! When Model World was dismantled, many of the remaining models were moved to Bekonscot Model Village & Railway, where they remain to this day.
2004 was one of the last seasons where the Thorpe Park Rangers were on Park to brighten everyone's day. Below we have photos of both the
characters and show that took place in the Ranger Showcase:
Opened in 1979, Thorpe Park celebrated its 25th birthday in 2004 with a flowerbed located by the entrance. You can also see the old-style branding around the Thorpe entrance, in this photo again taken in 2004.
During 2003 - 2004, the Area played host to the Spiderman Show, featuring stunts, gags and action. It was perhaps one of the most popular shows that Thorpe has ever staged, with some excellent visual effects and stuntwork. The Marvel Comics IP surely didn't hinder spectator numbers, either!