On 16th October 2014, Thorpe Park submitted a surprise application for a "unique new themed attraction, housed within a building" to open in 2016. We have all the details in our 2016 Dark Ride section:
Thorpe Park continues to have a very promising future, judging by what's detailed on their Medium Term Development Plan. This plan has seen two submissions to Runnymede Borough Council; one at the end of 2009 and one in July 2010.
The plan was the first of its kind since the MTDPs submitted back
in 2003, which detailed the building of Stealth and SAW: The
Ride, alongside the relocation of Samurai from Chessington and installation of
Slammer and Rush. It also boasted a further round ride, the installation
of a second Detonator tower and a Lake Show, all of which did
not happen, proving that these guidelines are no guarantee of
what might actually go ahead.
current MDTP, which details plans for the Park from 2010 - 2016,
is still subject to environmental screenings and council approval,
but it does give us a valuable insight into what the future has
line with Merlin Entertainments' investment strategy, Thorpe
Park plan to build a new major attraction every three years,
most probably with filler attractions in the years in between.
Proposed rides include:
Coaster in 2012, not exceeding 40 metres (131 feet) high, located
either at points C or E on the below diagrams (later confirmed as point C).
- This coaster was built as expected, and is now open as The Swarm.
Coaster in 2015 (which has in later documents been suggested as having been pushed back to 2016 or later), not exceeding 50 metres (164 feet) high, located
at point A on the below diagrams.
- This coaster has been delayed from its original 2015 opening, according to the planning documents submitted for the 2013 Crash Pad development: "It is considered unlikely that the 2015 Coaster will be built within the current MTDP timeframe (i.e. by 2016)".
- The planned 'coaster has likely been replaced / pushed back in lieu of the new planned 2016 dark ride attraction.
- 5 flat rides. The diagrams below show 9 possible locations
for these rides, but only 4 or 5 will be used for rides
And in addition to all this, the Plan suggests:
Air Stage next to Stealth in 2012 (which didn't happen in 2012, but not ruled out for later years).
entrance to the Park (new signage erected over entrance in 2014).
to Pizza Hut, Burger King, Shops, Nemesis Workshop and a new
2003 MDTP projected an increase in visitors from 1.4 million/year
to approximately 2 million a year over the period 2004 - 2009 (the Park didn't quite make this, getting 1.87m visitors in 2009).
The 2009 MTDP projects an increase of only 200,000
extra visitors/year by the end of the period 2010 - 2016, but
this may be partly due to the fact that Thorpe Park just does not
have the capacity to take many more, without reclaiming new land.
To view all of the MTDP submissions, find them at Runnymede Borough Council here.
A permanent Thorpe Park Hotel has been an idea on the cards for many years. The
latest MTDP noted that
in April 2009 Runnymede Borough Council approved plans submitted back in 2006 for a
resort hotel. Thorpe Park have been cautious about this investment however, partly due to the poor economic climate.
In 2013, Thorpe Park sought to test the water for the overnight stay market and opted to build a temporary hotel (The Crash Pad) as a trial for a permanent hotel in partnership with Snoozebox. Following the success of this trial, for 2014 the Park severed their ties with Snoozebox and built their own version of the temporary hotel, now open as the Thorpe Shark Hotel.
The plans for the permanent hotel have not been dropped, however. In May 2014, the Park entered the "detailed design" phase of planning for the permanent development, which is now tentatively slated to open in spring 2018. We have a full feature on the proposed permanent hotel: