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Stealth is Thorpe Park's big, fast and intimidating icon ride - an 80mph+ launched coaster to over 200ft.
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Situated behind Stealth is a piece of Thorpe history that far predates the 205ft 'coaster. The Sunken Garden has existed at Thorpe Park since the 1980s, and it is remarkable that it survived the installation of Stealth, given that Model World and the old Flying Fish both didn't. Today Sunken Gardens offers one of the few "quiet" places to rest at the Park, and can be found just to the left of the Stealth giant-tyre entrance. See more of the "old" Sunken Garden in our Archive.
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Stealth. If there was ever a word to describe this coaster, Stealth would not be it. Why Thorpe Park took the decision to go ahead with this name, nobody will ever know. It was allegedly not the first name proposed for the ride - "The Edge" and "Johnny Rocket" were previous (and better?) contenders. This coaster is massive, at over 200ft tall, it's noisy, using a hydraulic launching system and it's rapid, at over 80mph. Hardly "Stealth", then.
Another criticism arises from the layout of this coaster. Riders are launched from 0 to 80 in under 2 seconds, are catapulted up a 200ft near vertical incline, and drop down the same height again the other side. They experience one final "bunny hop" before returning to the station. And that's your lot. There are coasters that use a launch system to provide an initial thrill, and then follow it up with a great roller coaster ride afterwards. Stealth provides that initial boost, but doesn't really follow it up with everything. It's all over in 20 seconds!
Aside from these two issues, Stealth really has a lot going for it. Thorpe Park wanted an "icon" coaster - and this is truly it. It towers over everything else in the Park and, being visible from the M3 and M25, dominates the skyline. The rush of being thrown from 0 to 80mph in such a small space of time is quite euphoric; the acceleration is stunning - it never falters. Just as riders think the train won't go any faster down the launch track it keeps relentlessly speeds up, and doesn't let up until guests are cresting over the top of the Top Hat. For our money, these Intamin accelerator coasters provide the biggest adrenaline shots a Theme Park can offer.
The ride is comfortable and smooth, despite the high speeds the train is going through, and is very re-rideable. Without a shadow of a doubt the best ride can be had sitting in the front row with your hands firmly in the air!
Stealth really hits the spot. Perhaps the most adrenaline fuelled ride in Park (only Detonator competes), it continues to bring in the visitors and has most definitely secured Thorpe Park's place as the Nation's Thrill Capital. Make it a "must" in your next visit.
- Utterly thrilling - the biggest adrenaline rush that Thorpe Park offers.
- Stunning visuals at the crest of the Top Hat - especially at night.
- Certainly iconic.
- Amazing ride in the front row.
- A one-trick pony.
- The huge area the coaster takes up feels wasted for a 20 second ride.
- Themeing is pretty light; a massive shame the queueline grandstand planned for the ride was canned.
- Ridiculous name.
"Despite riding it numerous times, this is one of the few rides in the Park that still gives me an adrenalin rush. The acceleration at the start is quite forceful but after the first second becomes more fun, shooting up the top hat giving a moment of weightlessness and then plummeting back down. Overall a great ride, shame the start couldn't be a little longer."
Matt, London, UK.
"Ridiculous name? Rubbish. Great name to go with one incredible roller coaster!"
Thomas, Maidenhead, UK.
"Stealth is a brilliant ride but it is way too short, it should be like Rita at Alton Towers. I queued for an hour for a 15 second ride which is a bit disappointing."
Shaquille, Dagenham, UK.