Project Exodus June 2022 Update
Sunday 12th June 2022
Project Exodus at Thorpe Park is still in the planning stages.
Since being submitted the plans have received both positive and negative comments that the park will need to overcome in order to get full planning permission.
However... preparation work in Old Town has continued, Platform 15 and Roots of Evil are now fully removed, ready for an access path into the site. This means when / if the park is given the green light that major work can commence. Since our last look down monks walk, lots of fence panels that used to line the queue line for Timber Tug Boat and stopping people from entering Platform 15 from the old entrance have been removed giving you a great view into Old Town.
Other updates in the area since our last monks walk visit, Rocky Express is still standing and hasn't been touched yet, lots of Fright Nights theming such as the hay barrels are still sitting on the floor, some of which have started to grow grass and plants in them. It would also appear that some of the Platform 15 fence panels have started to be removed, this will really open up the area when all taken down.
Fingers crossed it won't be long until the park gets a decision on the ride.
Extra Documents For Project Exodus Reveal Creek Freak Massacre Future
Wednesday 27th April 2022
Thorpe Park has added new documents to the planning application for Project Exodus, this is outlining issues such as noise complaints, the site access road and more interesting to enthusiasts. The possible future of the maze located within the Loggers Leap station, Creek Freak Massacre.
Located behind Burger King, a new site access road will be built, this will use the area previously used for Blair Witch and Zombie Hunt. This area has recently been gutted of all Fright Nights props and buildings.
Located in a planning document it states...
"Hatched Area to be returned to park control between August and November 2022 to facilitate access to loggers leap scare maze"
This means if approved we could get one last year of Creek Freak Massacre. Also located in the plans shows that the park would make a new entrance to the queue line for the maze. A new temporary entrance and pathway would be built for the Fright Nights attraction, this would be located just behind Samarui in an area previously used for Platform 15.
Ground Works Begin On Project Exodus
Saturday 9th April 2022
Groundwork on Project Exodus has begun! Whilst riding Saw The Ride today, we noticed that parts of Platform 15 had been removed and that a large drilling machine could be seen in the area. Down Monk's Walk, we also spotted a white van parked down by the previous exit of Roots of Evil which has now been completely removed. A skip can currently be seen under the Nemesis Inferno exit full of old maze props and rubbish.
Two large drilling machines are currently around Old Town drilling holes into the ground, for what we assume will become foundations for the new coaster when approved. When looking at the machine "Comacchio Geo 205" on Google, it confirms this machine is indeed for foundations.
Walking down Monk's Walk, you can also see the extent of the clearance works for a new maintenance road down into the Old Town area. All of the scare mazes have been removed, including the removal of Roots of Evil, Zombie Hunt and the end scenes of Platform 15. The train remains standing for now but we're sure it won't be long until these trains are relocated to the farm or sold.
This is big news for Project Exodus.
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UPDATE: On further googling and research, it looks like this work is to test ground quality around the site.
Roots Of Evil Maze Removed For Access Path
Saturday 2nd April 2022
Since our last visit to Thorpe Park more preparation work for Project Exodus has happened. The old Roots of Evil maze has been flattened, with the old shed previously used for the finale of Roots of Evil and The Blair Witch Project being flattened along with lots of fences for the maze being removed. Looking far into the distance, it looks like the whole maze has been removed, we expect that this section of road will become an access route if and when Project Exodus is approved.
Signs Added To Old Town About Project Exodus
Saturday 26th March 2022
Old Town is no more, Project Exodus has taken over! Our last visit to the park was only a week ago and we've already seen some major changes to the appearance of Old Town!
Some easter eggs have been placed on The Grill building and on the old Rocky Express queue time sign. Signs with quotes have been added to The Grill building with easter eggs to the new project such as:
Where did everybody vanish to?
Dunno! They just left in some exodus
It's very rude to stare!
And a new google search board has appeared with "retirement options" and a cool little nod/easter egg to the old Canadian theme of the area.
Red crosses have been added to the Rocky Express sign, we expect that means to remove this.
Posters have been added to the construction walls on the site showing off events that are coming up over the next few months around the park. We're sure when the park gets planning permission for the area we will receive some ride-related posters!
The last remains of Old Town have also been removed and replaced with a new bit of artwork. The access gate by Burger King now has a bright yellow, black and red montage of Nemesis Inferno and a big rollercoaster in the middle we expect to be Exodus.
Construction Walls Installed Around Old Town
Saturday 19th March 2022
With plans submitted to the local council for Project Exodus, Thorpe Park have installed construction walls around Old Town. The area still remains standing for now however two rides have already been removed, Timber Tug Boat and Lumber Jump have already been relocated and removed. Rocky Express remains standing for now, but for how much longer?!
Over the next few weeks, we should maybe see some marketing/promotion material will be stuck on these new walls. Unforcently there are not any windows to look into the area so everything will remain a mystery.
Thorpe Park Submit Project Exodus Plans
Monday 14th March 2022
Thorpe Park submitted plans today for their newest coaster, currently, code-named Project Exodus. No name for the attraction has been announced and probably won't be for a while!
The new rollercoaster, rumoured to be built by Mack rides, will be located in Old Town and will see the removal of Loggers Leap station and track around the area. Although we've seen early and brief plans for this coaster before, this is the first time we've had official plans submitted by the park to the local council.
After taking some time to analyse these new plans, we can confirm that the new rollercoaster looks to have 10 rows with 2 seats per row. Plans of the station from head-on and a bird's eye view also seem to confirm our thoughts that the ride could be built by Mack Rides! Featuring lap bars, a shield in front of each 4 seat car-like Icon and Blue Fire and a very similar track design to Blue Fire and Icon. If this is a Mack Rides rollercoaster, this means that the park could get the iconic bag system that comes with the brand's rides.
Referred to as Project Highrise and Project Exodus throughout plans, it does definitely mean the end of the Loggers Leap station, ride and the old Canada Creek Railway building. When. looking at the plans, the old Mexican cantina building will remain and will be home to a new shop, with a new photo unit being bolted onto the side of the building. If truly being turned into one big building this shop is going to be HUGE!
Other bits noticed in the plans are:
The queue lines for the ride are visible such as accessible and standard "queue lines"
A disabled lift can be seen in the back corner of the station.
The maintenance building for the ride will be located almost behind Burger King. For the trains to get on and off of the track the transfer track is at the front of the station.
The splashdown area and viewing plaza appear to be accessible via the exit of the ride.
In the photos of the area showing how everything looks before the park begins work on the ride, the steps that guests used to walk over to get over the Loggers Leap trough have been removed.
One nice little extra touch noticed in the plans is that the Loggers Leap memorial has been moved to the Sunken Gardens located next to the entrance of Stealth.
We cannot wait to watch this project progress over the next few months and years! Thorpe Park has definitely got a new top coaster coming it's way.
Thorpe Park 2024 Rollercoaster Public Consultation Plans Uploaded
Friday 10th December 2021
The public consultation website for the rollercoaster replacing Old Town is now online! Codenamed Project Exodus this huge new rollercoaster will transform the parks Skyline if permission is granted. Standing at 236 feet tall this rollercoaster is set to be the tallest rollercoaster in the UK, beating Blackpool Pleasure Beach's The Big One by 1 foot.
With the park currently in the consultation phase, not all of the plans have been published and nothing has been finalised just yet. No information about the top speed, manufacture or theme has been confirmed yet but enthusiasts across social media have started to speculate over who they think and want to build the rollercoaster.
Looking at the plans shows off a brief layout of the ride and how steep the lift hill could be. Our favourite part of these plans is the waterside viewing area where are you will be able to get fantastic photos of the ride. It does also look like the ride might feature a splashdown section something similar to Shambhala in Spain.
Looking at the plans, Slammer does appear to still be on the map as staying. However this could all change, we would love to see the old ride removed and replaced with something else new to add to this new area.
No theme can be determined from the plans at this stage, all of the buildings are very basic. However, the queue line and entrance for the rollercoaster will require the Creek Freaks maze / The old Loggers Leap station to be demolished.
Building on what we said about the ride yesterday in our article we believe the ride will have 3/4 inversions. Cleverly using an inversion to twist the train around to go backwards and go around bends at speed.
One of our guesses about the manufacture is that it could be Vekoma, Mack or even an RMC. Looking at the plans of the coaster, when the train leaves the station it takes an outer bank curve similar to Untamed at Walibi Holland. This could just be how the artist has interpreted the bend of the rollercoaster or a clue to one of the elements.
With visitor numbers falling at the park for the past few years, we feel like this rollercoaster is going to put Thorpe Park back on the map. And make the park stand out again.
We look forward to seeing this project progress over the next few years!
Thorpe Park Reveal Ideas For Old Town Rollercoaster
Thursday 9th December 2021
Thorpe Park has shown off plans for its new rollercoaster today at the public consultation event. Located in Old Town the new rollercoaster will replace Loggers Leap, Rocky Express and two children's rides.
No photos were allowed during the event but we can reveal some information that was revealed!
The project name appears to be: Project Exodus. A poster in the Fright Nights maze Trailers seems to match this project name.
The ride will have a maximum height of 72 meters / 236 feet. Taller than Stealth. The ride appears to possibly have 2 maybe 3 inversions.
Leaving the station, the ride appears to take an outer bank curve similar to Untamed at Walibi Holland.
The station for the ride will be located where the old train station for Canada Creek Railway currently still stands. With a maintenance shed for it near Burger King. A viewing area for the ride will be located at the exit of the attraction and will look over the lake.
The colour scheme of the ride will try to follow Stealth's to remain as hidden as possible with the higher parts of the ride possibly painted white and the lower sections blue.
Plans will be available from tomorrow as part of the consultation.
This is groundbreaking news from the park and we can’t wait to see the project continue.
A brief setup of the planning and consultation period:
Public consultation starts - 9th December 2021
January / February 2022 - Reviewing feedback and comments
Spring 2022 - Submit plans to the local council
Spring / Summer 2022 - A planning decision possibly made
Late 2022 - Construction to start
Opening Date - All to be confirmed.
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Thorpe Park To Launch Public Consultation For New Rollercoaster
Saturday 27th November 2021
Thorpe Park has reached out to local residents with a save the date, advertising a public consultation for a brand new roller coaster!
On the poster, it confirmes the location of the new rollercoaster, located in Old Town. We expect the new ride will see the removal of Loggers Leap and all of the smaller attractions within the area, such as Rocky Express.
The public consultation website is set to go live on December 10th.
"Thorpe Park Resort would like to invite you to view information about the emerging proposal for an exciting new roller coaster at the Resort.
The proposal will involve the removal of existing old rides and replacement with a new roller coaster in the Old Town part of the resort. The new ride will provide an exhilarating new experience for visitors to add to existing attractions."