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Theme Park: Thorpe Park Submit Planning Application for 2011 Ride

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In line with the THORPE PARK’s Medium Term Development Plan that was submitted early this month, application for full planning permission for a new water ride which would open in 2011 has been submitted to the Runnymede Borough Council.  

This can be viewed on the Runnymede Borough Council website, www.runnymede.gov.uk (ref: RU10-0638).

Subject to planning approval, the ride, produced by manufacturer WhiteWater West, will be located in the area currently occupied by Octopus Garden, with a theoretical capacity of 600 people per hour and sitting at a height of 64 feet.

Mike Vallis, THORPE PARK’s Divisional Director, comments: ‘This development will add another exhilarating dimension to our current portfolio of thrilling rides and attractions, appealing to both our core audience of 16-34 year old thrill seekers and families with older children.’

As the nation’s Thrill Capital, THORPE PARK is the ‘must do’ destination for adrenaline seekers with over 25 rides and attractions all within 20 miles of Central London. With a core audience of 16 to 34 year olds and ‘up-for-it’ families, THORPE PARK is constantly pushing the boundaries with new rides. With rollercoasters such as SAW – The Ride (2009), the world’s first horror movie themed rollercoaster, Stealth (2006), one of Europe’s fastest and tallest rollercoasters and Colossus (2002), the world’s first ten inversion rollercoaster, as well as attractions such as Rush (2005), the world’s largest Speed Swing and Slammer (2005), Europe’s first Sky Swat, the Park has been leading the way in the UK when it comes to extreme theme park thrills.

The MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS GROUP is the leading name in location based, family entertainment, which has seen the most successful and dynamic growth of any company in the sector over the last five years.   Europe’s number one, and the world’s second largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin has 62 attractions and 6 hotels in 12 countries, across 3 continents.   The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 38.5 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 14, 000 employees.  
Merlin Entertainments operates the following attractions – SEA LIFE – the world’s No 1 aquarium brand, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, The Merlin Entertainments London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, THORPE PARK, Chessington World of Adventures, Heide Park, Underwater Adventures, and Earth Explorer.

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