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Alton Towers or Thorpe Park

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Aloreth, Aug 30, 2010.


Alton Towers or Thorpe Park?

  1. Alton Towers

  2. Thorpe Park

  1. Aloreth

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 16, 2005

    Posts: 1,365

    Hello all,

    Planning a cheap day out at the end of the week and was wondering which of these two theme parks would be best. It would be me and the mrs, we've both been to a fair few theme parks but neither of these two recently.

    What are the pros and cons of each? If you had to choose which would you go for and why?

  2. L0rdMike


    Joined: Nov 3, 2003

    Posts: 10,406

    Location: Southampton

    Go to which ever is closest.
  3. BringTheRain


    Joined: Jan 3, 2009

    Posts: 5,614

    Location: Bedfordshire

  4. Morba


    Joined: Mar 7, 2003

    Posts: 28,194

    Location: Krispy Kreme drive thru

    Pro would be which is closer, as you are talking about cost.
    Never had a cheap day at Alton Towers!
  5. Begbie


    Joined: Oct 20, 2004

    Posts: 22,086

    Location: .....

    Only ever been to Alton Towers
  6. Alex_6n2


    Joined: Jan 24, 2007

    Posts: 2,532

    Location: Bristol

    Alton Towers is bigger and more spread out. Rides are about on par with each other (Although AT has more crap little rides). IMO you can have a better day out at Alton Towers but it depends on how far it is away from you
  7. Amp34


    Joined: Jul 25, 2005

    Posts: 26,817

    Location: Canada

    Alton Towers has more atmosphere and looks nicer (old house, gardens and more spread out) whilst Thorpe Park is usually slightly quieter but is situated in a disused cement factory (or something like that) so isn't as attractive.

    I'd go to whichever is closer, unless you've been to one quite recently, then go for the other.
  8. Lightnix


    Joined: Sep 11, 2007

    Posts: 5,246

    Location: from the internet

    Having been to Thorpe Park today, I would say they're not really up to their usual standards at the moment (I say this as a reasonably regular visitor there) - rides kept breaking down whilst I was in the queue, there're very few staff members watching queues (so queue jumping is fairly rife), and they have a bit of a wasp problem (not to say there aren't usually wasps - that'd be naive, but they seemed to be out in force today, despite it not being very warm). On the plus side, upon complaining of this we got fast track tickets. I'd give Thorpe Park a miss this season, though - which is a shame as usually I find it to be a good day out. I'm not sure if they've had budget cuts recently or what.
  9. DBT85


    Joined: Oct 8, 2006

    Posts: 5,606

    Location: Pershore, Worcs

    I found the theming at Alton to be better but its a bit of a trek from the South East Thorpe Park is fun too but its a bit more "plonk any old ride any old where".

    We only ever go when all the kids are back at school though. The parks aren't open for as long but you dont need thme to be. We went to Thorpe a year or so ago and queued for just 20 minutes to get on Stealth as one example, we went on Colossus 5 times (dont ask why as I have no idea) etc etc. We're planning on going again around the 10th of September as most of the schools have gone back by then, last time it was just like an 18-25 day out for the entire park lol.
  10. Amp34


    Joined: Jul 25, 2005

    Posts: 26,817

    Location: Canada

    I'm hoping to get a day at Thorpe park soon too, uni is going to be 15 minutes from the park so there is no reason not too. Best days are those that are before/after school trip time or holidays and days that were forecast to be wet but turn out to be sunny. We had the park almost to ourselves a few years back when both those came true, boiling hot and empty. Tidal wave was fun on that day!:D
  11. Vanilla


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 8,661

    Having been to both many times Alton Towers is bigger and better.
  12. A2Z


    Joined: May 9, 2005

    Posts: 7,561

    Location: London

    Alton Towers is way better.

    Its common knowledge around here.
  13. Skidder

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 28, 2007

    Posts: 11,023

    As an economist working in the theme park and leisure industry I track all of the parks and of course visit them. Alton is way ahead of TP as it has had higher investment for a much more sustained period. TP is catching up but Alton is the better park for the moment. It is also a much bigger site which makes for quite a different feel and a bit more variety in atmosphere and theming. Unless Thorpe is on your doostep I would go to Alton. Don't expect a cheap day out!
  14. Aloreth

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 16, 2005

    Posts: 1,365

    Hello all,

    Thanks for the replies! (And thanks to the mod for turning the thread into a poll!)

    As I'm not sure i want to drive, I was thinking of taking the coach up in the morning which only goes on a Wednesday. What are peoples thoughts on how busy it will be tomorrow? I think all the schools have gone back so perhaps I could be onto a winner?
  15. oli356


    Joined: Jan 10, 2010

    Posts: 5,302

    Location: Reading

    I would simply go to the one which is closest to you...

    Well the first day back around here is the 7th. I've been to thorpe park while people are at school and without. There's a different but i couldn't say its quiet :p Only been to AT once and it was so busy

    Considering TP is 50minutes drive away max while AT is more like 3 hours, its a no brainer for me :)
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2010
  16. Loosecannon

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 22, 2006

    Posts: 1,102

    Schools are not back yet!

    Most will have training days for the first 2/3 days. Friday will be a lot better if you can leave it that long and still get there. Otherwise leave it til the 9th!
  17. Pawnless Endgame


    Joined: May 10, 2004

    Posts: 9,115

    Location: Sunny Stafford

    Thorpe Park is geared towards thrill rides, so go there if you prefer thrills. Alton is more mixed hat but still has some world class coasters such as Nemmie.
  18. Klo


    Joined: Nov 20, 2005

    Posts: 3,909

    Location: South East

    Hmm, been to both when they were both almost empty (in October). I prefer Thorpe Park slightly, because it is smaller and has a high density of more extreme rides. Alton Towers is 'prettier' though.

    Nothing like going on Oblivion at Alton 5 times :D
  19. Andrew Moore

    MSI Rep

    Joined: Jul 20, 2009

    Posts: 4,511

    Location: 20ft from bed

    Thorpe park is much better and to top it off you dont have to walk 500 miles from ride to ride. Ideal if your slightly lazy like me :)

  20. Admiral Huddy


    Joined: Feb 17, 2003

    Posts: 28,136

    Location: Chelmsford & Broadgate

    Pretty much even really. But as Andy says above, AT has a lot there but then you tend to walk miles to get round and you need a few days. TP is more concise and a decent day out but as already said, which ever is closest.

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