Thorpe to Get New Coaster
A concept that originally took off in 2002 will be arriving at Thorpe Park in 2006 in the form of a short and fast steel mega-coaster.Plans have surfaced online for the seventh Rocket Coaster from Intamin AG to be built at the English theme park: a 205-foot tall version of the Intamin AG pneumatic-launch coaster with two hills and a racing theme. The yet-unnamed coaster will become the second of its kind in the United Kingdom, as sister park Alton Towers will unveil the Rocket Coaster Rita next season.The new thrill ride will replace the junior-sized Flying Fish Mack powered coaster, along with nearby attractions to fit the long, narrow layout. Flying Fish closed permanently on October 31st after 21 years in operation. The plot of land that the new ride will sit on will afford views of a nearby lake, with several minor stretches of track situated over water.The 2006 coaster will have similar statistics to the prototype Rocket Coaster, Xcelerator at Knott's Berry Farm, and a layout most resembling that of Six Flags Great Adventure's record-breaking Kingda Ka which will open next spring with a launch, Top Hat element, and speed hill into the brakes. But coaster enthusiasts will also notice a theme similar to that of another Rocket Coaster: Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point. Thorpe Park's ride will bear a similar racing theme, with touches such as a grandstand used for a portion of the queue line.Manufacturer Intamin AG worked with Thorpe Park in 2002 when creating Colossus, the theme park's first major coaster and world's first ride with 10 inversions. Last year, the park introduced the Nemesis Inferno inverted coaster.Click here to be taken to detailed concept art of the planned steel coaster.
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