Thorpe Park Resort and Chessington World of Adventures Resort opened their gates to Merlin Annual Pass Holders this weekend for their passholder Celebration weekend offering the first chance to take a look at all the developments which have taken place over the closed season. We took a look at all the changes at both Resorts.

Thorpe Park Resort

During the closed season there’s been a substantial amount of progress on the Resort’s newest attraction for 2016 – Derren Brown’s Ghost Train. The warehouse exterior is now fully themed creating an imposing impression at the centre of the park. The exterior features a number of nice features, including painted signage towards the roof of the building, and distressed and broken windows to help reinforce the abandoned warehouse theme. Much of the main queue-line is complete, at the entrance to which is a set of metal gates featuring the now familiar symbol of five people with linked arms, and above which stands a metal sign bearing the name of the ride. Within the queue-line is situated a small building which looks to be what could be a queue-line shop, however this is yet to be confirmed. Paving in the main entrance plaza for the ride has now been fully laid, although this only appears to be in a limited area with the rest of the floor being tarmacked which in places does take away slightly from the overall effect. There is no sign of the signal tower which appeared on the plans for the attraction which suggests that this has been scrapped.

Elsewhere across the Resort there have been a number of changes and refreshes. Tidal Wave has had many of the effects restored to full working order in its queue, plus the cascading water effect has been fixed on the Amity water tower in front of the ride. The entrance sign for the ride has also been refreshed. In Angry Birds Land a number of new planters have been installed adding some small additional theming elements to the area. Logger’s Leap has now been fenced off with its entrance sign removed and in its place a notice stating that the attraction is currently under development. I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Maze has received several changes for the new season with changes to some of the trials. Holey Moley now asks guests to work as a team instead of individuals to move a star along a rope, whilst new for this year is the Dingo Dollar Challenge where guests have to search for the letters to spell the word ‘jungle’ amongst a pile of laundry in just 60 seconds. The changes have ensured that the attraction remains fresh and also up to date with features introduced in the most recent series of the reality television show.

Changes are also being made to some of the food and beverage offerings at the Resort this season. The newest addition will be the opening of a Nitrogenie outlet opposite Derren Brown’s Ghost Train which will offer ice cream made from liquid nitrogen and follows on from the success of the outlet opened at Alton Towers Resort last year.