Saturday 23rd March saw Thorpe Park Resort open its gates for the first time in 2019 for the Pre-Season Preview day for Thorpe Park and Merlin Annual Passholders. Attraction Source paid a visit to look at the changes and additions for 2019.
With tickets for the day running out quickly, we were concerned that the Resort would be very busy. Thankfully, crowds were moderate. Let’s take a walk around the park to see what’s new..
The bridge to the Dome has had its audio upgraded, and the rear of the building housing the turnstiles has been repainted.
One of the most substantial changes this year is the removal of the nautical theming which has decked the walls of the Dome for many years. The Resort has not confirmed if this is part of a phased plan of works, or if anything will replace it in the future. Although the previous theming did start to look dated, we feel it looked better than the current plain black walls.
A large projector screen has been installed above the doors leading out to the park, which was displaying a welcome message at the time of our visit.
One of the first things we noticed this season is how clean the park felt. All pathways / midways have received a power wash over the closed season, and it really makes a difference.