Thorpe Park Resort opened for the 2020 season on Saturday 4th July, following a delayed opening due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Attraction Source was in attendance over the weekend to take a look at the changes and improvements at the Resort for the upcoming season.
Upon arriving at the entrance plaza, signage is in place indicating where a queue should be formed, and spatial markers have been installed on the floor showing visitors where they should stand to maintain social distancing. Guests have their temperature and bags checked in the security buildings before heading through the turnstiles. All staff at the Resort have been provided with PPE, and while face coverings are only required to be worn on certain attractions, there were a number of visitors who chose to wear one from the outset for their own peace of mind.
The Resort branding and signage has been updated, having last been refreshed in 2018. Although we feel the entrance plaza and bridge require a complete overhaul, the vibrant new branding and additional information signage is a welcome addition to the area. A new artificial planting wall has been added to the right hand side of the bridge, which blocks the view of the service area.
The Cantina replaces Crust and offers Pasta and Rice; The Huntsman’s Arms has opened alongside Wilderness Bar & Kitchen; as well as two subtle rebrandings; The Amity Kebab Co. has become Calamity Kebabs, and Sombrero’s Burrito Bar has been altered to Sombrero’s Street Food.
New for 2020 merchandise is on sale in the Resort’s retail stores, including a new retro line featuring the original theme park logo and Thorpe Park Ranger characters. Branded face coverings can be purchased for £6.00, disposable face masks for £2.00, pack of five disposable face masks for £10.00, and hand sanitizer for £4.00.
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