Saw – The Ride

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Saw – The Ride
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The 100 degree drop and Immelmann Loop.
Thorpe Park
Coordinates 51°24′09″N 0°30′43″W / 51.402623°N 0.511905°W / 51.402623; -0.511905Coordinates: 51°24′09″N 0°30′43″W / 51.402623°N 0.511905°W / 51.402623; -0.511905
Status Operating
Opening date 13 March 2009
Cost £13.5 million
General statistics
Type Steel – Euro-Fighter
Manufacturer Gerstlauer
Designer John Wardley (track layout)
Model Eurofighter
Track layout Custom
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 100 ft (30 m)
Drop 99.5 ft (30.3 m)
Length 2,362 ft (720 m)
Speed 55 mph (89 km/h)
Inversions 3
Duration 1:40
Max vertical angle 101°
Capacity 1,000 riders per hour
Acceleration 1.1
G-force 4.8
Height restriction 55 in (140 cm)
Trains 8 trains with a single car. Riders are arranged 4 across in 2 rows for a total of 8 riders per train.
Saw – The Ride at RCDB
Pictures of Saw – The Ride at RCDB

Saw – The Ride is a custom Euro-Fighter roller coaster in the Thorpe Park theme park in the United Kingdom. It is themed around the Saw horror film franchise. Advertised as "the world's most terrifying coaster", Saw - The Ride is the first and only horror-film themed roller-coaster in the world.

Background information[edit]

The codename "Project Dylan" was used during construction to keep the movie tie-in secret, until the full details were announced on Friday 13 October 2008. The name 'Dylan' in fact came from the project director's cat, with no actual relevance to the ride. A small tag reading "PRO. D9LAN" is printed on the side of the Saw Store.

During construction, a large section of the Canada Creek Railway had to be rebuilt, a small section of the Samurai queue was also affected. Competition winners and annual pass holders were allowed to attend a preview event, before it opened to the public on Saturday 14 March 2009 a year later. Saw – Alive, a live-action horror maze, was opened at the park in 2010 to complement the ride.

A Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is displayed next to the ride, it was removed at the beginning of the 2013 season due to vandalism but has since returned after repairs.

Ride experience[edit]

Track layout

The ride starts with an indoor section, where riders pass Jigsaw's equipment and Billy on his tricycle, who laughs at you as the train passes by. If you are on the second dispatched car (two cars are dispatched one after the other), the vehicle will stop while Billy gives a speech, informing you that there is no escape, and proclaiming 'here's what happens when you lose' before allowing the train to pass - this regulates the distance between the cars. Riders then approach two dimly lit swinging blades which appear to get closer, before a previously unseen nearly vertical drop saves the riders from hitting them, seemingly plunging them directly into a pit of strobe-lit spikes which are narrowly avoided. The train travels along a straight piece of track and the riders are blasted with air firing from crossbows giving the effect of the syringes loaded in the crossbows firing over the riders' heads. The train goes into a barrel roll, as riders can see Jigsaw in a pool of blood. 'Blood' (water) is sprayed at the train from the body, as it goes upside down past it, with a loud scream being heard at the same time. Then the train exits the warehouse and travels towards the 100 feet (30 m) vertical lift hill.

Before going up, riders pass two large TV screens and a digital clock. When the digital clock counts down to zero, Billy appears on the TVs and Jigsaw says "Game over". Billy's evil laugh can be heard three times as the lift hill starts up, and the cars begin to rise, gradually speeding up as they do so. The cars then dive down the 100° drop (reaching 55 miles per hour (89 km/h)) and pass under large spinning blades, which also appear to be covered in bits of blood. The second inversion then takes place, an Immelmann loop, which delivers three seconds of weightlessness. This is followed by a tight overbanked corner and an airtime hill. The on-ride photos are taken as the cars rise to the left into a set of brakes. Then they descend a steep drop into a dive loop and the ride ends with a banked turn into the final brake run. The train makes a turn to the right into the station to be unloaded.

It was also possible for riders to buy a DVD of their ride experience, using cameras mounted to the front of the car and the back of the front seats, but the cameras were removed in 2012. The ride is extremely rough for riders, especially at the bottom of the major drop and various corkscrew elements throughout the ride. Some riders have complained of headaches after the ride, leading Thorpe Park to sell headache tablets at their gift shops for the ride.[1]

Thorpe Park announced that the ride is not suitable for children under the age of 12. They can still ride if they meet the height restriction of 1,4m but might find it too frightening.

Queue[edit]

The entrance is situated at the back of the Saw Plaza. The exterior queue line consists of mock razor wire fences and various large torture implements rusting on the ground (most of which come from the films). Walkie talkie announcements are heard from policemen inside the building, often sounding as if they are panicking. Loud ambient music is played throughout the area. The queue travels around the back of the warehouse and then into the building itself. Inside, riders walk through a dimly lit corridor, with four shotguns hanging from the ceiling. The guns 'fire' every few minutes to give a jump effect. The corridor leads up some stairs past a cage with a trap (the Rack from Saw III) seen in it. On special occasions, live actors are placed in this cage and act as Jigsaw's victims. Above the queue, a body is seen tangled in barbed wire (referencing the first Saw), before the queue goes into the station. In here, mannequin parts are fixed in various small devices or hanging from the walls, and misted windows flash on the wall opposite the queue.

Once finished, riders exit the cars and walk back down another stairway. The two industrial fans on the exterior of the Saw warehouse are seen on the wall by the exit path. A short video of Billy plays at the end of the stairs. More mannequin parts hang from above, as well as a severed head on a weighing scales (as seen in a poster for Saw IV). Riders then exit the building and pass the Saw Store and Photo Booth.

Incidents[edit]

Saw – The Ride under construction on 28 October 2008

On 11 March 2009, the ride was scheduled to be launched by a group of invited celebrities, including the director of Saw II, Saw III and Saw IV Darren Lynn Bousman, who posted an account of his experience on his Facebook profile. The ride experienced a delay, a barrier shut-down and a subsequent stop, blamed by park officials on a computer programming error. An ambulance was called when one woman suffered a panic attack.[2]

On 14 March 2009, the ride was scheduled to officially open to the public. However, less than two hours after the park's opening, the ride was shut down due to technical difficulties (braking and sensor failures) and did not re-open for the remainder of the day, and was also closed for the following day. Thorpe Park offered complimentary tickets to all guests who had bought tickets at the gate, and free priority passes for the ride to all annual pass holders.[citation needed]

Other Saw attractions[edit]

  • Saw – Alive is a live action horror maze located near Saw – The Ride. Guests walk through a scene from each Saw movie (except 3D): the Bathroom, the Electrified Corridor, the Freezer, the Mausoleum Trap, the Pendulum Trap and the Carousel Trap. The walk-through attraction is dark throughout and uses lighting, smells, mist and make-up to add effect. Parts of the maze were gutted by fire in early April 2011 and was shut for work. It was reopened to the public on Friday 27 May 2011. For 2012 the operational days were cut due to popularity decline, only open during fright nights.
  • Saw – Movie Bites was a temporary attraction as part of the park's 2009 Halloween 'Fright Nights' event. It consisted of a compilation of clips from the Saw films, played in the theatre usually used for Time Voyagers. The attraction did not return for the 2010 Fright Nights event.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.freddyinspace.com/2013/05/wait-what-theres-saw-roller-coaster.html
  2. ^ Barr, Nikki (13 March 2009). "Panic on world's scariest ride". Daily Express online. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 

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