Loggers Leap

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Loggers Leap
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A log just after leaving the station
Thorpe Park Resort
AreaOld Town
Coordinates51°24′08″N 0°30′47″W / 51.402173°N 0.51297°W / 51.402173; -0.51297Coordinates: 51°24′08″N 0°30′47″W / 51.402173°N 0.51297°W / 51.402173; -0.51297
StatusClosed
Cost£6 Million
Opening date1989 (1989)
Closing dateNovember 2015 (2015-11) (SBNO)
20 February 2019 (2019-02-20) (Officially closed)
General statistics
TypeLog flume
ManufacturerMack Rides
Lift systemChain lift
Height16 m (52 ft)
Length521 m (1,709 ft)
Speed32 km/h (20 mph)
Capacity1200 riders per hour
Duration3 mins
G-force1.75
BoatsRiders are arranged in two rows (of 2 and 3 respectively) which totals 5 riders per boat.
Height Restriction1m & 1 - 1.3m must be accompanied by an adult(18+)
Virtual queue
Fastrack available

Loggers Leap (also referred to as Logger's Leap) was a log flume ride in Thorpe Park, UK. It was the tallest log flume ride in the UK when it opened, a record it regained in 2005 with the removal of "Nightmare Niagara" from the now-defunct American Adventure theme park near Derby. The ride has been standing but not operating (SBNO) since the end of the 2015 season. On 20 February 2019, Thorpe Park confirmed that the ride would not be returning and fans could purchase Logger’s Leap memorabilia via an online auction in May [1].

History[edit]

Logger's Leap, opened in 1989, was manufactured by Mack and was the first major attraction in the now renamed 'Old Town'. The ride is themed around logging in the Canadian countryside and had a soundtrack of 'dancy' country and western music including 5,6,7,8 by Steps, Cotton-Eyed Joe by Rednex, Southern Nights by Glen Campbell and 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton which plays outside the ride, in the outside queueing area and in the ride station itself.

The ride featured in photographs of the Royal family with Princess Diana in 1993. A dedication plaque was erected next to the attraction following her death.

Thorpe Park confirmed via social media that Loggers Leap would not open for the 2016 season, stating that it was under redevelopment. The ride did not reopen for the 2017 and 2018 seasons either. On 20 February 2019, Thorpe Park announced on social media that Loggers Leap will not reopen. Parts of the ride will be sold in an online auction in May 2019. [2]

Ride experience[edit]

Riders queue up in one of five queues at the front of the station, four for ordinary guests and one for Fastrack guests who have paid extra. Each Logger's Leap boat holds up to five people - two in the front and three in the back - meaning during busy periods small groups may be asked by a ride attendant to share boats to speed up the queue. Boats do not stop in the station unless there is an emergency and guests must take their belongings with them, apart from cuddly toys won in the park or photographs from other rides.

Once the boat has left the station it drops down a small hill and turns around a sharp right corner before making its way into a dark tunnel. The boat then rises up a hill before descending the first drop in complete darkness. The boat exits the tunnel at the back of the park amongst woodland, where it crosses the main lake and makes its way to the second lift hill. This hill, the biggest of the ride, features a steep drop with a double dip. The boat descends the drop into a splashdown, then meanders back to the station. Once in the station, guests are helped out of their boat by an attendant and leave through the photo shop.

In 2013, the tunnel enclosing the first lift hill and drop was removed due to poor structural maintenance over time.

Future[edit]

Thorpe Park have claimed via social media on various occasions that they're "hoping for it to make a splashback soon"[3], but since the closure have now stated that "situations can change and as plans develop they often move in different directions"[4].

It is unknown what will become of the site, but the park have claimed that "the area that Logger’s Leap once dominated will be forming part of our long term development plans."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Resort, THORPE PARK (2019-02-20). "It's with a heavy heart that we announce the time has come to say goodbye to a much loved ride here at Thorpe Park & what was the UK's tallest log flume, Logger's Leap. Fans of the ride will get the chance to own a piece of Logger's Leap memorabilia via an online auction in May.pic.twitter.com/N9cZyV79Kq". @THORPEPARK. Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  2. ^ Thorpe Park Mania (2017-08-26). "Princess Diana memorial plaque relocated into a newly planted out Loggers Leap boat in Old Town". @ThorpeParkMania. Retrieved 2018-03-01.
  3. ^ Resort, THORPE PARK (2018-01-09). "Loggers is currently closed for redevelopment, we're hoping for it to make a splashback soon! #firstof2018". @THORPEPARK. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  4. ^ "Will Loggers Leap be re-opening?". THORPE PARK Resort. An Island Like No Other. Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  5. ^ "Will Loggers Leap be re-opening?". THORPE PARK Resort. An Island Like No Other. Retrieved 2019-02-21.

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