Storm Surge (ride)
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|Opening date||17 March 2011|
|Type||River rafting ride|
|Model||Spinning Rapids Ride|
|Lift system||Conveyor belt lift|
|Height||19.5 m (64 ft)|
|Length||142.3 m (467 ft)|
|Capacity||300 riders per hour|
|Duration||5 Min Approx|
|Height restriction||110 cm (3 ft 7 in)|
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Storm Surge is a 'Spinning Rapids' water ride at Thorpe Park, Surrey, United Kingdom manufactured by WhiteWater West. It is located in the Amity area of the park, in the vicinity of the park's Tidal Wave-themed ride. Storm Surge, which opened in March 2011 with a fairground ride theme, makes use of the Tidal Wave water which has washed into Amity, as the town enters the 1970s. The ride was relocated from the transforming "Cypress Gardens Florida, which was acquired by Merlin Entertainments to be turned into Legoland Florida.
The ride contains a 19.5 metre lift hill, and gradually 'spins' to the bottom of the slide, as velcro has been added to make the model of ride (which is usually marketed towards families) more intense, to suit the park's own target audience. As the ride itself does not get riders very wet, various water features have been added, including guest-operated water guns, overhead showers, sprinklers, and geysers. However most of them are broken.
The ride area also includes the park's main gift and snack shop, the 'Thorpe Mega Store', which houses designer clothing brands, many different souvenirs, including shirts, hoodies, trophies, etc., and snacks, as well as 'Doughnut Shack', a small snack kiosk which sells refreshments.