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24 Secrets People Who Work At Thorpe Park Will Never Tell You.

There’s a secret staff canteen under the big dome.

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1. There are visitors who come to the park every day.

Every. Day. No one knows what they do when the park is closed for winter.
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Every. Day. No one knows what they do when the park is closed for winter.

2. Underneath the big dome is a secret office and staff canteen.

Nobody believes this until they start working there.
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Nobody believes this until they start working there.

3. And the staff canteen is famous for making ridiculous food like chicken nugget wraps.

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4. People often try to buy booze from the bar as soon as it opens.

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Which is 9:30am! They of course get refused.

5. The best ride to queue for when you arrive is Saw.

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It's furthest away from the entrance and most people tend to rush to Swarm first. You're better off working your way back from there.

6. But you should try to get to Colossus early on in the day.

If you can be bothered to walk back, because it always has a huge queue.
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If you can be bothered to walk back, because it always has a huge queue.

7. Staff do occasionally get to go on the rides when the park is closed to the public.

But only at socials and only a couple are open, but most staff have ridden them all hundreds of times anyway.
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But only at socials and only a couple are open, but most staff have ridden them all hundreds of times anyway.

8. Although the staff socials are a bit crap, they’re allegedly amazing for gossip.

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There's a lot of staff gossip.

9. Staff often get to try out the Fright Night mazes before any members of the public.

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10. And working in the Fright Night mazes is pretty damn fun.

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Getting to scare people shitless!

11. Although Fright Nights can be pretty grim evenings for regular staff to work.

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Apparently a combination of rude teenagers, really drunk people, long shifts, and mind-numbing cold doesn't always make for a great evening at work.

12. But not as bad as the Ministry of Sound nights.

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~Allegedly~ people have been caught trying to have sex on the dance floor.

13. It’s REALLY exciting when a celebrity comes to the park.

Even if it's someone really minor. And anyone who gets a selfie with them is the envy of everyone.
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Even if it's someone really minor. And anyone who gets a selfie with them is the envy of everyone.

14. Loads of visitors lose their phones and wallets on the rides.

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The maintenance staff regularly find loads of phones, wallets, and hundreds of pounds' worth of cash that have fallen out of people's pockets on the rides.

15. Staff love it when they get to use a radio because it makes them feel like a spy.

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16. A lot of staff go in on their days off to laugh at their friends working.

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Because it's fun to annoy them. And you know, free theme park day out.

17. And they do actually get some free tickets for friends to get into the park.

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So your friends who work at Thorpe Park are lying if they say they can't get you in for free.

18. Working on the food and drink stands is apparently the worst job in the park.

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Standing over a hotdog grill in August means you get pretty sweaty, and food and beverage staff have to stay late to clean for ages.

19. And controlling the rides is by far the best job.

According to everyone who doesn't work on them, anyway.
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According to everyone who doesn't work on them, anyway.

20. But staff hate it just as much as you when a ride breaks down.

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The worst part is having to stand outside a ride to tell people it's shut. Members of the public often shout at staff as though they have personally broken the ride.

21. X:\ No Way Out makes people vomit a lot more than you’d think.

The ride was regularly shut for "essential cleaning" meaning someone had been sick. There was apparently a wall inside the ride called "the chunder wall" because so many guests vomited on it.
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The ride was regularly shut for "essential cleaning" meaning someone had been sick. There was apparently a wall inside the ride called "the chunder wall" because so many guests vomited on it.

22. And a lot of people vom on Samurai.

The cleaners would regularly be called out to come over and pour powder on the sick to turn it solid.
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The cleaners would regularly be called out to come over and pour powder on the sick to turn it solid.

23. The bus back to the station is always crammed full of people who’ve won those giant teddy bears.

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It's actually a bit annoying when you can't get on the bus home because it's crammed with Minions.

24. Despite all this staff make best friends for life working there, and it’s apparently a pretty fun place to work.

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