UPDATE September 6 – Project Exodus is set to open as the tallest roller coaster in the UK in 2024. It was also recently announced by Thorpe Park on National Roller Coaster Day, August 16, that Project Exodus will also be the fastest roller coaster in the UK hitting 81mph, taking the title from Thorpe Park’s Stealth launch coaster which has a maximum speed of 80mph.
In the latest update posted by Jack Silkstone to YouTube on September 5, we see a number of exciting developments.
More gold supports have arrived to Swarm island along with a number of white supports. They are being stored in this location before being transported to the Project Exodus site.
In the video we also get to see a model of Project Exodus at the Thorpe Park Megastore which will certainly delight guests visiting the park in the following months prior to the opening.
New branding has now appeared on the hoarding surrounding the construction site in Old Town which carries the colours of Project Exodus being black, white and gold which looks very impressive.
There are images displayed of the upcoming attraction in gold which contrasts vividly against the black background. On one image you get to see the comparison between Colossus which stands at 98ft and Project Exodus which is set to hit 236ft.
Guests are now invited to “Take a glimpse” to view construction through the four circular windows which look directly onto the site.
On site, it looks very busy with construction vehicles and building materials scattered everywhere. The very exciting thing to mention is that from recent developments it looks like we are very close to vertical construction which is expected to begin in a few weeks time.
The ride station footprint is now in place and this should be having its concrete poured in the next few days as well as work being done on the maintenance building.
We will keep you updated on further construction progress on Project Exodus at Thorpe Park and hope that the next update will indeed include the news that construction is going vertical!
Image: SMYTHEMAN ARCHITECTURALAugust 17 – Project Exodus will take the crown from The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach when it opens next year at Thorpe Park as the tallest roller coaster in the UK. In the latest video update posted to YouTube by Jack Silkstone we now see the arrival of the lower gold supports to the temporary location on Island A next to Swarm Island at Thorpe Park.
We know that the colour scheme for Project Exodus will be gold at the bottom and then fading to white at the top. With recent developments on site seen in the video posted August 16, including a number of completed footings it looks like it won’t be long until we see vertical construction commencing on this ambitious roller coaster project at Thorpe Park.
August 16 – In a recent construction update posted to YouTube by Jack Silkstone we get to see that new connecting supports have been delivered for Project Exodus and the lower golden supports are expected on site very soon. Footers are being dug all over the construction site including for the ride station. A number of the roller coaster footings are now fully in the ground and ready for the supports to be added.
From the video you also begin to get a sense of the location of the lift hill and brake run and how it will be positioned on the Project Exodus site. We hope to see vertical construction taking place in the near future and we will inform you of further construction updates as they occur at Thorpe Park.
July 18 – In another construction update video posted to YouTube by Jack Silkstone, we get to see the first track supports being delivered to Thorpe Park. The newly delivered track supports have come all the way from the Mack Rides manufacturing plant in Germany.
The first track supports have arrived to the temporary location on Island A next to Swarm Island at Thorpe Park. In the video you can see footage of the large track supports being lifted off the truck by the crane. These are indeed the first of over 400 track supports which are needed for Project Exodus so we are expecting to see these continuing to be delivered to Thorpe Park over the coming weeks.
We are not exactly sure where these first track supports will be located on Project Exodus. As far as we know, the colour scheme for Project Exodus will be gold at the base then lightening gradually to white at the top.
Jack predicts in the video that as these first supports are white that they will be for the top of Project Exodus. However, another enthusiast comments that they are for the “base/middle of the lift support structure”. The exact location of these first supports has not been confirmed as of yet.
This momentous step begins the large process of the delivery of all the hardware to Thorpe Park for Project Exodus. We will continue to update you on future deliveries of supports, track and the trains when they happen. Are you excited for Project Exodus? Let us know your thoughts by leaving us a comment below or on our Facebook page.
Image: SMYTHEMAN ARCHITECTURALJuly 13 – When Project Exodus opens at Thorpe Park it will take the title from The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (230ft), as the tallest roller coaster in the UK standing at 236ft. It is being manufactured by Mack Rides and construction work began in January 2023. With a proposed timeline of 15 months to complete, this should mean it is still on track to open in 2024 as was originally slated. Track is scheduled to arrive at the park at some point this summer.
Jack Silkstone has been reporting on all the latest construction updates for the upcoming new roller coaster at Thorpe Park, named “Project Exodus”. In the latest video update which is embedded below, we see that the ground pins which will make up the foundations for the supports of Project Exodus are being taken over to the site where this new roller coaster will sit and are being put into the ground.
These ground pins were actually delivered to Thorpe Park a number of months ago and it has been since July 4 that those ground pins are now being added which is a big step forward in this mighty construction.
Ongoing ground work and foundations have continued on site for the last six months (since January). The 20m tall crane has been drilling steel rods into ground. Steel cages are now being constructed which will be filled with concrete and then dropped into the ground to form part of the foundations for this massive roller coaster.
New fencing has now appeared in the park to section off the construction area which we assume will have branding added to in the coming weeks. It is also exciting to see the Project Exodus coaster outline also at the entrance of the site on blue sheets and the slogan, “Taking Thrills To New Heights” has been added to the outside of the office building.
To prepare the site for Project Exodus unfortunately we saw the demolishing of a number of classic attractions in the former Old Town area of Thorpe Park including; Loggers Leap, Canada Creek Railway and the Rocky Express.
The new roller coaster is described by Thorpe Park as being a place where, “Visitors will be transported from the station structure around a new track over water in an exhilarating experience. A maintenance building is proposed to the west of the station building and there will be associated facilities provided such as a food and beverage outlet and photo shop.”
For anyone who is interested in taking a look at a precreation video using No Limits 2 and based on drawings from the submitted plans and details of Project Exodus that have been released so far, check out the video below which was posted to YouTube by H3Lix. This is of the structure and track only, theming and scenery has not been added. Please be aware that this is one person’s perspective and is only an idea of what Project Exodus could look like.
We will continue to inform you of updates regarding the construction of Project Exodus and would love to know your thoughts on what will be the tallest roller coaster in the UK when it opens in 2024.
On November 2, 2022 there was fantastic news for UK theme park fans when it was confirmed that the new proposed roller coaster which when it opens will be the tallest roller coaster in the UK, standing at 236 ft, finally got the green light to proceed. Further concept art for Project Exodus can be seen below as well as details of the planning process to get to the point of construction we are currently at…