Before entering the lift hill, the car stops in front of two video screens and a digital countdown timer. Billy appears onscreen and Jigsaw’s voice is heard saying “Game over”. The screens then turn off and Billy’s laugh is heard. A bell then rings, and the lift hill engages the car, which gradually accelerates as it ascends. After reaching the top, there is a 100° freefall drop passing under large rotating blades. The car then enters an Immelmann loop, followed by an overbanked turn and an air-time hill. The on-ride photos are taken as the cars rise to the left into a set of brakes. This is followed by a sudden drop leading into a dive loop, and the ride ends with a banked turn into the final brake run. The car makes a turn to the right into the station to be unloaded; as it re-enters the station, Jigsaw’s voice is heard congratulating the riders for surviving and saying that they are no longer ungrateful to be alive.During construction, the codename “Project Dylan” was used to keep the movie tie in secret. The name ‘Dylan’ in fact came from the project director’s cat, with no actual relevance to the ride. A large section of the Canada Creek Railway had to be rebuilt, affecting a small section of the Samurai queue line. Competition winners and annual pass holders were allowed to attend a preview event, before it opened to the public on March 14, 2009. Saw Alive, a live-action horror maze, opened at the park in 2010 to complement the ride. It caught fire in April 2011 but was repaired over the course of a month. Not much was added for the next few years. The only additions were the addition of props from Saw Alive due to its closure at the end of the 2018 season and brand new dispatch audio in 2021. Thorpe Park announced plans for a new roller coaster on 14 October 2008. Thorpe Park created a dedicated website for the new ride, hyperbolically claiming it would be “the scariest ride in the world.” The official press release detailing the park’s fourth major roller coaster confirmed a development partnership with Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures, and it claimed Saw would feature “the steepest freefall drop in the world.” The press release also revealed that “the world’s first ever horror movie-themed rollercoaster” would be marketed under the slogan “Face your Fears.” The entrance is situated at the back of Saw Plaza. The exterior queue line consists of mock razor wire fences and various props that resemble torture elements from the films. Walkie talkie recordings of panicked policemen inside the building are played for guests waiting in line. 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 90 seconds to give a jump effect. The corridor leads up some stairs past a cage with a trap (the Rack from Saw III). Traveling up the stairs, Billy the Puppet can be seen and heard on TV monitors, at certain times explaining the “rules” of the ride. Above the queue, a body is seen tangled in barbed wire (referencing the first Saw), before the queue goes into the station. Here, mannequin parts are fixed in various small devices or hanging from the walls, and misted windows flash on the wall opposite the queue. In the ride station, a digital countdown timer is visible above the gates.Saw – The Ride is a steel roller coaster located at Thorpe Park in Surrey, England. Manufactured by Gerstlauer, the Euro-Fighter model opened to the public 14 March 2009 as the steepest freefall roller coaster in the world, with a drop angle of 100 degrees. It is themed to the Saw film franchise, featuring an enclosed dark section and queue theming which makes numerous references to the film series. 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 scale (as seen in a poster for Saw IV). Riders then exit the building and pass the Saw Store and Photo Booth. When SAW – The Ride opened, it was not the steepest rollercoaster in the world – Steel Hawg at Indiana Beach had opened the previous year with a steeper 111° drop. However, unlike Steel Hawg’s 111° drop, SAW’s 100° drop does not have any trim brakes on it; hence, as the drop was ‘free’ (not constrained by brakes), it was marketed specifically as having ‘the world’s steepest freefall drop’. This particular accolade was taken by The Monster in 2016.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.It was originally possible for riders to purchase a DVD of their ride experience, produced from cameras mounted on the front and back of each car, but the cameras were removed in 2012. On 5 June 2015, following an horrific incident on The Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers which resulted in multiple serious injuries, and left several passengers in extremely critical condition, Merlin Entertainment announced the temporary closure of Saw (in tandem with The Smiler’s closure), as well as two other roller coasters at Chessington World of Adventures, for the “foreseeable future”. There was a massive inquiry and overall re-evaluation of safety protocols and procedures after the accident. Saw eventually reopened one month later, on 9 July 2015.On March 14, 2009, the ride was officially scheduled to open to the public. However, less than two hours after the park’s opening, the ride was shut down due to braking and sensor failures and did not re-open for the remainder of the day and the following day. Following this incident, Thorpe Park offered complimentary tickets to all guests who had bought tickets at the gate, while all annual pass holders received free priority passes for th
Once inside, the riders walk through a dimly lit corridor with four shotguns hanging from the ceiling, referencing the Quadruple Shotgun Hallway Trap from the first Saw film. Every few minutes, the guns make the noise of a sudden shot to give a jump scare effect. As the corridor leads up some stairs, the riders pass a cage containing an iconic trap, The Rack, from Saw III. 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 Razor Wire Maze from the first film. Inside the station, mannequin parts are fixed in various small devices or hang from the walls, while misted windows flash on the wall opposite the queue. Meanwhile, Billy appears on video screens, occasionally explaining the “rules” of the ride.As the ride continues, the cars approach two dimly lit swinging blades, which appear to get closer and closer before the riders are moved out of the way by a nearly vertical hidden drop. Afterward, air blasts at the riders, simulating the firing of syringes from loaded crossbows, which appear to fly over the riders’ heads. The train then enters a heartline roll, while riders can see Jigsaw in a pool of blood. Meanwhile, water is sprayed on the roller coaster, imitating blood, while a scream can be heard. Afterward, the train exits the building and travels toward a 100-foot vertical lift hill.After the ride, the visitors exit the roller coaster and walk back down another stairway. At the end of the stairs, a short video of Billy plays on a screen. More mannequin parts hang from above, and a severed head lies on a weighing scale, as seen on a promotional poster for Saw IV. The riders then exit the building and pass the Saw Store and a photo booth. Initially, the riders could purchase a DVD of their ride experience, filmed with cameras mounted on the front and back of each car. However, these cameras were removed in 2012.At the beginning of the ride, the roller coaster traverses an indoor section decorated with several vicious tools used by the Jigsaw Killer, including Billy, the iconic ventriloquist puppet from the series, who sits on his tricycle and laughs at the riders. Next, the roller coaster cars are dispatched one after the other, seemingly plunging them directly into a pit of strobe-lit spikes that are narrowly avoided. Before rising the hill, the riders pass by two large video screens and a digital timer counting down. After its expiration, Billy appears on the screens, speaking the iconic “Game Over” line. Billy’s laugh can be heard as the hill engages the train. As the cars ascend, they gradually accelerate. After reaching the top, the train dives down the 100° drop and passes under larger spinning blades, which appear to be covered in blood.On October 14, 2008, Thorpe Park announced the plans for a new roller coaster and created a website as part of the marketing for the ride. During an official press release on October 16, 2008, which further detailed the roller coaster, it was confirmed that Thorpe Park had a development partnership with Lions Gate Entertainment and Twisted Pictures. The press release also revealed that “the world’s first-ever horror movie-themed rollercoaster” would be marketed under the slogan “Face your Fears.”During the construction, the codename “Project Dylan” was used to keep the movie tie-in secret until further details about the ride were revealed. Merlin Studios were responsible for the design and employed John Wardley, a British developer for theme parks, as a technical design consultant. A large segment of the Canada Creek Railway had to be rebuilt, affecting a small section of the Samurai line queue. Competition winners and annual pass holders were allowed to attend a preview event before the roller coaster opened to the public on March 14, 2009.
The riders pass an Immelmann loop, a tight overbanked corner, and an air-time hill. Meanwhile, photos are taken as the cars rise to the left into a set of brakes. This section is followed by a steep drop into a dive loop. The ride eventually ends with a banked turn into the final brake run. Afterward, the train makes a turn to the right into the station.This has a solid drop in the dark which comes out of nowhere, along with the second drop being great too. The Theming is amazing in the dark ride part and also there is some nice touches outside. However it has Discomfort with my spine being rattled around after the second drop of the lift hill, and the rattle on the inversions.
This ride packs a punch. Its super intense, very well themed and overall a solid ride. But much like other Thorpe park rides it’s very rough. I haven’t been able to figure out if it’s meant to be rough due to the torture theming but it’s still quite painful sometimes. The first time I did it I really messed up my neck because I didn’t put my head on the back when going down the first drop, it just got worse throughout the rest of the ride. It is has super sudden and abrupt turns that also take a toll on your body. I definitely recommend doing it, just PUT YOUR HEAD BACK ON THE SEAT
Saw is a very good ride. With insane ejector airtime moments and it’s fun theme, Saw-the ride has it all. I didn’t find it particularly rough but the front row is a little bit more rough than the back.Saw has great theming- it’s been carefully planned out to provide an immersive experience. The strongest part of the ride for me is the indoor drop, which is very intense. I didn’t notice any roughness, and found the ride enjoyable from beginning to end. The first ‘outdoor’ drop after the vertical lift hill is Oblivion lite, which is never a bad thing!Saw – The Ride is my favourite ride at Thorpe park it is a brilliant ride by Gerstlauer which is very intense really well themed with a lot of easter eggs, references and overall great props inside the building which is part of the queue line and a small portion of the ride are in. The ride is probably one of the most intense rollercoasters in the UK, especially with the inverted drop into the 2nd inversion of the ride, however, a big complaint about Saw – The Ride is the roughness this was especially true a few years ago however it’s started to become less and less rough over time improving my reception of the ride over time. When you are at Thorpe Park this is a must ride as it is very enjoyable and a great ride that goes on for the perfect amount of time. In short Saw – The Ride is a fun intense ride that is a must ride for anyone at Thorpe Park or any fan of the Saw franchises this ride is great and definitely worth your time and will probably be the best ride at Thorpe Park until the new hypercoaster. Thank you for reading and have a great day!
I essentially went to Thorpe Park entirely for this ride. Well, not exactly, but I could have gone to Chessington or Alton Towers and I opted for this park because Saw is a guilty pleasure franchise for me and I figure that, now that it’s much less popular, the ride isn’t much longer for this world. I really loved the theming even though many of the effects no longer function properly, and that first drop comes out of fucking nowhere. The outdoor portion is also great, though both parts of the ride could definitely stand to be longer. The queue was amazing with several genuine props from the movies, and even the outdoor portion was atmospheric. Overall, despite the short length and broken effects, I enjoyed this ride a lot and I’ll be sad to see it go if my hypothesis is correct.
Although not as much as Colossus, Saw does get some hate. People say it’s rough and has a rattle but I disagree. This ride has some great theming and the two drops are both brilliant. It is much better in some seats than others. It is a lot rougher in the front row so I always try to sit in the back. Also, try to put your head forwards so it does not hit the OTSRs. If you do these two things, your ride will be much better and you will enjoy it much more. It is my fourth favourite ride at Thorpe Park.
Should be so much better than it is. Painful to ride these days, it’s a shame as the indoor section is fantastic. Feels like it runs too fast for the layout
Due to the low capacity, I would advise to ride this coaster first when going to Thorpe Park, this one often has the longest line of all coasters. Theming is nothing special on the outer queue, but indoor, it is pretty well executed. If you want to fully see the small darkride part before the acutual coaster section, I would recommend to take the rear of the two vehicles about to dispatch. The ride itself is pretty short, but aggressively paced – there are some very snappy moments of ejector airtime. I braced for some headbanging (especially when thinking at Huracan at Belantis), but while still not being very smooth, it was absolutely tolerable. I think, these circumstances fit pretty well to the theming as one of SAW’s deathtraps.Fantastic theming, actual sense of fear in the station, violent transitions and THREE moments of ejector airtime. What a fantastic ride. I won’t forget that this ride, while it can be smooth, can also be very aggressive and “too much” for some people. It’s been pretty consistently smooth for me over the past few years with my last properly “bad” ride being all the way back in 2020. It has admittedly lost a bit of the intensity that it used to have in my first few years of riding it, but I guess that’s to be expected with bigger and bigger rides as I start getting on better coasters. Don’t get me wrong, Saw is still great and an awesome UK roller coaster! I’m so happy the midcourse brake run isn’t trimmed too, it makes for a brilliant finale with the harshest ejector pop on the ride straight into the most intense part, a tiny dive loop that you take at super speed. Thorpe – don’t EVER touch this bit, it’s perfect as is.
“Saw: The Ride roars and screams, as if it’s alive […] The Drop delivers completely. As you crest the top of the hill, the track completely disappears before you. You really do get a “freefall” sensation. It’s pretty breathtaking and hard to describe.”Down to the bottom of the ride, into the pit where you can see the first drop of the ride and where you roll over a dead body squirting water onto unexpecting guests. The final room of our tour was by far the coolest and had the most hidden detail of them all. Did you know when you roll over the dead body the body has a face, and a foot and there’s a replica of the Saw Bathroom scene with toilets?! It’s crazy the amount of detail that Lionsgate and MErlin Magic Making put into this ride. If you are brave enough our VIP tour guide even let us write our name in the dust and grease on the track.
After spending half an hour outside we headed to the ride queue line walking up the queue line we spoke about the guns hanging from the ceiling and that inside the queue line for the ride there we’ll have original props from the Saw films. Such as the cross trap and a billy doll from the saw film, and that’s just on the ground floor! Another original prop from Saw Films can be found when you re-enter the station after riding the rollercoaster. Nothing can prepare you for how spooky a rollercoaster station is will all of the lights are turned on and not any guests are inside it. With all of the lights turned on and with a sharp eye, you can notice details such as fake blood splats on the bottom of the Saw trains and logos on the cars. Did you know on each restraint the Gerstlauer ride logo can be seen?! Walking around the station you could walk anywhere as long as the floor was concrete otherwise you would have to wear a harness. A quick glimpse into the control booth for the ride we got to see the control panel and see what an operator would normally see. Unforncently there are no photos allowed in the control booth! That’s one secret Thorpe Park doesn’t want to get out.New for 2022 Thorpe Park has begun offering behind-the-scenes tours of Saw The Ride. For a limited time, you can go into areas not normally seen by guests and explore how the rollercoaster works with your VIP host. The tour is broken down into 4 areas, outside, the station (including the control booth), the maintenance area beneath the station and The Saw Bathroom (which is the room you go through before travelling outside) We could spend hours looking at the posters of traps located around the saw ride station but our next stop was the rollercoaster maintenance pit which sits just below the ride station. Down a flight of stairs and minding your head if you were tall you found yourself below the trains with wheels everywhere! This is a very cool view of the ride and not one a normal guest ever sees. This is one of two locations where the parks maintenance team will fix the ride’s cars and run daily checks. This is an area that when the ride is operating no one not even the maintenance team can access. We did notice that the wheelbase for the ride cars (called the boogie) wheels aren’t tight to the track meaning you can spin the bottom set of wheels. Don’t be followed, these wheels are very greasy and your regret it after! This VIP cost us £55 each and we had the most amazing time, we probably overran the tour by asking lots of questions but the tour lastest around 2 hours and was a great insight into how the ride runs and some of the hidden details found around the ride station and ride area.
THORPE PARK Resort is ‘An Island Like No Other’ and the must-visit UK destination to scream louder, laugh harder and share endless fun. Enjoy over 30 thrilling rides, attractions and live events like ANGRY BIRDS LAND or the UK’s first winged rollercoaster THE SWARM. Make sure to also check in and chill at the fin-tastic THORPE SHARK Hotel – a unique sleepover experience featuring bite-sized rooms that sleep up-to four people.After a bell ring, the car gradually accelerates through the lift hill and once at the top, there is a 100° freefall drop passing under large rotating blades. The car then enters an Immelmann loop, followed by an overbanked turn and an air-time hill. The on-ride photos are taken as the cars rise into a set of brakes. This is followed by a sudden drop leading into a dive loop, and the ride ends with a banked turn into the final brake run.If you like some crowd, the best time to visit Saw – The Ride is at the weekends. Note that the park might be closed in certain seasons, make sure to check the official opening hours calendar of the park before you plan the visit.This romantic county is renowned for its connections with the Royal Family, the River Thames meandering along the northern edge and its many beautiful gardens ablaze with colour. Berkshire was recognised by the Queen as the Royal County of Berkshire in 1957 because of the presence of Windsor Castle, and letters patent were issued in 1974. The Walking Dead: The Ride is the world’s first roller coaster themed around the global TV phenomenon. It was themed around a rave and had the strapline “Ride on a wave of light and sound” — when it was titled X — but currently The Walking Dead: The Ride’s slogan is “Those who ride, survive”. It is a complete transformation of the former roller coaster X with all new theming and effects throughout, including a pre-show, walkthrough and live actors.Colossus is a steel roller coaster at Thorpe Park in Surrey, England, and the park’s first major attraction. It was built by Swiss manufacturers Intamin and designed by Werner Stengel as an adaptation of Monte Makaya in Brazil, with consultation from Tussauds attraction developer John Wardley. Colossus was the world’s first roller coaster with ten inversions; an exact replica, called the 10 Inversion Roller Coaster, was later built at Chimelong Paradise in Guangzhou, China. The video is titled “Discovery” and starts with a wide shot of the park skyline, before sharply flicking to what appears to be a man covered in blood stains. The video then proceeds to construction site workers going about there day, until one of them discovers a red box buried in the ground, with 13 scratched into the lid. The construction worker opens the box, only to yelp and jump back, which the screen then cuts out. The date 13.09.08 appears, whilst in the background screams can be heard “Jim!”, etc. Themeing has continued on site, the entrance sign has been put up, aswell as the rides future shop themed. A cage walk though has been erected on the path towards the ride to protect guests from falling objects. Various signs have been put up, and waiting to be put up around the queue line and area.Now work will focus on the rides electrical systems, as well as the station building, which a lot of the frame work has already been constructed. Many thanks to THORPE PARK for the update.