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Banana Ride
Photo: TTPBanana: n. An elongated crescent-shaped yellow fruit with soft flesh.

In Short

Mr Monkey's Banana Ride is perfect for Thorpe's younger guests; a large swinging banana offers light thrills.

Fact File

Opened 1994 Manufacturer Vekoma
Ride Type Swinging Ship Official Rating Thrilling and Fun
On Ride Photo No Fastrack No
Height Restriction Min 0.9m (under 1.1m with an adult) Chest Restriction No

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On the boat Banana Ride sign Mr Monkey Mr Monkey
Ride entrance Ride overview Riders' expressions! Boat in action

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TTP Review

Mr. Monkey's Banana Ride is a small Swinging Ship themed as a banana. It's smaller than most ships found in other Parks, but offers a fun and relatively thrilling experience for the young.

Riders seat themselves in the boat, and it swings from side to side, gradually getting higher and higher with each swing. The themeing is good, with Mr. Monkey sitting on top of the logs holding up the banana boat. The ride area plays cheerful music, and quite often you will find a ride operator with a few jokes up their sleeve running the ride, which gives the experience that extra touch of sparkle.

Mr. Monkey's Banana Ride is a good ride for its target market. It's definitely one for the parents to go on with younger children. If you're a thrill seeker at Thorpe, it shouldn't be a priority; ride if it you're in the area and the queue is walk-on. Having said that, Mr Monkey's has been known to make even the most adventurous thrill seeker feel a little nauseous...

Positives:

  • Nicely integrated with the foliage and Ranger County surroundings.
  • One of the more thrilling rides for younger guests.
  • Generates that stomach-in-your-mouth feeling!

Negatives:

  • Small compared to similar rides at other Parks.
  • Makes some feel nauseous.
Verdict:
Themeing/Presentation OneOneOneOneZero
Smoothness/Comfort OneOneZeroZeroZero
Enjoyment/Fun OneOneOneZeroZero
Intensity/Scariness OneOneZeroZeroZero
Overall OneOneOneZeroZero

Your Reviews

"Perfect for little ones!"
Heath, London, UK.

"The monkey on top has been taken off - it looks rubbish without it!"
Frank, Dover, UK.

"Amazing! I've been on it loads of times now! One of my favourite rides."
Emma, Wadhurst, UK.

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