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Zodiac
Photo: Thorpe ParkZodiac: n. A belt-shaped region in space, divided into 12 constellations.

In Short

Zodiac, despite being a common ride to many fairs and Parks, offers a dizzying spin in its
"sphere of fear".

Fact File

Opened 2001 Manufacturer Huss
Ride Type Enterprise Official Rating Thrilling and Fun
On Ride Photo No Fastrack Yes
Height Restriction Min 0.9m (under 1.1m with an adult) Chest Restriction No
Max Speed 19mph (31km/h) Max Height 59ft (18m)
Throughput 500 people/hour Duration 60 seconds

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Zodiac entrance At full height Lowering From Vortex Before the spinning begins
About to rise From Rush Ride area
Close up Zodiac themeing Gold statue From queueline

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TTP Review

Zodiac is an Enterprise wheel, common to many funfairs and Theme Parks. Riders sit either individually or in twos in separate carriages which are affixed to the side of the wheel. The wheel starts to rotate and the arm supporting the wheel rises, until the wheel is perpendicular to the ground. Riders are now riding upside down in their carriages, but the unique selling point of the ride is that guests are not restrained in; the centrifugal force is enough to keep people tight in their seats, which is quite a feeling! No other ride at Thorpe Park inverts riders without giving them any restraint whatsoever; in fact, most provide full over the shoulder restraints for good measure.

Zodiac's strength is evoking this insecure feeling in its passengers. As with all Theme Park rides, it is actually very safe, but one can't help feel daunted by it. Aside from this quirk, the ride itself isn't particularly exciting. Sitting in the carriages, riders are quite protected from the wind-in-your-face feeling, and on a similar vein, the visuals aren't great. Riders can't see ahead of themselves, and can't see other riders. Whilst guests can feel the centrifugal force exerted on their bodies, this does not provide the same shot of adrenaline as Rush or Detonator both do. Indeed, the overwhelming feeling one gets stepping off Zodiac is dizziness.

Zodiac then has quite a confused target market. It's not thrilling enough to compete with other Thorpe flat rides as a thrill ride, but its certainly not tame enough to be considered a family one. Perhaps, given its relatively low height restriction, Zodiac can be considered a good "stepping stone" for younger thrill seekers wanting to cut their teeth before venturing onto the bigger rides that the Park offers.

Positives:

  • Riders feel vulnerable with such minimal restraints!
  • A very different experience to other flat rides in the Park.

Negatives:

  • Disorientating.
  • Certainly not unique - it's a very common ride to many Parks and fairs.
Verdict:
Themeing/Presentation OneOneZeroZeroZero
Smoothness/Comfort OneOneOneOneZero
Enjoyment/Fun OneOneOneZeroZero
Intensity/Scariness OneOneOneOneZero
Overall OneOneOneZeroZero

Your Reviews

"This ride is the best in the whole park! Spin and twirl your way round high and low, just one word sums it up: "FANTASTIC". A must do thrill ride!"
Sian B, Berkshire, UK.

"This was the first Enterprise ride I'd ever been on! It was great, but not top. My Dad didn't like it that much because it was a spinning ride. I consider it a good warm up ride for the start of the day."
Alex, Hampshire, UK.

"What can I say?! This ride is amazing! I went on it about 5 times in one day! Obviously not after each other because that'd leave you feeling sick, but definitely a must do ride! :)"
Charlotte, Surrey, UK.

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