Fly around a rollercoaster track aboard the classic Flying Fish
|Theme Park||Thorpe Park|
|Opened||1984-1989 (as "Space Station Zero")|
1990-2005 (relocated/rethemed as "Flying Fish")
|Max Speed||19 mph|
Flying Fish has somewhat of a cult following with Thorpe Park fans. The much loved powered rollercoaster originally opened at the park in 1984 indoors as Space Station Zero. In 1990 it was moved outside to make way for Carousel Kingdom and became Flying Fish. It was removed in 2004 to make way for the construction of Stealth. It was refurished and reopened in a new location in 2007, the park claiming "by popular demand". More likely, they couldn't find a buyer.
In its original location, the fish flew around a garden packed with dense folliage which heighted the sense of speed. Thorpe made a half-hearted attempt to recreate this in the new location, having the ride travel around a few reeds and a pond, but it is nothing like it was.
The rollercoaster is still fun and a nice diversion from the larger rides, especially for young families. Many adults ride the ride too, their memories harking back to the classic Thorpe days. The soul may have been taken from the original ride, but the concept of flying around a rollercoaster track on a giant fish is still hilarious as long as you don't take yourself too seriously!
The 2007 Flying Fish entrance
Riders aboard the Flying Fish
Flying Fish station
One of the uninspiring ponds
The original ride entrance
Flying Fish was relocated on the Lake shoreline in 2007.
Rebuilding Flying Fish