Towering 200 feet over Amity Cove, Stealth provides the thrills of a 1950s Speedway race as riders are launched from a standing start to 80 mph in under 2 seconds.
|Theme Park||Thorpe Park|
|Opened||15 March 2006|
|Max Speed||80 mph|
Stealth dominates the Thorpe Park skyline, with its 205ft tall top hat element visible from far outside the park and easily spotted driving along the M25 and M3 motorways. As an icon ride for the park, it fulfils the role spectacularly.
The ride sits in Amity Cove, and is themed around a 1950s American Speedway. Given the other major ride in Amity is Tidal Wave, quite why the residents of Amity Cove would be interested in car racing while their village is threatened by imminent aquatic destruction is questionable, but regardless the theme is nicely executed with various automobile trappings scattered around together with a singalong soundtrack of hits from the 50s.
The rollercoaster itself represents a speedway car which races around the speedway track, taking riders from a standing start in the station and accelerating along the launch track to 80mph in 1.8 seconds. Reaching top speed, the car rapidly climbs vertically up Stealth's signature top hat element. The views over the rest of the park and the surrounding area are wonderful, but the chance to appreciate them is fleeting. Very soon, riders find themselves plunging vertically downwards towards Rumba Rapids. Levelling out, the rollercoaster flies over an airtime hill which gives an incredible popping-out-of-your-seat feeling, before the car is swiftly slowed by the magnetic brakes at the end of the ride.
Stealth gives one of the best adrenaline rushes available at Thorpe Park. The ride is short, but spectacular - the feeling of acceleration, speed and height combines into an awesome experience for thrillseekers willing to climb onboard.
Stealth's main entrance
Stealth entrance tyre
The entrance with original Fastrack clock
Originally the entrance tyre was painted glossy black
Road signs around the tyre feature some of Stealth's main ride stats
The WWTP Radio truck used to house a live DJ playing tracks across Amity Speedway
WWTP mobile broadcasting unit
The live DJ would take requests from guests
In later years the truck was used to sell Fastrack tickets
Long queues would form to buy Fastrack tickets on busy days
The Fastrack queue itself would sometimes be out of the main entrance!
Much of the queue area is behind the launch track
Guests can watch Stealth trains launch as they wait to ride
Near the platform, the queueline spilts into a normal and separate front row queue
Fastening the restraints
Preparing to ride
Ready to go?
The lights count down
Feeling the forces
Half way down the launch track
Launch track over the queueline
Watching the launch
On top of the top hat
Balancing on top
Front of the Stealth train
WWTP Radio theming
Queueline TVs used to show facts about the ride
You could text in messages to be displayed in the queue
Sometimes the TVs needed a reboot!
Top Hat from the queueline
Almost at the top
Stealth towers over much of Thorpe Park
The back of Stealth can be seen from Rumba Rapids
A moody sunset
Stealth is sometimes lit up for Fright Nights
Stealth originally had a Single Rider Queue
The original Stealth Diner, now replaced with a large Fish and Chips restaurant
Stealth train beside the maintenance shed
Stealth from over the lake