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Storm in a Teacup

Thorpe Park

Take a spin in a giant teacup

Theme ParkThorpe Park
Park AreaAmity
TypeTeacup Ride
AudienceFamilies
Opened1986 (Teacup Ride)
2004 (Storm in a Teacup retheme)
ManufacturerMack Rides
Spinning teacups

Spinning teacups

The Teacups is one of Thorpe Park's earliest rides and has been at the park since 1986. The ride received a retheme in 2004 to better fit with its home in the disaster-striken Amity Cove, and became known as Storm in a Teacup.

Riders sit in one of twelve giant teacups which sit on a large spinning disc, all set around a giant teapot which sits in the middle. The disc spins, and riders can spin their individual tea cups too by using a black plate in the middle of their cup. Some cups also sit on smaller spinning discs in sets of three, which spin in the opposite direction to the main disc resulting a very disorienting experience.

Up until 2003, the teacups came complete with handles, but these were removed and cracks painted on the cups when the ride underwent its retheme.

Storm in a Teacup is an enjoyable diversion from Thorpe's larger rides, and does not often attract a long queue. The ability to control the speed of your spin yourself really adds a social dimension to the ride, with friends screaming with pleasure or fear as their compatriots turn their teacup ever faster.

Photo Gallery

Old Teacups Ride Photos

Photos of the original Teacups ride, prior to the "Storm in a Teacup" retheme in 2004.

Videos

Teacup Twisters in 2003 video

Teacup Twisters in 2003

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