Small green pigs based in Staines or surrounding areas; watch out – the Angry Birds are invading. Yep, Thorpe Park – London’s closest roller coaster haven – has announced a whole new themed-land based on the smartphone game franchise, set to open in May this year. The Angry Birds area’s main attraction will be a new 10-minute ‘4D Experience’ (basically, a 3D film with added special effects), plus a bird/pig-themed dodgems ride, and the park’s existing 100ft drop tower, Detonator, will be getting an Angry Birds twist.
It’s not the first time Angry Birds have invaded theme parks. Finland’s Särkänniemi Adventure Park and Yorkshire’s Lightwater Valley both feature lands based on the feathery characters. Thorpe Park’s no stranger to bringing in big-name franchises, either. In 2009 it opened ‘Saw – The Ride’, an intense roller coaster with a beyond-vertical drop, based on the seemingly never-ending horror movie series. And in 2001 the park’s rapids ride, Thunder River, was invaded by purple berries and renamed the Ribena Rumba Rapids.
It’s got us thinking: what other strange theme parks exist out there? Well…
Don’t expect high-speed thrills at this Orlando park. The Holy Land Experience describes itself as a ‘living biblical museum’, and attractions include a re-enactment of the last supper, a model town of Bethlehem and a recreation of the Garden of Eden.
Which of Hershey’s chocolates brands do you fit in to? It’s a question no one’s asked. But in case you’re now wondering, the answer’s simple: if you’re over 60 inches tall you’re a Jolly Rancher, 54″ to 60″ and you’re a Twizzler, and 42″ to 48″ makes you a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup (you lucky short people!). Despite the brand-heavy height restrictions, Hersheypark in Pennsylvania boasts a whopping 12 roller coasters.
Not one, not two, but four Diggerlands exist in the UK: Yorkshire, Kent, Durham and Devon. As you’d expect, the parks are big on dig(ging), with rides including dumper trucks, treasure excavations and more JCBs than you ever thought existed.
This controversial park in China requires employees to be less than 51 inches tall and features comic performances by people with dwarfism. Yes. This exists.