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Thorpe Parks history.

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THORPE PARK'S HISTORY In 1970, the site was an active gravel pit owned by Ready Mix Concrete and in 1971 work was granted for the construction of a 500 acre Water Park. Thunder River and its surrounding area were developed in 1987, and 1988 saw the opening of the 630 seat Palladium Theatre. In 1989 Canada Creek, incorporating Logger's Leap, was developed. Since 1991 many attractions have been added. In 1996, X:/No Way Out, the world's first pitch dark, backward roller coaster was introduced and for two years running, in 1996 and 1997, Thorpe Park was voted the most Parent-Friendly leisure in the UK. Pearsons, who owned The Tussauds Group, bought Thorpe Park in 1998. On 19th October 1998 it was announced that Pearson had sold the Tussauds Group to Charterhouse Development Capital for �352m. Europe's first 4D Cinema experience, Pirates 4D was opened in 1999 and in 2000, Europe's highest water ride, Tidal Wave was added to the excitement of Thorpe Park. The Tussaud's Group Vision and Mission Vision: "Entertaining People". Mission: To deliver real growth in profits to take Europe's leading entertainment world-wide". Other attractions in The Tussauds Group * Madame Tussauds London * London Planetarium * Rock Circus, London * Warwick Castle, Warwick * Chessington World of Adventures, Surrey * Alton Towers, Staffordshire * The Tussauds Studio, London And in association with British Airways - The London Eye And Internationally * Madame Tussauds Scenerama (Amsterdam) * Madame Tussauds (Hong Kong) * Madame Tussauds (Las Vegas) * Madame Tussauds (New York) MARKETING FACT SHEET: Thorpe Park The Marketing Department are a small team who work across both Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures. It is the overall responsibility of the Marketing dept to ensure that the brand identities of the two Parks are maintained in all communication both on and off the Parks. They do this through first identifying the brand identity, target market, and visual representation of the brand, ie the logo. ...read more.

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Additional information is provided by Guest Services to help specific needs. Q How is guest flow regulated to and within the Park? A To the Park: trains, buses, motorway, roads. Road traffic can approach from both directions. Car parking is supervised and surveillance cameras are in operation. Entry and exit to the Park is a one way system. In the Park: signage and pathways direct movement. The major rides are dispersed around the Park within Themed areas. Q How do you monitor cast performance? A Introductory Assessment, Appraisal, Mentoring, Training, Observation, Shadowing. HEALTH AND SAFETY FACT SHEET: Thorpe Park In one year Thorpe Park will be host to nearly one million guests and employ about 700 cast members. The health and safety of all these people plays an important part in the running of the Park. Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures Health & Safety Policy This Health and Safety Policy applies to the whole of Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures and provides a cultural framework which is designed to minimise the potential for accidents and damage. Policy Statement The Company aims to provide and maintain the highest practical standards of safe working conditions throughout is operations together with compliance with legislation on order to protect the health and safety of its employees and visitors to its Sites, so far as they may be affected. It is the duty of Management at all levels to ensure that everything reasonable and practical is done to protect employees and visitors from personal injuries and hazards to health. To this end there shall be readily available for employees a copy of the Group Health and Safety Policy together with the more detailed site specific information contained within the Site's Health and Safety Policy and Manual. It is equally the duty of every employee to co-operate with Management in its pursuance of these aims. We will comply with legislation. ...read more.

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Its primary purpose is to provide a data repository for Sales, guests and admissions data and to provide tools to allow analysis of this imported data. A secondary function is to facilitate the exchange systems, and General Marketing Database (GMD), the external guest contact system. AGD configures all the information taken from Overview (information collected through Admissions on the tills each day) and turns it into reports for Finance and Marketing. Most often asked ICT Questions Q What security systems are in place for IT systems and the information stored in them? A Every user has a password to gain entry into their own machine, and a second password for access into email. The information from the shops and admissions tills are stored in a main server. Each night, all this information is backed up onto tape which is stored in a fire proof safe. Q How is IT used on the rides? A For example, Logger's Leap has sensors around the track of the ride. The track is divided into blocks. The sensors indicate where on the track a car/boat is and ensure that two cars/boats can not be in the same block at the same time. The information is visible on a screen to the operator in the control cabin . Travel Information Thorpe Park By Rail Regular services from Waterloo, Clapham Junction, Reading & Guildford by Stagecoach SWT to Staines station. By Road From the M25 take J11 or 13 and follow signs via A320 to Thorpe Park. Access from J12 is not possible. By Bus 426/436 from Woking, 437 bus from Heathrow, no. 551/561 bus from Staines. There's also a coach service from Victoria, London. Educational Talks at Chessington World of Adventures Why not spend the day at Chessington World of Adventures and incorporate into your visit an educational talk that relates to your course work. The talks, that can be tailored to meet your individual needs, are available during our open season and must be booked and paid for in advance. ...read more.

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