This is a ride I have been on multiple times and thoroughly enjoyed it. The dark steel supports with rotating blades just drag you in. If you want to experience the adrenaline rush of SAW, you will have to travel to Thorpe Park in Surrey, England. It’s worth it!
Competition winners and annual pass holders were allowed to attend a preview event, before it opened to the public on Saturday 14 March 2009 a day later. Saw – Alive, a live-action horror maze, was opened at the park in 2010 to complement the ride. So if the roller coaster looks too thrilling for you then you can plop your pants walking through one of the scariest mazes I’ve ever walked through.
The ride starts with an indoor section, where riders will go through the dark. You literally can not see your hand in front of your face. Twenty meters into the ride as you first set off. You pass Jigsaw on his tricycle, who laughs at you as the train passes by (although if you are on the second dispatched car, the vehicle will stop while Billy gives a speech). Then you will come across two swinging blades which appear to get closer, before a previously unseen vertical drop saves you from hitting them. The vertical drop sends you directly into a pit of spikes which are narrowly avoided. The train travels along a straight piece of track and you are blasted with air firing from crossbows giving the effect of the syringes loaded in the crossbows firing over the your head. The train goes into a barrel roll, as you can see Jigsaw in a pool of blood. ‘Blood’ is sprayed at the train from the body, then the train exits the building and travels towards the 100 feet (30 m) vertical lift hill. Before you travel up the 100 foot vertical lift staring at the sky in complete terror, the train stops by two television screen of which Jigsaw the puppet comes on and shouts “GAME OVER!” and laughs at you. Your climb begins as your adrenaline is pumping through your veins and your heart feels like it’s about to pop out your chest. As you get to the top you have a 100 foot inverted vertical drop to overcome. As you go down you see four rotating blades which look like they are going to cut you into bits, followed by two upside down corkscrews to the left. You then come to another huge drop eventually brining you up to some brakes but then the ride drops you again down another 20 foot fall. Bringing you back to the station platform. Open your eyes and breath !
It is also possible for riders to buy a DVD of their ride experience, using cameras mounted to the front of the car and the back of the front seats. The experience of seeing your hilarious, terrified baby face is enough to make your day.
The entrance is possibly enough to get your heart pumping. The entrance is situated at the back of the Saw Plaza. The exterior queue line consists of razor wire fences and various large torture implements rusting on the ground. Announcements are heard from policemen inside the building, hearing screams and panic sounds through radios. Loud ambient music is played throughout the area. The queue travels around the back of the warehouse and then into the building itself. Inside, riders walk through a dimly lit corridor, with four shotguns hanging from the ceiling. The shotguns will fire fake dud pellets making a huge freighting sound. The corridor leads up some stairs past a cage but beware because there are lots of actors hiding behind curtains and in dark places ready to jump out on you as your waiting to get on the ride. Above the queue, a body is seen tangled in barbed wire. The queue itself is frightening enough.
Current Coaster Name: SAW Current Park Name: Thorpe Park Previous Ride Name(s): N/A Location: Surrey, England Status: Operating Links: http://www.thorpepark.com/ Cost: £13.5 million
Type: Steel Opened: 13 March 2009 Designer: Gerstlauer Features: Inverted vertical drop, corkscrew blood spray and interaction with Jigsaw. Height: 100 ft (30 m) Max Drop: 99 ft (30 m) Max Speed: 55 mph (89 km/h) Length: 2,362 ft (720 m) Acceleration: 1.1 Inversions: 3 Duration: 1:40 Trains: 3 Capacity: 1000 riders per hour