SAW the Ride

Merlin Entertainments - Thorpe Park

In March 2009, Merlin Entertainments opened the worlds first horror themed rollercoaster; SAW: The Ride at Thorpe Park, England. Based upon the incredibly successful Lionsgate film franchise, this intense rollercoaster experience recreates the look, feel and terror of Jigsaw and his diabolical traps. 

Paragon Creative were commissioned to bring this intense attraction to life through extensive theming to the ride building’s exterior and surrounding area. As well as theming and props within the queue, load/unload platform and the dark ride portions of the attraction. Theming included an array of deadly traps as well as the unfortunate victims caught within, a set of large scale rotating razor blades, a disgusting dirty toilet complete with corpses that sprayed blood at the passing rollercoaster car as well as theming the ride building exterior to give it the look of a run down industrial warehouse.

Our team worked closely with Merlin Studio’s design team and built all works at our workshops in York before installing on site at the park as the public keenly awaited details on the secretive attraction.

Paragon was delighted to be able to work with such a successful film franchise and accurately recreate key iconic scenes from the series.

Candy Holland, Creative Director – Resort Theme Parks at Merlin Entertainments said: “SAW The Ride was an extremely exciting project, being the first horror themed rollercoaster ever created. It was important for Merlin Studios to work with a theming company that could accurately deliver our designs and creative intent. It is shocking and intense…both physically and psychologically. So go on…face your fears…if you dare.”

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STAFF FOCUS: Tim DeCoste, Interactives Workshop Manager

Q: Name?
A: Tim DeCoste but they call me moose now there’s four Tims.

Q: What and where did you study?
A: Seaquam secondary school in my motherland of Canada. University didn’t seem challenging enough so I went to major in waterparks abroad.

Q: How long have you worked at Paragon Creative?
A: 3 years this month.

Q: What development / training have you undertaken since joining the team?
A: IOSH managing safely and the ever-important manual handling and fire warden training. And of course the sage mentoring of Jon Myers (Operations Director) and Chris Nuttall (Technical Director).

Q: Favourite Project to work on and why?
A: Dig It Dubai Springs. It was an achievable project that has resulted in a great success which is always a boost knowing the work our department put in to it, I’m sure others did OK as well. I also got to be involved in the installation, something I don’t often get to be a part of, luckily I still have my old work boots so I almost blended in seamlessly if not for my eloquent speaking and perfect hair.

Q: What do you like about working at Paragon?
A: Everyday poses a new challenge. It’s also close to home so that’s nice.

Q: Dream project to work on?
A: If we could do something ice hockey or maple syrup based I’d be very much in my comfort zone.

Q: What does your department do?
A: Builds big toys!
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2 days ago

Go moose eh 🤙

2 days ago   ·  1

No dad !!! Don’t make me wear it !!

2 days ago

Moose? You'll always be Diego to me

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