The Swarm at Thorpe ParkSubmitted by Charlie Hurrell on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 20:42
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Bolliger & Mabillard
Opened in March 2012, The Swarm is the first Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider roller coaster in the UK. Riders are seated in pods of two on either side of the track, enabling the ride to incorporate a number of “near-miss” elements with the surrounding scenery.
The Swarm stands at 127-feet-tall, making it the second tallest ride at Thorpe Park behind nearby Stealth. After exiting the station (which is themed around a ruined church), the trains climb to the top of a lift hill before rolling 180 degrees. This means that riders start its circuit hanging upside position, before returning to an upright position via half-loop. The circuit features a number of highly banked turns, as well as a corkscrew and a zero-G roll.
Thorpe Park has installed extensive theming around The Swarm’s circuit, with the backstory for the ride being that an alien invasion has devastated the earth. A number of burnt-out vehicles are located close to the track, including a “crashed” aeroplane, a helicopter and a fire engine. The train themselves are designed to represent the invading “swarm”.
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Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures
We are not aware of any scheduled refurbishment periods for The Swarm. Do you know of any upcoming "rehabs" that we're missing? If so - please contact us so that we can keep the list up-to-date.
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Reviews of The Swarm:
This was a great investment from Thorpe Park. The feeling of having nothing above or below you is quite incredible. The first drop with the heart line twist is great. What I love about this ride is how sitting on different sides of the trains can alter the ride experience quite drastically, especially at the first drop. Overall a great ride with some great theming in the area around it.