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The Swarm at Thorpe ParkLast updated by Nick on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 13:20
Submitted by SilPho on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 19:42
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Mar 15, 2012
Bolliger & Mabillard
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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”.Review:
B&M’s Wing Rider coasters are taking the world by storm, and after riding The Swarm it’s easy to see why. Dangling on the side of the train, with no track above or below you, creates an unparalleled sense of freedom and vulnerability. The cleverly-designed circuit makes great use of this, and you’ll be relieved to exit at the station with all of your limbs still attached to your body.
Thorpe Park deserves credit for investing heavily in the theming of The Swarm, and the storyline is a great with the park’s target audience of teens and young adults. Making the trains a part of the storyline is a clever touch, and the scenery isn’t just for a show – it’s a key part of the ride experience.Top Tip:
Sit in the outermost seats of the train in order to get the most dramatic “near-miss” sensations.
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Thorpe Park trials "Reserve 'n' Ride" virtual queue system on The Swarm
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 07:18
Thorpe Park is experimenting with a new system that will allow riders to book slots in advance during which they can ride major attractions without waiting in a queue.
Confirmed: Thorpe Park to reverse seats on The Swarm roller coaster for 2013 season
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 12:40
Thorpe Park has confirmed that its "surprise plan" for the 2013 season involves reversing the seats on the back two rows of The Swarm roller coaster.
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Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures
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Photos of The Swarm
Reader 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.