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The Swarm at Thorpe Park

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Our rating:
4

User rating:
Your rating: None Average: 4 (7 votes)

Park:

Land:
Swarm Island

Type:
Roller coaster

Opening Date:
Mar 15, 2012
(Confirmed)

Height:
127 feet

Length:
2543 feet

Maximum speed:
60 mph

Manufacturer:
Bolliger & Mabillard

Model:
Wing Coaster

Minimum height:
55 inches

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”.

More information about The Swarm:

Sunday, March 18, 2012 21:36

Theme Park Tourist's review of The Swarm, the highly-anticipated new roller coaster at Thorpe Park for the 2012 season.

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