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The Swarm at Thorpe Park

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Swarm Island

Roller coaster

Opening Date:
Mar 15, 2012

127 feet

2543 feet

Maximum speed:
60 mph

Bolliger & Mabillard

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:

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Monday, September 02, 2013 10:00

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 12:07

Thorpe Park has reversed the back two rows of The Swarm roller coaster for the 2013 season. But has the change paid off?

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.

Photos of The Swarm

Reviews of The Swarm:

Great Ride
Submitted by sportyskater99
on Saturday, May 26, 2012 19:58

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.


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