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Video: Thorpe Park begins viral campaign for LC12 rollercoaster

LC12 teaser image

Thorpe Park has begun a viral video campaign for its planned new rollercoaster for 2012, which is set to feature an apocalyptic theme.

The coaster, codenamed "LC12", is being promoted within the park by posters bearing the "End is Coming" slogan, as well as by live actors wearing sandwich boards. The new videos, posted to YouTube and embedded below, show one of these actors being pursued by a "security guard" while adorned with messages warning of floods, aliens, natural disaster and nuclear disaster.



Natural disaster

Nuclear disaster

Thorpe Park has already a launched a teaser website for the 2012 rollercoaster, located at The site offers few new details on the ride, which is already known to be a Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider model. However, it does provide further confirmation of the ride's post-apocalyptic theme, as well as hinting at an announcement of further information on August 1, 2011.

The LC12 rollercoaster will be constructed north of the existing Stealth coaster, on an island in Thorpe Park's man-made lake. The attraction will be the second B&M Wing Rider coaster to open at a Merlin-owned theme park, following Raptor at Gardaland. Wing Rider coasters see riders seated either side of the track in a "winged" formation.

Thorpe Park is aiming for a post-apocalyptic theme for its new rollercoaster, and a number of elements designed to support this will be dotted around the ride's course. This is set to include life-size replicas of a crashed aeroplane close to the first drop, a crashed helicopter jutting out of a pond and a burnt-out fire engine. The ride's queue will also feature similar theming, with a fire-damaged tree marking its entrance and "damaged" fences along its route.

You can find out more about Thorpe Park's next major rollercoaster in our in-depth review of the plans for LC12.

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