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The Swarm test run

The first human riders have experienced Thorpe Park's new roller coaster for 2012, The Swarm, as it undergoes testing ahead of its March 15, 2012 opening date.

The successful test run suggests that The Swarm in on track to make its debut as planned, at the start of Thorpe Park's 2012 season. The ride will become the first Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider coaster in the UK, with guests seated on "wings" on either side of the train.

Photos released by the park of the test run show the first riders as they traverse The Swarm's circuit, including several of the "near-miss" sections during which the train comes perilously close to striking nearby objects.

The Swarm test run (1)

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The Swarm test run (2)

Image © Thorpe Park

The Swarm test run (3)

Image © Thorpe Park

The Swarm test run (4)

Image © Thorpe Park

The theme for Thorpe Park's new addition is based around war and destruction, with the coaster itself representing an invading "swarm" of aliens. It will offer a fly-through experience through a post-apocalyptic scene, with burnt-out vehicles scattered across the landscape.

For full details of the planned new rollercoaster, read Theme Park Tourist’s full preview of The Swarm at Thorpe Park.

You can keep up to date with the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new attractions through Theme Park Tourist's "New Attraction Watch" section, and by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

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