So I also went today for opening day and here is my absolutle honest opinion.
Themeing is of quite a high standard,I still wouldnt say its absolutly amazing, but they have done a good job, If we still had Tussauds under control of the park, the ride would be plonked down on a concrete island, At least Merlin always put in a good budget for themeing.
The ride is very good, however its NOT amazing as in you wont come off saying WOW that was the best ride ever etc, but overall it is a very good ride and a very re-rideable experience in my opinion as well, I tryed both sides at the front(left and ride) and both positions at the back(Left and right), and a few in the middle(7 rides overall which isnt bad for opening day) Front Right Seat on the outside is pretty dam good, The drop is dead sexy and delivers a pretty good experience, the rest of the ride is(as others mentioned) a little forceless, but its still NOT poor by any standards, and still delivers a really nice ride, I did like the Church near miss over the station.
To say the ride is slow is'nt quite true, You could really feel the force of the ride later in the day when it had warmed up and operated for a good while, I always find B&M's like this anyway, they start off a bit sluggish, but really find their form after a while, I still find Nemesis really SLOW in the mornings even after nearly 20 years(wow has it been that long) but then its a whole different story when you ride it at the end of the day in the back seats
I'm not saying Give The Swarm 20 years to find its form,lol but give it a good few months, and I think it will get better
I would like to say Congrats to Thorpe for a very successful first public day, the ride couldnt have operated any better, and Thorpe must have been chuffed to bits it operated so well(especially when you compare all other big ride openings where there has been problems) there was one small brakedown when the ride stopped on the lift for about 5 mins, but I think thats all, Staff were brilliant, and queues only reached a maximum of about 20 mins today(plus maybe an extra 15 mins if you wanted the front)
So overall, YES Its a good ride, YES it is very re-rideable,YES its very smooth(but then we always expect that from a B&M),YES I do think it will be a huge hit for the park,I could tell lots of people were loving it, and then going round for more rides, NO its NOT the absolutle best amazing ride out there, but its definatly a fun experience and one I can wait to go on again in 2 weeks time. For all those people soon to experience Wild Eagle, and the one at Six Flags America, I do think you will like it
One small complaint - Dont know if they will look into this in the future, but you've probably seen the ride is on a seperate island, so there is only ONE way into the Swarm and ONE way out, I'm just worried come Fright Nites, that whole area will get clogged with so many people ,it will get extremly busy,The area is quite wide open so "hopefully" it wont be a problem but prehaps in the future, a second path could be built around the back from Stealth into the area to ease congestion, but as said Guess they obviously wont know if it will be a potential problem until Fright Nites???