It's by the helicopter on the low turn. The ride has now been handed back over Merlin Studios - there's various things which have not been installed / finished such as station queue TV's, fire ball from the fire engine and the splash. It's not working completely in sync yet and is due to be finished this coming week ready for opening day.
Okay so I went to Thorpe Park today for the park opening and got to ride the Swarm. Below is my review of the ride and some pictures.
To start with I want it to be well known this project never really interested me and the ride design never did anything for me. That being said I still went into it with as open a mind of possible. The ride I personally found to be very slow and had zero to no forces. The near misses were nearly un noticable so that to me sort of the defys the point of near misses. I wont deny the ride was one of, if not the smoothest coaster I have ever been on and its also one of the quietest B&Ms ive ever heard. The theming in the area is very very good by the sort of standards you would expect from Thorpe. To give a rough idea I would say its better than the work they did on Saw: The Ride.
Overall I don't like the ride and wont go out of my way to ride it. That being said though I do belive that the ride will be a HUGE and I mean HUGE hit for the park. The theme is perfect for their target audience and a lot of people seemed to be loving it. I really cant say anything other than well done to the park for what im sure will be a huge hit. (A good description for this ride I belive is its a Marmite ride. You will either love it or hate it.)
On a side note just before the bridge to enter "Swarm Island" there is a new food outlet called Roast and Relish that serves hand carved meat baguettes. The food there is amazing! Some of the best snack park food I have ever had. I will for sure be making sure I go there on every visit and do hope that the new "Original Sandwich Company" outlet at Chessington will be able to match the quality of food that comes out off that place.
Now im sure what you have all been waiting for. On to the photos & POV Video!
"Welcome to Swarm Island!"
When the Swarm attacks and you need ride merchandise this is a great place to go.
I feel this is now a Merlin trademark that all shops are shipping containers.
Nerds rejoice when they see things like this.
New toilets! Sadly they were not open yet so I cant review them for you all. I know how much people were looking forward to a detailed toilet review.
This stage was set up for bands to play through out the day.
A bit of the very very long queue line and the station.
Fireman Sam! 'Cos he's gonna save the day. Fireman Sam!
Oh dear seems the fire engine has a burnt backside.
They called this a "soak zone" but it was very much like the Tidal Wave zone and more like a mist zone.
What ride am I reviewing again?
"War is coming!" Sign up this way!!
You use this seat to check if you are cleared to sign up for war!
I AM! I look so cool here right.............
Its a bit twisty here!
Heading for the plane wing "near miss".
The Swarm attacks as the sun starts to set.
Swarm doing its thing.
I was so surprised that there is no net below this inversion.
See even a closer look shows no net!
Im guessing this is called a station fly over.
This is I personally think the most visually impressive thing to see when the ride is running.
I spy a net above the queue line!
This pic makes it seem that the Swarm is flying through the Fire Engine. in reality it flys behind it.
Here is the first near miss on the ride. Why it has mist coming out off it I dont quite understand, but everyone love some mist so all is good.
Some of the detail work on the wing.
I did sort of wish there was one of the evacuation slides hanging out of the side of the plane. That would have been funny.
The new games stand.
This is where you come to get you on ride photos and on ride videos. (I belive the on ride video system is not working yet as all the cameras have yet to be installed on the trains.)
And I leave you with my favourite picture from that day of the ride.
Last edited by StealthFan on Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:09 pm.
Your review was exactly what I was expecting, a relatively tame ride experience with incredible themeing that the coaster community will think is just "good" but the GP will think is "great". Should be a huge hit for the park!
I still can't wait to ride Wild Eagle next week but honestly my expectations for a top 10 coaster aren't all that high. Nice report though.
Went on the ride 10 times today - I agree about the speed & the lack of forces generally, but did find that if you sat on the left hand side, outside edge on the back row the ride experience was entirely different.
Would be interesting to know if you tried different seating positions too?
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