Thorpe Park’s latest rollercoaster today opened it’s airgates to the public for the first time.

With a unique 127ft head-first inverted drop straight under the wing of a genuine plane wreckage and  near misses taking riders terrifyingly close to a flaming fire truck, rotating helicopter blades and the walls of a life-size church, the UK’s first winged rollercoaster officially opened to the public this morning at 10am.

The Swarm's first inversion 127ft up (Photo courtesy of Thorpe Park)

Built by Swiss manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard, The Swarm features a unique seating arrangement where guests are positioned either side of the track with nothing above or below them, leaving them to feel vulnerable and exposed.

It took specialist engineers 48 days to construct the 1000 tonnes of track which the 2 menacing creature-like trains speed around at almost 100km/h.

The opening of the ride also led to ‘The Swarm‘ trending on social networking site Twitter for most of the day. Another contributive factor to the trend was the online release of a dedicated single associated with the coaster by British band You Me at Six.

Mike Vallis, directional director of Thorpe Park commented;

 ‘As the nation’s Thrill Capital, we are always looking to create the next level of adrenaline-inducing theme park rides for our guests. THE SWARM pushes the boundaries with not only the rollercoaster experience itself but also with the extreme near misses and apocalyptic style landscape that guests will encounter.’


Adam James Whittaker

Adam James Whittaker is an aspiring marketer, who has worked in the theme park industry for a number of years. He believes in the preservation of amusement heritage and using marketing effectively to promote new attractions and investments.

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