Thursday, October 6, 2011

Something Is Swarming at Thorpe Park

Wild Eagle at Dollywood has me really excited, but I need to keep in mind that it is only one of three new Bolliger and Mabillard Wing Rider coasters opening in 2012.

Another of the new rides is The Swarm, opening next year at England's Thorpe Park.  The ride appears to have an apocalyptic theme, but full details on that have not yet been released.  The teaser for the ride indicates that "war is coming," leading us to believe that the ride will be set in the aftermath of some pretty heavy devastation.

Thorpe Park has been working on the foundations of the ride for some time now, which will span several man-made islands (the layout of the coaster is seen above).  After much work, both the structure for the ride's church-looking station as well as the track for the final curve are now in place.

Swarm features dark gray track and supports, fitting in well with the moody theme of the coaster.  The ride will have heavy theming along the course, adding to the numerous inversions riders will encounter.

Check out photos of the recent vertical construction from the Thorpe Nerd - be sure to scroll down all the way to see them all.