Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The Swarm at Thorpe Park

We went to Thorpe Park a few weeks ago, when the weather was still nice and the sun was still high in the sky.  You needed that, if you were planning on riding the water rides. We got thoroughly soaked on Tidal Wave!

When we got to Thorpe Park, Hamish and I promptly joined the queue for The Swarm. It was a 20 minutes queue at that point. The 20 minutes turned into over an hour.  The queue management was the most shambolic of any rides we have been on. For a start, they had 2 rows of seats on the rides turned backward for extra thrill.  The queue for this was much shorter but when you get to the ride, you can go anywhere you want.  So our "going forward" queue was getting slower and slower. Then they decided to hook on another set of rides so they can have 2 going simultaneously.  That took some time, not sure why they didn't do it before they open.  Then the 2 simultaneous were ran more like one after the other.

Enough about the bad queue.  The ride was awesome.  It was very, very fast, very high, twist and turning that I have ever experienced. And over is less than a minute. The ride went very close to some buildings built as prop for the ride but unlike the dummies in the test runs, there were no close calls. We didn't lose limbs. It was extreme but it was very smooth. It was the best ride on a roller coaster for me, ever!

You want to see the layout as evidence, right ?


Mel said...

Queues are the worst part of theme parks! We went on a school trip to Germany and went to Fantasia Land and those Germans don't seem to believe in queues and so it was chaos! Great lo!

alexa said...

Oh my goodness, that is right outside my comfort level. But I love your orangey twine which just ties ('scuse the pun) the top and bottom of this lovely page together.

Sian said...

You are a bit of a daredevil, aren't you?! I'm not sure if I'd be brave enough..though maybe I could give it a try if I thought there was a page as lovely as this at the end of it