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 ?