Posted Wednesday, January 26, 2005 9:33 AM | Contributed by supermandl
Thorpe Park, near London in the UK, will introduce Europe’s first sky-swat ride to visitors later this year. It's the second ride of its kind built by S&S.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2005 10:56 AM
You Brits just do not know what's coming...:)
SWAT is one of the single greatest thrillrides I've been on...not long on comfort, but the inversions were nothing short of awesome...
Hopefully they will run a little FASTER program, which would help alleviate some of the pressure on the shoulders...why Stan hasn't hired me (yet) as a consultant for restraint design, that I cannot answer...;)
Wednesday, January 26, 2005 11:12 AM
When I was there on 31st Oct, they were advertising 2 new rides, the Sky Swat and a Giant Swing (Interactive Rides?). The latter seems to have been dropped!
Wednesday, January 26, 2005 12:25 PM
Grant...the Giant Swing, was that supposed to be the *super-sized* version of the S&S Screamin' Swing....I've heard they had a full-size park model on the drawing board, but hadn't heard of any being ordered...
Based on what I saw, that's the tamest S&S ride to date...which I suppose complements SWAT perfectly, LOL...;)
Wednesday, January 26, 2005 3:03 PM
Wow we surely vary in opinions. I have rode SWAT over 50 times. For the Discovery shoot it was about Ten times in a row not even getting up out of my seat. I never hold on, hands in the air, and to this day I am still amazed at how wonderful and comfortable the seats are.
The shoulder harnesses are not even used. They are just there.
Chris One Click
Wednesday, January 26, 2005 6:56 PM
'Rush', the Screamin Swing, is still happening, but will open later on in the season. The Ferris wheel 'Eclipse' has already been removed, and parts of it have arrived at Chessington to be installed there.
Thursday, January 27, 2005 12:15 AM
I have to say that i like the look of both of these rides. Yes the big siwng is definately on its way to the park, just not opening at the begining of the season.
A good move in my book, people who go there at the start of the season will ride slammer and then see that another new ride is being built and will return later on in the year to ride it. Good thinking by Thorpe.
Is it me or does Thorpe park have the best selection of intense flats around. 2 new s&s monsters, a fabbrii magic carpet and power drop, kmg afterburner, an enterprise and a mondial topscan. Good selection.
This park is really going places, add the rocket next year and the park is nearly complete in my eyes. Yes we would all like a woodie, but Tussauds seem a bit reluctant with wood.
Thursday, January 27, 2005 7:25 AM
I wouldn't say Tussaud's are reluctant, it's just that the planning restriction laws over here are tight - not just the height, but also the noise levels too - they're playing cautious after the troubles with oblivion and the Rotten Ropers.
Thursday, January 27, 2005 9:26 PM
What does THe RIde SWAT do?