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Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm and General Discussion

Thu May 31, 2012 8:33 pm

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That's the problem.


Care to explain in what way this particular PR stunt could be considered distasteful? :)
 
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Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm and General Discussion

Thu May 31, 2012 8:34 pm

D4n wrote:
BigAl wrote:
That's the problem.


Care to explain in what way this particular PR stunt could be considered distasteful? :)


This one. :)

Edit: The relation is that the latest stunt references this. I can't see why anyone would want to remind people of such a horrendous stunt like that.
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Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm and General Discussion

Thu May 31, 2012 8:34 pm

I have no problem with parks doing publicity stunts, Dan, but it's ones that have ridiculous claims about stuff like libido and the Wayne Rooney prostitute that I have a problem with.
 
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Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm and General Discussion

Thu May 31, 2012 8:39 pm

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But that's nothing to do with this publicity stunt.

Just because some of the PR material that has been released in the past has overstepped the line doesn't mean that the park should be attacked every time they try to put themselves into the public eye. Quite frankly, if those are the only stunts that you remember, mention or credit the park for it implies that these are the PR stunts that actually work.

So, instead, I would recommend attempting to ignore those stunts that offend you, as best you can, and credit the park over those that are actually reputable. That's the only way they'll learn. It's a business, it'll run with whatever gets noticed most.
 
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Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm and General Discussion

Thu May 31, 2012 8:50 pm

As I said, it references the earlier stunt. That stunt was distasteful.
 
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Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm and General Discussion

Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:21 am

I thought the Wayne Rooney prostitute thing had practically nothing to do with the park, it was just coincidence that the setting was the park and they were able to use it to their advantage?
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Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm and General Discussion

Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:59 am

I think Dan raises a very good point. If we keep moaning over every bad publicity stunt we see all we're doing is further highlighting the stunt and proving to whoever comes up with these things that they do get attention. These stunts aren't meant to be taken seriously, hence why they appear in newspapers like the Daily Star and The Sun which print this sort of drivel every day. The people publishing this want you to sigh in despair and hopefully leave a long comment about how disgraceful it is as that is how they make their money.

The only one of these publicity stunts that I feel actually overstepped the line was the Th13teen age restriction. This wasn’t because what was being said was particularly outrages (although it was) but because they presented it in an official press statement.
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Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm and General Discussion

Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:56 pm

The thing is, not every stunt is bad. And people complaining about the bad stunts isn't good. Just because someone talks about Thorpe Park doesn't mean they're going to give them their money. And if the comment is negative then others will want to know why there area negative comments regarding Thorpe and that may very well put them off from going.

The prostitute stunt can't be doing much for the park if they've now had to go to the Sun.
 
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Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm and General Discussion

Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:22 am

A very interesting (well I think) has been uploaded by the studios who made the advert, about the making about said advert.. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5qk3M1C ... =g-all-lik
 
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Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:10 pm

Wow, I think that they could have made an amazing teaser with just the version of the animation with the guy being picked up. I feel it was kind of spoilt with all the over acting and clips of the coaster. Although, I have to say the teasers they actually made were pretty good as well, and the overall advert is very high quality.
 
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Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm and General Discussion

Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:12 pm

I was at Thorpe again today.
9:30 openings on weekends and holidays continue, but only 1 train operation on colossus and swarm :(
Stealth and nemesis luckily opened with 2.
By 2 everything had 5 minute queues, during half term! Though the rain didn't help
 
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Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm and General Discussion

Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:59 am

Hi all!

Went to Thorpe last Monday (the jubilee bank holiday) expecting the place to be heaving, but thankfully the longest we queued was for Saw (60 mins) and that was by far the longest.

The Swarm, on the other hand, had pretty short queues each time we went on it!

First ride was first thing in the morning - we'd arrived for 9.15 so entered the park at 9.30. We were told the ride would be operational from 10am and decided on getting there first as a 30 minute queue was doable. To our surprise the ride had opened by the time we got there (about 9.40) and we walked straight on! We rode the very back row on the right and my god it was good! The turn around the helicopter in the outside seat was the highlight - I was so close to the water! As we vacated the ride there was an announcement to let riders waiting know that the second train was being added so the ride was stopped - we'd managed to get there just in time to have the last ride with only one train. Phew.

Second ride (about 1pm) we queueed for 10 minutes and then saw there was no queue for the front so opted to get a front seat pass. *Just* before the train came in for us to board the ride broke down. It only took 10 minutes to get it back up again after a bit of a test. We rode on the left front row this time and it made for a completely different ride which surprised me. The plane wing head-chopper and the zero-g roll were the highlights this time. We found the zero-g roll and the turnaround after really disorientating.

Third ride (about 4pm) we queued about 25 minutes for and opted to go for a middle-row seat. We were directed to the right of the train this time and the ride was very similar to the first ride, but maybe not quite as intense due to not being whipped around like the back row does.

All-in-all it's a VERY good ride. Could do with being a bit longer maybe and doesn't beat Nemesis for me as there are no surprises like with Nemesis (by virture of Nemesis being in a big ditch) - plus Nemesis is more intense in my opinion without being OTT. I find Stealth more exhilerating than The Swarm, but The Swarm is a very well-themed and good all-round coaster.

One other thing I noticed about the ride is just how majestic it is to watch. The trains (if you ignore the riders) really do look like a bat-like creature swooping around a disaster zone. The fact B&M and Thorpe have managed to pull that off is amazing.
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Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm and General Discussion

Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:58 pm

Sorry for going off topic, and this may have already been posted on here but

Does anyone know about the size restrictions for this ride? As in upper height/ chest?
 
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Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm and General Discussion

Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:37 pm

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Sorry for going off topic, and this may have already been posted on here but

Does anyone know about the size restrictions for this ride? As in upper height/ chest?


The website says no taller than 1.96m (6' 5").

Riders must be properly secured in the seat, which may not be possible for some guests with larger torso or thigh measurements approaching 51 inches. THORPE PARK advise guests to use the test seat at the ride entrance before queueing.
 
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Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm and General Discussion

Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:44 pm

I really struggle on Nemesis and colossus but fitted very easily on the swarm.
It's quite accommodating
 
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Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm and General Discussion

Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:48 pm

Any more new on the fire effect? Do you think it will be up and running by the end of the month?
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Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm and General Discussion

Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:52 pm

Yes I would like to know this too. Seems to have all gone quiet about the fire effect on The Swarm.

I still feel its in the wrong place above the fire engine and would look better near the plane engines. Remember those fire things Thorpe had on the entrance during Fright Nights a few of them dotted around the Swarm Island would look cool. The other day even the plane wing was not smoking much :(
 
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Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm and General Discussion

Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:58 pm

I believe there have been some issues with the fire effect. 

Unless I'm mistaken, H&S gave the 'final tick of the box' at the same time as the LEDs, but a couple of days before the fire effect was due to go live to the public, they had problems during the testing, which seemingly haven't been sorted out yet.

This is just what I've heard though; it may be completely different to this...
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Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm and General Discussion

Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:57 am

To be fair with the recent high winds and bad weather, even if it was up and running, I doubt it'd be switched on much throughout the past month
 
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Re: Thorpe Park 2012: The Swarm and General Discussion

Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:05 pm

Just wondering, is there any news on the onride video?

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