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Thorpe Park Rollercoaster The Swarm Redesigned After Dummies Lose Limbs In Tests Of Theme Park Ride | Strange News | Sky News

January 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Thorpe Park ordered experts to redesign its £20m new rollercoaster – after dummies lost limbs during tests.

A life-sized church housing The Swarm ride was remodelled following dry runs that saw legs smashed off at least two dummies.

The theme park issued a statement revealing other dummies were scratched during the tests, prompting “drastic measures” ahead of the ride’s launch on March 15.

Bosses said technicians spent a week resolving problems with the “winged” rollercoaster – which is designed to give riders the impression they are about [to] crash into the surrounding landscape.

Mike Vallis, divisional director at Thorpe Park, said he was now 100% satisfied the ride met safety standards.

“We have been planning for The Swarm for almost two years now, and we’ve pushed the boundaries to the absolute limit because ‘extreme’ is what our thrill-seeking customers demand,” he said.

via Thorpe Park Rollercoaster The Swarm Redesigned After Dummies Lose Limbs In Tests Of Theme Park Ride | Strange News | Sky News.

Strange Random Amusement Park Quote:

“Looking at yourself through the media is like looking at one of those rippled mirrors in an amusement park.” – Edmund S. Muskie

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