First of all people ask me why I am not updating TPG much this year – but what is there to update on? It’s a pretty quiet year for the park… well after the wave of construction, anyway. The site will be buzzing with updates again when Project Stealth rises. Although currently the latest news is that Thorpe Park have applied for permission to build two rides in the Lost City from S&S.

The first is one of the largest flat rides in existence; the Sky Swat. This monster of a ride reaches heights of 105ft when in motion. The prototype opened at Six Flags Astroworld in Texas, before moving to Six Flags New England in Massachusetts, USA. The still un-named ride will be located on the hilly landscape behind X:\ No Way out. Thanks to Cerberus, we have two unofficial concept photos – to give you an idea of how the Sky Swat may look.

The second attraction will be a new type of ride from S&S called the Screamin’ Swing, or Giant Swing as Tussauds are calling it. Riders are launched straight in to a high swing from a standing start with speeds of around 50mph. Thorpe’s ride will be Europe’s first – and a higher capacity version of the same ride currently being installed in Knott’s Berry Farm, California, USA.

The Screamin’ Swing will be replacing Eclipse, which is now confirmed to be heading to Chessington where it will be located on the old Samurai site; end of the Flying Island concept?

Many people have been disappointed with Thorpe Park this year for not holding any special events for the 25th anniversary of the park. Currently the only reminder is a nice flower display on the entrance lake bank. The themed ends on the Quantum gondola have been removed, due to being unsafe for operation. A patterned panel has been attached which looks better than what was there before.

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