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New Roller Coaster Might “Rip Your Limbs Off!”

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Spring and Summer are just around the corner.  Seriously, they are.  And that means the opening of amusement parks, Michigan’s Adventure, Ceder Point, to name a few.  They are fun places for the whole family with thrills and chills, really!

I’m not a big roller coaster fan…I’m a wuss.  I don’t want to feel as if I’m going to crash into oblivion.  I like me, and I’d like to hang around a bit longer. 

With all that said, millions DO like roller coasters and can’t wait to have their life nearly sucked out of them.  And, after their ride, they go back for more.

Well, life may take a new turn for all those fans.  A new roller coaster at a British theme park is so extreme that crash-test dummies returned from a test ride missing multiple limbs. The wild ride prompted management to enlist former air force fighter pilots for a second opinion.

USA Today reported that one of the flesh-and-blood testers declared The Swarm at Thorpe Park in Surrey to be “gut-wrenching.”


“I am a self-confessed adrenaline junkie but even as a pilot used to G-force there were some gut-wrenching moments, and I have to admit the near miss element is eye-watering – you really do feel as if you are going to crash into the structures,'” pilot Mark Cutmore said.

The ride is a “winged” coaster, which hits speed of up to 62 mph as it run through post-apocalyptic scenes, is a variety in which some or all of the riders are in floorless seats with their legs dangling free. This is brand new to the USA, with the first three winged coasters set to debut at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., in late March, and at HersheyPark in Pennsylvania and Six Flags Great America in Chicago in May.

Oh, just so you know, HersheyPark’s new Skyrush winged coaster soars to 200 feet at speeds of up to 75 mph!  Trust me, I’m not even thinking of riding that!


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