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Rush
Photo: Thorpe ParkRush: n. A sudden forceful flow.

In Short

Rush is a visually and sonically imposing ride that is, quite simply, a lot of fun.

Fact File

Opened 2005 Manufacturer S&S
Ride Type Screamin' Swing Official Rating Extreme Thrills
On Ride Photo No Fastrack Yes
Height Restriction Min 1.3m Chest Restriction No
Max Speed 50mph (80km/h) Max Height 75ft (23m)
Throughput 768 people/hour Max G Force 4

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Rush entrance Both swings in action Waiting to go In motion
At maximum height Side view Swing mid-flight
Blue sky day Waiting to fly

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TTP Review

It's so simple. Rush is the result of a thought experiment by one man who wondered what would happen if you took your common playground swing and made it bigger - much bigger! Rush is a S&S Screamin' Swing, conceived by founder Stan Checketts. It's capable of holding 32 riders at once, on 2 arms, and swings guests at heights of 75ft and speeds of up to 50mph. The arms build up momentum and swing at different times to each other, to increase the ride experience - whilst riding one can see the reactions of riders on the other swing! Particular mention must also go to the very deep seats, which are not only very comfy, but also allow for only a minimal lap bar restraint to be used. This set-up makes riders feel very free, and quite vulnerable!

The ride uses compressed air to move the substantial arms, meaning it makes one heck of a noise as it operates. This heightens the ride - Rush certainly feels a powerful beast. Couple this noise with the sheer pace of the thing, and Thorpe has quite some experience to offer here. Swings get higher and higher, and riders get great views of not only the queueline far below them, but the rest of the Park too. It's a great ride for visuals, particularly when ridden in the dark. Rush gives riders one or two swings at full height and then begins to slow to a stop.

Compared to many of the other thrill rides at Thorpe, Rush isn't actually that scary. It doesn't spin you around, or disorientate you, or invert you. The only worry that riders may have is the feeling of insecurity, and the ride plays to this feeling well. What Rush is however, is fun. It's a definite thrill, but one which most riders will find immensely enjoyable. Because of this, Rush does not just cater for die-hard thrill seekers, but can be enjoyed by all the family. Make Rush, one of the best flat rides in the Park, a priority - we guarantee you'll come off laughing!

Positives:

  • Visually imposing.
  • Gives an exhilerating, smooth ride.
  • A lot of fun.

Negatives:

  • Air tanks can be a little too loud during operation.
  • Riders generally only get 2 or 3 swings at full height.
  • No themeing whatsoever.
Verdict:
Themeing/Presentation OneOneZeroZeroZero
Smoothness/Comfort OneOneOneOneOne
Enjoyment/Fun OneOneOneOneOne
Intensity/Scariness OneOneOneZeroZero
Overall OneOneOneOneZero

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Your Reviews

"It was my favourite ride! No hands the whole way! One of the most thrilling ride there - so fun!"
George, Middlesex, UK.

"Rush is amazing! I actually thought I was going to fall out of my seat. I would advise everyone to go on this ride!!"
Saima Aslam, Luton, UK.

"If you had to make a choice between the two, forget riding "Detonator", this is the better option. You get the fun of 'falling' but more than once."
Gareth, Sussex, UK.

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