James Trexen

Published: May 16, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Have to say, I'm really liking what Alton Towers is doing with the Smiler. However, one person who shall remain nameless will ultimately be disappointed that it is 3 inversions short of that coveted 17, underperforms it's speed with 53 mph as opposed to 200 and has a measly height of 72 ft instead of 500.
David Brown

Published: May 17, 2013 at 5:23 AM

To add to the Alton Towers comment - 'secret weapon' was the name of the whole project, not any element within it, so there's nothing to be revealed. The more fanciful rumours that the indoor section had a 'spin dryer' section have been shown to be nothing more than, well, fanciful rumours, as there have been POV videos of the full ride and the indoor section is merely a barrel roll prior to the first lift hill. We've known for some weeks that the 'world's first' is the 14 inversions, beating the current record of 10 but there's no other 'special' element.

I think the ride looks great and is a real step up for Alton Towers. My only concern is capacity. It might be that the coaster is still in 'test mode' but the videos so far show the cars to be VERY slow loading onto both lift hills, meaning that a full circuit takes several minutes to complete. With only 3 trains and a capacity of 16 per train that's not looking like many more than 800 people per hour unless they can seriously speed up the circuit....

Manny Rodriguez

Published: May 17, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Wow I Really want 2 go on the smiler(DONT U GRAMMAR NAZI ME)

It looks like its amazing hope my family takes a trip to the UK

Published: May 18, 2013 at 5:06 PM

The yellow ducks are actually part of a race run by cast members that raises money for a charity. It has been done as a cast member event for several years.
I did a video story on it last year.
Mark Eades
Multimedia Reporter
Orange County Register