Welcome to Theme Park Insider! Join the community or log in
Theme Park Insider
Facebook Twitter YouTube Email Newsletter

The Wheels Come off Alton Towers' Smiler

Alton Towers: This time, the wheels fell off, time to close the thing?

From Chad H
Posted November 3, 2013 at 10:44 PM
From The BBC

A spokeswoman said some "small guide wheels" came off The Smiler as it was being pulled up an incline.

Kevin Hayes-Heath, who was in the carriage with his partner Wayne, said the incident was "pretty frightening".

Debris hit him on the shoulder and his partner in the face. A teenage girl and her father were also hit, he said.

"You are at the highest point of the ride and you've got all these loops to do and you just think that the carriage is going to come off," Mr Hayes-Heath said.

"We were shouting at them to stop the ride because they were about to send another party off."

Alton Towers said the ride completed its circuit and no evacuation was required.

A spokeswoman confirmed that plastic guide wheels were flicked onto a teenager and three adults in the front row of the train.

The rest of the guide wheels were caught by safety netting, she added.

The injured people were looked after by park staff and did not need treatment by the ambulance service, the spokeswoman said.

The park said an investigation would be carried out into Saturday's incident to decide when the ride could re-open.


It looks like instead of "The smiler" it should have perhaps been called "The Lemon"....

Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted November 4, 2013 at 8:13 AM
It's funny..I used that exact word on another forum a little while ago regarding this incident. ("Lemon," I mean)

From Jaiden Cohen
Posted November 27, 2013 at 6:37 AM
Who designed the smiller?

From Ryan Pickhardt
Posted November 27, 2013 at 4:55 PM
^ Gerstlauer

This discussion has been archived, and is not accepting additional responses.

What's it like to work at Disney World?

Working at Disney World

Insider's Pick: Ever wondered what it would be like to work at the Walt Disney World Resort? Stories from a Theme Park Insider offers more than 100 pages of fun, insightful, and even sometimes touching stories from people who've worked at Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It's a great way to get in the mood for your next trip to Orlando, or just to keep the memories of a Disney World visit alive.

Get it! In paperback | For Kindle | For iBooks