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The Smiler Will be Completely Insane

March 6, 2013

It was over a year ago that the blueprints for Alton Tower’s new coaster were revealed. At the time everyone thought it would have eight inversions which was impressive considering that manufacturers rarely venture above seven.

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A few days ago Alton Towers released The Smiler app for Android and iOS. This game allows one to ride a very basic version of the ride and gain points to buy elements which enhance the layout. From what’s been constructed of the ride so far, the layout seems pretty accurate. I haven’t played it enough to buy all the elements but those who have say that the ride will have a few more than eight inversions.

Thanks to thesmiler.com for the picture.

ThemeParks-UK has finished the game and they say that there will be fourteen inversions. Yup, that’s twice as many as any coaster we possess in the USA. If the app is accurate to the real life version the inversions are as follows: Heartline Roll, Inverted Drop, Pretzel Loop (two inversions), Batwing (two inversions), Corkscrew, Inverted Drop, Sea Serpent Roll (two inversions), Cobra Roll (two inversions), Barrel Roll, and a Corkscrew/Barrel Roll combo.

Overall, it looks like an insane ride. In addition to the inversions, The Smiler will also have this weird contraption:

http://www.themeparks-uk.com/images/stories/alton-towers/altontowers-thesmiler-themarmaliser.jpg

Called The Marmaliser, it’s supposed to have the ability to make soon-to-be-riders smile. How will it do this? No one’s really sure yet. Don’t worry if your confused about the layout, inversions, and scenery, you’re not the only one.

After all of this, The Smiler will certainly be better than Alton Tower’s last coaster. Here’s a No Limits POV:

What do you think? Does The Smiler look too intense or does it look exiting? Please comment. Thanks for reading! :-)

 

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8 Comments
  1. It looks like it might be a bit to intense, but it’ll be exciting! How long is the ride time supposed to be?

    • ThemeParks-UK states that the ride will be 165 seconds (almost three minutes), of course, that includes two lift hills.

      • Wow! How long it the track supposed to be? Anywhere close to the record? What is ThemeParks-UK exactly?

        • ThemeParks-UK is a website about British theme parks. They say that the track length will be approximately 3860 ft, so it’s not anywhere close to the record for the world. However, it will be the third longest in the United Kingdom.

  2. I remember going to Alton Towers on a school trip a few decades ago. Loved the corkscrew so much we kept joining the back of the 45 minute queue to go again. Interesting idea about an app, I think it’d make me sick these days :)

  3. the uk are king of inversions! Colossus 10 smiler 14

  4. Marcia permalink

    I think The Smiler looks really exciting and cool! :) I’ve watched the POV-all those 14 inversions look fun to me.;) Then again, I like going upside down, so…:)
    I don’t think I’ll get to ride this anytime soon though-no way are my parents willing to go that far away ‘just’ for a roller coaster.:P

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