2016: The Smiler Reopening

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by micksalt, 26th Nov 2015.

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Will you ride in 2016?

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  1. spinba11

    spinba11 TowersStreet Member

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    it appears that every day the amount of audio playing changes, here is what was missing over the weekend

    Indoor queue audio.
    "Time to get corrected" when the air gates closed.
    "Half way corrected" part of of the 2nd lift audio, the audio itself kept cutting in/out.
    The TV at the bottom of the 2nd lift weren't working but they were there.
    The word corrected from both sides at the bottom of lift 2.
    On Sat all 3 logos were off the front of the trains, on Sun 2 of them were back on (train 5's still to be put back on).
     
  2. Leah

    Leah TowersStreet Member

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    On Sunday, station "join us" audio was on, an projection room audio was on, though it was playing on the stairs.
     
  3. spinba11

    spinba11 TowersStreet Member

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    I'm confused about the projection room audio, why turn it off in the projection room but leave it on on the stairs.
     
  4. James

    James TS Founding Member

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    I know they're removed all the correction/corrected words from audio/visuals, although I hope we see it brought back later on when the media won't be so heavily interested in the ride. It would be a shame to see the theme remained stripped away like it is now.
     
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    It should be restored, it looks terrible in the half arsed state it is in. I want TLC to jetwash, paint, repair, replace and retheme the missing bits.
     
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    The audio on the stairs is the station music loop, not the projection room. Although they do sound very similar.
     
  7. AliceHL91

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    It isn't. It plays the projection room music on the stairs ("you are now embarking on an optical procedure" etc) and station music in the station. Whether this is a mistake or not I'm not sure
     
  8. spinba11

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    I've 100% heard "you are now starting the correctional process" on the stairs this year, which I don't recall ever hearing in the station, I've spent a lot of time on the station so if it was playing in the station I would of heard.
     
  9. Rob

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    Indeed, that's only ever been played in the projection mapping room previously. I guess it could have played elsewhere in error, I got the impression at the weekend that audio/visuals had only been sorted out quite quickly as things did seem a little bit all over the place. I saw or heard no reference to correction so I assume that they do not want to use this in the theme at present.

    :)
     
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    Projection Room Music was playing yesterday, definitely on stairs
     
  11. spinba11

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    I'm on park tomorrow, Friday and Saturday so I will see whats different, has train 5 got it's logo back yet?
     
  12. Scott

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    Bizarre how the music has been switched so much. Presumably it's an error and one that will be sorted soon.

    Makes sense for them to get rid of any references to 'correction' for now as well whilst media attention is high but it would be nice to see them return.

    Is the marmaliser screen the same as it was?
     
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    Apart from being out of focus it seemed largely the same, they may have been a few bits cut out I'm not sure. The washing machine was still there! :p

    :)
     
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    Very blurry. Was last Saturday anyway
     
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    Something that's occurred to me is the windy weather that's due over this weekend across the country. Been looking at the forecast and there are wind gusts due to peak at 41MPH on Saturday at mid-day, with wind speeds at around 20MPH on average.

    As the high winds were mainly responsible for the empty train to stall on the track back in June (remember the wind speeds being very high that day), would Alton be sceptical about operating The Smiler over this weekend perhaps? They've installed weather systems on the 1st lift hill as far as we know which might be to detect this and decide whether to test and open the ride for that day.

    I certainly hope not as I'm going up there this Saturday!
     
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    They do appear to have placed wind detectors on top of the shop/station building and the first lift. I would guess that in high winds it will not operate, though I doubt the wind would be consistently over the limit all day.
     
  17. spinba11

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    What I think will happen is they will open it and only if the wind gets to high they will close it.
     
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    I think it had the weather kit from day 1
     
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    We saw it being installed towards the end of last season when we thought The Smiler was going to open for Scarefest.

    Last thing they'd want is a stall on that batwing so makes sense the ride would close in high winds. Tabloid reports of the ride being temporarily closed rather than of it stalling would be the lesser of two evils!
     
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    I wonder how sensitive it is? Could one gust knock it out for the rest of the day or for a specific amount of time? Or is the weather monitoring stuff purely a guide with no bearing on the actual operations of the ride?
     

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