The Smiler - General Discussion

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Scott, 11th Jun 2013.

  1. Ethan

    Ethan TowersStreet Member

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    They don't to make an impression with th a ride in its first couple of years, then just don't bother, cough cough wicker man. I was disappointed that there was no lighting package whatsoever on wicker man this year, looks very underwhelming
     
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    Galactica had coloured lights in the tunnel during this year's Scarefest. Was pretty cool actually.
     
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    That's what I was referencing!
     
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    Thought so! :p
    Hope they keep those lights permanently as they were a nice touch. :)
     
  5. imanautie

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    Something along the lines of those lights in sync with the dispatch on smiler would be pretty cool.
     
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    I wish they did, but there is no additional lighting package at all from what I can see for the smiler, most the lighting in x sector is from the marmaliser screen and a few blue/white floods. I wish they took it to another level like lost gravity at walibi Holland! That’s almost a rave :D
     
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  7. djtruefitt

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    All the fancy photos of the Smiler lit up were never seen by the public, it was all done for promo shots. It’s only ever been lit up by the marmaliser and queue line screens (were seemed to be off on all my Scarefest visits this year) and then the past few years they have put one generator at the top shining down on the ride.

    As for Galactica those lights in the tunnel have been there for years, sometimes blue, sometimes red or sometimes just on multi colour change effect
     
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    Not seen in person by the public but one of the pictures was turned into the official mounted prints of The Smiler - I have it hanging on my wall.

    I still maintain they should hang some black "starfield" curtains on either side of the tunnel with tiny LEDs twinkling. But that's for another thread!
     
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  9. Ian

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    Anyway, back to The Smiler.
     
  10. Ethan

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    It's a shame Alton towers didn't work on the theme of the smiler like they could've done. It has the potential to be one of the creepiest and sinister themes on a coaster I've seen. I feel like the music, despite having some good parts, let's the sinister feel to the ride down, as the laughing just seems more happy than dark. At the same time though I'm glad they didn't work on the theme, as the whole backstory is just messed up
     
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  11. Steve74

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    Fair play, it's a thing of beauty when it duels. This is the best example I've seen of it duelling.

     
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  12. ThemeParkLP

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    Long time fan, 1st time poster!
    One thing that disappoints me about The Smiler is the usual Alton Towers curse of leaving things to rot over time.
    3 things
    1.Get it cleaned up. Fully, seriously those concrete walls are practically green.
    2. Fix everything that’s broke, all the screens are getting dead pixels, marmaliser half works half doesn’t and projection room is more hit than miss
    3rd, audio. I remember queueing up next to the towers in 2013 in the extended, extended queue line and the ground was shaking with how loud the audio was. Now you can hardly hear it unless your in the queue.

    And here’s me thinking I’d be largely positive on this forum
     
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    I'm guessing the volume is turned down due to Covid restrictions. They don't want people shouting or talking loudly to each other. Agree completely though about the general lack of care.
     
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    The only thing to Improve the Smiler would be to turn the music off completely, it’s bloody awful :eek::eek:
     
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    The fact they allow the Smiler to look as run down as they do really astonishes me considering its history.

    You would think of any ride they would want to keep Smiler looking well maintained and fresh to avoid any negative comments/coverage/assumptions if nothing else.
     
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    It’s definitely a marmite soundtrack. You hate it or love it :tongueclosed:
     
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    Yep!

    I quite like the instrumental section with the bass. The Ha Ha Ha vocal on the other hand makes me feel like I have Misophonia.
     
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    I'm sorta ok with the soundtrack tbh it's funny seeing the gp's reactions to the soundtrack when they hear it but it's not great!
     
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    This is a pretty good version someone has done

     
  20. Matt N

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    I’ve got to admit I quite like it; I’m generally a fan of IMAScore, and I think this particular track really fits the ride and gives it quite a presence within X-Sector!
     

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