The Smiler - General Discussion

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

  1. Ethan

    Ethan TowersStreet Member

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    It can hurt my shoulders sometimes and I'm only 5'11 so I can imagine how uncomfortable it was for you
     
  2. jon81uk

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    You should have told the person pushing the restraint down straight away it wasn’t comfortable to be honest. The train should not have despatched if you weren’t happy.
    And yes you probably should have reported it same day. it’s not great they didn’t at least offer to reallocate your fasttrack to Nemesis or something, but it’s always better to report things on the day it happened.
     
  3. George Williams

    George Williams TowersStreet Member

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    Yeah you are right about that, I'll still give smiler another go in the future because it was my favorite for many years and make sure if they slam my restraint down again I'll make them aware of it, I did do nemesis 15 times in the 2 days and after so many front row rides I think that has taken my number 1 spot now anyway.
     
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  4. Alsty

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    From the Oblivion thread:
    If a train on The Smiler gets stuck on the vertical lift, does it automatically lower back to the foot of the lift, or is this something that's done by manually by technical services?
     
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    I've always assumed that it is done manually, but cannot be 100% certain.
     
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    I've been held half way up, and near the top.
    Both times around a minute, both times with a slow restart, with no rollback or announcement.
    The one in the rain was more than a bit crap.
     
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    I believe the ride has a special mode which allows the operator to move the vehicles back to ground level the quickest way, including reversing them back down the lift hills. The control system will identify what vehicles can be moved where and the operator will press the appropriate buttons to move them.

    Tech services won't be able to move anything with guests aboard so it's likely the operator will still have complete control.
     
  8. Skyscraper

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    Ah that will be "evacuation mode" I think.
     
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  9. Jamie0898

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    Went to Alton towers for the first time the other day, queued up for the smiler and then tried to back out just as I was about to sit down, but this young worker who was probably only a year or 2 younger than me came over and told me to “calm down mate and that it’s not that bad, come on get on” , so I sat down and went on it and I’m glad I did it’s bloody sick, couldn’t manage oblivion tho
     
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  10. Skyscraper

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    Well done for conquering the Smiler Jamie! I'll finally be riding it for the first time myself in two weeks. :)
    Bit off topic but given it was your first visit, which coaster was your favourite?
     
  11. Jamie0898

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    I think the smiler was actually my favourite; rode it 2 or 3 times in the end and bought a smiler mug haha, I thought Rita was quite fun as well I liked the launch, I’ve been watching some theme park youtubers quite a lot before I went and they were all saying “oh such and such is so tame” “oh Rita is so boring blah blah” which I believed until I actually went lol, I think it’s just because they go so much they get used to the intensity and everything, Rita was not boring for me haha, the only ride I don’t understand how they get 90/100 minute queues is thirteen, was the only one I didn’t really care for
     
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  12. Skyscraper

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    That's completely understandable; I went with a first-timer back in May, and their favorite was Galactica because they had never ridden a ride as unique as it before. :)
     
  13. Ethan

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    Realistically most peoples favourite is either Smiler, Nemesis or WM. Any other favourite is a pretty rare opinion. Like your friend @Skyscraper who's favourite was Galactica, I don't think I've heard many say it's the best ride. But everyone has different opinions and that's what makes it interesting
     
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    The Smiler has been all day so far. Shame, i'm going tomrrow for the last time this year.
     
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    Did we miss the word "closed" there Mikw!
     
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    It was down all day yesterday as well. Hopefully it will be open in time for your visit tomorrow :)
     
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    I just had a look at the queue times to see what they are like in the week for an event like scarefest because I’m thinking of coming back like a week after my first visit (lol), and saw the smiler is closed, hopefully it won’t be all day!! Will be lots of disappointed people there
     
  18. Ethan

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    Well the smilers back (if it had one) has finally broken after carrying towers all season with its brilliant operations and reliability. Its put other coasters to shame with how reliable its been for the past few years
     
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    Its been down since Monday morning (never opened all day).
     
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    Well fingers crossed it'll be open on the 25th, as I'm (finally) going to ride for the first time if it is. :)
     

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