The Smiler - General Discussion

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

  1. WickerManiac

    WickerManiac TowersStreet Member

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    It is my understanding that the wheel compounds have been swapped for more harder ones, which make it run faster, but at the expense of smoothness, to decrease the likelihood of a stall.
     
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    Ah right. Thanks for the clarification @WickerManiac!
     
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    After riding on opening day I was sad to notice some deterioration on The Smiler.

    -The lights and audio was completely broken at the bottom of the first lift hill which meant it was really uneventful
    -The Giggler was on but looked a bit weak and like a leaking tap
    -The projectors in the correction block looked rubbish, none of which were aligned
    -Lots of the speakers at the x sector entrance and in x sector sounded really quiet and crackly
    -The smoke in the station was very weak so it might as well have been turned off

    I was pleased to see the oblivion mist return however
     
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    The sound was quiet at the base of lift one on my last trip last season.
     
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    Sorry this is totally off topic but I was told by someone who worked on the ride for a season that the mist effect is created by the pond around the exit to the tunnel and the reason it's switched off some years is due to how filthy it gets, does anyone know if this is true? Just interested to know how it works.
     
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    The mist effects will use mains potable water.
     
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    The water comes from the mains, the misters get blocked with limescale.
     
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    The audio around the ride is awful compared to when it opened. As has been said already the speakers at the entrance to x sector sound like they are blown. Really quiet and distorted.
     
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    Both oblivion and the smiler are in a really sorry state compared to when they opened.

    I really don’t understand why they can’t have the videos in oblivion’s queue back to their original glory now

    On a positive note though I’m really liking the new merchandise
     
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    The Smiler is hauling at the moment.

    So fast.
     
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    Was it smooth, out of interest? Nice to hear it's running quickly!
     
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    Definitely wouldn’t describe it as rough today apart from the infamous smiler jolt. Otherwise pretty bloody good
     
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    Promising news indeed; thanks for reporting to us @Poopoohead!
     
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    It's never been 'smooth'.

    It's just crazy intense and fast.

    Sent from my SM-G973F using Tapatalk
     
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    back row and 2nd row, left outer seat all 3 times. i'm not saying its un-enjoyable and i cant speak for anybody else's experiences, but to me those 3 rides were the roughest it's ever been. so much rattling and jolting. it was pretty brutal riding 3 times in such quick succession.
     
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    Ah right. Thanks for the clarification @mrignuf!
     
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    Thursday I used the secret single rider line and walked straight onto the train past some very confused looking faces who had been queuing for some considerable time.
    I shouldn’t have been so smug because I got rewarded with back left and oh my god that’s the roughest ride ive ever had on it. However my ride on saw on Friday made the smiler feel buttery smooth to the point I didn’t actually enjoy it. What is it with these coasters
     
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    1) Even the best gersts are at best ok in the comfort department.

    2) Both Saw and Smiler where constructed by the same building contractor who where **** and couldn’t line up footers correctly.
     
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    It's Gerstlauer generally.

    There are Gerstlauer coasters abroad that are also a little unrefined.

    But really, they aren't anywhere near as rough as some rides that you may find around the world.

    There's only so much 'smoothness' you are going to have with a ride that goes upside down 14 times at those speeds. Mack are very smooth but the inversions are generally taken much slower resulting in a much less breathless experience/
     
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    The smiler feels faster this year maybe that’s what it is. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy Gersts I don’t mind the roughness but saw was borderline unbearable, the guys on the back of the train were coming off holding their necks.
     

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