- Favourite Ride
The Smiler is undoubtedly the most famous British roller coaster export EVER. Particular in the US.
Pretty crazy that until now no coaster in the US has more than 7 inversions, and we've got one with 14 and soon going to have two with 10
Yeah wasn't going to say anything but I agree... TPR is a load of shit but don't think there's any other coaster polls except Golden Tickets. And Captain Coaster just jumped into my headEven weird people who like Baco couldn't honestly declare it world class though...
There's two categories really, world-class regarding actual quality (Nemesis alone is the only UK coaster like this) or world-renown (Smiler et al.)...
Should certainly not base the world class marker off a singular website well known for banning those who disagree...
I think The Smiler's fame is being considered higher than its actual quality as a ride. Yes enthusiasts globally may recognise it and comment on it, but that's purely down to its notoriety from the accident and its inversion count. It was designed to please from a marketing perspective and not that of a ridership.
Nemesis on the other hand may have worn off on some of us due to the copious number of rides over the years, but it still appears to remain a firm favourite to those who have travelled from aboard to ride it. I really do think in this day and age it's taken for granted; it's easily our trump card for entering the world class coaster platform.
Any suggestion alluding to Icon as a world class coaster is a farce. In fact none of Pleasure Beach's coasters are really. It's just the nostalgia talking.