Capt. Barnacles wrote:
The bins were removed from The Smiler's queue line earlier this season, unofficially to do with the heightened threat of attack on the country at the time. They were never completely put back but a few were placed back in towards the end of the season. The queue is cleaned at the beginning and end of every day by the hosts of the ride, any mess you saw would have generated on the same day.
Much of the ride track/stanchions had paint touch ups during the LAST winter season, so I highly doubt it'll be any priority for this one. Take the rainbow staircase for instance. The only way that's staying visible and looking good is if its cleaned at the end of every single day. I promise you that is the last thing on any of the rides teams minds at the end of a day of dealing with guests.
As for the drainage, this can't really be changed/upgraded easily at this point. It would require significant removal of fencing in the queue to access areas where the drainage channels are, or cutting fresh grooves in the concrete which would have a potential risk of severely damaging the now secure foundations for the ride stanchions. At the end of the day, that water can be easily swept away once the queue is empty.
Sorry Dan but The Smiler on the whole is in such a state (it really pains me to say it such is my love for it)
The station building needs a good jetwash (as does the queue line); you can hardly tell the track/supports were touched up last winter as within a month they looked awful again; the second tv over the vertical lift needs re-installing; the marmaliser needs its effects fixing (bulbs out on the Flasher and the Tickler being stationary most of the time); the strip lighting on the stairs up to the station needs fixing and they need to turn the area music up again.
I’m sure there’s more that needs doing to it but that’s just a few things off the top of my head. Annoyingly you’re right about the drainage issue, that was just shoddy design and execution from the word go but it still doesn’t make puddle-hopping any better.