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by Static Veins
Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:10 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 533606

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

And to think I was thinking of booking a return trip for as early as tomorrow after narrowly missing the opening last week... Think I might hold off for a bit longer, just to be sure :P
by Static Veins
Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:40 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 533606

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Right, I'm still perplexed about the "it's really smooth" / "it's pretty rough" thing. Some people are saying one of the good things about the ride is actually how smooth it is, others are outright complaining that it is terribly rough to the point it ruins the whole ride. Some ...
by Static Veins
Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 533606

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Hahaha I'm making the stupid decision of going on the 18th July for someone's birthday. Last week of school term I think. Eeeeeeeek. Are there Fastrack available yet? Enjoy all those school trips :P I'm going to be booking a trip in the next week or so. Not sure when for though. I'm assuming it's g...
by Static Veins
Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:16 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 533606

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Hahaha I'm making the stupid decision of going on the 18th July for someone's birthday. Last week of school term I think. Eeeeeeeek. Are there Fastrack available yet? Enjoy all those school trips :P I'm going to be booking a trip in the next week or so. Not sure when for though. I'm assuming it's g...
by Static Veins
Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 533606

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Coaster Force have posted a great off-ride video today. It's the first one where you can properly hear the ride's great 'soft' roar, and the screeching seems to have been completely worn out of the wheels now!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duZO0DyHj8M
by Static Veins
Fri May 31, 2013 9:45 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 533606

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Heisenberg96 wrote:
Can anyone direct me towards a POV from today or are there none yet?


Posted earlier in the thread:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pH-13BDBOUc
by Static Veins
Fri May 31, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 533606

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Lucky me - I was there the 2 days before it opened (29th/30th) -.- Still, we were promised 3 free fastracks per person this Summer :D Guess I'll have to wait till then :( So annoying... I'm in the exact same boat! Me and my girlfriend were there Wednesday and Thursday. Knew it was going to open tod...
by Static Veins
Fri May 31, 2013 9:12 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 533606

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

aircanman wrote:
There is a full pov that someone has taken of it here....

Spoiler remember.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pH-13BDBOUc


Wow. Love the indoor section - much better than it was described. And some of those pseudo-duelling moments look brilliant!
by Static Veins
Fri May 31, 2013 9:03 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 533606

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Had to ask this, but from videos, and pictures, it didnt look like The Flasher was working? Surely not already? It was indeed working. In the photos posted by AT themselves today there are a few taken from the same angle a matter of seconds after each other where you can see The Flasher in action: ...
by Static Veins
Fri May 31, 2013 5:30 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 533606

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Wow, Challenge The Smiler looks really good! The spinning eyes are really cool, and I can imagine are quite disorientating for anyone trying to aim into the bucket below them!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JG9o5S02NcM
by Static Veins
Fri May 31, 2013 5:22 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 533606

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

jbragg1 wrote:
how many trains were in operation today.


4 I believe!
by Static Veins
Fri May 31, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3162
Views: 533606

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

This all looks fantastic. Now just itching for a POV video to make an appearance :P

Or at least someone to write (in spoiler tags) what the indoor section is like! I won't be going back for a good month or so yet, so really don't mind being spoiled...
by Static Veins
Fri May 31, 2013 12:54 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1786678

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

From Towers Nerd, a video of the indoor queue:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XpIQQ8xKz54
by Static Veins
Fri May 31, 2013 12:25 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1786678

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

From Towers Nerd Live, some pictures of the shop: http://live.towersnerd.com/coverage/1369999332.jpg http://live.towersnerd.com/coverage/1369999359.jpg http://live.towersnerd.com/coverage/1369999394.jpg Love the augmented reality mirror in the first image, and the fake shopping channel on the TV in ...
by Static Veins
Fri May 31, 2013 12:04 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1786678

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

From Towers Nerd Live:

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Loving the interior so far. Very good graphic design.
by Static Veins
Fri May 31, 2013 12:02 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1786678

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

MikeJ wrote:
The Smiler - 80 mins! http://www.ridetimes.co.uk/


It just sky-rocketed to 180 mins! Ouch!
by Static Veins
Fri May 31, 2013 11:58 am
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1786678

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Evostance wrote:
Queue line goes quite close to the track

*SNIP*


Can definitely see why they needed to add mesh/additonal fencing in certain places!
by Static Veins
Fri May 31, 2013 11:56 am
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1786678

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

The Smiler is open! Those in the pre-queue are now being allowed in the entrance!

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(Courtesy of Towers Nerd Live)
by Static Veins
Fri May 31, 2013 11:22 am
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1786678

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

DoubleOh7 wrote:
Do we have any TT peeps on park today??!


Yes. In fact they'll be giving live updates, but I think they must be too caught up in the excitement because the live blog has yet to be updated :P
by Static Veins
Fri May 31, 2013 11:14 am
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1786678

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Tom_Jephson wrote:


Beat me to posting it, so I'll just post this...

HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER!
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