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by GigaSurimi
Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:31 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3172
Views: 566298

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

So is the Smiler now running perfectly smoothly? Any late morning testing or closing due to teething problems anymore? Also, is the "dueling" just a coincidence (apparently it does happen when two trains leave the v-lift and the first lift at the same time) or is it meant to be a feature o...
by GigaSurimi
Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:59 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3172
Views: 566298

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

I do, as I've explained I get very claustrophobic in large crowds and the normal queue may trigger this, so I thought that they may let me join another queue because of this. Also, I did state that it was unlikely, and was merely asking if it was possible  :roll: If you get very claustrophobic...
by GigaSurimi
Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:17 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey/ LOTR
Replies: 10
Views: 2042

Re: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey/ LOTR

Why do people keep asking that rides should be  themed around existing licenses (e.g. The Hobbit, Doctor Who, etc) when creating unique and original themes is what AT does best?  :roll:

Please leave the licenses to Disney and Universal Studios, we don't need this, and especially not at AT.
by GigaSurimi
Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:45 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3172
Views: 566298

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Having loosely followed the construction I was under the impression that there was a secret element to the ride that was censored in the construction photos. Obviously what was censored was the indoor inversion part of the track, but I can't understand why they were censored, other than to hide the...
by GigaSurimi
Tue Jun 11, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6772
Views: 1169319

Re: What's the next coaster going to be?

I love the rock 'n' roller at disney, however this is basically rita indoors, so that would be no good. but something else maybe. although a launch coaster is essential really due to height. Ssorry - what?  :shock: The only thing in common between Rita and rock'n'roller at Disney is the launch...
by GigaSurimi
Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:54 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3172
Views: 566298

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

What I've noticed is, if the trains really are so "close to the edge" in terms of making it around the circuit when empty, why are they only half (at most, just 2 dummies at least) filling them with dummies for testing? My pic of stalled train....  http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/54...
by GigaSurimi
Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:35 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3172
Views: 566298

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Geez, this coaster is a mess! I hope they sort everything out very quickly. It's as bad for AT as it is for the guests. I agree with whoever said that they should just completely close it (and make an announcement about it) until they fully test it - they can then make another announcement to inform...
by GigaSurimi
Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:03 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3172
Views: 566298

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

DeanGaryCox wrote:
The Smiler has a 210min queue according to their ridetimes.co.uk... you've got to be kidding me right!?  :shock:


Now says 150min... I guess it's alright compared to the past days, but it's still way too much for me haha. I would never queue more than 40min for a ride :D
by GigaSurimi
Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3172
Views: 566298

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

JamieH93 wrote:
180 min on ridetimes


180min seems to be the "Maximum" value of the displays on the website, since it never seems to go above that.
For those who've been on the Smiler already, is it actually exaggerated or under-estimated? (Or maybe accurate?)
by GigaSurimi
Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:13 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Retheme, Repaint, Rebrand?
Replies: 23
Views: 4595

Re: Retheme, Repaint, Rebrand?

Yes that would actually be a good opportunity and a good chance for AT to do it. But they certainly won't do it just for the sake of doing it.
by GigaSurimi
Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:42 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3172
Views: 566298

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Love how everyone fights over the "it's the train - no it's the track BS". Surely you all have qualifications in rollercoaster engineering. /facepalm

Good thing it's open so, I feel happy for the guests currently on site! :)
by GigaSurimi
Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:03 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3172
Views: 566298

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Air 0 mins River Rapids 0 mins The Flume 0 mins The Smiler 0 mins Mine Train 5 mins Nemesis Sub-Terra 5 mins Nemesis 15 mins Th13teen 20 mins Rita 25 mins Sonic Spinball 45 mins Oblivion 60 mins Wow, by the looks of the queue times I'd say that everyone is desperately queueing in front of the Smile...
by GigaSurimi
Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:59 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Alton Towers Zoo
Replies: 17
Views: 4411

Re: Alton Towers Zoo

schmatt wrote:
For along time I've been thinking that a zoo at Alton would be a great idea.



EWWWWWWW.

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by GigaSurimi
Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:54 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: Retheme, Repaint, Rebrand?
Replies: 23
Views: 4595

Re: Retheme, Repaint, Rebrand?

Let me quote myself from various threads that discuss the same topic: Amongst other threads in this forum, I've seen a lot of people wishing for investments in theming (e.g. the infamous Air tunnel, a retheming of Rita with some "tunnels", etc) but I really think this is never going to hap...
by GigaSurimi
Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:46 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: 2015 - Medium investment year
Replies: 43
Views: 7568

Re: 2015 - Medium investment year

That's exactly what I was saying on the first page of this thread.

Would be nice to tidy up the place, but they will never spend money on these sort of things since the GP won't notice and it's something they can't advertise or market like a new ride, so it won't draw in big crowds.
by GigaSurimi
Tue Jun 04, 2013 3:19 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Th13teen - General Discussion
Replies: 102
Views: 23970

Re: Has Thirteen got better with age?

I think Thirteen is great. And it clearly is better now that trees and bushes have had time to grow a bit. I went on it on its opening year and it I really liked it, but I was absolutely amazed last autumn to see how much better things got. It is literally impossible to know what to expect from the ...
by GigaSurimi
Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:35 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort Future
Topic: 2015 - Medium investment year
Replies: 43
Views: 7568

Re: 2015 - Medium investment year

i'm dying to see the flume replaced with a high end family watercoaster with extensive themeing, although this could come as a major investment in the following year. You're right, I'm dying to see this happen as well, but I think it will count as a major investment / new SW if it ever does. Seems ...
by GigaSurimi
Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:41 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3172
Views: 566298

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Wouldn't have happened with a B&M.... Just saying... ;) I'm sure all coasters have had at least 1 stall in their time between testing and now ;)...... And I have to ask WHY.... why would they run this thing with empty trains :| surely they would've learnt by now :/ What you don't seem to unders...
by GigaSurimi
Fri May 31, 2013 2:18 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, Planning & More
Topic: The Smiler
Replies: 156
Views: 57614

Re: The Smiler

So, does it live up to its "beast" reputation? And how so?
Or is it just an average ride, at the end of the day?
What about the air time hills, any good negative Gs?
by GigaSurimi
Fri May 31, 2013 1:22 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Smiler - General Discussion
Replies: 3172
Views: 566298

Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

It now says "closed" on http://www.ridetimes.co.uk/

Is it actually closed? Technical issue?