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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:52 pm

We've just got home and I have rode the smiler! Will post some photos in the review section for those who are interested.

Loved it, won't comment on much of the ride as I'm not a proper roller-coaster buff so don't really know what I'm talking about but it was very good, although we still feel a bit nauseous from it! Lots of turns and seems to go on forever!

We bought a fast track slot for midday and it was well worth it.
 
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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:52 pm

The smiler is fantastic but awfully rough! You don't need to buy a fast track as the single rider queue only took 40 mins including a 20 min technical fault! My advice don't buy a fast track. The normal queue was 3 hours all day! As the day went on more people used the single rider queue because of how quick it was. I rode the smiler 4 times today and still managed to do air, nemesis and Rita. Would have done oblivion but closed!
 
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Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:36 pm

So i've been on the park for the last 3 days and writing from splash landings and i have to say the smiler is a epic ride, yes the transition on the 3rd to last invert is a little rough but once you know about it and brace its no worse then any point on nemesis. And I would say fastracks are a mistake the atmosphere in the queue,is brilliant. Ive notice around every 2 hours there is around a 20 min stoppage, including while we was waiting  outside the station and the only alarming thing about it is that no member of staff came out the station or shouted at us to reassure us.
also around 6-7ish last night there was an employee of the ride manufacturer watching the ride from the catwalk by the first hill lift. He seemed to be watching both lifts plus the timing of the lifts. Apologies for the post not making alot of sense ive been on the sauce since five
 
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Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:41 pm

I'd rather have two hours on the rest of the park than experience a queue atmosphere but I guess that's just me!
 
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Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:06 pm

tworandom wrote:
So i've been on the park for the last 3 days and writing from splash landings and i have to say the smiler is a epic ride, yes the transition on the 3rd to last invert is a little rough but once you know about it and brace its no worse then any point on nemesis. And I would say fastracks are a mistake the atmosphere in the queue,is brilliant. Ive notice around every 2 hours there is around a 20 min stoppage, including while we was waiting  outside the station and the only alarming thing about it is that no member of staff came out the station or shouted at us to reassure us.
also around 6-7ish last night there was an employee of the ride manufacturer watching the ride from the catwalk by the first hill lift. He seemed to be watching both lifts plus the timing of the lifts. Apologies for the post not making alot of sense ive been on the sauce since five


Maybe they are trying to get the timing even better, and make the dueling better, as it only happens once every so often :)
 
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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:35 pm

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Maybe they are trying to get the timing even better, and make the dueling better, as it only happens once every so often :)


I may be wrong, but I was under the impression the duelling wasn't actually planned and was just a stroke of luck every x amount of circuits.
 
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Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:41 pm

Lee James wrote:
SmileyMan wrote:
Maybe they are trying to get the timing even better, and make the dueling better, as it only happens once every so often :)


I may be wrong, but I was under the impression the duelling wasn't actually planned and was just a stroke of luck every x amount of circuits.


I agree with you lee James, I thought it was just pure luck and happens every so often. Pretty impressive when it does mind you.
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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:04 am

Stood in the queue for smiler, next to the corner of the towers behind the huge group of bushes. At least its been testing today.
Bit annoyed I'm surrounded by smokers clearly not giving a crap for rules or other people.  But can't do anything about other people ignorance.

Hopefully its now open and we'll be moving shortly. :-)

10.44 am -- Heading into station now, so about an hour queue for us, ish.
Although the queue grew as soon as we joined it and it was up towards the towers entrance at 10.
Must say, it's looking awesome from the queue underneath it.

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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:53 am

Griff wrote:
Heading into station now, so about an hour queue for us, ish.
Although the queue grew as soon as we joined it and it was up towards the towers entrance at 10.
Must say, it's looking awesome from the queue underneath it.


What time did you join the queue at?
 
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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:48 am

Ridetimes is showing 90 minutes now, why is Oblivion still closed? :(
The Smiler is just so awesome, the music, the story, i love it!
Im planning to make the ultimate rct3 remake.. :)
 
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Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:19 pm

Joined the queue at about 9.50 near the big bush at the towers, ad was at the station building in about an hour.
Oblivion still off, but no idea why.

Seems there's bigger queues for Rita and 13 than there is for the smiler. 120 mins for 13 apparently.
 
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Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:57 pm

Venturing off topic here (sorry) but Oblivion is still closed as it is not fixed yet. Rumors are something needed replacing in the gearbox and a new part has now arrived, so I assume testing will begin again shortly (I hope).

Back on The Smiler, going again on Sunday so hope to get my 2nd/3rd/4th ride on The Smiler :)
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Wed Jun 19, 2013 1:20 pm

For discussion on Oblivions current downtime, please check out http://forum.towerstimes.co.uk/alton-to ... june-2013/

Back to The Smiler ;)
 
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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Wed Jun 19, 2013 1:39 pm

Currently in the SRQ!
Well excited!
Shame Oblivion is still down but this thing looks insane!
 
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Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:44 pm

Is the smiler opening on time each morning now? Only I wonder if it is reaching its maximum throughput?
 
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Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:11 pm

^ probably not, unless they have got that odd train fixed yet... And they would have to fill the trains and time dispatches correctly. That isn't going to happen with frequent breakdowns ect. I am still yet to get corrected. :(
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Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:25 am

Opened at bang on 10 yesterday so hopefully will today too :)
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Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:05 am

Going tomorrow, not sure whether to go down first thing at 9am or last thing at 5pm...has it been opening on time recently?
 
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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:56 am

upgraiden wrote:
Going tomorrow, not sure whether to go down first thing at 9am or last thing at 5pm...has it been opening on time recently?


Not to jinx anything but yes, it has.
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Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:16 am

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