Lee James wrote:
Although irrelevant because Nemesis has has 20 seasons to set this massive, concrete reputation, Smiler has had just over a month. Smiler may become regarded as a classic or it may become one great big headache. But the fact we are able to talk about it this way and yet Air, Oblivion, Rita and Thirteen don't get spoken about at all means Smiler has got over that hurdle already.
It's getting spoken about because it's a brand new ride, that has generated its own hype on top of that. You can't judge a coasters legacy within a few months. As for the other rides, i disagree entireley on Oblivion; she is still looked upon with high regard by the majority of the coaster community across the world and as such is discussed quite frequently, therefore making her a complete classic.
Those Rides did have hype and spoken about....... Th1rteen never much after a initial lot of Hype thanks to the World First Speculation and the TV Adverts etc.... ultimately the hype wore off as the ride was a Family Coaster with a added surprise Drop for some Thrill Factor.... its still a nice ride that adds some Thrill for those who do not ride Thrill Coasters.
Air still had a lot of talk etc about it, as it was a true worlds first, but the hype died after more steel flying roller coasters came about, more faster, more intense more inversions etc...
And ultimately the Smiler will lose its hype even faster in future, mainly because the Theme Alone is not enough, but it could have been and what we are left with is a 14 inversion roller coaster, that the more 14+ Inversions coasters that come out over the years, then the less and less of a talking point the Smiler will be.... (By that once we have say 3+ Rides with same number of inversions and say 4+ that better it...)
As for Oblivion.... its a true classic....
Its one of my best ride moments, that very second you drop into the abyss.... it has lost some of its sparkle like Apocalypse at Drayton Manner, purely because they do not hold you at the top for any length of time.
When those rides first opened, the main factor for them was the Anticipation as you was held at the top for a few seconds before you was dropped...