I was extremely lucky. Today was my first ride on the Smiler. I was with a group of muggles (non-enthusiasts) who did not care for a 2 hour queue. Luckily I had the foresight to buy us all Smiler fast tracks for 4 o'clock in the hope of skipping everyone as they finished lunch. This did mean however, I was denied the chance to ride it multiple times; but I am a patient man.
Anyhow I wont bore you with my review (which I will post shortly in the correct section after), but bloody hell. Loved it! We left the exit and the cars stopped emerging from the station literally 1 train after us.
I'd done it. I'd beaten the Smiler's reliability problems! Cutting it very fine might I add.
Can I just say: I would
feel sorry for those in the queue when it closed had they not all jumped ship to Rita with their priority passes, which I had been queuing normally for for 30 mins!!
Anyway, great ride. A little bumpy, but fantastic. Shame it's closed again!