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Sun Sep 22, 2013 5:30 pm

Of course people would go on it! That's pretty much proved with roller coasters all around the world. All I said it people would think it's more un safe
 
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Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:17 pm

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Went on it again today and I felt another massive jolt near the end. My bruises have doubled in size and amount  :|


Yeah, I find on the 3rd to last (ish) invert it has a pretty bad jolt on all 6 times I've been on it and been on all rows now...Learned to brace myself better after the first time but still quite a nasty jolt  :? No whiplash at least  :lol:
 
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Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:37 pm

I have won 2 4x unlimited smiler fast tracks and theme park entry. I already have a day trip booked for 4th November. A Monday school day. Is it worth me using 1 then?
 
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Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:40 pm

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I have won 2 4x unlimited smiler fast tracks and theme park entry. I already have a day trip booked for 4th November. A Monday school day. Is it worth me using 1 then?


Use it when it feels like it would be best, it should be quiet on a school day as the hype has now died down, save as many as you can for a busier day if your going again this season (are they only valid this season? if not, use them next season :D)
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Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:43 pm

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danny.g97 wrote:
I have won 2 4x unlimited smiler fast tracks and theme park entry. I already have a day trip booked for 4th November. A Monday school day. Is it worth me using 1 then?


Use it when it feels like it would be best, it should be quiet on a school day as the hype has now died down, save as many as you can for a busier day if your going again this season (are they only valid this season? if not, use them next season :D)

They are valid until August next year so shall probably save them till then as I know the queues have really died down now. Thanks :)
 
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Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:06 am

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Hello there ,I'm planning to go to alton towers midweek in mid October but because of certain reasons I can't arrive at alton towers until 11.30am and not fond of waiting more than 45 minutes for the smiler riding together would anyone recommend me to purchase a fast pass from their website ? . Looking at the current ride times if it's dry they still go up to 90 to 100 minutes at around midday but in 3 weeks time I'm not sure. Any help would be appreciated thanks people .

You could always use the Single Rider queue.  It's free, but you probably won't sit next to your friends.
What it doesn't do however is stuff up the main queue for the purpose of money grabbing - it fills the empty seats :)


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Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:49 am

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a coaster with 14 loops, vertical lift hill and lap bars

get real... obviously due to safety issues is why its got shoulder restraints

i'd rather be safe than buzz off having a lap bar haha


Blue Fire has a lapbar and it has a pretty intense zero g roll in it so obviously lapbars are safe otherwise that wouldnt be allowed


yes, and also the fact that only incredibly large people would have to worry, for everyone else, they are as safe as OTSR's


I also have to say I find the defacto "safety" answer just ridiculous as to why they went with OSTR.
 
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Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:53 am

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On a completely different note, The Smiler now has a technical name/ coaster style! Gerstlauer have named it the 'Infinity Coaster'. Interesting. Wonder how many more of these will be built!

http://www.gerstlauer-rides.de/referenc ... ler-en-US/


Been mentioned above ;)


Interestlingly, it's not the only model, Karacho at Tripsdrill, it looks like your typical 8 seat Eurofighter.  I guess there are lot of technical changes under the hood.

Random, thought.

I've only been on the ride once on a very busy day, but my impression was it was the same style of restraint mechanism used on typical euro fighters.  Is it close to allowing someone the same size on saw?

The reason I ask is I'm going with a couple of friends on Friday but I'm concerned as one of my friends couldn't get on saw last time due to his quite large shoulders stopping the rest of the restraint coming from anywhere near his belly.  (My main gripe with OSTR's).
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Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:54 pm

Vladimir Bobinski wrote:

I've only been on the ride once on a very busy day, but my impression was it was the same style of restraint mechanism used on typical euro fighters.  Is it close to allowing someone the same size on saw?

The reason I ask is I'm going with a couple of friends on Friday but I'm concerned as one of my friends couldn't get on saw last time due to his quite large shoulders stopping the rest of the restraint coming from anywhere near his belly.  (My main gripe with OSTR's).


Yes I believe they are the same style as Saw.
 
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Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:41 pm

Having finally had some free time from work to go since it the ride was finished I managed to get over and try it out finally. Went with friends who are from Blackpool and they did nothing but rip and moan about the smiler all day before and after going on it.

I don’t really get that attitude though. Sure it was quite shaky and a bit painful around the head for a new ride but it was fun and I did smile so it worked. For a first ride I didn’t mind waiting in the queue to experience it all and I did enjoy the ride. Although not convinced in a slow moving queue inside you want that strobe going off in your eyes all the time.

Not sure why my friends have branded it worst ride in the uk and are making an effort not to go on it though. Seems like hate for hates sake.

But I do now see peoples worries about the smoothness. I found the only way to not hurt my head was hold it away from the restraint which of course wouldn’t be the best plan with the jerking around. But them I’m shorter than most people.

Overall enjoyed despite it being the first ride to make me feel a little unwell.
 
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Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:33 pm

I went on opening day, rode the front, thought it was pretty smooth.

Been back again today, rode it 4 times, single rider queue 20-25 min when main queue was 1hr plus, 2nd row, 3rd twice, and back row, i thought it was rough as anything.

Still enjoy the ride though. Will see if i ache in the morning
 
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:19 pm

Remember in the advert there were some spiraling orange lights?
Well in this video you can see something quite similar at 3.15 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx0ojk3-Jcc
This is the Bund Sight Seeing Tunnel in Shanghai, so called because the sights you see are a plethora of different lighting effects on the walls of the tunnel, including a lovely fibre optic section. Those who were hoping to see some light effects in the tunnel, this video is for you!
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Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:17 am

Maybe they were planning on adding more effects in the tunnel but as the opening date was pushed back twice they cut out theming the inside and outside of the building.
 
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Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:43 am

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Maybe they were planning on adding more effects in the tunnel but as the opening date was pushed back twice they cut out theming the inside and outside of the building.
Yeah, I feel that inside felt a bit rushed. The exit corridor is superb, so I would of except that level of theming all round the building. Wasn't it confirmed though that they wanted to do more with the exterior?
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Sun Sep 29, 2013 2:31 pm

when this season closes they'll have their first good opportunity to add to it. I hope they do but I don't see a whole lot of suggestions round here - which is really unusual!- And I'm not saying this is true, but there are some areas of this ride which almost look like they were meant to be added to - as I have said before, that would be a pretty decent marketing strategy - to build and put part of the budget aside, see what riders suggest, then build more.

I also like the garage start up with the LED batons very much.
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Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:18 pm

Happily, I was the sixth public train to be on the smiler and the queue was 3 and a half hours behind me, it was winding it's way up out of x sector, and around the front of the towers!!
 
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Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:23 am

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Happily, I was the sixth public train to be on the smiler and the queue was 3 and a half hours behind me, it was winding it's way up out of x sector, and around the front of the towers!!

Ahh I was first train advocate123, and proud to say I go down in the history books, what time did u start queuing ?
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Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:24 am

I was on the third public train :)
 
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Mon Sep 30, 2013 3:29 pm

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Mon Sep 30, 2013 3:50 pm

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5Min!!


I was just going to put about this, I was shocked! And it's not the last ride in the list!
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