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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:25 am

I was also there on Saturday and the restraints really did pong something awful. Although Smiler was not alone in this, Sonic and even Nemesis were an offense to the nose.

I suppose its going to take quite a few weeks of rain to wash out the summers worth of extra sweaty rider juice.
 
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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:07 pm

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Anybody else noticed how much the restraints stink after it has rained? Rode it on Saturday and I nearly gagged when I pulled the OSR down!


I was there Saturday and I don't remember it raining. However, I do remember the person next to me saying that they could smell the stale water from the spray of The Inoculator...


It had rained overnight I think LewLew, because The Smiler queue was puddled all over.

I personally thought it smelt like fresh poo. Really not a nice smell to greet you o a brand new £18 million Rollercoaster.
 
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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:25 pm

Is all the temp queue line fences still in place?
 
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Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:35 pm

Has there been any down-time at all in the past two weeks? Touch wood it's been running smooth and if the weather holds out should be open tomorrow.

Hopefully anyway, given apparently it has a 0 minute queue atm.
 
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Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:41 pm

djedwardsmith wrote:
Has there been any down-time at all in the past two weeks? Touch wood it's been running smooth and if the weather holds out should be open tomorrow.

Hopefully anyway, given apparently it has a 0 minute queue atm.


I went last Thursday, ran smoothly all day on 5 trains + it was 0mins from about 1 oclock onwards. It was speechless how empty it was. Sending trains round with 4 people in it!
 
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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:01 pm

Went today, was a 30-40 minute queue between 10-11:30 and then it really dropped off, down to 0-5 minutes for the rest of the time I was there. Ended up getting 12 rides between 10 and 1:30pm! Seemed to run well with 5 trains all the while I was there.

It's still as rough in certain spots as I remember from my last visit in June, although funnily enough after 12 rides not too many ill effects except some very visible bruising has shown up on my upper arms since! Compare that to SAW, where I come off with a headache after 3 goes...

In terms of working effects, well... disappointing really. The Innoculator stopped spraying, and the mist at the start and in the tunnel was non-existent. Hopefully they can work on that for next season, but I wouldn't be surprised if nothing changes either.

Having said that, I bloody enjoyed all 12 rides! Absolutely love the ride still.
 
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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:55 am

Themeparksandy1981 wrote:
Is all the temp queue line fences still in place?


Yes, although its positioning seems to change throughout the day.
 
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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:28 pm

I just found this image posted by HuffPostPics on Twitter which shows one of The Smiler trains lit up to advertise Scarefest. Imagine if all the trains were lit up like this for Scarefest. It would be magical.

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Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:30 pm

^^ predator vision.... Do you think it's real? For one the riders are glowing red like heat signatures.

I doubt it.
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Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:05 pm

Considering it's just yellow and black metal I find it hard to believe they turn green. Would look amazing though!
 
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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:05 pm

I think after Scarefest when it comes to next season, this sort of 0-15 minute queue will be the norm and we will all look back to when we wait 2 hours + for it, sometimes twice in the same day  :|
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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:54 am

I'm confused - the guy on the lefts arm doesn't look real - like thermal camera as has been mentioned but the there is just a small amount of green light reflected of the track infront. The shadows on the riders themselves suggests uplight which is correct as the lights would be in the base of the train.

The bars are indeed black so why are they looking green? This would mean that at some point, the Smiler car was heavily kitted out with lights, maybe including green rope lights. I hope someone knows whats going here  :(

Oh if this is a special car for scare fest (-definitely a cool idea), that means they've really been listening to the forum (which is awesome) - yes I'm talking about you Sku dude.
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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:31 am

TheOutpatient wrote:
I'm confused - the guy on the lefts arm doesn't look real - like thermal camera as has been mentioned but the there is just a small amount of green light reflected of the track infront. The shadows on the riders themselves suggests uplight which is correct as the lights would be in the base of the train.

The bars are indeed black so why are they looking green? This would mean that at some point, the Smiler car was heavily kitted out with lights, maybe including green rope lights. I hope someone knows whats going here  :(

Oh if this is a special car for scare fest (-definitely a cool idea), that means they've really been listening to the forum (which is awesome) - yes I'm talking about you Sku dude.


I believe that Towers' have simply lit up ONE of the trains for a promotional shoot to advertise Scarefest this year, hence me finding this photo on a press twitter account. I highly doubt the trains for The Smiler will be lit up like this for Scarefest. I just pray we don't see an endless sea of white floodlight generators. :/
 
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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Fri Oct 11, 2013 11:26 am

they had moving-head yolks if you remember those promotional images before it first opened - it looked very cool with white beams spearing through the tracks at various angles. That's one possibility I guess!

I agree the cars probably wont be lit up because all the odds and sods would have to be safely installed on each car but they've made that image with people who work for the park so they didn't have to.
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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:29 am

Also, from Alton Towers website, more 'planned maintenance'. Perhaps trying to iron out the kinks as much as possible for Scarefest.

The Smiler will be open between 10am and 1pm on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th October.
 
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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Sat Oct 12, 2013 4:15 pm

As long as it's planned and not a bad technical failure, I'm happy :D
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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Sat Oct 12, 2013 5:52 pm

I went on the 7th and queues were about 40 minutes most of the day.. Although my first queue was interrupted twice, in a row, by somebody throwing up!! Not happy!
Then on my second queue there was a swiftly resolved code zero.

First ride I got a lovely smooth run, but the second time it was sooooo vibratey all the way around :( And yes, the OTSRs absolutely stank!! Which was doubly disturbing as both my restraint and my boyfriends appeared to have bites out of them  :shock:
 
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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:27 pm

New from Bottletop, a brand new video showing snippets of footage from The Marmaliser and audio from 'Buy The Smiler' with a little bit of second lift hill audio. If you ever wanted the chirpier version of the 'Ha Ha Ha', here it is. :)

Original on vimeo here: http://vimeo.com/76856495

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I have uploaded it to Youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWmLweas ... HHJiCoLIrg

Also, there is a snippet of The Smiler Shop TV footage as well.

Enjoy :)
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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:56 pm

second lift hill audio?

never been played whenever ive been on.. first time ive heard it
 
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Re: The Smiler - General Discussion

Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:58 pm

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second lift hill audio?

never been played whenever ive been on.. first time ive heard it


As in the little 10 second clip at the end of the video. This is the audio that plays at the 'Half Way Corrected' point when stopped in front of the vertical lift with the monitors.

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