The station, after ride corridor and shop are fine, but the pre station queue needs serious work. Screens are off, music is too quiet and the projection room is too light, it utterly destroys the atmosphere of the ride.
As well as Wicker Man getting its fire effects back, more effects are now working / been added to The Smiler, including flashing strobe light inside the building, new lighting effects, the water sprayers and TVs all back on, as well as some paintwork having been done. This was all reported by a member of another forum.
I am sorry to tell you guys but The Smiler unfortunately still looks like it is in a horrible state, although giving a smooth back row ride! I was surprised to see it operating on 4 trains today today and whether it helped to speed the queue up or not I am not sure as I always used the single rider line, however I did see it dual more often which was pleasing!
Indeed all the TVs were back on, some had dead pixels etc, the inncoculator didn’t operate yesterday, and I did see the strobe in the projection room. These are steps in the right direction, but I was just saying that the ride is still in a very tired state.
First time riding and having ridden Saw was a little concerned that a ride that long would leave some kind of head injury.
Front row and was really amazed at how smooth it was in comparison, only the last 2-3 inversions started to get knocked around. Was happy to not hold on for I think the whole ride, unlike Saw's braced requirement.
Train 4 (I believe) is different in some respects. I'm not sure how exactly, but the restraint sensors weren't happy about someone in row one. They were going to move them to another row, but then said, ah train 4 is next they can just ride that in the same row. So at the very least it runs more accommodating harnesses and is a bit heavier than the rest.