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Re: The Smiler over closed season 13/14

Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:23 pm

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Whatever candy thinks is missing or not good, she will try her best to fix! For example, she thought the swarm was missing something and so added the billboard i think....


I would LOVE to have that kind of power! :twisted:
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Re: The Smiler over closed season 13/14

Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:18 pm

There are a few bits that I think desperately need re-tracking, the drainage needs looking at as it was a swimming pool/queue line when I visited on a rainy day and the outside of the station needs an overhaul!

If it was a wish-list I would have the plaza built at the bottom end of the site, more smoke and light effects and I would black out the tunnel completely.
 
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Re: The Smiler over closed season 13/14

Sun Oct 13, 2013 6:40 am

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Everyone is within their right to give an opinion or prediction of what will happen during the closed season.
If we could however try and put some substance or reasoning behind comments, as apposed to bold statements.

Thanks :)

Ok so I would like the smiler to be taken down due to it's dominance of the whole x sector and indeed the park. I had to go to see it once, but now I would happily see it go.

I would think that nothing will happen as merlin think they've built some sort of super machine here an won't wan up tamper with it.

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Re: The Smiler over closed season 13/14

Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:04 pm

I think that during the closed season, AT will take the opportunity to have a good look at the ride's flaw's. I hope that they have taken feedback and noted information regarding every technical problem the ride has had and passed this on to Gerstlauer to have a look at. From this Gerstlauer may have come up with possible solutions such as new systems, software, re-designed parts etc.

The closed season will give them the opportunity to really test these solutions and hopefully eliminate at least some of the ride's gremlins, ideally all of them. After all, due to the popularity of this ride, what chance have they had to change much during the season? The pressure's been on during every down-time to get the ride open again ASAP so I feel that all they've probably been able to do is make small modifications and change out failed parts like for like, hoping the problem doesn't happen again any time soon.

I think that come the 2014 season we will have a better, more reliable coaster (well, we can hope so!)  :)
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Re: The Smiler over closed season 13/14

Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:32 pm

I was thinking about the colour scheme the other week and it occurred to me that the colour scheme of this ride is like a few things:
-Hazard lines
-Traffic light button/box
-other types of crossings
-wasps

To draw these associations added some appreciation for the ride. It made me feel like they're trying to be quite serious, like it projects the message of "Be careful and astute" rather than trying to be fake-cheerful, its just I didn't notice this until recently. It makes me wonder if they should add something like a traffic light or something that fits better than a traffic light, to tip people off unto this way of thinking.
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Re: The Smiler over closed season 13/14

Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:50 pm

I'm riding The Smiler in two weeks for the first time!
I'll reserve judgement until then, but atm I would say getting rid of the infamous jolt and sorting out maintenance (so that it's actually open more than it's closed).
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Re: The Smiler over closed season 13/14

Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:29 pm

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There are a few bits that I think desperately need re-tracking, the drainage needs looking at as it was a swimming pool/queue line when I visited on a rainy day and the outside of the station needs an overhaul!

If it was a wish-list I would have the plaza built at the bottom end of the site, more smoke and light effects and I would black out the tunnel completely.


is the plaza idea not possible now they changed the plans relatively last minute to build the staffordshire knot lower down - where as before the ride would have been higher up (or just that element which meant it could have stalled easier!?) with the plaza under the staffordshire knot.

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the ride just needs general TLC as some of the themeing definitely feels rushed, for example if you look at the concrete area surrounding the staffordshire knot, and how untidy it looks around the edges at the top by the fencing etc.

It's obvious at least some work will be done - definitely the draining issue, but how far will merlin go? ideally they should keep to their advert and make the indoor section a bit more interesting (although i'd be more than happy if they made it pitch black, and constantly filled it with mist, as i love the strobe light, it's so disorientating!). would they realistically do any retracking to remove the jolts?

but wouldn't keep our hopes up too much for any extra visual changes apart from the general TLC which is required considering it was rushed to open and left a bit unfinished in places - and guessing that would be their priority)
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Re: The Smiler over closed season 13/14

Sat Oct 19, 2013 3:24 pm

They won't do anything because it's absolutely fine, save for the jerk in the track.
 
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Re: The Smiler over closed season 13/14

Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:53 pm

What jerk? Rode it for the first time today and it felt fine to ke?
 
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Re: The Smiler over closed season 13/14

Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:01 am

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What jerk? Rode it for the first time today and it felt fine to ke?


I've found that there are three noticeable jerks: exit of first inverted drop, exit of cobra roll and entrance to first heartline.
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Re: The Smiler over closed season 13/14

Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:32 pm

What I would Like to Happen:
The Smiler : I would Like to see the floor in the smiler queue Line painted grey just because I think it would look a whole lot better, I would also like the same done in the concrete pit. I would also like the drainage issues to be solved

Nemesis : I would like to see nemesis get a repaint, but a good repaint with the rusty look kept and the station repainted aswell but repainted properly for its 20th birthday.

Dark Forest: The scafolding underneath rita really needs to go.

What do I think will happen, Not a whole lot seen as they have invested so much money in The Smiler.
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Re: The Smiler over closed season 13/14

Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:09 pm

I expect they will mount video cameras on the tracks.

What I'd like to see happen is:
- Sort out the supports and the falling bolts
- Make the inside part dark with strobes like on the advert.  Add some smoke in there
 
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Re: The Smiler over closed season 13/14

Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:47 am

Nothing will happen, towers don't finish projects properly! Every ride they have put in since Merlin took over has always remained unfinished!!

Look at the Air plans for a start!!
 
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Re: The Smiler over closed season 13/14

Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:34 am

Can we please ensure that discussion is kept to what people think may happen to The Smiler during closed season 2013-14, as that is what the topic originally suggested ;)

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Re: The Smiler over closed season 13/14

Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:01 pm

Sort out the indoor section, add some strobes along the inversion, evil laughter, lots of smoke.
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Re: The Smiler over closed season 13/14

Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:07 pm

The indoor section has the potential to be amazing!
Now obviously if the track would be altered to hold the washing machine element that would be amazing but this is my realistic hope!
I'd like a door like th13teen to close the indoor section and make it dark. Strobes as you do the barrel roll and when you enter the brakes everywhere is pitch black. Then a voice over by dr Kellman saying something like 'now you've boarded there's no escape, the process has already begun, prepare to be marmalised!' Then the bright orange lights, or even better multi coloured led's flash, a Smiler logo lights up on the door. Then the door lifts and you continue.

Although this sounds long it wouldn't take up any more time than you usually wait on the brakes. Another positive pf having a door is so people in the queue can't see inside which I think was a mistake :)
 
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Re: The Smiler over closed season 13/14

Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:39 pm

Well after the final ride of my season on Tuesday, I think they will install some nice padded cushions to the trains. -

I expected my brain to be turned to mush it was that rough  :cry:
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Re: The Smiler over closed season 13/14

Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:49 pm

What I would like to happen.

  • Give the station a new cladding, something medical/clinical themed, perhaps white panels with fake/real windows, or a spiked effect as using in sound deadened rooms
  • Fix the drainage issue in the queue line
  • Look to hide the start of the ride a bit better in some manner, perhaps a constant thin veil of smoke effect
  • 1st half is fine, second half as a few maneuvers that need smoothing out
  • Add and improve upon the first scene
  • Implement improved queue line management of the baggage drop off
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Re: The Smiler over closed season 13/14

Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:57 am

Following on Vlad

Things i would like to happen..

:Flasher to actually flash
:Giggler vents to be turn to face out from the leg not forward so you get a constant cloud round the corkscrew and the 2nd air time hill.
;Some big Ministry Of Joy logo somewhere on the buidling maybe just a sign on the station wall or somthing.
;Indoor queue pen improvements- Play the optical illusions then when the marmalisation procedure begins"Optical Procedure" Have The Sanctuary Marmalisation Videos played with a little water spray to make a scream in the there. Build the tension for people outside.
;Personally i have no problems with the station. However some screens in the station wouldn't go a miss.
;Make sure the in house lights do not come on in the drop area- Red and White strobes as you drop and plenty of mist in there.
;Prelift area. Just some audio explaining that your about to be marmalised and to sit back and give your self over to joy
    First half no issues accept for the Flasher and Giggler.
  -Make it so the first row can actually see the screens at the bottom of the vertical lift.
; Second Half no problems accept the inoculator spray to be consistent.
;-Smooth obvious kinks
    Exit- Some Smiley actors in the exit line would be nice. Maybe a smiler themed Mirror maze.
Shop-Love it already but sort out the viewing area, Surely clear surface with an awning over the shop entrance to stop sun glare.
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Re: The Smiler over closed season 13/14

Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:07 am

This is what I would like to see happen ready for the 2014 season.

The trains.. Need to be Lap Bars in my opinion and try and make them smooth. The 1st row is excellent, the rest TORTURE!

The station.. Needs a new station.. It's boring and dull

Marmaliser.. Needs all features to work constantly! It lacks the feeling I was hoping for...

Queue Line.. Extend it and make it like the rest! It's a bit dull and not interesting (I like queues to be interesting aswell)

Track.. Just remove the jolts by replacing that part of track. Simples
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