I'm hoping to go to AT soon and have decided to go in the SRQ for the smiler since I don't really fancy spending my whole day queueing! My family were going to sit and wait for me outside of the queue, but I was wondering whether they would be able to join the SRQ with me, but then leave the queue at the end instead of riding, so that I can have someone to talk to while I'm waiting?
Some are easier than others. I know you're asking about The Smiler, but here is some advice for all;Air
The single rider queues isn't normally that big albeit slow moving - it would probably best the simple walk back the way you came in.Nemesis
The queue line is so short (the steps) you're not isolated from those around you. Easy escape back down the steps.Smiler
30/40 minutes most weekends - when you get to the platform there is a unmarked door to the right which opens on to the exit steps, ask the ride op to point you in the right direction. Don't attempt to walk back.
On some days, depending on the time, there isn't that much of difference between SRQ and the main queue.Oblivion
Either walk the queue backwards, or speak to the ride op, but likely need to cross the train and out, which isn't easy without disrupting batchingRita
When you get on the platform there there is an exit to the right next to the baggage hold, ask the ride op to let you out.Thirteen
It is difficult. Speak to the ride op, but you will need to cross the train to get out, which isn't easy without disrupting batching. Avoid!Sonic Spinball
Walk the queue backwards. Crossing the trains with ride op assistance will likely cause disruption to a very tight loading time.
Bear in mind people frequently walk the queue lines backwards if it is taking "too long" so your family would be no different.
That said it can be a hassle even for a single person - for a family it's going to be harder.
Single riders benefit both the main queue and individual riders, so try not to cause too much disruption or headaches for busy ride ops.
All of the single rider queues are standing, just like the main queue, and move slowly - which isn't the greatest feeling, so be mindful of your family in bringing them into long queues.
Maybe they would rather be sat somewhere more comfortable or off exploring!
Maybe put a post in the meet up forum if your family is happy and see if any members are about you could queue/ride withhttp://forum.towerstimes.co.uk/mini-meets/
Maybe take a friend or ride with one of your family and let the rest make the most of their time on the park.
Alternatively - pay for a fastrack. For one person it's not too expensive, but you need to decide whether it's worth it verses waiting. If you can 'jump' the queue, you and the family are free make the most of the day.
Currently you can enter to win Smiler fastracks here http://www.the-smiler.com/advocatetest/