I think its great that everyone is still speculating about the worlds first feature on the smiler however I strongly believe that it is the worlds first 14 looping roller coaster and that is it. Alton Towers are now marketing it as this. It makes it world beating and a worlds first.
I dont think so, you see this is maybe the biggest project Alton Towers have undertaken, it is also Wardleys biggest and last project, and we also have to look at the Theme for the Ride. They are employing extra staff themed for the Ride the Smiler Advocates... They are putting a lot of effort.
Now i dont think Wardley would want to go out with his Last Roller Coaster simply being a 14 Inversion Record as this will be beaten within 3 years i am sure of it. And as i said in my post going back to a Interview he did a few years back he said that he does not believe in Records like Worlds Tallest, Worlds Fastest and Worlds most Loops as they will be beaten over time and once your ride becomes Worlds 5th tallest or 5 most Loops in future then you not going to be remembered for that record.
The SW Coasters have something unique in each of them, Air was the first Flying Coaster and while others have been done that are bigger, faster and more intense like Manta at Sea World, down the line a more intense Flying Coaster would be made and people will not remember Manta as much as Air as Air will always have the record of being the First of its kind.
Wardley also said that he does not believe in gimmicks that do not add to a ride experience and the sight of seeing a few Large Needles as you fly past at 53MPH is after the first time you seen it, it will be just a gimmick, in fact The Egg in Nemesis Sub Tera is more of a effective Gimmick than say the Arms of the Marmaliser if all they do is basically just the appearance of them...
Now if they add some kind of 4D experience then that would not be a Gimmick, when Laura went round the track listen and you can hear every time she passes the Marmaliser you can hear some sounds, but they dont seem to effect her. She goes under the Giggler and you hear a hiss, but nothing else..
I would say at the very least you will get sprayed by a Smoke Machine, and maybe the other elements will be more interactive, who knows.
I certainly thing this ride will have a lot more to it than purely World Record Inversions