jbuckton18 wrote:DeeJayUK wrote:JayJay got it in one. I'm scarred from bad treatment and mixed messages. I spoke to Merlin this afternoon and they are saying the opposite of what you all believe. I was told that there may be things to still be done in the areas we cannot see and to wait for an official announcement from their website and social media.
I really want this to be open ASAP but greedily want to be around when it does. This does not make me 'negative' by a long shot. If it does open tomorrow then fair play and whoever is among the first to ride spare me a thought as I will be bleeding inside
There has been a number of confirmations around the smiler site from staff and officials this will be open tomorrow. It annoys me when everyone is so negative ! look at the facts and you will then realise this will open tomorrow !
Ben-TT wrote:I bought a GoPro chest mount to film the Smiler. However, I tried this on Nemesis last week and the ride op made me remove the camera.
No these GoPros with the chest mounts are bulletproof. There is no chance the thing was coming off, but they wouldn't let me.
I considered hiding the camera until I left the station, but the issue then is that if the op stops the ride half way around, you will likely get chucked out and banned from the park - not a risk I wanted to take!
TheSmiler1998 wrote:I'm going to sound quite dumb but would someone like to explain what a soft opening is?
I'm just imagining everything becoming wobbly and jellylike
Looks like there might be some finger wagging over running the adverts when the ride was closed
tom.jarvis.58 wrote:Hi first time posting on this but isn't there meant to be some surprises on the coaster that are only going to be reviled when you ride it. I heard thee could be a tumble dryer type construction where it spins you upside down?? But hope to go to Alton towers in summer. I'm going to thourpe park hopefully on Monday to ride the saw for the first time and swarm lol.
krug wrote:How many trains do you think they will have running when it opens?
Do you think they will duel from the get go or do you think they will do one train at a time so it can settle in and sort out potential 'teething' problems?
GigaSurimi wrote:Seriously, all those saying "look at the facts, it will be open tomorrow 100% sure" - may I remind you that the Smiler was supposed to open on the 23rd and that was a pretty solid "fact" at the time given all the advertisement and official announcement... So don't get your expectations too high for tomorrow or you'll probably be disappointed again.
MatthewR1990 wrote:This won't open tomorrow. The fact there has been no announcement is what makes me think this. My bet would be Saturday.
lewis97 wrote:Okay, so it would seem The Smiler has been prepared for opening, however, perhaps we'll see a soft opening tomorrow with an official opening Saturday. I expect with all these problems they've had, they'll want to break it in as gently as possible.
Heisenberg96 wrote:Unless we've had a massive string of lies (which I seriously doubt) I see no reason to believe why the staff are wrong in saying the ride will open tomorrow. Really don't think they'd tell you if they weren't sure with all the madness we've already had.
The staff have been saying this haven't they? I'm also saying that unicorns are real and if you pick your toe nails you turn into a toad. Get my point? We have had nothing official from AT. NOTHING. And leaving it this late for an announcement of the opening of its biggest ever coaster the next day, well it doesn't seem like good marketing to me.
Spoil sport? No I'm just saying the ONLY fact we do know. At this moment in time Alton are saying the Smiler is closed. There's no "coaster looks do" or "everything looks finished". That's all opinions and assumptions. There is only one fact from all of this and I've stated it above. I'm not however saying I don't want it open, heck I'd love it to open.
King Nemesis wrote:Would be pretty clever really..
"Sorry we could not open on the 23rd due to teething issues but we are officially opening tomorrow"
1) They have told people, so they can't be complained for no warning
2) Less people can make arrangements to visit = less strain on the ride