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Re: What will The Smiler be like in 20 years?

Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:19 pm
by wakey1512
I was sure it wouldn't last 20 years before today - now I'm unsure it'll last another 2. It's not up to the job and clearly under engineered and now the bad stigma it has gained will surely be the nail in the coffin.

Re: What will The Smiler be like in 20 years?

Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 12:23 am
by Aidan Lowe
Never been a fan of this ride despite the number of times I've ridden it, after today it needs some major adjustments. I hope now though other parks including Merlin owned parks will avoid Gerstlauer.

Re: What will The Smiler be like in 20 years?

Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 12:28 am
by TheBeast
I like Gerstlauer...I just cant see the Smiler lastign more than 10 years on park. Its too widely viewed as being unreliable. I disagree with ur statement tho, I dont think people should avoid Gerstlauer- Saw: The Ride is among my top 3 rides, thats a Gerstlauer

Re: What will The Smiler be like in 20 years?

Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:22 am
by sw7nutter
I strongly dislike Gerstlauer as a ride manufacturer. They are always plagued with problems and always drastically uncomfortable. It's nearly impossible to get a decent throughput on them and I find they are always too stop start making the ride feel shorter. As for Saw I think it's TP's worse coaster and if it wasn't for Rita I would easily put it as Merlin's worst ride.

Re: What will The Smiler be like in 20 years?

Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:43 am
by Tom
Obviously we should await the findings of the investigation into what happened before coming to any conclusions, but I highly doubt that the incident was in any way Gerstlauers fault.
We shouldn't go around pointing fingers at people at this early stage.

Re: What will The Smiler be like in 20 years?

Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 12:11 pm
by sw7nutter
I don't think anyone was pointing fingers. I was just saying i dislike Gerstlauer, always have done since they made saw.

Re: What will The Smiler be like in 20 years?

Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:09 pm
by Sr88
They will make drastic safety improvements and bounce back from this. They spent nearly £20 million on it, they aren't going to scrap it because of a few accidents. They will make it better and safer, and it will be back running for years.

Re: What will The Smiler be like in 20 years?

Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:15 pm
by SmilerLover
But don't forget that there is a chance that one of the people in the crash could die, and is a life thretining condition

Re: What will The Smiler be like in 20 years?

Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:03 pm
by Aidan Lowe
SmilerLover wrote:
But don't forget that there is a chance that one of the people in the crash could die, and is a life thretining condition


It has been quoted as life-changing.

Re: What will The Smiler be like in 20 years?

Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:05 pm
by Stan.H
This ride might not even make 20 years after what happened yesterday, hopefully will and doubt AT would get rid of an £18 million so soon...

Re: What will The Smiler be like in 20 years?

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:03 pm
by Adam.W
Well, I'd compare it to the lifespan of similar gestlauer coasters. I know that the Infinity design is new, but compare to similar eurofighters or something.

Re: What will The Smiler be like in 20 years?

Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:08 pm
by TH14TEEN
Gone.

Re: What will The Smiler be like in 20 years?

Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 12:25 pm
by Ripsaw Raver
attacked with torches and pitchforks from the mindless zombies who believe the drivel produced in The Mirror

Re: What will The Smiler be like in 20 years?

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 8:08 am
by theparklifekid
hopefully a bit more popular....

Re: What will The Smiler be like in 20 years?

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 5:57 pm
by thi3teenloverboy14
theparklifekid wrote:
hopefully a bit more popular....

It was popular before the accident anyway and it will probably regain it again when it opens.


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Re: What will The Smiler be like in 20 years?

Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:05 pm
by Smiffy107
I personally can't see the smiler lasting much longer, maybe a few years more (3-5 years) but I highly doubt it will ever be as popular as it was when it first opened, I have only been on it once but that will be the first and last time I ever ride it most likely.

Re: What will The Smiler be like in 20 years?

Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 7:07 pm
by Sawboss
All hinges on a successful reopening, if they can reopen without issues I can see it staying for at least 15 years.

Re: What will The Smiler be like in 20 years?

Posted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:08 pm
by JonDoesTT
I think it depends on what the news and media do. If they continue to negatively impact The Smiler and Alton Towers, it won't last nearly as long as 20 years. And in 2035, what will Alton Towers itself be like?

Re: What will The Smiler be like in 20 years?

Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 7:46 am
by TH14TEEN
It'll reopen next season, but by 2035 probably be gone. Nemesis will pre-exist it and outlive it.

Re: What will The Smiler be like in 20 years?

Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 6:21 pm
by Stan.H
I think in 2035 Alton Towers will be much more popular than it's current popularity level, I'd imagine the Smiler will probably be gone, but if not a very rough coaster and effects that no longer work!