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Published on Jun 3, 2013
The Smiler, 'the world's first 14 loop roller coaster' opened at Alton Towers on 31/5/13. Video includes POVs, off-ride footage, the queue line, and even a roll-back on the vertical lift!
The Smiler seems a lot bigger when you're in the Q underneath the ride than it seems in photos, and is really good to watch when the trains duel. There's loads of great theme-ing and things to look at while waiting, and a great shop full of merchandise. The first of a new kind of train from Gerstlauer, enthusiasts were worried if it will be as painful to ride as Saw & other Eurofighter roller coasters - its early days, but rides comfortably, although repeat riding lead to headaches among enthusiasts I spoke with on opening day.
Has the magic returned to Alton Towers? - YES!! - The Smiler is a FANTASTIC attraction, the ride is great fun if not the tallest or fastest roller coaster, but much of its enjoyment for me, was watching it. I dedicate this video for Adam, Dan, & everyone who turned up on 23/5/13! Please enjoy the video, and smile always! Col.
Music: 'The Smiler' - Alton Towers, 'Smile' by Nat King Cole, 'Smile' by Uncle Kraker, & 'Smile' by Kirk Franklin.