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Confirmed: The Smiler roller coaster's opening date set as May 23, 2013 by Alton Towers

The Smiler

Alton Towers has confirmed that its record-breaking new roller coaster, The Smiler, will officially open on Thursday, May 23, 2013.

The park confirmed the news via its official Twitter account, as seen below. The Smiler is opening two months late, having originally been scheduled to open at the start of Alton Towers' 2013 season in March.

Meanwhile, Alton Towers has confirmed rumours that The Smiler will feature a record-breaking number of inversions. Promotional packs of Kelloggs Krave cereal state that the ride will feature 14 inversions, claiming the world record.

The Smiler, which had previously been known by its codename of "SW7", is being installed at a cost of some £18 million. Its circuit will feature two lift hills and will be located alongside the existing Oblivion roller coaster in the X-Sector area.

If you're planning a visit to ride The Smiler, check out our Alton Towers deals pages for all the latest special offers and discounts.

For more details of Alton Towers' new addition for 2013, see Theme Park Tourist's detailed breakdown of The Smiler plans.

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