Alton Towers has finally opened its new £18 million roller coaster, The Smiler, following months of delays and last-minute teething problems.
The coaster opened to the public midway through Friday, May 31, 2013, with guests at the park reporting queue times of up to 3 hours. The Smiler had been scheduled to open on May 23, with a media preview event having already been held. However, unforeseen "teething problems" led to disappointment for guests at the park.
The Smiler, which had previously been known by its codename of "SW7", has shattered the world record for the most inversions in a coaster's circuit with a total of 14. Its circuit features two lift hills, and is located alongside the existing Oblivion roller coaster in the X-Sector area.
In addition to the traditional coaster elements, a number of special effects are used to "marmalise" riders and encourage them to smile. The biggest smiles, though, are likely to be on the faces of Alton Towers' management, who will hope for a massive attendance boost now that The Smiler is up and running.
Watch out for a full review of The Smiler on Theme Park Tourist within the next few days.
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