The Smiler

Alton Towers has reopened its new roller coaster, The Smiler, following an incident which saw a bolt fall from the ride's track.

The park released a statement earlier this week in which it confirmed that a piece of "debris" had become detatched from The Smiler. As a result, two sections of track became slightly separated. The ride was immediately stopped and nobody was injured, although 48 riders had to be evacuated from its trains.

The Smiler's circuit has now been repaired and the £18 million coaster is back up-and-running following its latest closure. The ride opened two months later than originally scheduled, and has subsequently experienced several periods of downtime. However, Theme Park Tourist readers currently rate it as the best attraction at Alton Towers.

Ride Rater recently featured an excellent round-up of media coverage of The Smiler incident, while Airgates spoke to several witnesses who were in the queue at the time.

However, the Runaway Mine Train is currently closed after an incident on July 25 which saw it grind to a halt midway round its circuit. It is not yet known when the powered coaster will reopen.

You can keep up-to-date with the latest confirmed and rumored temporary ride closures through Theme Park Tourist's "Rehab Watch", and by signing up for our weekly newsletter.


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