By Michael Mander
Following the opening of The Smiler, people have been eager to share their experiences.
Alton Towers’ latest investment The Smiler has been met with mixed views. Following continued delays prior to soft opening, the rollercoaster has created a vivid conversation on social networking sites.
Here is a selection of tweets from riders of the new £18 million investment.
The Smiler at Atlon Towers is the scariest ride I’ve been on, I honestly thought I was going to die
— Daisy Marshall (@DaisyMarshallx) June 2, 2013
— Chris Heath (@ChrisBHeath) June 2, 2013
— Charlotte Carter (@CharlipsCarter) June 2, 2013
— Niall McDonald (@avfc_niall) June 2, 2013
Waiting in a que for 2 and a half hours for the smiler at Alton towers yesterday was definitely worth it in the end
— Fat Amy (@_AmyJoyce) June 2, 2013
The Smiler is BY FAR the best roller coaster I’ve been on. Even if I did feel like I was falling out the whole time!
— Sophie Cheverst (@Sophie_Cheverst) June 2, 2013
Actually so disappointed about how much I hated the Smiler though, I wanted to love it
— ZoëWorsley (@ZoeWorsley) June 1, 2013
What i **** day out at @altontowers rita, thirteen and air were closed and the smiler had at least a 3 hour que [sic] what a waste of money 🙁
— Ben Stanbo Stanway (@BenStanway10) May 31, 2013
Off to Altontowers but a 3hr queue for the smiler!? No thank you :-(too expensive to stand in a line. Nemesis here we come!
— Carley Tierney (@carleycar1) June 2, 2013
3 hour queue for the smiler. What the ***.
— MEGWAAN. (@MEGHAN__x) June 2, 2013
Going off the selection above, opinions are pretty much a mixed bag. Many people loved the ride experience – but the major concern brought up was queue length. At its peak, The Smiler attracted queues of 180 minutes (according to ridetimes.co.uk).
While some people didn’t like the ride – the overall view was that it was a thrilling and fantastic experience (although very scary!).
I was surprised not to find many Tweets about it being nauseous. I was very much expecting the ride to make every smiling advocate a smiling, vomiting machine!
Airgates’ word of advice: many riders also advised that the single rider queue was much faster than the main queue. If you don’t mind parting from your group, get in the single rider queue and save yourself a lot of time!Related News: The Smiler – Open at Last – 31st May 2013