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I'm sure I missed something along the way. But wernt there supposed to be two tracks? And the thing dueled?

 

No it's one track with two lift hills, but it's thought that the trains will duel with each other on the two halves of the track.

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I have always wanted to visit Alton Towers, and admittedly, I have never had the chance, but does anyone know if it's possible to visit the park during a 1-2 day layover in London on the way to Paris? My wife and I are planning a trip to France next year, and would love the opportunity to experience this park.

 

Well depending on where in London you are stopping the park is roughly 3 hours drive away. If you were going by train you would probably have to get a train from a London station (say Euston) that goes to Crewe but get off at the Stoke-On-Trent stop and then get a bus to the park. The train can take anywhere between 1 hour 20 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes depending on which train you get on and the time of day.

 

Whether you can do the park in one day is all down to what time of year you go. Obviously in the summer months the park gets busy as well as events such as Easter/Halloween/Fireworks, ect. What time of year are you looking to go, mate? Also as a last resort if you wanted to visit a Merlin park while you stop off in London but don't want to make the trip to Alton Towers then there is Thorpe Park & Chessington World of Adventures down London way. Thorpe Park & Chessington are about 40 minutes from central London and offer a varying difference in attractions (Chessington more family based & for little children, whereas Thorpe Park is more about all out thrills).

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OK this is interesting ...

 

 

Big rumours coming out that 'facial recognition' technology will be involved. The worlds first aspect. Some insane rumours (and even mentioned in the video above) that facial recognition actually has an impact on the ride. Literally the more you smile, the less friction there is on the wheels and you go faster.

 

Interesting!

Totally sounds like a GP comment, kinda like the "age limit" on th13teen. However, if it's real, that'd be pretty cool though

 

Also think it's funny how, as enthusiasts, we are the people who criticize rides/parks for having gimmicks, however, when we don't get a gimmicky element, we're disappointed.

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The video talks about theoretical technologies that could have applications in amusement industry rides in the future, not for The Smiler. Not sure where that whole "rumored for this ride" thing came from, but as far as the video goes, it only proposes concepts for the future.

 

You can smile on the Smiler, but it won't "alter" your ride experience aside from making you look happier.

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Looks great! In the POV, listen closely and you can hear the "Ha-ha-ha! Ha-ha-ha!" of the ride's soundtrack at the bottom of the first lift hill. Ignoring the mirroring of the video, the letters on the wall there spell out "HA HA HA", a nice little touch.

 

And yes, the "Ha-ha-ha!" theme is very catchy!

 

You sure 'bout that? I see this: Ah-ah-ah And the theme is insanely catchy, been stuck in my head the past few days!

 

Well I watched the POV and did the Smiler app ride through and in the app, even with all inversions unlocked, it is not an exact recreation. There's some parts missing/changed.

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I think it will look pretty crazy when they have more than one train on the ride. With how twisted everything is it there will probably be a few moments of close calls!

Hopefully the UK has no YOLO people that will throw stuff from the trains or have loose articles fly cough...cough Dueling Dragons..cough!

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I really like the way the logo is painted on the maintenance shed. It looks completely normal at the beginning of the brake run, but as you get closer to it you can see how warped it is.

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Tonight sees the VIP Media Launch of The Smiler.

 

Alton Towers have said they'll be posting a number of photos and other information throughout the course of the event via their Twitter page.

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Along with plenty of other theming elements the "rainbow stairs", that made their debut appearance in the game, have made it on the finished ride.

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The staff at the event have obviously already been corrected.

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The Towers make for quite a venue!

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As unlikely as it is, I think it would be really neat to have the staff wear those facial appliances all the time when working the ride. It's a really awesome way of extending the ride's theme in a unique way!

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Found this video thanks to Towersstreet Facebook. The video it self is from Express online.

You can see how smooth the ride is in this reverse POV little shocks at the Cobra but for the rest you fly through the track.

 

Besides someone should tell the guy in the blue shirt a coaster like this only becomes more nauseating when you close your eyes.

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^^ I hated that video, I'm sorry. He look highly uncomfortable & not enthused to be on the coaster, his eyes were closed the entire time, I mean what the heck dude

 

On a side note, I love that coaster!!! Clearly, the plan or "rumored" plan to have a 360 rotating track didn't happen; bummer, it would've been epic. Overall, can you imagine this thing at night?!! O_O GEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZ!!!!

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Good Advert, love it. It's as mysterious as the theme.

 

2 things I noticed in the ad.

1. Light effects: I think the tunnel will have some light effects down there.

2. I suspect there is a small reference to the dueling in the video. If you look at the Staffordshire knot scene you see 2 cars.

Both 2 are just speculations at my behalf.

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