The Smiler at Alton Towers: The Roller Coaster with the Most Loops
Reviews for Alton Towers world-record setting roller coaster, The Smiler have been largely positive. The ride boasts the most inversions (loops) of any coaster in the World at an insane 14!
Reviews of Alton Towers’ The Smiler
Here are some reviews of The Smiler that I’ve compiled:
A visual spectacle, the ride experience is as good as its first impression. Smooth and enjoyable, the diverse range of inversions, disorientating experience and ultra-modern-meets-super-retro theme equates to a phenomenal and unforgettable experience.
So the ride looks great. The dueling is brilliant. The views when you get them from the queues are also superb, as is the atmosphere created by the music and Marmaliser. The ride itself offers a bit of fun and is “curiously interesting”. Yet it never does anything brilliantly, but it does do a lot of it.
Its fast, its disorientating, its brilliant, if just a tad of a head banger, but with such a compact layout with so much track, what do you expect!
Here’s an extensive video showing off the ride’s twisted layout:
Want to see it from beginning to end? Watch this reverse POV for the entire ride.
The Smiler’s Layout & 14 Loops
I’ve been out of the loop (no pun intended) on the latest updates with this ride. So, I’m not sure what happened to that vortex tunnel that was supposed to invert riders a number of times. Knowing Alton Towers, it might have just been a part of the hype.
In a way, I think it’s better that the ride performs 14 true traditional loops. Although, I’m not sure how I’d feel about all of those inversions. It certainly looks like fun and I can definitely appreciate the ride’s spaghetti bowl-like layout. At times the trains look like they’re dueling or racing which could ramp up the thrills even more.
Thanks to RCDB, here’s a list of the The Smiler’s elements blow-by-blow: Heartline Roll (Indoor), Lift Hill, Corkscrew, Dive Loop, Dive Loop, Dive Loop, Sidewinder, Corkscrew, Vertical Lift Hill, Corkscrew, Roll Over (2 loops), Cobra Roll (2 loops), Corkscrew, Corkscrew
The Smiler’s Theme
In a World with a thousand titans and goliaths and “X’s”, I’m impressed with the theming. It’s good to see that they really put some thought into it and went even beyond Merlin’s own alien and supernatural themes for something different. Marmalizing just sounds like something diabolical and bad. Where do the Brits come up with these words?
At the end of the day, it looks like Alton Towers, the kings of roller coaster hype, have delivered this time with The Smiler.