Alton Towers SW7; New Details Revealed

January 20th, 2013 / Alton Towers, Heart of England / 2 Comments »

The Smiler Coaster at Alton Towers

The Smiler at Alton Towers

Alton Towers SW7; The Smiler

Alton Towers has now revealed the name of it’s newest coaster for 2013; The Smiler. Of course this links well with their latest PR imagery…but what’s behind the name?

It’s also just been announced that The Smiler at Alton Towers will now not be ready until May 2013, (previously Alton Towers had stated March 2013).

This will be disappointing news for those that have already booked for early in the theme park season although speculation has been rife since Alton Towers removed The Smiler countdown clock from their website last week.

We’ve more up to date photos available at The Smiler at Alton Towers.

New details to emerge about this latest coaster are that The Smiler will have;

  • A top speed of 85 kilometres-per-hour – 10kph faster than Air;
  • Heightest drop of 30 metres;
  • A track length of 1,170 metres –three times the length of Oblivion;
  • A ride time of 165 seconds – three times longer than Rita;
  • A capacity of 16 (4x rows of 4) passengers per ride train
  • Minimum rider height 1.4m
  • Location; X Sector.

Dubbed to be the most expensive ride ever to be built at a cost of £18m, this new coaster at Alton Towers is to be situated in X Sector on the site of the Black Hole.

The ride is to cover a total area of 1.5 acres and will not replace any current rides located within X Sector at Alton Towers.

The Smilernwill be manufactured by Gerstlauer, a specialist German Coaster Company, with a design that has a strong resemblance to existing Euro-Fighter coasters.  Gerstlauer also constructed Saw at Thorpe Park which remains one of the most popular coasters at the theme park based in Surrey.

The coaster is set to include 8 inversions, a dip below ground level and will rise to a height of 22.15 metres.

Whilst details always remain scarce for the new rides at Alton Towers, we can see that work is already underway!  We’ll let you know as more details emerge!

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  1. This must be the WORST name for a ride EVER!! unless it is in a kiddies section. The X-Sector deserves a better named coaster than this pathetic name.

    • Von, yes, I have to agree I’m not too keen about the name, The Smiler…it doesn’t quite signify for me the thrill ride they are looking to build. Interesting to see how the name fits once the ride is in place.