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The Smiler features
Operating
United Kingdom
Gerstlauer
Steel
Sit Down
Infinity
Chain lift hill
Lap bar
5/31/13
Location
Reviews  80
  • Semina T.
    Semina T. 8 days ago

    Inversions Masterpiece Hangtime

    My favourite coaster I have been on. It is just so fun and disorienting!! The inversions are great and it’s really smooth (except for the final two corkscrews). The theming is really wacky and unique and the ride has suprising parts of airtime!! Defienitly the best at Alton towers.

  • Dave Scott
    Dave Scott 22 days ago

    Capacity Discomfort Tear it down!

    The Smiler is Marmite. Love it or hate it, it seems. The latest Gerstlauers have learned that rate-of-change-of-acceleration is important. Smiler was on that learning curve, but not right. Suspect build quality from day one, even pre-accident it had a lot of problems. The spin-and-spew quality to the ride is, I will grant it, somewhat novel, but those trains, oh those trains are hateful bolt-upright things and highly uncomfortable. Also, I intensely dislike the queue line. Yay! Let's deliberately pack you all in like cattle in a cage. Not a pleasant experience. Given a shorter queue I'd maybe have enjoyed it somewhat more; however the only thing that will entice me into a return is a refit with Hangtime-style clamshells. Some legends say the Black Hole was cursed; and I am inclined to believe the Smiler is proof!

  • Poodz
    Poodz 1 month ago

    Inversions Masterpiece Layout Discomfort

    Deserves nothing less than 5 stars. It somehow manages to have 14 inversions yet never get boring. It's relentless from start to finish. I absolutely love the rolled drops, airtime hills, the sea serpent roll, and the two consecutive rolls towards the end. Right now I can't pick between this and Nemesis as my favourite UK rides, maybe one day I'll resolve it. It can sometimes be uncomfortable, but for me that doesn't detract from the experience at all. My last ride on it was butter smooth apart from the infamous bump at the cobra roll.

  • kai phillips
    kai phillips 2 months ago

    Inversions Intensity Duration Headbanging

    Stunning, poorly maintained in parts but...stunning

  • Elliot Taylor
    Elliot Taylor 3 months ago

    Inversions Pace Intensity Headbanging

    Ride is relatively smooth overall but the cobra roll is one of the roughest coaster elements I've experienced

  • Lachlan S.
    Lachlan S. 7 months ago

    First Drop Inversions Rattle

    Very impressive layout, surprisingly manages not to feel repetitive. The inversions are varied, with the rolls during the first drop standing out for me. The break in the middle provides a breather but is short enough to not be boring. The rumoured launch would have been cool but would have possibly been too intense, I guess we will never know. While it looks super cool from the outside, the Smiler theme adds little to the onboard experience, however it's not needed as the ride itself is sufficient. The coaster is rough in places and I'm sure it won't age as well as Nemesis but as of 2018 it is manageable.

  • Luke Freeman
    Luke Freeman 10 months ago

    Theming Inversions Intensity Headbanging Harness

    My No.2 ride after Wicker Man, The Smiler packs a lot into its compact space. The theming is fantastic, along with the soundtrack, and the overall experience is incredible. My only downside is the second-half of the ride, especially the second-half of the cobra roll and the first corkscrew at the end of the ride. If you are shorter, your head will not thank you after this ride.

  • Harry D.
    Harry D. 1 year ago

    Inversions Fun Intensity

    The Smiler is a fantastic ride, with an extremely unique layout, and an even more unique theme. The ride features 14 intense inversions, and a whole range of onride effects.

  • Benedikt Hermes
    Benedikt Hermes 5 hours ago
  • Oscar Pinchbeck
  • Laurent B.
    Laurent B. 10 days ago

    Theming Inversions Duration Discomfort Reliability

  • Swan Blanc
    Swan Blanc 14 days ago
  • Nick B.
    Nick B. 14 days ago
  • Wojciech Froń
    Wojciech Froń 17 days ago
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    Damien Richet 17 days ago
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  • Stéphane Richet
    Stéphane Richet 29 days ago

    Fun Intensity Duration Discomfort

  • Chris C.
    Chris C. 1 month ago
  • LucAction
    LucAction 1 month ago

    Airtimes Inversions Location Dead spots

  • Chief Pancake
    Chief Pancake 1 month ago
  • Jules Dwd
    Jules Dwd 1 month ago

    Inversions Nice surprise! Duration

  • Thibault M.
    Thibault M. 1 month ago
  • Coaster Jon
    Coaster Jon 1 month ago
  • worse than pinfari
  • James Cook
    James Cook 1 month ago
  • Fabien L.
    Fabien L. 2 months ago
  • Matt Newman
    Matt Newman 3 months ago

    Inversions Intensity Rattle

  • Co Fir
    Co Fir 3 months ago
  • Charles Muckenhirn

    Airtimes Inversions Intensity Harness

  • Steven Palisse
    Steven Palisse 4 months ago
  • Alexandre Routier
    Alexandre Routier 5 months ago
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    Tilen B. 6 months ago
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    Sven Popelier 7 months ago
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    Morgan Price 7 months ago
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    Aleks W. 7 months ago
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    Luis H. 7 months ago
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    epstan 7 months ago
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    JB T 7 months ago
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    Daniel W. 7 months ago
  • Daniel Obier
    Daniel Obier 7 months ago
  • Axelle T.
    Axelle T. 8 months ago
  • Maxime Werner Hoffmann

    Fun Rattle Headbanging

  • Angelina Fresnaye
    Angelina Fresnaye 8 months ago

    Theming Nice surprise! Fun

  • Johnny Hooyberghs
    Johnny Hooyberghs 9 months ago
  • Marijke D.
    Marijke D. 9 months ago
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    Alexandre Humbert 9 months ago
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    Joseph Bricout 9 months ago
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    bmx cc 9 months ago
  • Aurelien G.
    Aurelien G. 10 months ago
  • Luc R.
    Luc R. 10 months ago

    Inversions Nice surprise! Fun Headbanging

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  • Adrien Crucet
    Adrien Crucet 10 months ago
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    Romuald Geiregat 10 months ago
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    Joël G. 10 months ago
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    Benjamin R. 11 months ago
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    Florian Blond 11 months ago
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    Antoine P. 11 months ago
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    Katun GagaLefou 11 months ago
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    James G. 11 months ago
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    Jonny Morgan 11 months ago
  • Dan Wright
    Dan Wright 1 year ago
  • Maxime Cretton
    Maxime Cretton 1 year ago

    Airtimes Inversions Layout

  • Usa t.
    Usa t. 1 year ago
  • Syl Splace
    Syl Splace 1 year ago
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    Jay Deloddere 1 year ago
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    Teddy Groux 1 year ago
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    Cyril Barbier 1 year ago
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    Ben Zo 1 year ago
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    Guillaume F. 1 year ago
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    Michaël Rmn 1 year ago
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    Will Garner 1 year ago
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    S 1 year ago
  • Faykety Fayke
    Faykety Fayke 1 year ago
  • Romain Beauchamp

    Discomfort

  • Frédéric Beck

    Fun

  • Louise B.
    Louise B. 1 year ago