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The Smiler features
Operating
United Kingdom
Gerstlauer
Steel
Sit Down
Infinity Coaster
Chain lift hill
Lap bar
5/31/13
Reviews  164
  • Slovis Celery
    Slovis Celery 10 days ago

    Inversions Intensity Layout

    This coaster is phenomenal. It's my number 1. It's the most constantly intense coaster I've ridden, every valley feels like you're being crushed and whips you around like a ragdoll on every inversion. The pacing is fast, despite how long the ride is. The airtime is some of the best, the laterals add a nice touch, easily the best the UK has to offer.

  • Semina S.
    Semina S. 29 days ago

    Theming Inversions Hangtime

    I absolutely love the smiler. It’s forceful layout keeps an amazing pace through delivering some great laterals throughout. I have noticed that the harness comes down on you more during the ride so try not to staple yourself. But that doesn’t take away from its airtime on its small hills and the insane hangtime on the first heart line roll.

  • Sam P.
    Sam P. 1 month ago

    Airtimes Inversions Pace Rattle

    As coasters go, this one is certainly one of the most mental. Any ride with 14 inversions and that sort of demented theme was always going to be. But The Smiler manages that whilst also offering a great layout and 2 fantastic airtime moments, which makes it very enjoyable. It's not the smoothest ride, although not as bad as I expected when we got allocated the back row, it's certainly nowhere near as bad as some. But it doesn't detract from it being a crazy and very enjoyable coaster

  • Robert A.
    Robert A. 3 months ago

    Theming Nice surprise! Intensity

    I went into this ride hearing about it being rough, especially at the end. But I was met with a comfortable experience and seriously intense if you sit on an outer right seat. There are a lot of repeat inversions but surprisingly you never realise it. The airtime hills are great, the cobra roll isn't as bad as everyone says, and sits comfortably in my top 10 UK coasters. Th13teen made me feel more sick than this ride!! The break between both halves allows for a quick breather for the less tolerant riders.

  • Greg Hudson
    Greg Hudson 4 months ago

    Airtimes Inversions Intensity

    Always a great laugh with your friends, the dive loops are nice and intense and the last airtime hill is quality. Who doesn’t love it when you get a duel too?

  • Brendan Jackson
    Brendan Jackson 4 months ago

    Airtimes Inversions Duration Rattle Harness

    Lap bar away from being one of the best multilooper coasters out there. Not as rough as people say. 2 airtime hills are way too much fun

  • Mr Coller Roaster
    Mr Coller Roaster 6 months ago

    Inversions Fun Duration Headbanging

    I rode this roller coaster first in October 2019 and as soon as I rode it, I knew it was my number 1. Over 3 days at Alton Towers, I rode it 14 times - more than any other ride. Although this ride has the most inversions in the world, my favourite part is actually the second hill and that gives a great moment of airtime. Whilst it is not the smoothest ride in the world, I think people exaggerate the roughness a bit. The only time it is a bit uncomfortable are the last couple of inversions. It is a really fun coaster and it should definitely be on your bucket list if you have never ridden it.

  • Syd Carandang
    Syd Carandang 6 months ago

    Airtimes Theming Inversions Rattle

    I have never smiled so much in my life while on a ride. The Smiler is relentless. Every element is just bam, bam bam, with only a short break in the middle. Those two air time hills are magic. And the theme is absoloutely fantastic. Towers have done wonders once more. I could listen to that soundtrack on end. Simply Amazing. Also the thing just looks intimidating, and thats what I love about it. It is a little rough towards the end but I'm willing to look past that. There are so much more pros than cons. I have truly been corrected. Smile Always.

  • Tyler M.
    Tyler M. 8 months ago

    Theming Inversions Duration Rattle

    If I was told that I had to sit and watch a ride all day, I would 100% pick The Smiler. There's really nothing like approaching the ride and seeing the twisted mess of black track and supports, and then for two bright yellow trains to crest the lifts and duel in perfect synchronisation whilst the catchy and sinister music plays as you enter the queue. It has to be considered as a whole package, as the area and queue is absolutely part of the experience. I'm not normally a fan of cattle-pen queue lines, however The Smiler has so much to watch while you wait; fantastic self-duelling and ridiculous themeing elements like the 'marmaliser' in the centre of the ride and the indoor queue section is great (when it works properly). Getting on to the ride itself, it's a fun, long ride with fantastic forces and even some surprise airtime in each half. It was designed to pack in a ridiculous number of inversions and it has certainly achieved that goal very well, though I can see that it may not be everyone's cup of tea as even I get a little dizzy at the end of the first half of the ride! Admittedly, it can also be bit bumpy in places (the exit of the cobra roll springs to mind) but I've mostly had smooth rides so it's not enough to take away from the overall experience of the attraction. A front row night ride is also a phenomenal experience, as the area is only lit by the screens of the 'marmaliser'. It was this experience that NEARLY pushed this above Nemesis in my rankings, so I highly recommend making a trip to Towers during Scarefest to try it out and see what all the fuss is about!

  • Charlie Thornton
    Charlie Thornton 11 months ago

    Airtimes Intensity Duration Theming Harness

    Amazing ride. - Intense, great duration and airtimes. Poor theming for the most part, and uncomfortable harness.

  • Joep van Baren
    Joep van Baren 1 year ago

    Theming Inversions Duration Headbanging Discomfort

    The coaster area looks sick, everywhere you see the track, steel beams or other theming. In the few times I rode it the ride grew on me, first I didn't like it that much but yeah. I would like some more airtime but to have the world record of inversions that is of course not possible. The waiting times are too high, especially when the fast track rides have priority. Sadly, the trains do not match up in speed very often.

  • Expedition Coaster

    Harness Discomfort Tear it down!

    Painful (especially if you're a bloke) and presents no enjoyment for me.

  • Simon M.
    Simon M. 1 year ago

    Inversions Layout Duration Headbanging

    Insane concept and incredibly well designed layout. Not the smoothest but I didn't really mind.

  • Theo Brigham
    Theo Brigham 1 year ago

    Inversions Layout Duration Discomfort

    Smiler does everything it attempts to do really well other than a bit of discomfort towards the end. The only way it could be improved would be to swap the second lift for a launch some how as it does kill the pacing a bit. It just lacks lots of airtime and good transitions so thats why I don't like it but its the ultimate inversion coaster in my opinion.

  • Elliot Taylor
    Elliot Taylor 1 year ago

    Inversions Pace Intensity Headbanging

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

  • Jason King
    Jason King 1 year ago

    Theming Inversions Duration

    The Smiler is batsh*t insane, and that’s why we love it.

  • Moogal
    Moogal 1 year ago

    Airtimes Theming Inversions Rattle Headbanging Harness

    A visually impressive ride, that's a lot of fun to ride. There's a hell of a lot of track squeezed in to a very small footprint, and the layout is well-paced. Depending on where you sit within the train it can be a rough ride, however. Inversion number 12 (near the shop) has always been badly profiled and tends to slam you uncomfortably into the restraints.

  • Nicky Borrill
    Nicky Borrill 1 year ago

    Airtimes Inversions Intensity Rattle Headbanging Discomfort

    I do enjoy Smiler, but I cannot rate it too highly because it is so rough sometimes. I am unable to ride it more than 3 or 4 times in a row.

  • Formula 1st
    Formula 1st 1 year ago

    Theming Inversions Intensity

    My first inverted coaster... front row. I don’t think it’s that rough or painful and the vertical lift hill is awesome. The theming is the best in the world

  • Dave Scott
    Dave Scott 1 year 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 year 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 1 year ago

    Inversions Intensity Duration Headbanging

    Stunning, poorly maintained in parts but...stunning

  • Lachlan S.
    Lachlan S. 2 years 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 2 years 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. 2 years 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.

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