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The Smiler features
Operating
United Kingdom
Gerstlauer
Steel
Sit Down
Gerstlauer Infinity Coaster
Chain lift hill
Lap bar
5/31/13
Reviews  192
  • Sam P.
    Sam P. 3 months ago

    Airtimes Inversions Pace Rattle

    The fact that The Smiler even exists at Alton Towers is a feat in itself, the way its been designed is just crazy and really impressive. Much the same can be said for the ride experience, as you'd expect from the inversion world record holder. Its definitely a bumpy ride, though not unbearable by any means, its very noticeable. The infamous bad transition exiting the cobra roll is the only properly rough bit. But that doesn't detract from how good this coaster is. The 2 corkscrew drops, the sea serpent roll and the batwing are brilliant every time, and when it duals the spectacle on and off ride is amazing. The showstopper though is the second airtime hill, after the sea serpent roll. Easily the best airtime at Towers, a proper ejector speed hill, something you really wouldn't expect on a 14-inversion coaster. A truly great ride, a design masterpiece, with a mental theme and a mental experience to boot

  • B&M Beenie
    B&M Beenie 3 months ago

    Inversions Fun Duration Headbanging

    One of the best. The inversions are thrilling and makes it feel like a frenzy throughout. Throughout the duration, It feels insane but it does get broken up with airtime hills and a lift hill to keep it sane. Some minor headbanging on some spots but overall a good ride.

  • Slovis Celery
    Slovis Celery 5 months ago

    Inversions Intensity Layout

    This is the perfect coaster for me. It's flawless. Every Valley has great positives minimum, and at their best, (eg Sea Serpent Roll or Batwing) it feels like you're dragged into hell. The Whip on the Dive loops, Double Barrel Roll, and first corkscrew drop is matched only by the most aggressive inverts, and the 2 moments of ejector airtime are placed perfectly in the layout, providing a masterful contrast between Intense positive and intense negative G Forces. The ride takes every element at full speed, leaving no bad elements, all blending into a chaotic mess of forces I can't not love.

  • Andrew E.
    Andrew E. 7 months ago

    Theming Inversions Pace Capacity

    Wow. That was my first impression of the ride. Smiler at Alton Towers might just be the best of the compact coasters out there. The theme of this ride is the creepiest of any ride by far, even scarier than Oblivion just across the path. The marmaliser is truly a sight to behold as one may wonder how the engineers integrated such a huge sculpture in the middle of an already compact coaster. Then the optical illusion section indoors was very fun to look at. However once you approach the station everything takes a much darker turn as you hear audio cues regarding a "correctional process." The theme even continues through the exit path, which is a demented dark funhouse meant to throw off your senses once and for all. It is something straight out of an psychological horror movie and would never fly here in America. Regarding the ride, I find it to be a love it or hate it with most people. Personally I love it. The fact that fourteen inversions were incorporated into the layout and yet the ride doesn't seem repetitive the way some other looping coasters do. There are even two small bunny hops which help to break up the inversions even further. I absolutely recommend riding this at least once.

  • Oscar Plummer
    Oscar Plummer 8 months ago

    Inversions Fun Duration

    This coaster is a non stop journey of fun and excitement. Even before the first lift hill there is an inversion.

  • Robert A.
    Robert A. 8 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 two pops of ejector airtime are great and the cobra roll isn't as rough as people say. The break between both halves allows for a quick breather for the less tolerant riders.

  • Semina S.
    Semina S. 10 months 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.

  • Greg Hudson
    Greg Hudson 1 year 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

    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

    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 1 year 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. 1 year 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

    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.

  • Halish R.
    Halish R. 1 year ago

    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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

    Theming Inversions Duration

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

  • Moogal
    Moogal 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 years 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 3 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. 3 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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