New for 2013: The Smiler

The Smiler at Alton TowersFollowing in a long line of Secret Weapon projects, including SW3 (Nemesis), SW4 (Oblivion), SW5 (Air) and SW6 (Thirteen), comes SW7 a new roller coaster at Alton Towers for 2013.

The ride has been built on the former Black Hole site within the X-Sector, it features a vertical lift hill and a new world first of 14 inversions within a very compact circuit, with more track per square metre than any other ride in the world.

The Smiler: Ride Plans, Stats & Facts, The Marmaliser, 14 Inversions

The new roller coaster has been manufactured by Gerstlauer, who are also responsible for SAW - The Ride at Thorpe Park. The ride reaches a maximum height of 22.15m (72.7 ft) twice. There are 13 inversions in the outdoor section of the ride and there is also an indoor section which contains 1 more. A key feature of the ride is a large spider-like structure with a height of up to 15m. ‘The Marmaliser’ as it is called, has 5 legs each with a distinct function to manipulate riders into smiling. The roller coaster itself has been intertwined with the structure, which interacts with the riders to enhance the thrill experience.

The Smiler at Alton Towers The Smiler at Alton Towers

The Smiler at Alton Towers The Smiler at Alton Towers

View the plans in full here

Stats & Facts
  • Ride Name: The Smiler
  • Project Name: SW7 (Secret Weapon 7)
  • Manufacturer: Gerstlauer
  • Height above ground: 22.15m / 72.7ft
  • Highest drop: 30m
  • Maximum speed: 85km/h / 53mph
  • Inversions: 14
  • Investment: £18m
  • Passengers per ride train: 16 (4 rows of 4)
  • Ride time: 165 seconds
  • Length of track: 1170m / 3840ft
The Marmaliser
  • The Inoculator - A jab of happiness as you pass by stage one of the Marmalisation process
  • The Tickler - Aims to tickle you until you cant resist smiling
  • The Flasher - A giant flashing device, blinding you as you hurtle underneath the leg
  • The Giggler - Infectious, intoxicating laughing gas
  • The Hypnotiser - Has the power to disorientate, mesmerize and disrupt your self-awareness
14 Inversions
  • Heartline Roll
  • Inverted Drop / Barrel Roll
  • Pretzel Loop (2 inversions)
  • Batwing (2 inversions)
  • Corkscrew
  • Inverted Drop / Barrel Roll
  • Sea Serpent Roll (2 inversions)
  • Cobra Roll (2 inversions)
  • Barrel Roll
  • Corkscrew / Barrel Roll