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10 years on: Remembering The Smiler Construction at Alton Towers


The Smiler is a steel roller coaster located at Alton Towers. Manufactured by Gerstlauer, it opened in May 2013 as the world’s first 14 looping roller coaster. The Smiler is located in the X-Sector area of the park.

It beat the 10-loop Colossus at Thorpe Park and another 10-loop ride in China to become the rollercoaster with the most loops.

The Black Hole made way for the new Ride.

Alton Towers launched a website announcing a new ride codenamed Secret Weapon 7 for the 2013 season.

Diggers started work on the site for the ride Footers.

In January 2013, Alton Towers officially confirmed that the ride would be called The Smiler.

Marketing started at Alton Towers with the projection of the Smiler face on the Towers.

In February 2013 a free game app was released containing a full 3D recreation of the actual ride.

Work started on the Footers to make was for the ride supports.
Track started to arrive at the park.

The Smiler is the equivalent of 10 football pitches of ride track.

Supports started to be installed.
Track started to be installed over the Toilet block.

The rollercoaster was the biggest ever investment for a ride at Alton Towers, costing £18m to build, and celebrities were invited to open it back in 2013.

Work started on the Station area.
Work started to progress at a fast pace.

The frame took more than eight months to build and suffered delays because of poor weather during construction.

Work started on the Marmaliser.
Testing the screens on the Marmaliser structure.
Just a few more track pieces to go.
Testing Begins.

On May 31, 2013, The Smiler opened to the public, breaking the record for most inversions on a roller coaster.

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