Although there is a number of theme parks across the U.S announcing new rides and facilities, there is not a lot to report on in the amusement world across the globe this year. With the exception of a major new ride at Alton Towers in England and a relocated coaster at Six Flags in Mexico City, theme parks are unusually quiet this year. Keep reading to find out whant fun and thrills await you at Alton Towers below:
The Smiler – Alton Towers
Alton Towers, in Staffordshire, is one of England’s most popular theme parks, boasting some of the best coasters anywhere.
In May 2013 Alton Towers will be unleashing another adreniline pumping rollar coaster. The name given to Alton’s newest scare machine is The Smiler and it looks like it’s going to be a hit with the fans. The Smiler cost about 18 million to build and Alton Towers little have revealed very little about the ride, except that it will be the park’s longest ride taking about 165 seconds, its highest drop will be 98 feet and it will travel at speeds of up to 52 miles per hour. The Smiler will also feature a “world’s first element,” which has yet to be revealed.
Alton Towers have promoted the ride with a “distinctive” logo that has already started to appear in prominent locations around the UK. Alton Towers added a new attraction for its 2012 Scarefest called The Sanctuary, which park owners said would be a preview of the new coaster. “Alton Towers had designed this to look like a medical facility that has recently reopened after being closed for nearly 50 years. Visitors enter a ‘scare maze’ where they are confronted by sinister medical staff and residents.” In case the opening day slips for the new ride, the park has confirmed that it will bring back The Sanctuary for the start of the new season.
Stay tuned for details on The Smiler as they become available between now and its scheduled revealing in May 2013.