POV Monday – The Smiler at Alton Towers

The Smiler at Alton Towers opened in 2013 boasting the most loops of any roller coaster on the planet, with an insane 14 inversions. Video Highlights While I’m not sure how much I’d enjoy being flipped upside-down 14 times, I think that the head-chopper moments look like fun. At a few moments during the ride, it looks like you come within feet of that large marmaliser structure. For mo...[Read More]

The Roller Coasters with the Most Loops

This edition of Superlative Sundays lists the loopiest roller coasters in the World. The Roller Coasters with the Most Loops (Inversions) World Roller coasters that are under construction are marked with an asterisk (*). A Roller Coaster Record the U.S. Parks Don’t Hold If my research was correct then the American parks’ roller coasters top out at 7 loops. B&M have given us great ...[Read More]

TPS Report – The Smiler Accident, The Bat, & More News

Theme Park News Update – Late October/Early November I’ve been away from the blog for quite some time. So, I thought that I’d share some of the biggest news stories of the past couple of weeks. In a good old TPS Report (TPS = Theme Park Syndicate), here’s what’s been happening in the theme park world: Accident on The Smiler: Riders Hit By Debris (Guide Wheels) In what...[Read More]

Reviews of The Smiler: Roller Coaster with Most Loops

The Smiler at Alton Towers: The Roller Coaster with the Most Loops Reviews for Alton Towers world-record setting roller coaster, The Smiler have been largely positive. The ride boasts the most inversions (loops) of any coaster in the World at an insane 14! Reviews of Alton Towers’ The Smiler Here are some reviews of The Smiler that I’ve compiled: A visual spectacle, the ride experience...[Read More]

What's Your Most Wanted Theme Park?

Which Theme Park Do You Want to Visit the Most? Is there a theme park that you’ve been wanting to visit for years, but still haven’t made it to? For me, there are a pair of European parks that I’ve been eyeing for quite some time. In Top 3 Most Wanted European Theme Parks, I chose Germany’s Europa Park as my #1 most wanted Euro park, but that was before I knew about Alton T...[Read More]

The Smiler's Coming Alton Towers

Alton Towers is at it again. The UK park based in Staffordshire, England is about to unleash another “secret weapon” on Brits with The Smiler. While the park’s last ride, Thirteen had a supernatural theme, this time they’re billing The Smiler as the world’s most terrifying roller coaster thanks to its psychological elements. The first of which will be a pre-lift hill ...[Read More]

Alton Towers Could Be Going for Inversion Record with SW7

Alton Towers has been busy teasing their “world beating” 2013 roller coaster with a teaser site. For now, it’s being referred to as SW7. It’s thought to be a Gerstlauer roller coaster and it could be similar to SAW – The Ride at Thorpe Park or Takabisha at Fuji-Q Highland. Unlike some of the more compact Gerstlauer’s here in the States (Dare Devil Dive, Mystery ...[Read More]

Nemesis @ Alton Towers | Coaster Reviews

Nick is the founder and lead editor of Theme Park Tourist, a website which covers the latest news, reviews and money-saving tips for theme parks around the world. The site includes an extensive database of special offers and discounts for popular parks, as well as a “New Attraction Watch” which keeps track of the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for upcoming rides and shows. You can foll...[Read More]

Top 10 New Roller Coasters for 2010 Part 2

This the conclusion of my annual New Roller Coasters List. In case you missed it, here’s Part 1. This year was tougher than usual as there weren’t many new coasters opening in the States. Also, there were a few attractions with very little information for me to go on. Here are my top five picks for 2010. Thirteen | Alton Towers – Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom Alton Towers̵...[Read More]

Videos Reveal Thirteen’s Secret Weapon

Thirteen’s Secret Weapon Revealed! You might not want to read this post if you’re planning on visiting Alton Towers and you want to be completely surprised by Thirteen. British news shows GMTV and ITV were on location to film the first footage of Thirteen, Alton Towers highly anticipated new roller coaster. The park boasted that the ride was going to have a one-of-a-kind, World’s...[Read More]

Thirteen’s Creepy Blipvert TV Ads

Alton Towers has the hype machine going at full speed as the opening for their much anticipated new roller coaster draws near. Not much is known about Thirteen other than that it’s supposed to be so scary that there will be a controversial age limit. There was also talk of a limit to the times per day one could ride, but I would have to imagine that both of these restrictions will be lifted....[Read More]

Thirteen Announced as Alton Towers’ 2010 Psychoaster

Thirteen To Scare The Pants Off Of Unsuspecting Brits in 2010 UPDATE – 3/17 New videos reveal Thirteen’s theme, one-of-a-kind element, and some POV video footage. British news shows GMTV and ITV were on location to film the first footage of Thirteen, Alton Towers highly anticipated new roller coaster. Read the full post and watch the videos, but only if you don’t mind seeing the ...[Read More]

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