Alton Towers ride launch delay

Alton Towers has confirmed that its new £18 million ride called The Smiler is still not working. It was due to open on Thursday 23 May. With 14 loops to the previous record of 10, it is the largest roller-coaster ever built.

World's largest rollercoaster opens in Staffordshire

The new rollercoaster is now open Credit: Fabio De Paola/PA Wire

Alton Towers' new record breaking rollercoaster has opened after several delays because of technical problems.

The 14 loop ride, which cost the theme park £18 million to build, was meant to open around a week ago.

With 14 loops to the previous record of 10, it is the largest roller-coaster ever built.

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Alton Towers' new rollercoaster still having problems

Two of the loops on 'The Smiler' which cost £18 million to build Credit: PA

Alton Towers' new record breaking rollercoaster has had its opening delayed again because of technical problems.

The 14 loop ride, which cost the theme park £18 million to build, was meant to open to the public yesterday.

However on the Staffordshire attraction's website, it says the ride is still not operational today, due to 'unforeseen teething problems'.

The launch of 'The Smiler' Credit: PA

People who have booked tickets to specifically ride the new rollercoaster are advised they can have their tickets revalidated for another date during the season.

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New 'Smiler' ride at Alton Towers has teething problems

The Smiler, due to be opened today Credit: PA

Alton Towers have revealed that their new ride, The Smiler, will not be open today, as anticipated.

Visitors who have already booked tickets for the park today have been told:

"Guests who have booked tickets for 23rd May to specifically ride The Smiler can have them revalidated for another visit during the season."

The theme park has not yet said when the ride will be due to open.

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Alton Towers' gearing up for 'world first' roller-coaster

The roller-coaster is reportedly the first of its kind in the world

Alton Towers' new roller-coaster, billed as the first of its kind in the world, will preview today, ahead of its opening on May 23.

'The Smiler' cost £18 million to build, has a drop of 30 metres and a maximum speed of 52 miles per hour.

The ride is the world's first 14 looping roller-coaster.

'The Smiler' cost £18 million to make

Rollercoaster enthusiasts create computer simulation of Alton Towers' new ride

Rollercoaster enthusiasts have created a computer simulation of Alton Towers' new ride 'The Smiler', which is due to be in operation from next month..

The video above was posted on YouTube in February and was computer-modeled using plans of the real coaster.

It shows the view from the point of view of the rider. 'The Smiler' has cost £18 million to build.

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