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

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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.