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 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.