An Insane, Record-Breaking, 14-Loop Roller Coaster Is About To Open At Alton Towers

The Smiler looks utterly terrifying.

1. This is The Smiler. It opens to the public on May 23rd.

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2. It cost £18 million to build and boasts more loops - 14 - than any other ride in the world.

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3. It has drops of 98ft, and reaches speeds of up to 52mph.

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4. An Alton Towers spokesman said: “We want people to get off the ride and not know what is real.”

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Katherine Duckworth, who helped design the ride, said: “There are five different mind effects, which are all designed to mess with your head. You shoot towards giant syringes, spinning hypnotic wheels, and flashing lights, among other things.”

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Workmen take a break from working on The Smiler to recreate the famous “Lunch Atop A Skyscraper” photo of New York in the 1930s.

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The Smiler under construction.

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7. And here’s a preview video.

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Luke Lewis is the executive editor of BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
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