Alton Towers begins teasing Secret Weapon 7

Posted Monday, October 15, 2012 9:56 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

SW7 - which actually stands for Secret Weapon 7 - until its real name is unveiled, organisers at Alton Towers have promised the new rollercoaster will be the first of its kind in the world - but have kept exact details under wraps. They have revealed that the £18 million ride is the Staffordshire resort's biggest ever investment.

Read more from The Standard.

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Monday, October 15, 2012 10:21 AM
sirloindude's avatar

18 million pounds? That's a hefty investment. Air was 12 million pounds and that was ten years ago. I don't know what inflation has amounted to over the years, but still, a ride that costs that much sounds promising in terms of scope based on past investments.


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Monday, October 15, 2012 4:59 PM
LostKause's avatar

Leaked plans of this ride are interesting, but not as totally different as anything else that has ever been built.

SPOILERS AHEAD! ... ... ... The major unique element is a tunnel in which the ride vehicle stops and the track heartlines around the inside of the tunnel, turning riders upside-down a few times. The rest of the ride races and duels with itself through inversions.

It looks pretty good from what I've seen.

Last edited by LostKause, Monday, October 15, 2012 9:35 PM
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Monday, October 15, 2012 8:54 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar

Someone fill me in on the other SW's? I know Nemesis, Oblivion, and Air are in there. Was Rita?


Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

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Monday, October 15, 2012 11:16 PM
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http://old.towerstimes.co.uk/history/articles/secretweapons.htm

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012 9:23 AM
ApolloAndy's avatar

Either my browser or your link is borked.


Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012 10:39 AM
Vater's avatar

Link works for me.

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Friday, January 18, 2013 9:32 AM
a_hoffman50's avatar

Here is a very interesting construction photo of this coaster... That looks really cool!

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Friday, January 18, 2013 10:15 AM
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LostKause said:

... The major unique element is a tunnel in which the ride vehicle stops and the track heartlines around the inside of the tunnel, turning riders upside-down a few times. The rest of the ride races and duels with itself through inversions.

Has this actually been confirmed? I know it's been speculated that this element is what will give the ride the record for inversions- If so, then it's not at all surprising that it's being built at Alton. Looking forward to seeing them bring the trusty old Merlin marketing campaign out for yet another spin.

Eurofighters look cool, but I've never been on one that I would wait more than 5 minutes for to ride again.

Last edited by Walk-Off HBP, Friday, January 18, 2013 10:17 AM

Never has gravity been so uplifting.

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Friday, January 18, 2013 10:58 AM

That picture A_Hoffman posted reminds me of the concept art for one of those coasters at that no-longer-happening-as-if-it-ever-was Orlando Thrill Park from awhile back.


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Friday, January 18, 2013 11:34 AM
LostKause's avatar

The rotating tunnel is purposely obstructed by the blue text box in the photo that Andy linked to. I'd be very surprised if that wasn't the secret that they are trying to hide.

Last edited by LostKause, Friday, January 18, 2013 11:35 AM
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Monday, January 21, 2013 12:26 PM
rollergator's avatar

The Smiler (nice name).

http://rcdb.com/11062.htm

http://www.the-smiler.com/the-ride/

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Monday, January 21, 2013 12:37 PM

Looks to be the ultimate, cartoonish, crazy, kind of coaster you drew on your 3rd grade notebook kind of loopy coaster. Someone wants the inversion record and doesn't want to let it go for a looong time!

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Monday, January 21, 2013 12:47 PM
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a_hoffman50 said:

Here is a very interesting construction photo of this coaster... That looks really cool!

Looks like the crazy stuff we were doing with RCT back in the CoasterBuzz games days that got poo-pooed by the 'purists' as too unrealistic.


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Monday, January 21, 2013 2:16 PM

Looks kinda like Jokers Jinx. Even RCDB doesn't have info on how many inversions.


"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013 4:46 AM
LostKause's avatar

Because the inversion count can be changed just by reprogramming the ride. ;)


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Tuesday, January 22, 2013 9:37 AM
ApolloAndy's avatar

Is it just a batwing/boomerang stuck inside a cobra roll?


Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013 12:49 PM
LostKause's avatar

It's more than that.

And the video that I linked to doesn't even show the secret rotating tunnel. It's going to be a pretty long ride. I love how it interacts with itself.

Last edited by LostKause, Tuesday, January 22, 2013 12:51 PM
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013 4:28 PM
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I wonder how much of the 18 million pounds was spent on marketing? I saw a picture of the smiley logo projected on the side of Big Ben!

Last edited by bjames, Tuesday, January 22, 2013 4:29 PM
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