Alton Towers has released new images of its upcoming Wicker Man ride – the first wooden rollercoaster to be built in the UK in 21 years. The pictures reveal the 57.7ft structure, featuring a human face and a towering ram’s head, both of which are engulfed in a blaze as the passenger train races through the middle.
In addition, it was revealed that 40,000 tonnes of soil were excavated to make way for the new ride, and that its 2,000ft track, made entirely from naturally treated timber, was hand-carved for the project over a span of four years. Alton Towers has invested £16million into the creation of the Wicker Man.
Prior to boarding, riders will make encounter the ‘Beornen’, a secret community hidden in the Alton woods, and follow chanting, rhythmic sounds. Guests will also ‘be chosen’ to take part in a cinematic pre-show before embarking on the ride itself, which consists of two trains, six carriages (holding 12 passengers each, 24 total).
“Wicker Man is Alton Towers’ most ambitious project to date and we’re really excited to finally reveal our newest thrill attraction to the world.” said Francis Jackson, operations director at the Alton Towers Resort. “We’ve spent four years creating an experience that is truly spectacular by investing in the latest technologies which combine wood, fire and special effects to give riders the genuine feeling that they will be racing though flames. We can’t wait for everyone to experience Wicker Man when the park opens this Spring.”
The Wicker Man will open to the public in the spring.