The Wicker Man
Open in Spring 2018 The Wicker Man is the first wooden roller coaster to be constructed in the UK for over 21 years.
The Wicker Man rollercoaster shares its name with the 1973 classic film, starring Edward Woodward.
The new wooden coaster will be the world’s first to fuse wood and fire together, in the style of a flaming wicker man who stands six-stories high. The track will race through the structure three times which will appear to burst into flames as riders pass through.
Alton Towers said: “We are delighted to finally be announcing Wicker Man as the latest ground-breaking attraction from Alton Towers Resort for 2018. Guests will be ‘chosen’ to take part in a celebratory ‘rite of passage’ as they race through the flaming Wicker Man.
Alton Towers Resort has invested £16 million into the development of the new ride, which has been in development for more than four years. By the time the ride opens, more than 1,000 people will have been involved in its creation, which many coming from the local area.
Every ride will house two trains, each made up of six wooden carriages carrying 12 passengers. It took Merlin Entertainment, which owns the theme park in Staffordshire, more than four years to complete the ride.
Before boarding Wicker Man, riders will embark on a journey into the world of the Beornen, ‘a secret community living in the woods around Alton’, the theme park says.
Lured in by chanting, rhythmic sounds and unseen eyes watching them, guests will ‘be chosen’ to take part in the cinematic ‘pre-show’ before braving the ride itself.
“Whispers around the village say that the group are angered by people abusing the world’s natural resources and the rapid advance of technology.
“Every year the secluded group hosts a festival to celebrate their own interpretation of Halloween paying homage to the earth celebrating the crossover between the living world and the dead. The group have recently infiltrated the Alton Towers Resort and for the first time are allowing outsiders to celebrate with them.
“But what part will you – the outsiders – play in this ritual? You’ve been chosen, and are about to find out.”