Do you dare to ride The Wicker Man?
Alton Towers has released details of a new ‘world-first’ rollercoaster that will combine wood and fire.
The Staffordshire theme park has unveiled ‘The Wicker Man’, a £16m attraction that is the first wooden rollercoaster to be built in the UK for 21 years and the first ever to combine wood and fire.
A 58ft wicker man will form the centrepiece of the attraction, with riders facing off against it on three occasions as they race across a 2,028 ft wooden track.
Alton Towers also promises that riders will “embark on a multi-sensory rite of passage”, which will see them lured into the mysterious world of The Beornen, a “shadowy group” who live in the woods, before entering The Wicker Man.
The rollercoaster takes inspiration from the iconic 1973 horror film starring Christopher Lee, and has been described as “breath-taking”.
“We are delighted to finally be announcing Wicker Man as the latest ground-breaking thrill attraction from Alton Towers Resort for 2018”, said Alton Towers’ creative lead Bradley Wynne.
“Guests will be ‘chosen’ to take part in a celebratory ‘rite of passage’ as they race through the flaming Wicker Man.
“We hope visitors will be blown away by Wicker Man’s breath-taking scale whilst the primal essence of the wooden coaster and astonishing effects will leave them delighted, exhilarated and eager to ride again.”
Andy Hine MBE, Chairman of the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain, added: “It’s a big investment which is great for thrill-seekers everywhere, and I for one can’t wait to ride it.”