Opening in Spring 2018, Wicker Man is the culmination of years of development and constuction at the Staffordshire theme park, which is just 30 minutes drive from Stone.
It’s been 21 years since the last wooden rollercoaster was built in the UK and Wicker Man will feature a globally unique twist as wood and fire are brought together for the very first time!
A Wicker Man structure standing at 57.57ft (17.55m) tall – the height of a six-storey building – will dominate the very centre of Alton Towers Resort, appearing to burst into flames as the wooden track races three separate times through the structure.
The project, previously known as ‘SW8’*, is the latest in a series of mould-breaking ride launches from the Staffordshire theme park that have helped it at the forefront of the industry.
Such ambitious projects need a large team of experts to bring them to life and for Wicker Man this is led by Great Coasters International, the world’s leading creators of wooden rollercoasters.
The safety of riders, ride operators and specators has been paramount in the design and build of Wicker Man. The attraction incorporates the latest in proven safety technology, backed up with rigorous testing and hundreds of training hours for the ride operators.
Bradley Wynne, Creative Lead at Alton Towers Resort commented:
“We are delighted to finally be announcing Wicker Man as the latest ground-breaking thrill 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.
“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.”
Visitors to Alton Towers Resort in 2018 will embark on a multi-sensory rite of passage, in which they’ll be drawn into the mysterious world of The Beornen, a shadowy group living in the woods surrounding the theme park.
The first publicity pictures hinting at the nature of the forthcoming attraction include artwork created by globally-celebrated illustrator Kyle Lambert – known across the world as the artist behind the imagery for award-winning show Stranger Things, alongside other Hollywood movie work including Jurassic Park, Super 8 and Jumanji.
Andy Hine MBE, Chairman of the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain commented on the announcement saying:
“We’ve been hoping that Alton Towers would invest in a wooden coaster for a long time, and we’re so pleased it’s finally coming with Wicker Man. GCI are known for building really exciting, smooth coasters, and this will be a great complement to the ‘Big Six’ steel rides already at the park. It’s a big investment which is great for thrill-seekers everywhere, and I for one can’t wait to ride it.”
Also new for 2018, guests can purchase their Alton Towers 2018 Season Pass for just £55 by visiting altontowers.com meaning customers can pay for a day, and come back all year.
(Exclusions apply. Full terms and conditions can be found online.)