It’s now official. Alton Towers has announced that their project named Secret Weapon 8 will be Wicker Man, a new ride from GCI (Great Coasters International) and the first wooden coaster to be built in the UK in over 20 years as well as the first wooden coaster ever to appear at Alton Towers.

The ride will feature 2,028 feet of track with a drop of 46 feet and if that doesn’t sound exactly awe-inspiring, let it be said that this coaster has an interesting twist. (And indeed there are a number of twists in the track.) The centerpiece, Wicker Man, is an effigy which appears to burst into flame. According to Alton Towers, the train will travel through Wicker Man’s flaming chest three times. Wicker Man shares its name with a horror film starring Christopher Lee although Alton Towers reportedly denies that the name of the coaster was inspired by the film. Rather it is said to be inspired by a mythical group called the Beornen living in the woods of Staffordshire outside Alton Towers. Wicker Man is scheduled to open this spring.

Artist’s rendering by Kyle Lambert/PA, from Alton Towers website

What’s your take? Does this look like something you’d want to ride?

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Hi! I took up roller coasters late in life, 8 years ago at the age of 59 and am trying to make up for lost time. Most of my favorite coasters were made by Intamin and lately, Rocky Mountain Construction. I love Hersheypark not only because it's the sweetest place on earth but because the three major coasters are Intamins. In real life I work in the legal profession.

One Response

  1. Joel

    Thanks for sharing this news Bobbie, I wasn’t aware of this ride. I love Alton Towers’ ability to make headlines with their new rides by unconventional elements and themes. I have to think that the fire portion of this ride will use steel structures that might look like wood.

    I’m excited to see this strange ride come together.


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