From the dimly lit loading station the train makes two 180-degree turns, one right and one left, before reaching the lift hill. The turns are sharp enough and quick enough to give the ride early momentum. After ascending the lift hill the train picks up additional momentum, careening left into a smoke-filled tunnel before dropping 72 feet. It continues on a sinuous course with two additional tunnels and a couple of good airtime hills, passing through the flaming Wicker Man effigy a total of three times. The fire and smoke effects are impressive. Riders are sprayed with mist while flying through Wicker Man’s center and also while coming off a curve, going uphill. I would imagine that Wicker Man at night is quite a spectacle, which I didn’t have an opportunity to observe because in late May, when I rode it, Alton Towers is not open at night. Even in daylight, however, it’s visually striking. And sooo smooth! I couldn’t help comparing it with another GCI woodie of recent vintage, Mystic Timbers, which I found to be a bit rough in spots. This is not the case with Wicker Man. It’s easily re-rideable, so much so that I could have ridden it all day. The ride concludes with a return to the station in darkness, with flames shooting out on both sides of the train.