Spanning 57ft tall, The Wicker Man is the UK's first wooden roller coaster in 21 years. The old-school attraction has been four years in development and will finally open this Spring 2018 once all safety testing is completed.
Inspired by the cult of the burning wicker man sacrifice, the new ‘wood and fire’ attraction will see guests board race carts that will soar through the mysterious fiery structure.
"[The attraction] comes with a globally unique twist – bringing together wood and fire for the very first time,” said representatives at Alton Tower.
"A Wicker Man structure standing at 57.57ft 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 theme and scope of the new development had been quiet up until now, having been referred to as ‘Secret Weapon 8’ (SW8) during its construction.
Alton Towers’ Creative Lead, Bradley Wynne, said: "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."
The ride has been designed to be a multi-sensory experience which will draw visitors in, featuring a mysterious ‘shadowy group’ called The Beornen.
"The theme of the ride draws on common beliefs from many different cultures, and is also inspired by our surroundings here in the Staffordshire countryside, specifically the Beornen, a shadowy group living in the woods surrounding the theme park. They were first seen at the park in ‘The Welcoming’, one of our scare mazes during Scarefest 2017."
Photos of The Wicker Man are yet to be revealed, but until then the illustrator behind the Stranger Things’ imagery, Kyle Lambert, has been commissioned to create the artwork to promote the attraction.