Alton Towers is set to launch a new £16m roller coaster that fuses wood and fire.
The Wicker Man is set on a wooden track and incorporates a six-storey high (17.55 metres) flaming wicker man. It is due to open in Spring this year.
The ride is the first wooden roller coaster to be built in the UK in 21 years and is thought to be the first in the world to blend wood and fire elements. The Staffordshire-based park has been working on the project for more than four years with Great Coasters International, a specialist in wooden roller coasters, leading development.
The track is 618 metres long and riders will travel through the burning wicker man three times during the ride. A press release announcing the attraction states that visitors “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”. Full Story: Blooloop