We’ve been waiting for an official announcement since the first load of timber arrived at Alton Towers in May of 2017.  Now we have it.  The project dubbed SW8 (Secret Weapon 8) is Wicker Man, Alton Towers’ very first wooden coaster and in fact the first wooden coaster to be built in the UK since 1996.  While Wicker Man is also the title of a 1973 horror film starring Christopher Lee, there is reportedly no connection between the film and the coaster. The coaster is the creation of GCI (Great Coasters International) and features 2,028 feet of twisting track.  Although the maximum drop is only 46 feet – underwhelming to say the least – Wicker Man will feature a thrill element that compensates for the coaster’s small footprint.  The Wicker Man effigy, which stands six storeys high and serves as a centerpiece, will appear to burst into flame.  The coaster will race through this flaming structure three times during the course of the ride.  Sound interesting?  This will certainly change the face of Alton Towers Resort.

 The cost of the new attraction is £16,000.00 or close to $22,000.00.  Wicker man is scheduled to open in the spring of 2018.  Artist’s rendering by Kyle Lambert/PA, from the Alton Towers website.