Alton Towers’ new £16M attraction ready to open this spring

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Alton Towers have released new images of their latest attraction, Wicker Man, which is the first wooden roller coaster to be built in the UK in 21 years.

The pictures show a six-story structure, featuring an impressive human face on one side and ram’s head on the other, which bursts into flames as the train races through its chest.

Over 40,000 tonnes of soil has been excavated to build the new attraction, which has a track spanning 2,000ft made from naturally treated timber, hand-carved specifically for the project.

Alton Towers Resort has invested £16 million into the creation of Wicker Man which has been in development for the last four years.

Before boarding Wicker Man, riders will embark on a journey into the world of the ‘Beornen’, a secret community living in the woods around Alton.

Lured in by chanting, rhythmic sounds and unseen eyes watching them, guests will ‘be chosen’ to take part in the cinematic pre-show before the ride.

Francis Jackson, Operations Director at Alton Towers Resort, said: “Wicker Man is Alton Towers’ most ambitious project to date and we’re really excited to finally reveal our newest thrill attraction to the world.

“We’ve spent four years creating an experience that is truly spectacular by investing in the latest technologies which combine wood, fire and special effects to give riders the genuine feeling that they will be racing though flames.

“We can’t wait for everyone to experience Wicker Man when the park opens this Spring.”

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