Designed by Great Coasters International, the £16 million Wicker Man is the long-discussed "SW8" project that Alton Towers started building in late 2016 with the demolition of The Flume. The centerpiece of the new coaster will be a 57-foot "Wicker Man" that will appear to burst into flames as coaster trains run through it.
The GCI coaster will be the first wooden coaster in the UK since CCI's Megafobia opened at Oakwood in 1996.
Wicker Man will run along 2,028 feet of track and the theme — for Americans unfamiliar with the history of Celtic paganism — is the large wicker effigy that ancient Druids would burn as a sacrifice. (In other words, it's Burning Man 1.0.) An Iron Maiden song and a 1973 cult British horror film also have featured the "Wicker Man" title.
In other UK coaster news, Blackpool Pleasure Beach announced that it has removed its wooden Wild Mouse coaster to clear space for future development.
Our statement on the Wild Mouse pic.twitter.com/eAGHxVc4ZN— Pleasure Beach (@Pleasure_Beach) January 8, 2018
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is opening a double-launch Mack Rides coaster named Icon this spring.
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I didn't ride the mouse at Blackpool, it didn't look like I was missing much.