While it's looks to be more of a original take, it's probably more akin to the 1973 original with Christopher Lee.Wait, LIKE THE MOVIE!?!?
Hypothetical, what if they try to replicate a fire effect that engulfs the entire Wicker Man structure, only without using actual fire?As for the coaster, it'll probably be fun and all, but I think the "Worlds First" is the World's First claim of a World's First that's not even a World's First. Considering both Terminator: Salvation/Apocalypse at Magic Mountain and Wodan at Europa Park both say hi when it comes to fire effects being used on a wooden coaster.
They're not replicating fire, they're using actual fire for this. Take a look at the picture below at the lower right.Hypothetical, what if they try to replicate a fire effect that engulfs the entire Wicker Man structure, only without using actual fire?
Now I may not know if that's possible, but that actually could make sense IMO on what they could be desiring to accomplish for Wicker Man.
Notice the 6 fenced off gas tanks? Those weren't normally there before, so they're using real fire for the Wicker Man. I also recall reading (either on Towers Times or Towers Street) someone who saw blueprints which showed the several points where the fire will be emitting off the Wicker Man. (Mostly off it's shoulders)
The fog (in the large extent shown here) is just for shooting promotional material and will not be present on opening day :PI hope this is a solid GCI with the effort put into the theming. I hope they keep the effects going full bore over time and not cut back. I've seen so many rides that opened with fog effects to lose it later on.
It is an amazing park, that has had some questionable operational decisions made by Merlin, but nevertheless the coaster lineup is one of the best in Europe.Alton Towers is an amazing park, and I hope to visit someday
This ride is making me jealous haha
I would disagree with that, it's actually a very solid GCI and is an extremely fun coaster. The second drop in particular is a highlight. As with most GCIs, riding it in the afternoon once it has warmed up makes for a faster ride. Of course though, what makes this ride stand out is the incredible theming both on the exterior and interior.My friend was there this morning and it seemed it was cooler to look at than to ride.