Alton Towers To Open Wooden Rollercoaster That Runs Through Fire


Alton Towers is set to open the world’s first rollercoaster that runs through fire this year.

Costing £16 million, Wicker Man is the first ever rollercoaster to fuse together wood and fire and is the latest project from the theme park.

The UK’s first wooden rollercoaster to be built in 21 years, Wicker Man will see riders race through a six-storey high burning figure three times during the experience.

The highlight of the ride is of course this 57.57ft tall Wicker Man structure that dominates the centre of the resort and will appear to burst into flames as riders go through it.

Previously known by the code name SW8, a team of experts from across the world have come together to work on the project with the safety of guests being paramount in the design.

It is the second rollercoaster that has been built at the Staffordshire park since the Smiler crash in 2015 that saw 16 people be injured and two teenage girls requiring leg amputations.

In a statement provided to UNILAD, Bradley Wynne, Creative Lead at Alton Towers Resort, said:

We are delighted to finally be announcing Wicker Man as the latest ground-breaking thrill attraction from Alton Towers Resort for 2018.

Guests will be ‘chosen’ to take part in a celebratory ‘rite of passage’ as they race through the flaming Wicker Man.

We hope visitors will be blown away by Wicker Man’s breath-taking scale whilst the primal essence of the wooden coaster and astonishing effects will leave them delighted, exhilarated and eager to ride again.

Due to launch this spring, the ride is a result of four years worth of hard work led by Great Coasters International, the world’s leading creators of wooden rollercoasters.

Promising to be a ‘multi-sensory’ experience, riders will enter the world of The Beornen, a mysterious community that live in the woods that surround the park

It really does sound eerie!

Theme park enthusiasts are rather excited by the news having waited years for the UK to have a brand new traditional style wooden rollercoaster.

Andy Hine MBE, Chairman of the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain, commented on the announcement saying:

We’ve been hoping that Alton Towers would invest in a wooden coaster for a long time, and we’re so pleased it’s finally coming with Wicker Man.

Great Coasters International are known for building really exciting, smooth coasters, and this will be a great compliment to the ‘Big Six’ steel rides already at the park.

It’s a big investment which is great for thrill-seekers everywhere, and I for one can’t wait to ride it.

By the time the ride launches over 1,000 people would have worked on the project with the majority coming from the local area.

We can’t wait to try it out!

To find out more about Wicker Man, visit the Alton Towers website.