Alton Towers Combines Wood and Fire for Wicker Man Rollercoaster

By Gary Cutlack on at

Alton Towers has licensed a film to make a ride out of. There's nothing too unusual about this, until you learn what film they're using. It's not Batman. It's not Spider-Man. It's the Wicker Man. There's going to be a Wicker Man rollercoaster, complete with massive burning effigy.

To make this sound even more bonkers a proposition, Alton Towers says it's building the ride out of wood, combining the Holy Trinity of personal injury — wood, fire and rides — into one genuinely terrifying proposition. The 58-foot tall wicker man effigy will appear to burn as passengers fly past it on the new £16m ride, with the first passengers due to be ferried around this spring.

Bradley Wynne from Alton Towers said: "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." [Alton Towers [PDF] via Sky News]