This New Wooden Roller Coaster Will Burst Into Flames As You Ride It
A theme park in the U.K. is getting closer to opening a wooden roller coaster that erupts in flames.
Alton Towers in Staffordshire, England released drone footage of its upcoming ride, The Wicker Man, earlier this week. It is the first wooden roller coaster to be built in the UK in more than 20 years and the first that will incorporate fire. The park is calling it the “most immersive roller coaster experience to date.”
When guests show up at the ride, they first encounter a pre-show about the Beomen, “a secret community living in the woods around Alton,” according to the theme park. Once on the ride, the trains will take passengers through a 2,000-foot labyrinth of timber surrounded by “burning embers.” The grand finale will be the moment the train passes through the six-story effigy of the Wicker Man and it alights in flames.
The ride cost an estimated $22 million (£16 million) and nearly four years to create.
The new ride is part of Alton Towers’ initiative to bring back visitors. Attendance at the theme park dropped 25 percent in 2015 after two roller coaster cars collided and five people were seriously injured.
The Wicker Man is expected to open in spring.