Alton Towers just unveiled a fire-themed wooden roller coaster, and it's certainly getting people heated up. Yes, the "Wicker Man" coaster, which claims to be a world first, fuses wood and fire. The six-storey-high ride will feature a 57.5-foot wicker man inspired by the classic 1973 horror film of the same name, famously remade in 2006 with Nicolas Cage. As thrill seekers race along a 2,000-foot wooden track three times, the wicker man will ignite.
Reactions to the ride have been mixed, with an emphasis on safety issues. The park ensures there is no need for concern. "We've really considered the safety of our guests when we've designed and built this ride," said Health & Safety Director Steve Woods, adding "much of what will appear to be real fire is actually an illusion created by special effects". Those on Twitter may need some more convincing however.
Alton Towers have revealed their new £16m Wicker Man roller coaster! It's a wooden roller coaster featuring a 6 storey fire structure. What could possibly go wrong?— Jennifer Mills (@jenrelyspeaking) January 8, 2018
Alton Towers: we should really reassure the public as much as possible that our rides are totally safe and nothing can go wrong....— Georgie (@georgiephilippa) January 8, 2018
BLAZING WICKER MAN WOODEN ROLLERCOASTER WITH MANY FLAMES pic.twitter.com/Vv43983X5h
I like the way that the people in the queue for Alton Towers’ Wicker Man ride all have a little dance & singsong while they wait pic.twitter.com/Xyj5gvbKqL— Tom Reagan’s Hat (@RufusTSuperfly) January 8, 2018
people say it’s unbelievable that they’d rebuild Jurassic Park so many times but Alton Towers is out here building a ride that “combines wood and fire” pic.twitter.com/lzUa17eXHk— Hannah (@HLThompson93) January 8, 2018
Is the new Alton Towers wooden roller coaster ride involving fire a good idea? Our survey says... pic.twitter.com/IiGmxQVxrt
— Scott (@Chicaned02) January 8, 2018
Alton Towers Designer 1: We need to make our rides safer but without compromising the thrill-factor.
Alton Towers Designer 2: How about a rollercoaster but with wood and fire?
Alton Towers Designer 1: Genius! #WickerMan
— Niecy O'Keeffe (@NiecyOKeeffe) January 8, 2018