I was watching an old john wardley presentation today and he says during his time on the smiler project he fielded 2 woodies to merlin one of which he said had a spooky theme so maybe this could be a result of that
Hopefully this is a revision of one of John Wardley's old designs. It would be a shame if after all those years of him trying to get a woodie at Alton Towers, they finally decide to and don't use one of his designs.
I think the map is a decoy to just tease us enthusiasts. I would find it very odd if it where in Gloomy Wood!
I think you are probably right, given how far away from Duel the coaster will actually be, and the fact that on the plans the entrance to the ride is in Mutiny Bay. Although there is an application that Towers submitted stating "to incorporate an amended path and additional landscaping in association with the approved SW8 ride", could it have changed so that the queue line will now start around where the haunted hollow is?