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by Phild94
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6779
Views: 1273103

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Adam W wrote:
We have a new video!  :)



With on-ride POV footage 18 seconds in!
by Phild94
Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6779
Views: 1273103

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

It seems like anybody can become a "journalist" these days... https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/09/alton-towers-the-wicker-man-rollercoaster I want to cry... how stupid does one have to be to write something so bad as this?? It’s just a disgraceful bit of journalism where...
by Phild94
Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 295781

Re: Wicker Man Construction Discussion

According to the planning there will be wild meadow planting and trees going in (albeit <2m tall). When mature it should look great, but that’s a long way off and assuming it isn’t neglected by Merlin. I think this is one of the rare occurrences where a little neglect wouldn’t be a bad thing! Some ...
by Phild94
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Project 42 (Nemesis Sub-Terra)
Replies: 354
Views: 97487

Re: The Future of Nemesis Sub-Terra

After such a long closure it would be possible that they reopen as an abandoned Phalanx base, that way they could get away with effect scares in the final maze section.

Also they wouldn't even have to dust it!
by Phild94
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 295781

Re: Wicker Man Construction Discussion

I just realised that Nickelodeon Streak actually has a longer track length than this ride :O Nick Streak feels really short so I hope that whatever is in that maintenance shed prolongs what is going to be a very short ride experience. Wickerman is only going to be about 100m shorter than nemesis......
by Phild94
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 295781

Re: Wicker Man Construction Discussion

I was hoping that the firsts turn out of the station was going two end up enclosed, looks like we won’t be getting much of a ‘pre-show’ otherwise unless a train is held in the room for a while
by Phild94
Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6779
Views: 1273103

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

To change topic slightly, has it been confirmed that we will get on and off the ride in the main station?

Would be a nice effect to get off the ride in what we believe is the maintenance shed so that the “Chosen” have been sacrificed and ‘don’t return’. A little like Duel
by Phild94
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6779
Views: 1273103

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Is the location of the camera, for the on-ride photo, on the plans?  Would be great having the on-ride photo aimed at the centre on the wicker mans chest but I'm guessing whatever fire effects they have in place will obscure the view.  Glad to hear John Wardley was on hand, making adjustments. I’d ...
by Phild94
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6779
Views: 1273103

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

Looks like the sound tunnels are very nearly complete in this video!

Says it’s been shot by a light aircraft so I presume it’s ok to drop it here!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qXmPdyLsg ... e=youtu.be
by Phild94
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6779
Views: 1273103

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

John Wardley is thrilled that the park is finally getting a wooden coaster, and he also had input into the layout! http://riderater.co.uk/6760/alton-towers-john-wardley-thrilled-with-wood-ride/ I just read this and was surprised to read that he adjusted the first drop whilst the ride was being buil...
by Phild94
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6779
Views: 1273103

Re: Wicker Man General Discussion

So the huge announcement is that the ‘worlds first’ isn’t a worlds first..... Unless of course every train will be screeching down the tracks engulfed in flames... now that would be an experience! Somewhat disappointing, but I won’t complain as this ride still looks like a great experience, and a gr...
by Phild94
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 295781

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

I actually really hope they put in a few Easter eggs from the old flume, nothing too large, but maybe like a tap being retaken by the woods. Or the inner flume duck with smoke/fire effects as if they’ve burnt it down!
by Phild94
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6779
Views: 1273103

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

I don’t believe there are any foundations completed for TE1 so it would be unlikely that they were build the entire ride up around this area to dig back down.
by Phild94
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6779
Views: 1273103

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

Back to the seating positions, from looking at the Wickerman structure they could utilise back to back seating, maybe side on to the track, that might be a worlds first. To paraphrase oblivion “Worlds First Side First”........ a terrible suggestion I don’t want to happen but I don’t believe they wou...
by Phild94
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6779
Views: 1273103

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

I think the fact that up until this point there has been no mention of there being a "world first" is pretty indicative of its relative insignificance. Therefore, I can't imagine it will be a "world first" in relation to the actual ride system/hardware, but perhaps something mor...
by Phild94
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6779
Views: 1273103

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

They may not necessarily tell the truth about the trains, especially as we haven’t seen these yet. But I doubt it, they may not be aware that Colossus did this as a short period of time Then again, it doesn't really matter if another park has already done it, it could still be the world's first woo...
by Phild94
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6779
Views: 1273103

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

They may not necessarily tell the truth about the trains, especially as we haven’t seen these yet.

But I doubt it, they may not be aware that Colossus did this as a short period of time
by Phild94
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Wicker Man - General Discussion
Replies: 6779
Views: 1273103

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

Worlds first backwards woodie? Has this ever been done? EDIT: Found one called “Switchback” opened in 2015, however this goes both forwards and backwards If it were this it could fit well with the theme I’ve suggested before (reversing time digital to analogue etc) DOUBLE EDIT: With all the speculat...
by Phild94
Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 295781

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

From the (legal) pictures we've seen, People have said something about a Ram head behind he main head, Of course I see the horns but I can't see a face, Is that just me or does anyone else not see it? The humanoid face on the rear is a lot flatter than the rams as would be expected, if you’ve seen ...
by Phild94
Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Wicker Man
Topic: Wicker Man Construction Discussion
Replies: 1289
Views: 295781

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Just seems strange as there looks to be over 60 pieces of track, even assuming they’re double layered there’s still about 120m of track there (at 4m a length)
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