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Re: Wicker Man - General Discussion

Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:43 pm

Can't believe it's been on 2 trains all weekend... That really annoyed me
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Re: Wicker Man - General Discussion

Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:47 pm

What was up with the last train?
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Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:53 pm

Nickolai wrote:
What was up with the last train?


I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s still in winter strip-down.
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Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:59 pm

Apparently it was still stripped down during the John Lewis event. Why can't they get their rides ready on time?
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Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:06 pm

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Apparently it was still stripped down during the John Lewis event. Why can't they get their rides ready on time?


A lack of resources in the tech services department?

Would also explain why the Rapids are still closed and Enterprise is still in pieces.
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Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:26 pm

If I'm entirely honest, I don't think it needs all three trains in operation. The queue was around the same length with two on Saturday evening, and even then it stacked a little. Maybe it can run more efficiently with three, but with the current offload procedures and restraint faff, I can't see it happening.
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Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:34 am

Is there any confirmation if the fire rising out from both shoulders is working? I'm planning to go next Wednesday specifically for Wicker Man. I want the full experience so if the fire isn't on both or one then I'll wait for another month
 
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Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:20 am

It was coming out of one last Sunday, but I'm unsure if this has been resolved. To be honest, there is no guarantee that the flames will be working on any day, therefore I'd stick to your planned trip (just check the park is open).
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Sun Mar 31, 2019 3:40 am

Justin wrote:
It was coming out of one last Sunday, but I'm unsure if this has been resolved. To be honest, there is no guarantee that the flames will be working on any day, therefore I'd stick to your planned trip (just check the park is open).


I'd rather wait until they're both working if I'm honest. It's a shame it's so unpredictable
 
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Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:28 am

The flames don't even make much of a difference anyway, when on the ride you barely see them anyway (unless you ride it in the dark) so I wouldn't go planning a trip purely based on the flames.
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Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:45 am

I'd have to agree!

I'm a big fan of Wicker Man, but I'd ride it whatever! Flames or no flames! :)
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Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:18 pm

The only time to really experience Wicker man fire effects and that is in the dark  :)
 
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Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:23 pm

The flames weren't firing today. I can at least confirm that.

As for the third train, it's still in the tech workshop behind duel for the time being. The Rapids were late opened because Tech Services only handed the ride over to the Rides team a day before the season began, and as for Enterprise? No idea what's going on there. It was about 3/4 of a wheel sitting there from what I saw from Oblivion today.
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Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:12 pm

I wonder what made engineering works overrun?
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Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:09 am

Cups of tea most likely
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Re: Wicker Man - General Discussion

Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:33 am

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I wonder what made engineering works overrun?

I suppose all it needs is for a part to be found faulty at the last minute which has to be ordered from the States, needs to be specially made to order or out of stock at a supplier or something.
 
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Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:40 pm

And possibly cuts? Chessington don't have everything open yet either...
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Re: Wicker Man - General Discussion

Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:16 pm

I have to admit, Wicker Man really is the fastest ride that I've experienced a decline in opinion on ever. Since going on it multiple times over the past few weeks, I've realised that it just doesn't seem to impress me anywhere near as much as it did initially, and I think I'm starting to gather why. So I'm going to do a re-review of sorts, a year later...

Now, I'm fully aware that the theming structure is impressive, however I've always personally found this is mainly due to the size of it rather than the execution - which in my opinion has never been the best, with the way the TV screens are implemented being one of the major flaws. Now on my first ride of the year the flames were in-fact working as advertised however since then, as documented on here, they haven't been and whilst for some this may not be a big deal, I consider this to be a major part of the ride and the main selling point initially. Not to mention for me personally the flames bursting up as you're hurtling toward the middle keyhole section of the structure really add to the thrill of that section! Thankfully that's hopefully a temporary thing, although for such a major element to be breaking so often it does concern me. To me, it is not ok and it is somewhat disappointing. Whilst other attractions have had similar issues with effects (and were arguably much more criticised for it), The Swarm for example, these effects were never pushed as a USP in marketing like with Wicker Man so I really hope this isn't a recurring theme which leads to the eventual removal of the effect once there's little marketing referencing it. Just another note that I had on theming, when going on the ride initially with someone who hadn't been on before on opening weekend, even they commentated on some of the torches in the baggage holding area were not noticeable or not working at all already - but hey, at least it wasn't the projection room 2.0!

Then in terms of the coaster itself, I think if you really look at the coaster for what it is it's nothing overly special. Sure its fun and don't get me wrong, I STILL THOROUGHLY ENJOY THIS RIDE however this time around I didn't have that wave of excitement on the brake run, I didn't have that feeling of "I HAVE to get back in line", nor would I have ventured to it first if it wasn't the closest coaster to the main entrance. I think having experienced attractions that are, in my opinion, far superior to this has just made me realise that whilst this thing is great fun it's not incredible, nor is it the best coaster in the UK in my opinion. I think that's ok though, I don't think that was ever Alton Towers's goal with the project, it didn't need to be. Oh... and when will they sort out the batching?! :lol every time I visited it was a mess but I won't judge it on that front!

I think my only other gripe is that the merch isn't all that great, and what is great is £50+, a far cry from what we saw with Ghost Train and The Smiler. Although that is a heavily opinion based critique and based on my taste in merch (besides the original hoodie, that just felt somewhat cheap to me) so I don't necessarily factor it into my overall feeling toward the ride. Merch can change after all, and I have to be honest they have improved it this year, although I still won't buy anything from the ride.

So to conclude... I like Wicker Man, heck I love the thing, but it's gotten somewhat watered down. I think between the layout not being, let's be honest, the best it could be and the theming not being quite as expansive as I would like (I have never got the argument that it's the most themed coaster in the UK) and the effect issues it's been plagued with it just doesn't give me such a wow factor as a fair few other attractions in the UK. It's bound to happen with all rides over the years, but with this it just happened a whole lot sooner for me! To clarify again, this is just my opinion and so if others love it, awesome, however much like I'm unlikely to change your mind it's unlikely mine will change either.

Whilst this review seems somewhat negative I just think it's because everyone has already said the positives. Do you really need me to tell you how awesome the twisted double down is or the way it flicks you through the structure's chest is AGAIN? I doubt it. So, to me it's what Towers needed and its a solid ride, just not absolutely fantastic like I initially considered it to be! :)
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Re: Wicker Man - General Discussion

Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:57 pm

Yes, completely in agreement with that.

For me, I rode Mystic Timbers which really does make the most of the ride system, and frankly squashes Wicker Man.

We have a fun, solid, reliable, 'fun' attraction, but there are better examples out there, and not just because they are taller.

Much rather have it than a silly gimmicky ride that's for sure.
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Re: Wicker Man - General Discussion

Mon May 27, 2019 11:33 pm

I went on the ride for the first time in just over a year today and I enjoyed it far more this time than my first ride last season. I don't know if it was because it was rather wet or if it's bedded in over the year but it seemed faster and more exciting today. Everyone else there seemed to be really enjoying it too.

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