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Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:47 pm

Even though these are promotional images, I am confident we will still get a decent end result. I am still expecting a similar effect, perhaps without so much of the lingering fog, similar to that pictured in the second photo above, posted by Jack.
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:55 pm

Those pictures look amazing and I personally think it's gonna look even better in person with it towering over you as you enter the queue.
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:14 pm

WOW. That’s all I really have to say about the photos. Yes, they may have been edited to enhance the image but it doesn’t take anything away from how good the Wicker Man structure actually is. I’m really looking forward to seeing the whole thing finished and running, with all the effects working.

I know it’s been said already but it’s going to look even more incredible at Scarefest & Fireworks.
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:10 pm

Those images are quite pretty promotional images. Its a shame that it won't actually look like that with the whole fog thing, but I think it will still be quite an Instagramable ride.
 
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:23 pm

It's worth noting that Towers are currently running a survey on their website to see how well Wickerman has been promoted and to what we think of it so far. It could show that the teasers and promotions are kind of over, and we are in the final stretch to the opening. Obviously it could also be how the market it when the advert is released.
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:29 pm

We’ve uploaded the full resolution images to the SW8 minisite (scroll right to the bottom of the linked page), for anyone who may be interested.

It does appear that they’ve actually themed the ORP camera if you zoom in on this photo:

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Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:32 pm

Where? Can I have a clue? Or is it sarcasm?
 
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:38 pm

Apparently the fog machines and some of the lighting was added for the images, so we should expect less lighting and fog :)
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:45 pm

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Apparently the fog machines and some of the lighting was added for the images, so we should expect less lighting and fog :)


That’s quite normal for promotional images, remember the amount of lighting The Smiler had when those images were released?

I still believe that the Wicker Man will look brilliant, regardless of any external fog or lighting machines that have been used. Hopefully the fire effect will generate some smoke so it may not be too dissimilar, especially in the dark.
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:48 pm

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Where? Can I have a clue? Or is it sarcasm?

If you look at the ORP camera, It looks all rusty and out of date, Which is character development for The Beornen, Which shows that they are are a bit out of touch with modern society.

The detail is so subtle but I love it!

Also in that photo we can see that they have planted the trees around the ride, So once the trees start to grow it will feel like the ride is going through the woods! 

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Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:29 pm

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That’s quite normal for promotional images, remember the amount of lighting The Smiler had when those images were released


Yes I know, my point was just to say that on opening we shouldn’t expect the fog over the track etc, or so much lighting!
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:36 pm

Even without the fog, it'll still look amazing and that turn looks so smooth.
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:40 pm

I'd imagine that level of fog would make catching the on ride photos a bit difficult, as well as possible safety issues with the lack of visibility. During the day the lights and fog probably wouldn't be as effective as they are during dusk, so not having those effects isn't really much of a loss. :)
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:03 pm

They might have smoke at the points where you enter the structure like the smoke going into the hole on Oblivion.
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Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:36 am

So when are people expecting that the opening day will be announced?
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Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:44 am

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So when are people expecting that the opening day will be announced?


I would expect some time in the next week or so. If it is to open on opening day, they can’t leave it too much longer to announce it or they risk people not being able to arrange plans to visit.
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Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:02 pm

Alton Towers tweeted out this gif which shows the structure at day and night with effects on. As assumed there is no fog on the final effects, however I do like the bunting in the foreground of the shot.
And with the half term event almost over, the focus is starting to move back to Wickerman.
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Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:55 pm

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The GIF does look good. I still believe there will be an element of smoke though. I think until we can see all the effects working in real life, it is hard to tell what the overall appearance will be. One thing is for sure, we have a visually stunning coaster with what is hopefully a great storyline!
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Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:03 pm

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And with the half term event almost over, the focus is starting to move back to Wickerman.

Half term is only just beginning for most schools :P
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Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:56 pm

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I do like the bunting in the foreground of the shot.

Had a quick check to see what characters the two runes represent - it's W and M :P
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