is linked to on the SW8/Welcoming site - what's up with the music? I can't tell if it's just music from the welcoming, or if it's the first glimpse we might be getting of the ride's soundtrack. Sounds... weird
Late reply as I've only just read this but the music they've used with this construction video seems to be a distorted sample of the music used for The Welcoming's queue line which I hope is a suggestion that we'll hear that as part of the experience- it's a gorgeous piece of music so it would be great to hear it there in the same way you get the Galactica music in that area which just makes the ride look even better (and construction-wise if they could have some great night lighting as with Galactica and Nemesis- Alton really need to get some permanent lighting in as both looked amazing on Halloween night- it could have significant wow factor on late opening nights and darker evenings. I can see them having an 'obvious connection' smoke effect as with Galactica's portal. Music used well in parks makes the construction elements even more powerful than they already are, for example it seems to bring out Air's (it's Air not Galactica!) rather lush lines and curves, the music actually adds an extra dimension to its architecture so you're sensing it not just seeing it. And the moments when the coaster passes by are quite something too- love how the Galactica music syncs up to the ride.
You can hear the music from The Welcoming here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUwgBAAs42Q
. There was also a 'rougher' sounding piece of music used on the TV screens around the ride and possibly some of the other teaser videos.
Back on the construction front it's good to start to get an idea of the two heads now. It seems the pirate show stand-ins were being used as a ram and wicker man after all (as in Alton recycles its whatever-the-skeleton-in-the-pirate-show was and its pirate skull).
One thing I've not seen any recent discussion on is that the plans show more than one 'theming envelope' - if this is the case (Alton may have changed their mind or been keeping their options open of course or these could be a bit of a red herring) then the man/ram is only one of a possible three so we still don't know anything of what the other one- possibly two- are, there was a suggestion in the plans of one being to do with the queue line, possibly over it, housing it or at the centre of it (Think of how Oblivion has things round the queue line, mostly buildings and one or two props), I did wonder about a rock structure with water (a water feature doesn't have to be a big thing or even plumbed in if it is self-contained) but these possible theming elements could be anything or nothing. They have walled it off quite significantly to hide something so it would be nice to have something that's been kept a surprise. I think there is a bit we haven't even seen a hint of in the construction yet.
Some people have commented on the odd shape of the figure, I think it's partly because of its functionality with the ride passing through it but also bear in mind that I think the wicker man is pushing up out of the crater in the ground with its arms thus emerging from the ground and so if you think along those lines the scale is right- it's implying it's partly below ground I think, as several people have alluded to this would fit the 'groundbreaking' tag line, I can imagine the finished structure looking rather awesome especially with the effects we are expecting. Add in some music and night lighting and it could be Alton's best themed ride of recent times on a par with Nemesis, it's their first wooden coaster so I think they've intentionally tried to match Nemesis' visual impact for that reason.