2018: Wicker Man - General Discussion - SPOILERS! - Part One

Discussion in 'Planning Portal' started by ThemeParkCrafter, 31st May 2016.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Brad97

    Brad97 TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    998
    Likes Received:
    1,595
    Location:
    Barnsley
    Favourite Ride:
    Montu
    That sounds really cool.
     
    TheAverageNerd likes this.
  2. Sam-Wise

    Sam-Wise TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    78
    Likes Received:
    84
    Favourite Ride:
    Taron/Shambhala
    This sounds exactly how the latest teaser looked... go back and watch it, after reading the spoiler...
     
    skyscraper likes this.
  3. AstroDan

    AstroDan TS Forum Team Team Member

    Messages:
    6,331
    Likes Received:
    8,965
    Location:
    Staffordshire
    Favourite Ride:
    Steel Vengeance, Cedar Point
    I am shocked some staff have shared photos and videos of the ride!

    Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
     
  4. WickerManiac

    WickerManiac TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    355
    Likes Received:
    870
    Favourite Ride:
    Colossus
    I think previewing it to their employees was asking for trouble.
     
  5. Plastic Person

    Plastic Person TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    1,310
    Likes Received:
    2,134
    This likely explains the appearance of a
    smaller Wicker Man body
    outside MMM's Northern studios at Alton. Sounds good! Although for the sake of some of these staff, I certainly hope there are still some seasonal positions available at Tesco in Uttoxeter...
     
    Alastair, NemeTime, Inferno and 7 others like this.
  6. WickerManiac

    WickerManiac TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    355
    Likes Received:
    870
    Favourite Ride:
    Colossus
    No - I was assured it was a white body - which was projected on! Like The Smiler's projection mapping which is white shapes which have a video projected on.

    I have asked sources about this and said object didn't feature anywhere in the ride! It can only be assumed it will be in the gift shop.
     
  7. Matt N

    Matt N TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    5,676
    Likes Received:
    4,444
    Location:
    Forest of Dean
    Favourite Ride:
    Mako (SeaWorld Orlando)
    From what we've seen, I'm going to make a bold 2-in-1 statement about this ride. I personally feel that as a themed experience, this is the best themed and most immersive roller coaster that Alton Towers, and probably the UK, has ever produced, both in the Tussauds era and the Merlin era. I'm not counting the John Broome era because none of the coasters built by John Broome were really themed as such. I know that many people will say to me "but how does this beat Nemesis' monster and landscaping, and Oblivion's queue line and bass soundtrack, and The Swarm's wreckage theming and fire effect?" My answer to that question is; think about it this way. Has any other roller coaster in Britain ever had this level of detail put into the finer nuances of the theming as Wicker Man has? Does any other roller coaster in Britain have effects as stunning as Wicker Man's, or a pre-show for that matter? In my personal opinion, the answer to both of those is no, but people are open to their own opinion. It doesn't matter if you think Wicker Man is the worst experience coaster ever created! It's your opinion!

    The other statement I am going to make is that I feel that this is one of the best, if not the best, themed wooden roller coaster on the planet. The only competitors I can think of to Wicker Man in terms of a heavily themed wooden roller coaster are Wodan at Europa Park, Apocalypse at SFMM, and to a slightly lesser extent, Joris at Efteling. OK, I should probably count Mystic Timbers at Kings Island too, but only due to the Shed. Other than that, I can't think of any wooden roller coasters with more than a very loose theme. Now I've said that, someone will probably mention an awesome themed woodie I've forgotten about :p. Now, I will admit that I am drawing all of this from photos and what people have said. I will not be making a proper, personal judgement of my own until I step off the ride and into the gift shop. Anyway, I will admit that Wodan and Apocalypse have better-looking queues than Wicker Man, so they immediately have a slight advantage, but I think it all depends on how the pre-show turns out. Also, it partly depends whether they put something in the maintenance shed a la Mystic Timbers. But from what we have seen, Wicker Man looks like one of the best themed wooden roller coasters on Earth to me, simply due to the effects, which look stunning, and the heavy reliance on story.

    Please bear in mind the phrase "roller coaster" in these sentences. Of course I'm not trying to suggest that Wicker Man is the best themed ride in the UK, as names such as Hex and Valhalla, amongst others, spring to mind as better themed rides in the UK alone.

    So, that's my 2 in 1 statement. Let me know if you agree with me, or if you think I'm completely bonkers! Overall, though, I'm just pumped for the 17th March, when the first public reviews flow in!
    P.S. Sorry for the long, controversial post.
     
    Last edited: 22nd Feb 2018
    jon81uk, QTXAdsy, Britford and 5 others like this.
  8. imanautie

    imanautie TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    3,486
    Likes Received:
    2,676
    Wouldn't violating a presumed NDA be a stackable offense?

    Sent from my Swift 2 X using Tapatalk
     
  9. Craig

    Craig TS Administrator Team Member

    Messages:
    1,731
    Likes Received:
    3,370
    I think we should be sticking to the topic of Wicker Man rather than the ins and outs of HR policies at Towers :)
     
  10. Matt N

    Matt N TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    5,676
    Likes Received:
    4,444
    Location:
    Forest of Dean
    Favourite Ride:
    Mako (SeaWorld Orlando)
    Stackable? Stacking staff sounds a bit weird... ;)
    P.S. Only joking!
     
    IanSR and skyscraper like this.
  11. imanautie

    imanautie TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    3,486
    Likes Received:
    2,676
    Damn you autocorrect! too late to edit my post now.

    Are they using fellow ride hosts for staff training?


    Sent from my Swift 2 X using Tapatalk
     
    skyscraper and Matt N like this.
  12. ThemeParkCrafter

    ThemeParkCrafter TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    378
    Likes Received:
    117
    Favourite Ride:
    Th13teen
    I've been one of the few people who has been genuinely excited for wicker man for all of the time since plans were released (I remember that night posting them as the first post for this forum in fact). For the record, I am more hyped about this coaster than Steel Vengeance. This coaster is going to be truly special and I think you have all under hyped yourself for it. The drop is going to be very unique, the theming will be excellent and most importantly the layout looks good for both on and off ride. I think we may have my number 1 coaster here (beating Shanbhala or Red Force)!
     
    Matt N and imanautie like this.
  13. imanautie

    imanautie TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    3,486
    Likes Received:
    2,676
    At least that way it's going to amaze people more.
    I honestly can't wait!

    Sent from my Swift 2 X using Tapatalk
     
  14. ThemeParkCrafter

    ThemeParkCrafter TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    378
    Likes Received:
    117
    Favourite Ride:
    Th13teen
    If this coaster is a success, I can very easily see a RMC coming to both Alton Towers and Thorpe Park in the future. This coaster, bearing in mind it is in the intersection of 3 contrasting themes, will fit very well into this end of the park. I think this is going to be the Tussaud's Nemesis for the Merlin era.
     
    Brad97, JB1985 and imanautie like this.
  15. imanautie

    imanautie TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    3,486
    Likes Received:
    2,676
    It does seem like merlin are trying to do well for once. Who knows

    Sent from my Swift 2 X using Tapatalk
     
  16. Brad97

    Brad97 TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    998
    Likes Received:
    1,595
    Location:
    Barnsley
    Favourite Ride:
    Montu
    Let's not get ahead of ourselves now...

    I do think this will be the best themed coaster in the UK though.
     
    Last edited: 22nd Feb 2018
    AstroDan and skyscraper like this.
  17. skyscraper

    skyscraper TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    3,894
    Likes Received:
    2,651
    Location:
    Sheffield
    Favourite Ride:
    Nemesis
    You have John Wardley to thank for that! ;)
     
  18. JB1985

    JB1985 TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    945
    Likes Received:
    653
    Location:
    Midlands
    Favourite Ride:
    Oblivion
    From what I gather it will be the only bit of decent airtime

    It looks ace though and if the preshow is as good as it sounds then this is going to be ace
     
    jon81uk, skyscraper, ringo and 2 others like this.
  19. Harv

    Harv TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    1,028
    Likes Received:
    163
    Location:
    Scarborough
    Bit of an odd question but does anyone know how loud WM is?

    I think it'll really add to the queue/ride experience if it roars around the track. Some woodies can be surprisingly quiet though, so I'm not expecting anything as noisy as Nemesis.
     
  20. RicketyCricket

    RicketyCricket TowersStreet Member

    Messages:
    1,139
    Likes Received:
    2,421
    Favourite Ride:
    Taron
    Must. Not. Click. Spoiler
     
    jon81uk, skyscraper, Matt N and 5 others like this.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page