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Why Is Wicker Man Rollercoaster At Alton Towers Closed?

Why Is Wicker Man Rollercoaster At Alton Towers Closed?

A fire-themed rollercoaster at Alton Towers has unexpectedly closed, with engineers rushing in to fix the problem. The Wicker Man only opened in March last year and is one of the most popular rides in the North Staffordshire theme park. Staff have confirmed that they are working to open it again 'as soon as possible'.

The Wicker Man Rollercoaster At Alton Towers Opened in September 2018. Credit: Alton Towers
The Wicker Man Rollercoaster At Alton Towers Opened in September 2018. Credit: Alton Towers

A spokesperson for Alton Towers Resort said: "Wicker Man is undergoing maintenance and is currently unavailable.

"We are working to open it as soon as possible.

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"We apologise to our guests for any inconvenience caused."

The Wicker Man cost a jaw-dropping £16 million and fuses wood and fire to create a stunning set piece where the iconic Corkscrew used to sit. The ride itself uses video to tell a spooky story before shuttling thrill seekers at 44 mph through drops - including a double dip - two tunnels and three passes through the gigantic Wicker Man himself which bursts into flames.

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Alton Towers Wicker Man ride closed until further notice. Credit: Alton Towers
Alton Towers Wicker Man ride closed until further notice. Credit: Alton Towers

The ride itself has been positively accepted by coaster fans, with it rating higher than the infamous Smiler, vertical stomach churner Oblivion and Nemesis.

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There's no news so far on when the ride will open back up, but with the park set to close at 5pm, it's unlikely to be up and running before the gates close.

Stay tuned to LADbible to find out more.

This article will be updated as more news comes in.

Featured Image Credit: Alton Towers

Topics: uk news, Alton Towers, Interesting, Community, Theme Park

Mark Cunliffe

Mark is a writer at LADbible with a creative writing background and a history working at some of Manchester's biggest agencies. He loves football and music that screams a lot.