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There was a formal screening option submitted in march 2015 for a coaster in forbidden valley made from timber truss, which if rumours are to be believed was going to be an RMC launched woodie, like Lightning Rod but with inversions and was probably going to be built to open next year. That would have been easy for them to market as could have been advertised as Europe's first launched woodie, or World's first launched inverting wood coaster (they would have gone with the World first marketing, it is Merlin we are talking about afterall). Then The Smiler crashed and a looping launched wooden coaster became the wrong choice given the general public's safety concerns, so they have gone with a family thrill coaster, but will still be Europe's first launching woodie so they still get the USP.

It is a shame that they never built one while John Wardley was there, maybe this is one of his designs that they have modified to include a launch, but he said he's had nothing to with this ride, so probably not.

 

I think they could possibly try and pull off 'World's first fully wooden launch coaster,' and argue that Lightning Rod has too much steel to count as a woodie.

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There was a formal screening option submitted in march 2015 for a coaster in forbidden valley made from timber truss, which if rumours are to be believed was going to be an RMC launched woodie, like Lightning Rod but with inversions and was probably going to be built to open next year. That would have been easy for them to market as could have been advertised as Europe's first launched woodie, or World's first launched inverting wood coaster (they would have gone with the World first marketing, it is Merlin we are talking about afterall). Then The Smiler crashed and a looping launched wooden coaster became the wrong choice given the general public's safety concerns, so they have gone with a family thrill coaster, but will still be Europe's first launching woodie so they still get the USP.

It is a shame that they never built one while John Wardley was there, maybe this is one of his designs that they have modified to include a launch, but he said he's had nothing to with this ride, so probably not.

 

I think they could possibly try and pull off 'World's first fully wooden launch coaster,' and argue that Lightning Rod has too much steel to count as a woodie.

 

 

If it goes 50mph+, It can claim to be UK's fastest wooden coaster

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If it goes 50mph+, It can claim to be UK's fastest wooden coaster

Good point. That's probably the easiest record for this to claim, and it's one that is decently legitimate too. Just looking at RCDB, there are several GCIs around the size of this project that break 50mph:

 

Apocalypse - 50

Gold Striker - 53

Lightning Racer - 51

Prowler - 51

Renegade - 51

Roar - 50

Thunderhead - 53

Troy - 54

Wildcat - 50

 

Seems like that record would be very doable.

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Lane IP, the company that represents Merlin on trademark applications, had applied to trademark 'The Wicker Man'.

 

Most likely this is related to SW8 given that a worker when the Flume was being deconstructed tweeted saying it was making way for a Wicker Man ride. (the tweet was later removed)

 

https://euipo.europa.eu/eSearch/#details/trademarks/016221269

 

They're hardly going to name the coaster 'The Wicker Man' are they?

Some people aren't pleased as SW8 was expected to be more of a family coaster and the Wicker Man film is not very family friendly. People are fearing a repeat of the marketing for Thirteen.

Shall be interesting to see what happens.

 

The Wicker Man film is owned by LionsGate which also own the SAW franchise so Merlin do have previously worked with them.

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Looks like I picked 2018 as the perfect year to go to the UK for the first time. Alton Towers is getting a new coaster and Blackpool is getting a new coaster. Awesome! Thorpe isn't getting one, but I'm hitting what looks to be the best three parks in the UK next year.

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Did that movie do well in the UK? I don't think most people in the US even remember that film.

 

 

Nope but I honestly wouldn't be suprised if they called it something like that, I still haven't warmed to RITA and The Smiler as names to be fair!

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Did that movie do well in the UK? I don't think most people in the US even remember that film.

 

Don't think so, but I guess its the only IP that really goes with a wooden coaster. I hadn't even heard of it until now!

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Part 2 of the Nemesis monster's refurbishment is complete

 

The monster refurbishment is such a huge task to scenically repaint, it's actually scheduled over 4 years, with next year being the back of the station and the following year the roof.

 

Unfortunately we still don't have a solution for turning the water red again, it's still in our long term intentions to get it back, however it will require a significant change to the current set up in how the water is stored and used.

 

Unfortunately even a substance that is harmless to the environment can still cause visual pollution in rivers and as such on instruction from the environment agency we cannot reintroduce dye at this time.

Source: 'Towers Loving Care' Facebook page.

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When photos of The Flume being demolished were put on twitter, or facebook, can't remember which, they had a caption saying something along the lines of "clearing the area for "The Wicker Man" ride". The post was quickly deleted, and there was speculation at the time that it would be the name of the coaster, I thought it could just be a codename they were using (SW seems these days to be geared more towards being something they use to hype up enthusiasts rather than an in-house project name). But I think this trademark application all but confirms that it will be the name.

I know it is quite an unusual name for a coaster, but remember this is the same park that called their last 3 big coasters RITA, Th13teen and The Smiler.

 

It will most probably not be themed to either of the movies but to what the movies were based on, Pagan and Druid rituals. There is supposed to be a big themeing element where the old flume station was. My guess is that will either be a wickerman statue, or possibly a model of stone henge.

On the plans the entrance to the queue line is in Mutiny Bay. Not sure how this would fit into a Pirates theme, so could be seeing a re-theme of the area.

 

Seems quite a dark theme for a family ride. Hopefully they have learnt from their mistakes with Th13teen when it comes to marketing it.

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Did that movie do well in the UK? I don't think most people in the US even remember that film.

 

 

Can say the same for Arthur and The Invisibles

 

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=intl&id=arthurandtheinvisibles.htm

 

 

Made a little over 15m in the US and Europa made a whole land about it.

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And what about that "Waterworld" flick, hmm?

 

Attractions based on "box office failed" movies still happen.

 

Wierd, but true.

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What never came to be, because the animated film did not $ucceed.

In DL's submarine lagoon, a long, long time ago. Then, they Nemo-ed it.

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I think when they name it "The Wicker Man" they're referencing the 1973 Edward Woodward version (which is regarded as one of the greatest British films ever made), not the 2006 Nic Cage remake.

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Did that movie do well in the UK? I don't think most people in the US even remember that film.

 

 

Can say the same for Arthur and The Invisibles

 

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=intl&id=arthurandtheinvisibles.htm

 

 

Made a little over 15m in the US and Europa made a whole land about it.

 

I believe the books the film is based on are very popular in France and as Europa is on thr German-French border a lot of their visitors from France so in it made sense for their clientele. They aren't trying to attract Americans.

 

While the Wicker Man on the other hand doesn't really make sense at all. Yes it is a classic British film from the 70s but do enough people in the UK know of it for that to be an attractive IP?

From a theming prospective it could look impressive with a large wicker man in the area that the coaster goes around or even through.

Thirteen was a bit of a dark theme for a family coaster but pagans setting people on fire is on a whole new level for a family ride theme.

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This weekend saw Services Day (emergency services, NHS and armed forces) at the park and another twist in the SW8 story. The park map for the event, which has also been updated to include the reopening Hex and Driving School, indicates that the ride will be considered part of Gloomy Wood, which is currently only home to Duel.

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Merlin maps are some of the ugliest maps I've ever seen. Everything about it is an eyesore. It took me forever to find where SW8 was!

 

Honestly you should of seen thorpe parks like 5 years ago, Stealth took up half the map literally.

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