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davidm

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Update to that story ;

The venue said it had made changes after Hannah Cheetham was publicly removed from a thrill ride when visiting with sister Becky last month.
Alton Towers apologised for that and other behaviour, and has since invited the pair back to discuss practices.
 

Matt N

Well-Known Member
I wasn’t really sure where else to put this, but on the subject of Wicker Man being discussed a page or two back, they definitely seem to have done something to it recently that has affected the ride experience. There are a lot of people now saying it’s pretty rough, and some also saying that the ride is a lot slower. I can’t speak for the roughness, but it certainly looks noticeably slower in recent off-ride footage; it seems to crawl quite slowly through sections it used to speed through, and there have been reports of frequent stoppages on the lift hill due to block sections not being cleared.

I must admit I’m growing increasingly concerned about my next ride on it; I had an amazing experience in July, so I hope it doesn’t decrease massively in my estimations next time I ride.

I’d be intrigued to know; have any CFers been on it recently, and if you have, what were your thoughts?
 

Nitefly

Member
I wasn’t really sure where else to put this, but on the subject of Wicker Man being discussed a page or two back, they definitely seem to have done something to it recently that has affected the ride experience. There are a lot of people now saying it’s pretty rough, and some also saying that the ride is a lot slower. I can’t speak for the roughness, but it certainly looks noticeably slower in recent off-ride footage; it seems to crawl quite slowly through sections it used to speed through, and there have been reports of frequent stoppages on the lift hill due to block sections not being cleared.

I must admit I’m growing increasingly concerned about my next ride on it; I had an amazing experience in July, so I hope it doesn’t decrease massively in my estimations next time I ride.

I’d be intrigued to know; have any CFers been on it recently, and if you have, what were your thoughts?
I’m due to be going on it tomorrow (today?) so I’ll report back.
 

Ben Hopson

New Member
I wasn’t really sure where else to put this, but on the subject of Wicker Man being discussed a page or two back, they definitely seem to have done something to it recently that has affected the ride experience. There are a lot of people now saying it’s pretty rough, and some also saying that the ride is a lot slower. I can’t speak for the roughness, but it certainly looks noticeably slower in recent off-ride footage; it seems to crawl quite slowly through sections it used to speed through, and there have been reports of frequent stoppages on the lift hill due to block sections not being cleared.

I must admit I’m growing increasingly concerned about my next ride on it; I had an amazing experience in July, so I hope it doesn’t decrease massively in my estimations next time I ride.

I’d be intrigued to know; have any CFers been on it recently, and if you have, what were your thoughts?
Hi, been to Towers a couple times in the past few months so here's my experience. The ride has definitely gotten rougher over the past season. In July/August it was fine but lately it seems to be getting much shakier. I wouldn't exactly say its unbearable, but there is a notable difference, specifically at the first entry into big bob. I'd say this is the roughest part of the ride, it really shook me about on my last couple visits. Honestly it's slightly worrying considering this is still a fairly new GCI, I have ridden much older GCI's and they've rode much smoother than WM is currently.

Personally I don't mind the roughness that much as I have quite a high roughness tolerance, although the ride has gotten significantly slower which has really caused it to suffer. I'm not exactly sure why, but everything after the first half is borderline forceless now. The flat turn used to give some OK laterals but now its just nothing - it really crawls through it - and the speed hill gives noticeably less airtime. I'm not sure why this has happened but the people I went with agreed that it seemed a lot slower. Even my back row night ride felt slow compared to how it used to be.

For me personally, the ride has become much less enjoyable these past few months, and has gone from my tied favourite UK coaster to not even being in my top 3 at Towers. Although that's just my opinion!
 

Nitefly

Member
I had one ride yesterday on Wicker Man - a front row night ride. It was a good ride although it was quite rough relative to its level of speed and thrill. If it was as intense as, say, Wodan, it would have been unbearable. Hard to say if it was slower than in other years because the night ride will have made it seem fast.

I still enjoyed it. The lighting and effects on the Wicker Man himself looked good.
Imma just leave this here:-

Looks bad.
 

owentaylor121

Active Member
Unfortunately it was my friends tires that got slashed, the whole day was horrendous from start to finish but the staff were trying their hardest to keep things under control but either ended up getting verbally abused or attacked in some cases.

I know most of you can imagine who the difficult guests were on a Sunday at Fright Nights...
 
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