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It's really dislike that they don't let you choose the rows, I mean fair enough if there's some free and they want to fill them but why force people who want to sit at the back in row 3 and then people who might prefer nearer the front sit at the back?

 

It's a nightmare.  On Troy they actually encourage people to sit at the back with a seperate queueing space!

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1 hour ago, Coaster said:

It's really dislike that they don't let you choose the rows, I mean fair enough if there's some free and they want to fill them but why force people who want to sit at the back in row 3 and then people who might prefer nearer the front sit at the back?

 

It's a nightmare.  On Troy they actually encourage people to sit at the back with a seperate queueing space!

I am totally with you on this as it is only a decent ride in my opinion on last three rows, but where would the space for a seperate queue go in Wickerman's station? Troy oddly I enjoy far more at the front compared to the back.

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3 hours ago, Coaster said:

It's really dislike that they don't let you choose the rows, I mean fair enough if there's some free and they want to fill them but why force people who want to sit at the back in row 3 and then people who might prefer nearer the front sit at the back?

 

It's a nightmare.  On Troy they actually encourage people to sit at the back with a seperate queueing space!

 

Its bizarre because sometimes I’ll go and they will let me wait longer for the back and other times they will not. I would say it’s to do with the queue times but it seems the times I’ve asked for the back has been when the line has been longer then when they don’t allow me!!

 

Guess it depends on what mood they are in!! 

 

The back on any GCI is the best seat in the house. Mystic Timbers for example was pretty average in the front row but in the back, it’s absolutely brilliant and the same very much goes for Wicker Man. Any seat other than the back 2-3 rows and it’s pretty naff to me.

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Fill from the front is easier if there's a disabled person requiring the back row... That and the poorly designed station means that having some people waiting would cause a lovely bottleneck...

 

Plus you then get everyone wanting to wait for a specific row and it's like "GUYS YOU CAN'T ALL SIT IN THE SAME ROW FFS GET ON THE RIDE!"

 

At the end of the day some rides operate better with designated rows, often down to loading times needing to be quick and on the money, hence why Europa do it on Blue Fire and Wodan...

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Sorry to bump this thread, but I just wanted to ask; is it me, or has Wicker Man been riding a little better in 2021?

 

From my experiences, the ride has felt a little bit faster than in previous years, and it has also been packing quite a few pops of surprisingly excellent airtime where there was previously none! Does anyone else agree with me, or am I just perceiving things?

 

I’ve always really liked Wicker Man since first riding it on opening weekend in 2018 and having my expectations exceeded by a considerable margin (given that the forums were very pessimistic about how Wicker Man would ride and I had no prior GCI experience to compare with, I had pretty low expectations, but I was absolutely blown away!), but over the last year or so, it’s strongly grown on me! Since an excellent couple of rides in July 2020, I’ve been absolutely loving it, and it seems to have gone up by another level again for me in 2021! I just love the fast pace of it, as well as the fun turns, great pops of airtime and the relative smoothness and comfort compared to other wooden coasters!

 

Overall, I do absolutely love it, and it really is a coaster I rank highly! I apologise if this is controversial, but as someone who rates fun and rerideable coasters highly over the out and out intense, I personally have it as my comfortable favourite at Alton Towers, and it’s only narrowly beaten by Icon within the UK for me! For me to rank a ride highly, it has to pack enough thrill for me to get a real kick out of riding, but it can’t be so intense or rough that it causes nausea or hurts me, and I personally think that even though I wouldn’t traditionally call myself a wooden coaster person, Wicker Man satisfies that brief for me more than the vast majority of coasters I’ve ridden!

 

It’s certainly made me look forward to hopefully riding Wodan next year, anyway, as most seem to think it beats Wicker Man by a considerable margin…

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I remember end of 2020 it was riding dreadfully, just crawling round the unbanked turn around, which then seemed to sort itself out in 2021. For me I still find Wickerman to be a bit naff near the front of the train, and earlier in the day. If you can get towards the back at the end of the day I find it packs more of a punch. 

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Wicker Man received some work last closed season. I believe some retracking which shouldn't necessarily have had to happen so soon. 

 

That would explain why some people noticed it running better this year compared to last. It's also why the ride has been more reliable this year.

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