The first "teaser" trailers for Alton Towers' upcoming new rollercoaster, Thirteen, have begun to be broadcast on UK TV channels.
The 5-second "blipverts" will be shown during prime time TV shows over the next few weeks, and are already running on a number of digital TV channels such as MTV. The adverts reveal few new details about the new ride, although they do offer some hints on the plot that Thirteen will be based around.
Featured in the first teaser is the 14-metre tall tree which will forms the centrepiece of Thirteen's theming. The tree was built with steel from the park's famous Corkscrew rollercoaster, which Thirteen replaces. A mysterious girl also appears, although her role in the ride's story is yet to be revealed.
The second trailer focusses on the Dark Forest, the updated theme for the Ug Land area of Alton Towers which will now house Thirteen and fellow coaster Rita. It is clearly designed to support Alton Towers claim that Thirteen will be the "scariest rollercoaster in the world".
The release of the trailers is a positive sign ahead of Thirteen's planned March 20 opening date. There are concerns that the ride may not be ready in time for that date, following the cancellation of the planned Thirteen preview weekend and a statement from Alton Towers revealing that there is still a "massive amount of work to do" on the ride area.
Thirteen's storyline is believed to be based around workmen disturbing a mysterious crypt. The plot is likely to link into the mythology behind Alton Towers itself, as is the case for the park's other supernatural-themed attraction, Hex: The Legend of the Towers.
Alton Towers has promised that the Intamin-designed coaster will contain a "world's first" element, rumored to be either a section of track that "freefalls" vertically, a backwards-tilting section - or a combination of the two.
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