Alton Towers is set to begin planning a major new attraction during the next few weeks, with the aim of opening it in 2013 or 2014.
Towers Times reports that initial planning will begin in three weeks time, with 2014 being the more likely opening year. The project has been dubbed "Secret Weapon 7" (SW7), in line with previous headline attractions at the park.
The news was revealed by legendary coaster designer John Wardley at a special event to discuss the park's past, present and future. Wardley also claimed that the ride will be aimed at thrill seekers, unlike 2010's Thirteen which is targeted squarely at families.
Fans of wooden rollercoasters will be disappointed to hear that the park is unlikely to install one, despite submitting detailed plans in the past. Alton Towers claims that surveys have revealed that many theme park-goers view wooden coasters as unsafe, posing problems for the park's marketing department.
Those hoping for improvements to the effects in Thirteen's crypt section, which has come under fire (including in TPT's own review) for its lack of special effects, are also set to be disappointed. Alton Towers says that there are no plans to install any additional effects, despite rumours to the contrary.
Full details of the Alton Towers event, including the park's plans to reuse the tent that once housed the Black Hole rollercoaster and discussion of how Thirteen was built, can be found in Towers Times' report.
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