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Europa-Park to debut wooden coaster

Germany's Europa-Park plans to debut its first wooden roller coaster in March 2012 in the Icelandic area of the park.

The park's 11th coaster and - first wooden attraction - will celebrate the gods and goddesses of Norse mythology.

It will top out at 115ft and reach speeds of 60mph while navigating hairpin turns and airtime hills over a 3,500ft track, crossing the paths of the Atlantica SuperSplash water ride and the Blue Fire steel coaster.

A billboard in the park showing images of the entry arch and station house announces "Ein Mythos Erwacht", German for 'A Myth Awakens'.

The sign has led the online coaster community to dub the ride Mythos, although park officials say the ride's name has yet to be announced.

According to concept art, riders will enter through a front gate that is equal parts mountain, fortress and castle entwined in vines. Bearded warriors bearing gold swords flank the entrance.

Owned and operated by Mack Rides, Europa-Park has served as a proving ground for the ride manufacturer's prototype attractions, including the Poseidon water coaster and the Blue Fire mega coaster.