Tuesday 27 September 2016

Freeze & Onion: Tayto Park opens new animatronic Ice Age attraction

Mighty megafauna

Published 18/03/2016 | 10:24

Malena Behan (aged 7 from Palmerstown) got up close to some mighty megafauna in the new ‘Ice Valley’ at Tayto Park. Photo: Leon Farrell/photocall Ireland.
Malena Behan (aged 7 from Palmerstown) got up close to some mighty megafauna in the new ‘Ice Valley’ at Tayto Park. Photo: Leon Farrell/photocall Ireland.
Malena Behan, 7, from Palmerstown at the new ‘Ice Valley’ at Tayto Park. Photo: Leon Farrell/photocall Ireland.
Jayden Whelan (aged 7 from Balgriffin) in the new ‘Ice Valley’ at Tayto Park. Photo: Leon Farrell/photocall Ireland.

Tayto Park has opened for 2016, complete with added mammoths, sabre-toothed tigers and cave bears.

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Its brand new 'Ice Valley Experience', dotted with mighty megafauna, gives an insight into life on earth one million years ago, the Park says.

Life-sized mammals, glaciers and snow will provide the setting for a host of new creatures, including giant Irish deer and hulking ground sloths.

Tayto Park is also debuting a mini-Ferris wheel and vintage carousel this weekend, and will have a host of dinosaur experts on site to deliver educational talks.

Since opening in 2010, the Ashbourne, Co. Meath theme park has gone on to become one of Ireland's most-visited attractions, clocking 450,000 visitors in 2014 - the last year for which Fáilte Ireland figures are available. 

Last June, the park added Europe’s largest wooden rollercoaster (dubbed Cú Chulainn) to a line-up that already includes a zoo, 5D cinema and Tayto factory tour.

Malena Behan, 7, from Palmerstown at the new ‘Ice Valley’ at Tayto Park. Photo: Leon Farrell/photocall Ireland.
Malena Behan, 7, from Palmerstown at the new ‘Ice Valley’ at Tayto Park. Photo: Leon Farrell/photocall Ireland.

"We have lots more up our sleeves for 2016, so keep your eyes peeled for announcements," said Tayto Park founder Raymond Coyle.

"This summer is going to be a very exciting one.”

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