Sunday 18 February 2018

Four things you can expect to see at the new Tayto Park

Tayto Park near Ashbourne
Tayto Park near Ashbourne

Jennifer McShane

Tayto Park are in the middle of revamping their exciting theme park – and it’s set to be bigger and better than ever.

Here are four of the new attractions you can expect to see when the park is unveiled next month:

1 The largest inverted wooden rollercoaster in Ireland and Europe

Rollercoaster fans rejoice, as the team at Tayto Park are currently constructing the ‘largest inverted wooden rollercoaster in Ireland and Europe'.

The rollercoaster will have a strong Irish mythological theme and teams of 70 engineers and builders have been hard at work to ensure that the rollercoaster will be completed by the summer.

It promises to be a truly epic spectacle, with over 800,000kg of yellow pine wood, more than 100 tonnes of steel and over 700,000 nails and bolts.

Sean Gallagher pictured with Ray Coyle in the Tayto Park in Ashbourne. Photo: Gerry Mooney.
Sean Gallagher pictured with Ray Coyle in the Tayto Park in Ashbourne. Photo: Gerry Mooney.

This isn’t for the faint hearted, as the rollercoaster will reach dizzying heights of over 32 metres. Its over-banked turn will give people a taste of going upside down – a first for a wooden coaster in Europe.

2 Heart-racing attractions (literally)

Oisne Roughan at the Tayto garden
Oisne Roughan at the Tayto garden

The theme park will be getting plenty of new attractions aimed to get the heat racing - perfect for all adrenaline junkies. Here are a few of our favourites:

First up is  ‘Air Race’.

This is the perfect way for adrenaline junkies to ease their way in to the park, all while clocking up some pulse racing speeds. Perfect if you’re especially eager to get to the park. 

Next up is the ‘Rotator’, an incredible high speed spinning sensation. There are only four in existence worldwide.

They also have the ‘Sky Tower’, a 10 metre vertical climb  - not one for those afraid of heights. Other new attractions include a three-carriage road train around the park.

3 A ‘5D’ cinema

One for all movie lovers, Tayto Park will have a unique 5D cinema.

For those that don’t know, a 5D Cinema can generate many special effects based on movie scenes. Combining other specially designed effects such as smoke, rain, lightning, air bubbles, snowflake and storm, a 5D Cinema is capable of stimulating all your senses and can make the audience feel like they are literally being immersed in the picture

Five and ten-minute shorts will be screened so even if you only have a few minutes to spare, you can run to catch a quick movie.

4 An attraction for dinosaur fans

The park will also see the arrival of a brand-new Dinosaurs Alive’ attraction, that promises to be fun for all.

The organisers are promising a ‘tail thrashing, roaring and clawing exhibition,’ so expect exciting things from this one. This life-like animatronic dinosaur spectacular will feature mighty specimens such as a Tyrannosaurus Rex and Stegosaurus.

“Our whole team is very excited about the new attractions, not least the rollercoaster,” said Tayto Park founder Raymond Coyle.

Located in Ashbourne in Co Meath, the new attractions at Tayto Park will be open to the public on Thursday, 26 March. The rollercoaster wuill be ready for thrill-seekers in the summer 2015

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