Ever since I heard that Tayto Park in Ireland was building a wooden coaster I had obviously decided I should get over there and ride it shortly after it opened. This last Wednesday ended up being the day it happened!
After an early start and a short 35 minute flight to Dublin from Manchester, we picked up a hire car and made our way to Tayto Park which is around 25-30 minutes from the airport.
I was joined on this trip by mousch and medoman as well. We purchased our park entry tickets, an unlimited ride wristband and started our day!
From the theme park enthusiast point of view, Tayto Park seemed to be pretty well unknown of before this year and then out of the blue they announced a huge expansion and decided to install a whole host of new attractions including a Zamperla Air Race, a 5D Cinema and the stand out Cú Chulainn Gravity Group woodie. These three join last years new ride, The Rotator.
The park is situated directly opposite from the Tayto crisp factory (otherwise known as 'chips' for you guys across the pond) and the park provides a self guided tour of the factory to visitors but we will come back to that later.
My first time flying Ryanair. The flight was ok but was pretty much a flying advert! I guess you can't complain for a £20 return trip!
Oooh! What can I see from the car park? It's Cú Chulainn, Irelands biggest roller coaster!
The Ropes Course. Unfortunately we didn't get to do this.
Hey, It's Mr Tayto!
They have a lot of zip lines, climbing walls and slides at Tayto Park
The Air Race is another new for 2015 ride. It's just like the others. Good flippin' fun
Yes, the front of the train is extremely creepy.
The amazing looking entrance to Cú Chulainn. We'll be back later for this as it didn't open until 12:00
Here's the "inverted" part of the ride. I wouldn't really call it a invert though but that's just me.
The Rotator. Quite an unusual type of flat ride and one I had not experienced before. Pretty intense at times.
The previously mentioned zipline
Tayto Park also has a zoo with 'ard' to find animals like this wolf.
It's a lovely place with all sorts of activities for every member of the family.
Gardens, Flats, Coasters, Zip Lines. What more could you ask for?
A fluffy fluffy bunny (not stuffed with medicine and goo though)
Not sure if this travels around or if it's static but kids parties are held in it.
The Tayto Factory.
The tour consisted of several of these long, super colourful corridors explaining the history of the product and several viewing windows into the factory. The tour constantly played the Tayto Song:
That's a lot of different packet designs!
At this point, it was nearing midday so we made our way over to Cú Chulainn. This is some of the theming inside the entrance building
It's a big ride
It's got a ton of pops of airtime thoughout and several double ups and double downs (Not the KFC kind)
Seeing the reactions of the park visitors to this ride who have not seen, let alone ridden a ride of this size and type was great fun. I saw lots of nervous people before the ride but nothing but amazing comments about it when they got off after it.
It makes a great roar as it takes it's lap.
Great tp hear Cú Chulainn doesn;t permit Selfie Sticks!
Nerd photos imminent
For you control panel enthusiasts.
Our "normal" on ride photo
Many, MANY rides later
This is what the station platform looked like for the majority of the day!
This is the overbank just next to the station
The first tunnel just after the first drop. Taken from the car park.
Thanks Tayto Park. We'll most certainly be back!
After leaving it was off for a drink.
Thanks for reading!