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Re: New Wooden Roller Coaster... for Ireland???

Postby Hilltopper39 » Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:57 am

Yeah that's a fantastic looking coaster, I love the flags on the lift hill. I know a lot of coasters have flags on the lift hill but that combination for some reason looks amazing.

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Re: New Wooden Roller Coaster... for Ireland???

Postby Divv3k » Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:49 am

So I just visited the park last weekend. Overall I was pleasantly surprised with the park. Everything looks new and fresh. It's clear that they're really just getting started turning this park into something. The place has the vibe of one of those small Scandinavain parks what with all the ziplines, climbing walls, ropes courses and all that. The factory tour is cool, though nothing on the level of what you would see at a Hershey Park or even Cadbury Land.

With the coaster... I'm glad I got to ride it in it's opening year. There are a few bits of floater air throughout but overall it's one of those overly aggressive Gravity Group rides with a fair amount jackhammering already setting in at some points. It's fun for the most part but I really hope the park takes good care of the ride as I could see it getting quite rough quite quickly if they don't. If the park keeps expanding like they have been then I'm sure I'll head back and see how it holds up for myself sooner rather than later.

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Re: New Wooden Roller Coaster... for Ireland???

Postby rcjp » Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:25 pm

^I also went there last weekend (on Sunday). I'll do a complete report with pictures soon.
As to the coaster aging well or not I can't say much as I'd never ridden such a recently built woodie. I really enjoyed it and while it wasn't silky smooth I didn't find it rough. You got some weird jolts on the overbank but that was it. Rode it 21 times.
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Re: New Wooden Roller Coaster... for Ireland???

Postby CSLKennyNI » Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:37 pm

Another Major Coaster for Tayto Park

The woodie was a major success for Tayto Park. In 2014 they received 350,000 visitors and 2015 saw them get 750,000. More than expected and they are set to beat that record this year as well! 2016 saw a number of 'off the shelf flat rides' from Zamperla, a walk-through attraction, new visitor facilities and an updated factory tour.
The owner was recently interviewed and gave hints as to the park's next major investments.

Short Version:
- 5.7 million euro Viking themed log flume to open next Easter 2017
- 17.5 million euro will be spent on a new major roller coaster in 2019. Described as 'sensational'. (19.8 million US$)
- Plans for accommodation in the future.


With populations of 5 million and 9.5 million people, Norway and Sweden are home to 3 and 4 successful theme parks respectively but until relatively recently Ireland didn't have any, that has before Tayto Park opened its doors in 2010.

That year represented a bottoming-out of Ireland's economic crisis - but that didn't deter Ray Coyle, the former potato farmer who built a potato crisp manufacturing empire here with the Tayto, King and Hunkey Dorey brands from investing heavily in a new landmark tourist attraction.

He told Newstalk that he didn't see this as a high-risk venture - he just saw a big gap in the Irish market that needed to be filled.

To date more than €50m has been put into the business which is due to attract 800,000 visitors this year - and Mr Coyle expects it to continue on its upward trajectory:

"I feel that developing the park with new and exciting rides and more marketing and more support from our visitors, we can get to about 1.4m or 1.5m people by 2022," he told Breakfast Business.

Having recovered from throat cancer, and being in this mid-60s, Mr Coyle says that he has no intentions of selling the business - he notes that successful theme parks tend to have very long shelve lives.

The company has begun work on a new €5.7m water ride, and it is investing €17.5m in a second major rollercoaster to accompany the wooden Cuchulainn ride.

Its overall goal is to continue to invest in major attractions and to draw more domestic and foreign visitors to the Meath destination - with the possible future development of a hotel or lodges on the site.

Certainly sounds like a promising future!

Planning permission for the flume which is currently under construction showed a basic layout of two drops (very similar to the flume at Family Kingdom in Myrtle Beach). Perhaps the layout has been altered since then, or maybe it will just be heavily themed considering the price tag.

Interesting to hear of plans for a new major coaster in 3 years time. Especially one that costs that much.
I'm surprised at how much a small only 6 year old park is planning to spend and am intrigued by what that kind of money could buy.
Recently Europa Park opened their Ireland themed area and at the opening Michael Mack was interviewed. He spoke of how they consulted with Tayto on the theme. He mentioned that they were in talks to maybe supply them with a ride in the near future.

Ray Coyle, Tayto's owner, also said last year after CuChulainn opened he was visiting Liseberg to ride Helix as he was interested in getting a steel coaster similar to it. However a few months ago in a newspaper article he expressed interest in a RMC coaster.

Now it is obviously way too early to be speculating as it will most likely be a long time until we hear more details about the coaster. However Mack Launched/Mega Coaster or an RMC seem likely contenders.
Either way hopefully another great coaster is on its way to Ireland.
Ray Coyle seemed quite keen on an RMC in this article.

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Re: Tayto Park Discussion Thread

Postby larrygator » Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:00 pm

^thanks for bringing this to our attention
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Re: Tayto Park Discussion Thread

Postby Henry M » Sat Aug 20, 2016 12:54 am

Oh boy! This could very well be the RMC near(ish) me I have been waiting for! "A combination of wood and steel" yep sounds like RMC to me!
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Re: Tayto Park Discussion Thread

Postby CSLKennyNI » Sat Aug 20, 2016 10:59 am

Forgot to include these images - not that they actually show much.
I took these images of the Log Flume construction site during my last visit to Tayto Park at the end of July.
The site is next to two of the new 2016 flat rides which are placed next to CuChulainn.
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The site was still quite flat but there was a lot of activity that day.

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Re: Tayto Park Discussion Thread

Postby GCI Wooden » Sat Aug 20, 2016 11:13 am

I love seeing new log flumes being built. They are the best water rides out there.

Are new log flume installations common in Europe? I know that in the US it's been nothing but removals with log flumes, but I'm not sure if that's just an American thing or a world-wide trend.
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Re: Tayto Park Discussion Thread

Postby RyanTPM » Sat Aug 20, 2016 11:35 am

^^Thanks for including those pictures, i'm looking forward to seeing what the flume will look like!

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Re: Tayto Park Discussion Thread

Postby I305forever » Sat Aug 20, 2016 1:19 pm

Glad to see the only park in Ireland is getting something new. I may be heading there soon.
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