Tayto Park (Dublin): General Discussion

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  1. Sam

    Sam TowersStreet Member

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    Ireland may be about to lose its status as one of the biggest European countries without a proper rollercoaster as they build what sounds like either an Intamin pre-fab or an RMC woodie for 2015.

    Of course, Europa-Park do not have the 'biggest' rollercoaster in Europe. They could mean a woodie, but that isn't at EP either (it's be Colossos)

    My only guess would be that they may have got mixed up, and it'll be the second biggest GCI in Europe...?

    Sounds exciting though!
     
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    Re: 2015: Massive new woodie for Ireland

    I am more delighted for the free EP advertising than the ride itself :p

    Nah, just joking. A coaster? For Ireland? Yes please!

    I too reckon this will be a GCI, because Wodan is Europe's biggest GCI.

    It is only 40 minutes drive from Dun Laoghaire (Dublin) which is where the car ferry arrives from Holyhead!

    OOH!

    :D
     
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    Re: 2015: Massive new woodie for Ireland

    Erm... What date is it? Its not April the 1st already is it?

    First things first I had to check to see if the park wasnt a wind up? Tayto land? Owned by Tayto Crisps?? Surely had to be a wind up I thought...

    Well no... However the park is tiny and its major attractions are a Giant Chess Board and a factory tour showing how they make crisps.

    And they are going to build a giant woodie !!

    Wow...

    Bring it on.

    Come on Tayto land, hope you get Keith Lemon to open it up.
     
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    Re: 2015: Massive new woodie for Ireland

    This sounds very over ambitious. But if it happens, amazing. And could help convince Merlin to build one here.

    700 per hour though...
     
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    Re: 2015: Massive new woodie for Ireland

    Very surprising investment. Their population is only around 4 million - that is why they don't have a major park or ride up to now. It seems like an extremely risky business decision, but no doubt we will bail them out of the debt as we always do.
     
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    Re: 2015: Massive new woodie for Ireland

    4m is enough to warrant one half-decent theme park.

    Many parks, such as Knight Valley (China), Toverland (Holland), Freizeitpark Plohn (Germany) had practically no rides of note before they invested in a major GCI and all of their GCI coasters are critically acclaimed.

    :)
     
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    Re: 2015: Massive new woodie for Ireland

    Denmark only have a population of 5.6m and they already have a Mega-Lite, a Gerstlauer launch, an Intamin launched, a Mack water coaster, a Gerstlauer bob, a Vekoma suspended, several wild mice, a Zierer free-fall, a Eurofighter, a B&M floorless, three woodies and numerous other coasters.

    What's your point exactly? ::)
     
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    Re: 2015: Massive new woodie for Ireland

    If only Ireland was just a short flight/ferry away from a population of 60m.

    Wait, it is!
     
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    Re: 2015: Massive new woodie for Ireland

    Who's for a road trip to Ireland in 2015 if this gets built, then?
     
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    Re: 2015: Massive new woodie for Ireland

    I've only been on Woden at Europa for wooden roller coasters so I need to get myself on a few more.

    I'm planning 2015 to be a massive theme park year for me
     
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    Re: 2015: Massive new woodie for Ireland

    Denmark has a huge drivable catchment area from other countries and is generally much more visited than the Irish Republic. That is the reason why the Irish Republic does not have major parks and until now no major rides.
     
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    Then can you explain why they decided not to build a theme park on the Isle of Man, which is an even shorter ferry/flight journey. That isn't how catchment works, driving distance is key unless an island is an incredibly visited tourist destination.
     
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    Re: 2015: Massive new woodie for Ireland

    Ireland has by far a big enough population to support one medium-to-large sized park.
     
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    Re: 2015: Massive new woodie for Ireland

    Well that came out of nowhere didn't it? Great news for Ireland if this goes ahead, I've often thought it must be one of the worst places to be a coaster enthusiast. Great news for us too as it sounds like it we'll have a massive GCI coaster a short ferry ride away.

    Hopefully, if it's a success, it might convince Merlin that building a wooden coaster in the UK isn't such a stupid idea given some of the cultural similarities between Ireland and the UK.
     
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    Re: 2015: Massive new woodie for Ireland

    When they say 12 seats, I really hope they mean 12 rows, which would make sense, as most GCI's have 12 rows. 12 seats would be a crime against throughput.

    For the statement on "second largest", I don't think the comparisons are with Wodan. This has a length of 1.4 kms (around 4,600 feet) where Wodan is 3,444 feet long. In Europe, there is one wooden coaster with a comparable length, of 4,574 feet (Coaster Express at Parque Warner Madrid) which could be the comparison. The speed comparison, however, is probably with Colossos, which has a top speed of 109 km/h.
     
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    Re: 2015: Massive new woodie for Ireland

    I have just picked up on this, has to be specially.... RMC I Beam track? If its a standard wooden coaster then its just built from timber on site. If its built specially anywhere else, then its either Topper Track, I-Beam or Intamin Pre-Fab.

    Just a thought... RMC also have 24 seater trains.
     
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    Re: 2015: Massive new woodie for Ireland

    Ireland has a theme park!? :p

    Whatever the manufacturer is, this is rather exciting. To me it does sound like a GCI. If it is a success maybe it can help Merlin see that woodies do work!

    :)
     
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    Re: 2015: Massive new woodie for Ireland

    A quote from Meath Chronicle about this development:

    So out of US wooden coaster manufacturers, RMC and Gravity Group make woodies with loops inversions. It's probably not an GCI as Mack sort those out in Europe, and RMC are being sorted by Vekoma, so it's probably not an RMC either.

    €8.5 million is just over £7 million. Compare this amount to an RMC, Outlaw Run cost $10 million, or just over £6 million. Voyage at Holiday World, a huge Gravity Group woodie, cost $8.5 million in 2006, or £6.3 million if it were built over here today.

    Whatever it is, it should be pretty impressive! :)
     
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    Re: 2015: Massive new woodie for Ireland

    ...And if this gets built...Scotland will be the butt monkey of the theme park industry.

    Ah well, as they say, the luck of the Irish.
     
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    Re: 2015: Massive new woodie for Ireland

    By the process of elimination, you are presuming it's a GG then? :p
     

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