Press Release

Viking Voyage at the Park - Now Open!

Today, Friday 16th June, Tayto Park, Ireland’s only theme park and zoo, officially opened The Viking Voyage at The Park in Ashbourne, Co. Meath.

The attraction, with full Viking theming, is Ireland’s largest water ride and cost €8million to complete. Construction on the ride began last July with over 50 builders and engineers working on the attraction every day. 

The centre of the ride is a mountain standing 60ft high and over 500 trees have been planted to recreate the Irish landscape from 1,000 years ago. The super flume track is 700m and takes 5 minutes to complete with the ride reaching speeds of 60kph.

To create a truly authentic experience, Tayto Park employed Viking experts from Sweden and theming contractors who have work in Disneyland and on Game of Thrones, to work on the project. The ride takes you on a journey from an ancient Viking town to Celtic Ireland and delves into true Viking history with replica ring forts, round towers and a monastery. 

Viking Voyage Facts:

  • 1.7 million litres of water, 5000 bundles of straw, over 10,000 tonnes of concrete and 500 tonnes of steel
  • The construction team used Viking building methods including wattle fencing, Viking ships, currachs and thatch built in the methods from 1,000 years ago.
  • Make your way through a full Viking village complete with 6 replica Viking ships throughout the ride
  • There are 3 drops in total and the largest is 12 metres and one is a backwards drop
  • There are 12 Viking boats on the ride at any one time with six people per boat
  • The ride will take 720 people per hour

 

Tayto Park founder, Raymond Coyle was on hand to officially open the water ride. ‘’Tayto Park is all about wowing our guests and our mission is to continue to entertain and to bring bespoke attractions to the Irish market. The Viking Voyage at The Park is a great addition and will enhance the overall family fun experience at Tayto Park. Our aim is to make a day out in Tayto Park a memorable one for all of our guests, young and old.”

 

The Viking Voyage at The Park was designed and manufactured by industry ride specialist, Interlink, who also produced the Viking themed storyboard for the ride.  

 

The attraction is completely bespoke, combining several features including two forward water chutes and one reverse chute, providing a unique surprise for the passengers.

 

Commercial Director of Interlink, John Davies said, “We are extremely excited and proud that Tayto Park chose a “world-first” ride and we expect a lot of interest after it’s launch”

Tayto Park opened for it’s seventh season last April and The Viking Voyage at the Park is now open to the public.

For more information and opening times, please visit www.taytopark.ie.

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