Formerly: Tayto Park
Park News - (10/1/22) Tayto Park previously mentioned that the theme park would take on an entirely new name and identity going forward and the time has finally come to reveal it. Starting January 1st, 2023 the former Tayto Park will now be known as Emerald Park, following the expiration of the sponsorship deal from the Tayto Snacks company. The new Emerald Park has a nice ring to it and is certainly fitting for a theme park located in Ireland.
(4/14/22) A fun article on BlooLoop this week goes over the history and the creation of Tayto Park and how the sale of the snack business will result in the park taking on a new name and identity later this year. It’s got a lot of fun historical facts about the creation and evolution of this theme park and where they want to take it in the future.
(2/16/22) I’m a bit surprised, but apparently this will be the last year that the park will be called “Tayto Park”. According to the owners the park will feature a new “name and identity” starting in 2023. According to a statement from park founder, Ray Coyle, “We have decided that in order to expand and meet our ambitious targets for the park, now is the opportune time to rename the park to better reflect the exciting rides, attractions and zoo that are coming over the next few years. We now look forward to a new and exciting chapter for the park, with many new developments planned, including an investment of €30 million over the next 2 years. On behalf of myself and my team I would like to thank the management of Tayto Snacks for its belief in our vision.”
???? - Resort Hotel - Planning - (5/29/17) According to the local news Tayto Park's next big expansion plans involve building their very own 250-room, 7-story resort hotel on site next to the theme park. The plan is to actually build the large hotel from mostly wood apparently, along with a pool and spa area in order to make it attractive to visitors all year long and not just when the park is open.
2022 - Dino Dash - (3/25/22) Tayto Park has announced that they will open their new Dino Dash family coaster on April 9th. The new coaster represents a €3 million investment and has jeep themed coaster cars that will travel over a bubbling swamp and under the tail and head of an Apatosaurus.
(12/16/21) Tayto Park’s new Dino Coaster (Vekoma) is under way and on schedule to open by February 2022, according to this report. After that, work will begin on the park’s plans to add two more coasters, the previously approved combo of a Vekoma Suspended coaster and a Family Boomerang coaster.
(5/6/21) According to Twitter, Tayto Park has filed plans to build a new Vekoma Junior Coaster at some point in the future, in addition to the already approved plans in place to add two more Vekoma coasters in 2023, a Suspended Coaster and a Family Boomerang. The new Junior coaster is said to stand only 11.6 meters tall, and 254 meters long and will be located close to Viking Voyage.
2023 - Two New Coasters - (8/7/21)Tayto Park posted a Tweet showing off the new Vekoma coaster track for the park for their future expansion project.
(3/26/21) Fantastic news for Tayto Park was announced a few hours ago, revealing that the theme park finally received full approval to go ahead with their €15.5 million plans to add a pair of new roller coasters. As mentioned before, they will be added a 31meter tall Suspended coaster (Vekoma) and a 24.2 meter tall Family Boomerang coaster (Vekoma). The final approval for the plans comes after a 28-month long struggle by Tayto Park to get the plans approved after locals raised concerns over the noise the coasters might produce.
(7/22/20) Poor Tayto Park, the locals sure have it in for you. Despite the park finally getting approval to go ahead with their future plans to build two new roller coasters, the local neighbors have attacked the park once again, lodging an appeal to block the approval. The appeal is headed by the same fellow who got Tayto Park’s previous plans denied, and despite all the additional measures added to the plans by Vekoma to reduce noise from the rides, they believe nothing has changed from the first plan that was denied.
According to this article the budget for the ride proposal was raised by an additional €1.5 million to add 14 different noise reduction measures, including design changes to direct the noise into the park, rather than out, the addition of three tunnels, underground track sections, planting an extensive set of tree and greenage around the ride as a noise barrier as well as an actual 6 meter tall, 100 meter long sound barrier.
A decision on the appeal isn’t expected to be made until sometime this November.
(7/5/20) I missed this update last week, but Tayto Park has finally been approved for their plan to add two new roller coasters to the theme park. According to this report construction is set to begin in 2021 and the two interwoven coasters should open in 2023. The overall investment for the two coasters is said to be €15 million and should be a modified version of the previous plans that were turned down from Vekoma that would see an Inverted coaster mixed with a family boomerang style coaster. New noise reduction measures were added to the plans to ensure that the new rides did not bother the neary neighbors.
While we don’t know what the new Tayto Park layout will be like, the overall experience should end up being similar to the new pair of Vekoma coasters that just opened at Tripsdrill, which you can see here.
(1/9/20) More bad news for Tayto Park, as this news article reveals that the park’s latest pitch to add a new area with two coasters for 2021 has been met with opposition from two of the same people who had a hand in blocking the park’s previous efforts. The park’s latest plans have sought to answer the concerns about noise levels from the last proposal by adding 14 separate noise-reduction measures put into place, designed by Vekoma, to help silence the project that would include a 31 meter tall / 748 meter long Inverted coaster and a 24.2 meter tall / 238 meter long Family Boomerang coaster.
According to Tayto Park’s Raymond Coyle, if the plans are blocked yet again, “the longer-term viability of the park would be brought into question”. In other words… in the theme park business, if you aren’t growing… you’re dying. Adding new attractions on a regular basis is the life-blood of any healthy theme park business, and if prevented from doing so, the local government agencies are only signing off on an eventual death-sentence for the park.
(12/3/19) Tayto Park has now filed new plans seeking permission to build a new €14 million roller coaster project after their last plans were rejected. The new plans include two separate coaster rides, 31 meters tall, that would include fencing and barriers to act as a way to reduce the noise from the ride to the surrounding areas.