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Tornado Springs expansion opens at Paultons Park

Paultons Park has officially reopened in the UK, launching its multi-million-pound themed world Tornado Springs, which is inspired by a 1950s town in the US.

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To mark the opening of Tornado Springs, Paultons Park has shared some information about the land, the largest new area opening at a UK theme park in 2021. Tornado Springs is exclusive to Paultons Park and is themed to Route 83. This was inspired by the opening date of Paultons Park on May 17, 1983.

Storm Chaser, the only free-spinning roller coaster of its kind in the UK, is made up of 459 metres of coaster track. Al’s Auto Academy includes 30 themed cars based on the Hudson Hornet.

Inspired by an American Midwest desert resort town in the 1950s, Tornado Springs rides include the Cyclonator, Windmill Towers, Buffalo Falls and the Trekking Tractors.

Tornado Springs themed to Route 83

In addition, the Rio Grande Train has been extensively refurbished to offer a new experience. The original attraction arrived at Paultons Park in 1986.

“We’ve worked hard to make Tornado Springs the highest-quality, fully immersive family experience on offer in the UK,” said James Mancey, operations director at Paultons Park.

Tornado Springs was created by some of the world’s top technical and creative teams, and its rides have been put through meticulous testing and inspection. Paultons Park invested £12 million in Tornado Springs, which features eight new rides and experiences, as well as themed memorabilia at Al’s Shop and Service.

Leisure Expert Group, a leading experience design company, provided masterplanning and design services for the project and MK Themed Attractions, the Danish theming expert, produced and installed the theming.

New rides and experiences at Paultons Park

Paultons Park also tried and tested 50 meals while choosing the menu for Route 83 Diner, which serves burgers, hotdogs, sundaes, milkshakes. It also boasts self-serve screens, a first for Paultons Park.

Tornado Springs is located on an area of four acres that once housed flamingos and pelicans, who were relocated in 2018.

“Everyone at Paultons Park is extremely proud of Tornado Springs and we can’t wait to see guests enjoying the new themed land very soon,” added Mancey.

Images: Paultons Park

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Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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