1950s Americana comes to Paultons Park in 2020 with the opening of the multi-million pound Tornado Springs expansion.
Tornado Springs is Paultons Park's new land currently under construction and due to open in May 2020, occupying 4 acres near the front of the Hampshire theme park. The area is themed around a Midwestern American mining town in the 1950s which has recently suffered from several large storms that have passed through bringing destruction in their wake.
As the largest single investment in the history of Paultons Park, Tornado Springs will include several new rides. Headlining the area will be Storm Chaser, a 65ft tall Sierra Sidewinder spinning rollercoaster from Mack. A Zamperla Gyro Swing named Cyclonator and Al's Auto Academy, a driving school style attraction will be among the area's other new rides together with two Windmill Towers drop rides from Zierer. These join the existing Trekking Tractors ride which will be getting a retheme to fit into the new area, and the Wave Runner dinghy slide which will be renamed Buffalo Falls.
Along with the new rides, Route 83 Diner will join the park's existing line-up of restaurants and Al's Shop and Service will be Tornado Springs' garage themed gift shop.
The area which will form most of Tornado Springs has been fenced off from the rest of the park and construction has been taking place during the 2019 season. The following are some photos from August 2019 of progress so far.