1950s Americana comes to Paultons Park in 2021 with the opening of the multi-million pound Tornado Springs expansion.
Tornado Springs is Paultons Park's new land which was originally due to open in May 2020. However, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, in April 2020 the park announced that sadly the launch would be postponed until Easter 2021.
Occupying 4 acres near the front of the Hampshire theme park, Tornado Springs 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 includes several new rides. Headlining the area is 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 are among the area's other new rides together with two Windmill Towers drop rides from Zierer. These join the existing Trekking Tractors ride which is rethemed to fit into the new area, and the Wave Runner dinghy slide which is renamed Buffalo Falls.
Along with the new rides, Route 83 Diner joins the park's existing line-up of restaurants and Al's Shop and Service becomes 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.