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Tayto Park After Dark 2015

By on 10/28/2015

I first visited Tayto Park during a business trip a few months ago, however I didn’t get a chance to post my overview of the park until just recently. It’s a great park and I enjoyed it immensely. I just returned to Ireland for another business trip and was fortunate enough to be invited to media night for their annual Halloween event Tayto Park After Dark. It was great!

During my last visit to the park, I did not get a chance to ride Cú Chulainn, their brand new roller coaster, because it wasn’t opened yet. I just missed riding it by two days. I didn’t think I was going to get a chance to ride it this time either, because once again I was scheduled to fly home just two days before they opened for their annual Halloween event. I was over the moon when they heard I was in town and invited me to their media event mid-week!

Evening was just starting to settle in when I arrived at the park and I made a beeline for Cú Chulainn straight away. It’s even more imposing in the dark:

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Follow this sign to happiness:

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The ride entrance wasn’t complete during my last visit, so I had no idea what the final product was going to look like, but it turned out great! Cú Chulainn stands proud, 5M tall, with both his queen and hound at his side. It was pitch black outside, so this was the best my little flash could do:

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There was no line for the coaster and we could ride it as many times as we wanted. Many locals I spoke to only rode it once and were quite satisfied. Many of them had never even been on a roller coaster before, so it was very exhilarating for them. They didn’t understand how I could just ride it over and over again:

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I ended up riding it 5x in a row, and even made some new friends in the process:

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After my 5th ride, I figured I better stop and see what else they had to offer as part of Tayto Park After Dark. I stopped by the photo booth to pick up the photo of me from my very first ride:

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I think it’s funny how everyone was holding on as tight as they could, except that one guy right in the middle. He looks like he’s having a pretty good time:

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I didn’t get a good picture of it due to the darkness, but I did ride Air Race once in the dark. It looks great at night due to all the lights on it. There is also a special Halloween movie showing in the 5D cinema as part of Tayto Park After Dark, but I didn’t get a chance to check that out:

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I made my way to the House of Horrors, located in the retail shop inside of The Lodge:

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Quick pic with one of the help around the mansion:

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The House of Horrors is a basic haunted maze. However, unlike many of the mazes here in the US that relay on scare actors jumping out at you and banging on things, this one is mostly unpopulated. I think I only saw two scare actors throughout the entire maze. Instead, it is extremely well themed and uses many automated and animatronic devices to startle you:

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Image © Tayto Park

The maze is quite long, smoothly moving from scene to scene, using actual doors to separate them from each other. Just when I thought it was over, we went up a flight of stairs and enjoyed several more scenes. My group actually got stuck in the hall of mirrors scene for at least a minute before we figured out where the exit was. It also uses light very nicely to let you see enough detail, but not see what they don’t want you to see:

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Image © Tayto Park

Here is a video of what you can expect in the House of Horrors:

When we finally did exit the maze, we were treated to a great chandelier of skulls:

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Lots of ghouls hanging around as well:

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If you read my overview of Tayto Park, you would have seen that they were working on expanding the size of the lodge/restaurant. They held a reception for us in the new addition and it was awesome, complete with a full bar on the far wall:

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You’re better off sticking with the bar, and not what this guy was pouring:

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Ummm….haha? Clowns are supposed to be funny, right? Right??

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Walking through an empty theme park is very relaxing for me, especially at night and in the fog. At least up until the point that I heard a chainsaw fire up and a guy jumped out of the bushes and started chasing the young girls behind me with it. Who am I kidding? That was very relaxing as well:

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Spooky tunnel:

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I’ve been raving about how gorgeous the buildings are at Tayto Park. They even look good at night:

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Yummm!!! On our way out we were treated to a bag of Tayto Crisps:

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Tayto Park After Dark runs from October 27-30th, 6:00-9:00 pm, with no admission after 7:30 pm. The cost is 18€/person. For more information, please visit the Tayto Park After Dark web page.

Once again, my sincere thanks to Tayto Park for such a fun event. I’ll see you again soon!

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One Comment

  1. Justin

    11/05/2015 at 7:25 am

    Glad you got to ride the coaster! I just read the park overview and was sad as it’s a gorgeous ride. Looked like it had some nice airtime and the “inverted” turn.

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