Drayton Manor Park has announced a new themed area with rides and attractions inspired by ancient gods and legends. The new Vikings area, which has been described as a “whole new land of discovery”, is due to open in spring – but an exact date has not been revealed by the Staffordshire park.
The area will include new rides and attractions, as well as a new themed restaurant. While there will also be 10 new Vikings-themed rooms at the onsite hotel.
Drayton Manor Park announced the news on social media today, Wednesday, March 16. The park shared an artist’s impression of how the new area look once it opens.
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Guests will get the chance to take a voyage of discovery through Norse history, with traditional shields, axes, and swords aplenty, mythical theming and exciting adventures at every turn, for guests of all ages. Alongside Viking-themed entertainment during peak times, guests exploring the area will be Teleported into a different time zone, with the rhythmic sound of Norse chanting.
The new area will see the former family-favorite Buffalo Coaster reimagined and renamed as Jormungandr. Jormungandr is perfect for younger thrill seekers and will take guests onboard an epic voyage through Vikings, with views of the theme park and its nearby lake.
The eagerly awaited Disk’O Coaster will also open – Thor is a new vibrantly colored family thrill ride, named after the infamous god of thunder. It will send those brave enough to board spinning in a giant wheel across a coaster track for the ultimate weightless sensation.
Introducing the UK’s first Zamperla Nebulaz, Loki is a family thrill ride with eight gondolas and four arms rotating in a fast-intermeshing orbit. Inspired by the god of mischief, Loki will send passengers soaring to new heights, offering a hypnotic experience from both the sky and ground.
The new Sleipnir attraction will take mini explorers on a journey through a training school, where the legend of the ancient Viking mythical horse will teach them how to become a powerful god. And after a long day of voyaging, guests can refuel at the new Walhalla restaurant. Inspired by the historic heaven that warriors were said to visit after battle, Walhalla features traditional wooden benches surrounding a sizzling BBQ pit.
There will also be 10 new Vikings-themed rooms at the onsite Drayton Manor Hotel – featuring Nordic-inspired furnishings and traditional wooden paneling embellished with shields and paintings of distant Viking voyages. Guests will be immersed in the mythical surroundings of legends for the evening, before waking up to feast like a Viking again and refuel for another day of fun at the park.
A spokesman for Drayton Manor Park said: “We are beyond excited to officially announce our brand-new Vikings themed area which is due to open to the public this spring, with a whole host of exciting new rides and immersive experiences to really transport our guests.” into a bygone era.
“Our team has been working incredibly hard behind the scenes over the past year to make our Vikings vision a reality, and we look forward to opening the gates and welcoming guests in the very near future to create unforgettable memories on a Norse-inspired adventure! For all things Vikings, fun-seekers can keep a close eye on our website and social channels as we reveal more exciting updates and developments over the coming weeks.”
It is the second new area of the park Drayton Manor has opened in the last year. The park opened its new River Rapids ride last summer, based in a new nautical-themed area, Adventure Cove. It included the rapids ride, as well as the new Wave Swinger and Tidal Towers rides.
A date for the opening of the Vikings area at Drayton Manor Park is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk/vikings.
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