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M&D's Scotland's Theme Park
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M&D's entrance
Slogan"Scotland's Theme Park"
LocationMotherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Coordinates55°48′00″N 4°02′23″W / 55.80011°N 4.03966°W / 55.80011; -4.03966Coordinates: 55°48′00″N 4°02′23″W / 55.80011°N 4.03966°W / 55.80011; -4.03966
OwnerM&D Group
Opened1996
Operating seasonComplex open all year around. Theme Park open March – October
Attractions
Total40 attractions
Roller coasters4
Water rides2
Websitewww.scotlandsthemepark.com

M&D's Scotland's Theme Park is an amusement park located in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. Bordering on Strathclyde Park, the park contains four operating rollercoasters, two water rides, several fairground rides, an arcade, a theatre, ten-pin bowling and an indoor tropical house, Amazonia.[1]. In 2018, North Lanarkshire Council approved an expansion proposal from the park, including plans for a new rollercoaster, a new themed area, and an expansion to an existing hotel.[2]

Attractions[edit]

M&D's Theme Park claims to have over 40 rides and attractions, including four roller coasters, a log flume and several fairground type rides in addition to a number of rides designed for young children. Most are travelling rides owned by the parks operators, travelling showmen Matthew and Douglas Taylor.

Roller coasters[edit]

The Tornado, the park's largest roller coaster
  • Tornado: The park's largest roller coaster. Manufactured by Pinfari, with over 1 km of track. The track contains two 360-degree vertical loops in addition to several banked turns, pulling −2Gs at some points. This ride has a top speed of over 80 km/h.[3] It formerly had a corkscrew which was removed after the 2005 season due to being exceptionally rough.
  • Mad Mouse: This spinning roller coaster was opened 2016.
  • Big Apple: A children's roller coaster, which used to travel through a large fibreglass apple.
  • Runaway Mine Train: Another children's roller coaster. Prior to 2007, the train had spinning cars and a tire-propelled lift, however these have been replaced with a traditional fixed train and chain lift.

Thrill rides[edit]

Ferris wheel
  • Wave Swinger: A 32-seater Swing ride.
  • Captain's Curse: The Captain's Curse is a pirate ship themed ride in M&D's. It was absent from the park during 2007–2008 season for refurbishment.
  • Magic Carpet: The Magic Carpet, also known as "Ali Baba's Carpet" seats up to 40 people. The ride reaches a height of 14m and a top speed of 14rpm. The seats are fixed facing forward while rising and falling, travelling round in a loop. It was replaced with a newer model of the ride in the 2017 season.
  • The Giant Condor: The only one of its kind in Europe. Riders go up 30 metres in 28 2-seater gondolas. Debuted in the 2015 season.

Water rides[edit]

A number of rides at the park are pictured: at the far left is Moby's Revenge, the water slides.
  • Moby's Revenge: Moby's Revenge is a three-in-one water slide. The rightmost slide is a steep, straight chute, whereas the leftmost one is a winding spiral slide. The path in the centre is a straight chute similar to the one on the left, however this slide is not quite as steep and features several 'waves'.
  • White Water: This is a log flume featuring two drops of up to 20m, and is the tallest water ride in the park. It reaches speeds of up to 70 km/h at points. Souvenir photographs are also available to purchase at the end of the ride.

Junior Rides and Attractions[edit]

  • Trampolines: 10 trampoline beds. Roughly around 5 minutes per session
  • Mini Dodgems
  • Other smaller rides include "Taxis", "Sea Storm" and "Flying Jumbos"

Past rides[edit]

  • Kamikaze which was replaced by The Runaway Mine Train
  • The Bomber Mark 2 which was replaced by the Giant Condor
  • Space Coaster (formerly called Cobra and then Express) left after the 2015 season and is now being set up at Oakwood Theme Park as of July 2016.
  • Tsunami which was scrapped in 2017 due to the derailment in 2016

Other attractions[edit]

  • Amazonia: The only indoor rainforest in the whole of Scotland, it contains exotic animals such as the poison dart frog, tarantula and python.
  • Devil's Island: An 18-hole miniature golf course, played over water and in caves.
  • Krazy Congo: Giant indoor soft play-area, for young children.
  • Gamezone: Giant amusement arcade, containing over 150 different games, including the most recently developed games.
  • Alona Hotel The on-site hotel for visitors staying for a period of time. It contains a glasshouse restaurant and bar and an atrium for views overlooking the Strathclyde Loch.

Food and drink[edit]

Cosmic Bowl is Scotland's first glow in the dark bowling alley.
  • The Family Restaurant: Formally Bizarre, is a family friendly restaurant with bar.
  • Downtown USA: A 1960s styled diner serves American food and drink, and is decorated with Harley Davidsons and an authentic Italian carousel. The diner is also home to a 'Wimpy Bar' and 'Pancake Palace'.
  • Cosmic Bowl: Cosmic Bowl is Scotlands first glow in the dark bowling alley. It contains a restaurant and 'inside out' bar. There is also arcade games such as Time Crisis, basketball & air hockey.
  • Inside Out: The theme parks sports bar. 'Inside Out' shows a variety of sports on 6 LCD widescreens. The bar also has its own beer garden, which overlooks strathclyde loch.
  • Diamond Lil's: An American Pool Bar. The bar contains 8 pool tables, 2 snooker tables and a bar that is open at peak times, Diamond Lils is now open to anyone over 18.
  • Guiseppi's: The parks Italian coffee shop and ice cream parlour. The bar looks out over Strathclyde Loch and serves a range of coffee's, ice cream, milkshakes and sandwiches, made with traditional Italian ingredients.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

In June 2009, six people were stranded on the park's Tornado roller coaster when high winds caused safety systems to activate.[4]

On 4 July 2011, nine people, ranging in age from 9 to 49, had to be rescued from the Tsunami roller coaster, after a mechanical failure on the ride left them stranded 60 ft (18.2m) above the ground for up to eight hours.[4]

In 2013 approximately there was an incident on the White Water Log Flume in which a teenage girl's leg was trapped between a barrier and a splashback on the ride's structure, causing a serious injury.[5]

In August 2015, three people were injured when the White Water Log Flume slipped on its track,[6] and later the same month a 58-year-old woman and three teenagers were forced to walk down from the top of the ride after it stuck at the highest point.[7]

In March 2016, eight people had to be rescued from the Tornado roller coaster after it became stuck 20 ft (6.09m) above the ground at the theme park.[8]

On 26 June 2016, the roller coaster Tsunami derailed, injuring seven children and two adults. On the way down it hit the main structure and came to rest on the walkway.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Theme park's pirates offer egg-stra treats". Evening Times, 3 April 2012 / Caroline Wilson
  2. ^ "M&D’s Theme Park Planning Expansion ". Themeparks-UK
  3. ^ "Our Selection of the Top Theme Parks in the UK: M&D’s". Weather-Whatever, by Shannon Harto Monday 15 July 2013
  4. ^ a b "BBC News – Nine rescued from Strathclyde Park roller coaster". Bbc.co.uk. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  5. ^ "M&D's left me scarred like a shark victim" Archived 6 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Daily Record, 3 July 2016, By Graeme Donohoe
  6. ^ "Children hurt as M&D's ride malfunctions, log flume slid backwards crashing into cart behind" Archived 18 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Daily Record, 6 August 2015 By Shirley Bartynek
  7. ^ "M&Ds log flume terror: Gran's horror as she is forced to shuffle down 60ft high rollercoaster" Archived 31 July 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Daily Record, 24 August 2015 By Beverley Lyons
  8. ^ "Eight rescued from roller coaster at M&D's theme park". BBC News. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Rollercoaster crash: Children among 10 hurt at M&D's theme park". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Scottish roller-coaster derails 65 feet above ground, injuring 11". Toronto Star, 27 June 2016, Peter Holley.

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