M&D's Scotland's Theme Park is an amusement park located in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. Bordering on Strathclyde Park, the park contains two operating rollercoasters, two water rides, several fairground rides, an A arcade, a theatre, Cosmic Bowl and an indoor tropical house, Amazonia.[1]

M&D's Scotland's Theme Park
M&D's entrance
LocationMotherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Coordinates55°48′00″N 4°02′23″W / 55.80011°N 4.03966°W / 55.80011; -4.03966
OwnerM&D Group
Slogan"Scotland's Theme Park"
Total41 attractions
Roller coasters2
Water rides1

In 2018, North Lanarkshire Council approved an expansion proposal from the park.[2]

The park went into administration on 23 April 2020, but was purchased on 22 June 2020.[3][4]

Attractions edit

M&D's Theme Park has many rides and attractions, including two roller coasters (four just before the faillissement), a log flume, several fairground-type rides, and many more rides designed for young children. Most were travelling rides owned by the park's operators, travelling showmen Matthew and Douglas Taylor.

Roller coasters edit

  • Runaway Mine Train: Prior to 2007, this roller coaster had spinning cars and a tire-propelled lift. These were replaced with a traditional fixed train and chain lift in the winter maintenance the train was painted from grey to red
  • Big Apple: A children's roller coaster with a green caterpillar cart and is a good first roller coaster for younger children

Thrill rides edit

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  • Chair Swing: A 32-seat Swing ride
  • Captain's Curse: A Pirate Ship ride. It was absent from the park during the 2007–2008 season for refurbishment.
  • Miami - Rip Tide: A Miami Trip. Replaced 'Fast & Furious'. In the 2022 season of M&D's.

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: A three-lane dinghy water slide. The rightmost slide is a steep, straight chute, the middle slide is a shallower straight slide with dips, and the leftmost one is a spiral slide.

Junior Rides and Attractions edit

  • Trampolines: 10 trampoline beds. Roughly around 5 minutes per session
  • Mini Dodgems
  • "Flying Dumbos": an elephant ride that is based of Walt Disney's hit film Dumbo.

Pirate Ship frog hoppers: bounce up and down but the noise it makes can get Annoying at times.

Entertament edit

High Diving Pirates: If you go at the right time it will be on it is a show on at summer not on all the time but it is worth it.

Past rides edit

  • Kamikaze, a Ranger , closed in 2005.
  • The Bomber Mark 2: A Fabbri Booster. Closed in 2014.
  • The Giant Condor: The only one of its kind in Europe. Riders go up 30 meters in 28 2-seater gondolas. It debuted in the 2015 season as a replacement to The Bomber Mark 2.
  • Space Coaster (formerly called Cobra and then Express): it was sold after the 2015 season to Oakwood Theme Park.
  • Tsunami: Manufactured by Pinfari, was the only inverted roller coaster in Scotland. It closed due to an accident on 26 June 2016. Formally closed on 27 February 2017.
  • Tornado: Was 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 −2 Gs at some points. This ride has a top speed of over 80 km/h.[5] It formerly had a corkscrew which was removed after the 2005 season due to being exceptionally rough. It was sold in November 2020 to Parc d'Attractions Marseillan-Plage.
  • Big Apple (1st): A children's roller coaster, which used to travel through a large fiber glass apple. It was removed in 2021 and relocated to Web Adventure Park.[6]
  • Mad Mouse: A Spinning Wild Mouse roller coaster. 2016-2021.
  • Magic Carpet: Formerly known as "Ali Baba's Carpet" was a Magic Carpet ride, with a capacity of 40 people. The ride reaches a height of 14 m and a top speed of 14 rpm. It was replaced with a newer model in the 2017 season.
  • Fast & Furious: A Miami Trip. It replaced the Magic Carpet at the start of the 2020/21 season.

White Water: a log flume at M&D's for years then was removed in the winter of the 2023 season and was replaced by Space and Air rade

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.

Incidents and accidents edit

In June 2009, six people were stranded on the park's Tornado roller coaster when high winds caused the safety systems to activate.[7]

On the 4th of July 2011, nine people, ranging in age from 9 to 49, had to be rescued from the Tsunami roller coaster. Due to a mechanical failure on the ride, the group was stranded 60ft (18.2m) above the ground for a total of eight hours.[7]

In 2013 there was an incident on the White Water Log Flume where a teenage girl's leg was trapped between a barrier and a splash back on the ride's structure, causing a serious injury.[8]

In August 2015, three people were injured when the White Water Log Flume slipped on its track,[9] 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 got stuck at the highest point.[10]

In March 2016, eight people had to be rescued from the Tornado roller coaster after it became stuck 20ft (6.09m) above the ground.[11]

On 26 June 2016, the roller coaster Tsunami derailed, injuring eight children and two adults. On the way down it hit the main structure and came to rest on the walkway.[12]

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".
  3. ^ "Scotland's largest theme park Glasgow, M&D's goes into administration". Glasgow Times. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  4. ^ "M&D's theme park saved from administration by a company called Lochview Theme Park". Glasgow Times. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Our Selection of the Top Theme Parks in the UK: M&D’s". Weather-Whatever, by Shannon Harto Monday 15 July 2013
  6. ^ "Big Apple - Web Adventure Park (York, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom)". rcdb.com. Retrieved 27 July 2022.
  7. ^ a b "BBC News – Nine rescued from Strathclyde Park roller coaster". Bbc.co.uk. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  8. ^ "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
  9. ^ "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
  10. ^ "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
  11. ^ "Eight rescued from roller coaster at M&D's theme park". BBC News. 26 March 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Rollercoaster crash: Children among 10 hurt at M&D's theme park". BBC News. 26 June 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016.

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