Codona's Amusement Park

Codona's Amusement Park
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amusement park
Aberdeen, Grampian, Scotland, UK
Status Operating
Owner Codona family
An article on Codona's Amusement Park from 1977

Codonas Amusement Park is a family-owned amusement park located in Aberdeen, Grampian, Scotland, UK. The complex has Tenpin Bowling, Crazy Golf, a 4D theatre and outdoor rides. There are indoor and outdoor rides, but the outdoor rides are closed during winter months.

History[edit | edit source]

The park has been operated by the Codona family since 1969, however, rides at Aberdeen beach had existed for some time prior. The park is not the first amusements to operate in Aberdeen, a Switchback Railway operated on a separate site during the late 19th century.

The opening of the amusement park was delayed in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The park was opened on 15 July but was forced to close within a week, as the Scottish government had placed it in the same category as travelling funfairs which were not allowed to operate. Codona's stated that it had not received any guidance from the Scottish Government, which subsequently put out an apology.[1] The park is now set to open on 29 August.

Roller coasters[edit | edit source]

Present[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Apple Coaster Pinfari Family 2003 (or earlier) Operating

Past[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Relocated
Crazy Train Pinfari 2003 2014 Gulliver's Warrington
Galaxy S.D.C. Unknown 1999 Loudoun Castle
Looping Star Pinfari 1999 2019 Clacton Pier
Scenic Railway John Henry Iles Wooden 1929 1942 Scrapped
Wild Mouse Maxwell Wild Mouse 1973 1977 or later Unknown

What is thought to be a roller coaster similar to the Whirlwind Racer at Dreamland Margate, can be seen in this photo.

Attractions[edit | edit source]

Operating[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened
Dead Man's Drop Tower SBF Visa Group Drop tower March 19, 2016
Galleon Zamperla Pirate ship 2009
Giant Slide Bennett Astroglide 1971
Grampian Eye Technical Park Ferris wheel 2005
Skydeck Super Dodgems I.E. Park Dodgems Unknown
Super Trucks SBF Visa Group Juvenile Track Ride 2015
Waltzer Maxwell Waltzer March 1961

Closed[edit | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Big Wheel Eli-Bridge Ferris Wheel 1981 1990s Travelling UK
Blade Runner Safeco Breakdance 2000 2000 Travelling UK
Cyclone Twist Bennett Twist 1979 1991 Travelling Ireland
Easy Rider Maxwell Ark/Speedway 1972 1977 Travelling UK
Gallopers Thomas Walker Gallopers 1954 1956 Relocated to Fairworld Seaton Carew
Hurricane Jets Lang Wheels Jets 1979 1982 Travelling UK
Octopus J. Bakker Denies Polyp 1990 1994 Relocated to West Midland Safari Park via Reverchon
Octopus Lusse Octopus 1959 1970 Travelling UK
Scat Fairplace Scat 1977 1978 Unknown
Shockwave Preston & Barbieri Waveswinger 2000 2008 Travelling UK
Sidewinder Eyerley Aircraft Company Roll-O-Plane 1984 1997 Sold (not used)
Sky Rider Maxwell Lifting Paratrooper 1976 1980 Travelling UK
Super Loops Larson International Super Loop 1986 1988 Exported to Mexico
Swing Around Mel Park Swingaround c.1993 1995 Travelling UK
Twister Sonacase Twist 1992 2003 Travelling UK
Waltzer Orton & Spooner Waltzer 1954 1960 Relocated to Knightly's Fun Park
White Water Log Flume Reverchon Log Flume 1998 2018 Relocated to Clacton Pier

References[edit | edit source]