Welcome to our American Adventure Theme Park
Step back in time to the 1950s and experience the heartland of America like never before at our Midwestern American adventure theme park Tornado Springs. With 8 incredible rides and experiences, including a spinning coaster, gyro swing ride, plus our junior roller coaster The Farmyard Flyer, there is something for every storm chaser, big or small!
What is Tornado Springs?
- An American Adventure Theme Park at Paultons Park.
- Set in a midwest desert resort town in the American heyday of the 1950s.
- Featuring 8 thrilling rides and experiences including a spinning coaster, gyro swing ride and a driving school.
Who is Tornado Springs for?
- Tornado Springs is perfect for children and adults!
- There are rides and activities suitable for all ages, from learning to drive at Al's Auto Academy to a thrilling trip on the Cyclonator - we have it all!
How do I book and how much are tickets?
- Tornado Springs is part of Paultons Park with over 70 rides and attractions included in the price.
- Advance day tickets are available from £41.75.
- Children under 1 metre go FREE.
- Short Breaks include a local hotel, breakfast and 2 Park days for 1.
- Head to the Book Tickets page for details on how to book.
How do I get to Tornado Springs American Adventure Theme Park?
Tornado Springs is easy to reach by car - we’re located just off exit 2 of the M27, close to the edge of the New Forest National Park. Follow the brown tourist signs on the motorway. For details on how to reach us by other forms of transport, head to the Plan Your Visit page.
Tornado Springs history
Located in the midwest Tornado Springs has remained a hidden jewel since the settlement was established in the early 1800s by adventurers in search of their fortune. Tornado Springs is located on the famous Route 83 allowing the town to thrive by offering fuel, accommodation and home-grown food to weary travellers passing through.
Many generations of families have lived in the Springs and have learned not only to cope with the frequent storms and twisters that hit but to actually harness the power of the elements and use them to their advantage. Crops are gathered with the incredible swinging ‘Cyclonator’ and electricity is generated at Windmill Towers and by the ingenious Tornado Collectors that also acts as a transport system on Storm Chaser! These incredible creations, along with the welcoming local community and spectacular vistas have allowed Tornado Springs to be the destination of choice for adventurous travellers.
Tornado Springs facts
Mayor: Bill Fairweather Jnr.
Time Zone: TSC (Tornado Springs Central - Pacific)
Area Code: 19-83 – 20- 19
Areas of Natural Beauty: Buffalo Falls, Crooked Countryside
Notable Businesses: Jesse’s Route 83 Diner, AL’s Auto Academy, Junkyard Junction
What is Route 83
Route 83 is the main thoroughfare that spans the length of Tornado Springs, connecting the townsfolk and visitors to the breezy county. The route along a tornado alley is renowned for frequent storms and severe weather conditions. Climatologists and meteorologists keep a close eye on the changing environments monitoring rainfall data and measuring wind speeds along the route and its boundaries.
What defines the 1950s American Midwest era?
Tornado Springs offers a true cross-generational appeal and takes pride in upholding its 1950s American Midwest culture and values. The townsfolk are decent, hard-working and friendly – they are made of strong stuff in the Springs, resilient to the extreme weather conditions they regularly face.
Popular local events include unmissable Barn Dances, travelling fairground and carnivals, May day rock and roll festivals and the ‘Annual Buffalo Falls Great Raft Race’. The Town Hall lies at the heart of the county where Mayor Bill conducts his business and unites the community with his vision to build a better and brighter future. The enduring popularity of the era and films such as Grease and Back To The Future resonate with visitors from far and wide and the town is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for parents as well as children.
5 Interesting facts about the 1950s
What a time to be alive! Here is a look at 5 interesting facts about the 1950s era:
- Walt Disney’s Cinderella movie premiered on February 15th 1950 delivering a new princess and the highest grossing movie of that year.
- The very first colour television program was broadcast on June 25 1951.
- The Miss America Pageant was broadcast on television for the first time on September 11th 1954.
- On April 5th 1955 the all American golden arches fast food restaurant McDonalds opened its doors for the first time in Des Plaines, Illinois selling hamburgers for just 15 cents.
- In 1955 on December 1st renowned American activist Rosa Parks – the first lady of civil rights, refused to vacate her seat to a white passenger aboard a Montgomery, AL bus.
World famous storm chasers
Many brave folk have taken on the challenge of chasing a tornado in their time, including a legendary Tornado Springs resident!
Tim Samaras, 55, was a seasoned chaser who pursued tornados for over two decades in Oklahoma.
Joel Taylor, 38 starred in a TV reality series ‘Storm Chasers’ documenting his pursuit of dangerous storms erupting throughout tornado alley.
Mike Bettes, 47 is a popular American television meteorologist and storm chaser from Atlanta, Georgia.
Cooper Storms (Coops) - inventor of the Storm Chaser spinning roller coaster took his inspiration from a similar ride, Time Traveller in Silver Dollar City. He comes from a long line of chasers in Tornado Springs and works on harnessing the energy of the storms to benefit the breezy county.
A taste of Way Out West - 1950's American food vs British food
The tumultuous World War II took its toll on many countries in the 1950s and none more so than Great Britain. British food was in scarce supply with rationing remaining in place right up until 1954. Sugar, tea, butter, margarine, cheese, cooking fat, bacon and meat all remained under tight control. Fish and Chips came to be the most popular British takeaway whilst families prepared ‘meat and two veg’ at home as part of a staple diet.
Meanwhile in Way Out West America, hamburgers, french fries and milkshakes rose to popularity during the 1950s - the likes of those served at Jesse’s Route 83 Diner in Tornado Springs along with service and a smile! Some folk preferred their TV dinners pulled from the freezer and heated in the oven in less than an hour. Perfect for Tornado Springs townsfolk like Angus after a long day working and playing at the Junk Yard Junction.
Rides and Drives - 1950s American vs British cars
The evolution of mechanical marvels to transport people about their daily business boomed in the 1950s! Tornado Springs' very own local mechanic AL down at AL’s Auto Academy is very much a vintage car lover. He is particularly fond of British 1950s cars and can often be seen polishing up a classic Land Rover or Mini.
He would love to get his hands on a 1955 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM IV but one can dream! He spends much of his time teaching the young folk of the Springs how to drive. For this he uses his fleet of all-American classic cars – the 1951 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible, a 1950 Crosley Station Wagon, the 1951 Muntz and the 1954 Hudson Hornet can all be seen whizzing up and down Route 83 when the weather is calm and bright.