The park will operate pretty much as is for the 2007 season. There have already been and will continue to be small improvements throughout this year but no major changes will begin until winter 2007. As far as rides go there are areas of the site that have been earmarked for "new attractions" what these attractions are and when they will be unveiled is still in the hands of local planning and the site development team but it all looks very exciting.
The whole of the existing park and the planned expansion will all be bought into the same theme according to the current plans. As we all know artists are unpredictable so it is possible that the whole thing may go through several sets of plans before it is all approved and work is completed.
The official name of the suspended coaster is the Jubilee Odyssey. It was named the Jubilee Odyssey due to the fact that its opening year coincided with the Queens Jubilee.
Wristbands. There are pros and cons linked to any change in policy, the introduction of wristbands is no exception. It was first discussed several years ago and was met with opposition however discussion and research into the costs and implications involved are still underway and the case for wristbands is looking stronger and stronger. There are plans to change pricing policy but again this wont apply to the coming season.
The Odyssey has been subject to a disappointing amount of downtime since its opening. as you know rides like the Odyssey are designed and built taking into account as many eventualities as possible. We have had problems with the Odyssey that not even Vekoma foresaw in 2006, however, we are all confident that the problems experienced over previous seasons have been ironed out and the Odyssey will see its most productive year to date. One factor over which we have no control is of course the weather. Wind causes major problems for the Odyssey, we have very strict guidelines about wind direction and speed that restrict opening. The top of Volcanic Impact houses a wind meter that takes constant readings of the wind direction and strength. It may seem totally calm at ground level but at the top of Impact we can experience gusts of wind that take us above our permitted safe limit. These limits are set by the HSE and we are powerless to change them.
The new owners have huge plans for Fantasy Island and its surrounding areas details of which we cannot discuss. sorry.
The seats on Volcainic Impact do still tilt. The tilting seats were installed to give variety on the ride we still tilt one or two sets of the seats when the ride shoots. Some like it some don't ask, the ride operator when you board the ride which ones are tilting today and you should get your tilt.
The new owners have budgeted to spend hundreds of millions of pounds on the development of the park and surrounding areas in a bid to make the park the best of its kind. This along with constant monitoring and development will ensure the parks eventful and prosperous future.
The casino and hotel are still part of the major development and expansion of the site.
Location for the arena is still under discussions between site designers and local planning.
There is little point changing the map now with such large development on the horizon however soon the old map will bear little resemblance to the site so yes a new map is on the plans for the designers.
All the parks management think Island Quest is generally good. Some posts have met with disapproval but on the whole the site seems informative and good fun.
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