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Cosmetic Improvements and Ride Downtime
Posted By Chris on Sunday 25th April 2010 @ 11:38 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

Cosmetic Improvements and Ride Downtime

Work is still taking place on a number of rides across the park, some of which are yet to open for the 2010 season.

Odyssey is still yet to reopen for the 2010 season. The train was reassembled and reinstated back on the track earlier this month and was seen testing on Saturday afternoon.

Volcanic Impact has received some TLC, as the interior walls of the volcano have been painted orange and red colours and the queue line has been reduced to a single fence around the entrance allowing for riders to get a better view of the car launching whilst they wait. The banners have made a welcome return on the ride car, but unfortunately there are no replacement flags for the top of the tower this year. A number of Rhombus Rocket's supports have been painted, but the ride is still yet to reopen for the 2010 season.

Beast, the park's Mondial Top Scan, has been subject to downtime recently as the ride has been disassembled for its oil to be changed as well as installing a new seal to the gear box. The space beside Beast remains vacant after the Circus Convoy ride and Safari Land Train were removed to make way for a temporary ice rink in autumnlast year.

The bingo hall on Sea Lane, which was being gutted during January 2009 has reopened this year as another arcade. A number of games stalls have opened around the park, with some being added to the area once occupied by Absolutely Insane. More rides have been added to the opposite side of Sea Lane, including a waltzer and chairoplane. These attractions are stand alone attractions on leased land owned by the park; therefore are not included in the Fantasy Island wristband promotion.

Thanks to SLY 1 EA, Martyn and st3v3n.




2010 Opening Dates Announced
Posted By Chris on Saturday 13th February 2010 @ 12:11 AM | Filed Under: General Park News

2010 Opening Dates Announced

Selected rides at Fantasy Island will reopen from Saturday March 13th 2010. Initially the rides will open for weekends only*, and begin opening daily from March 27th through to the end of the
season. As always, the park recommend calling their rides hotline
(01754 615860) to check available facilities before you visit. In the meantime, check out Island Quest's own Trip Planning advice, and get involved in all the latest gossip on the Island Quest discussion forums.

The Fantasy Island market will open for weekends only commencing March 6th 2010 with stalls opening between 9am and 4pm. From 1st April, the market will begin opening 7 days a week.

* - Limited ride availability during this period.




Circus Coming to Fantasy Island
Posted By Chris on Monday 1st February 2010 @ 10:35 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

Circus Coming to Fantasy Island

Fantasy Island may not officially reopen until March, but a circus is coming to entertain holiday-makers and local residents alike during the February half-term break. Russell's Circus will be hosting a number of shows between February 10th and Sunday 21st February 2010. The circus features a range of acts from gymnasts to Clumbsy the Clown.

Prices start from 10 for adults, and 8 for children; with a special promotion of 4.99 for all seats on Wednesday performances. More information, and a half-price discount voucher is available on their website.

Thanks to Steve from the Island Quest community for the information.




Tesco Clubcard Rewards for Fantasy Island
Posted By Chris on Saturday 30th January 2010 @ 12:22 AM | Filed Under: General Park News

Tesco Clubcard Rewards for Fantasy Island

A new promotion is being offered by Tesco Clubcard which allows its members to redeem Clubcard tokens for wristbands at Fantasy Island. Clubcard vouchers need to be initially transferred into rewards tokens. The token can then be exchanged as full, or part-payment when purchasing wristbands at the park.

More information about this reward is available on the Tesco Clubcard website. Remember to check out the Island Quest trip planning section before you visit the park.

Thanks to Deanos from the Island Quest community for the information.




Season Ends Sooner than Expected
Posted By Chris on Monday 2nd November 2009 @ 6:20 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

Season Ends Sooner than Expected

Fantasy Island usually close soon after the school half-term in late October. Nonetheless, last year the park made the move to extend the season by opening selected rides throughout November. The same was planned for this year. However the season has suddenly been cut short, as the official website now states that the season is over.

Reduced ride availability and low staff levels similarly indicate that stringent cost cutting appears to have been taking place at the park recently. Jubilee Odyssey was closed before the half term week, with parts of the train already being disassembled; ready for winter storage.

The market remains open weekends until Christmas and events are still being held in the bars.

Thanks to Vectra from the Island Quest forums.




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