Wristbands can now be reserved via the brand new Fantasy Island website. Prices range from £5 to £16 for children, and £10 to £22 for adults, depending on the point in the season. Eventually, we're promised that the site will allow guests to buy rather than reserve wristbands for collection, but until then guests are only required to enter a few personal details to be eligible for the discounted online prices.
With the launch of wristbands, no more tokens will be sold by the park. However, any tokens purchased previously will still be accepted throughout the 2009 season. There is still a pay per ride option available, with prices ranging between £1 and £3 per ride depending on the ride type. More information can be found on our updated price guide. Remember to check out the rest of our trip planning pages before your visit.
From this Saturday, Fantasy Island will now begin opening on a daily basis throughout the main season. The wristband system is all ready to go as planned, offering guests discounts for unlimited rides. Tokens will no longer be sold, but replaced instead with 'live tickets' which can be topped up as a pay per ride solution.
Jubilee Odyssey stalled on the cobra roll element, only two weeks ago. The park have confirmed that they winched the train backwards, and removed the train manually from the bottom of the loop. The train has since been reassembled and tested, but is now being fitted with new wheels. Hopefully, it will be ready to reopen over the Easter weekend.
Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the park's S&S rides, Absolutely Insane and Volcanic Impact, which will remain closed as they are still awaiting inspection from their American ride manufacturers. All other rides on park are expected to be operating this weekend though, but remember to check out our helpful trip planning pages before you visit.
Last month, we brought you exclusive news about the park launching their own wristband scheme; something that has been on the cards for some time. A pricing structure has now been finalised, with childrens wristbands (up to the age of 11) being £6-£16, and £12-£22 for adults aged 12 years and over. During the main season, wristbands will be £11 and £17. Wristbands will be cheaper when pre-ordered online to be collected at a reservation desk on park. Alternatively, for customers who choose not to purchase wristbands, the park plan to continue a voucher scheme for their "live ticket " system. However, details for this are yet to be finalised. The scheme is set to be implemented on April 4th.
A limited selection of rides open this weekend, with more opening each weekend. Rides such as Millennium and Odyssey are expected to reopen toward the end of March. The park is open for weekends only until Easter. For a roundup of what else to expect at the park this season, check out our 'what's new' feature.
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Update: Whilst tokens are no longer going to be sold, the new system will use a 'live ticket' featuring a barcode with the ability to top up. This should provide an option for people who wish to continue to pay per ride. However, any tokens purchased up to Easter 2009 will still be usable; indicating that pay per ride prices will be equivalent to current prices, when the new system is in place. Pricing details are still to be finalised. Last updated: 11 Feb 2009 @ 09.30am
Wrist bands could be introduced as soon as Easter. The park has long since operated using a token system; on a pay per ride basis. Whilst wrist bands have been rumoured for several years; the park themselves shared their thoughts with us back in 2007. Toward the end of last season, it was suggested that a wrist band scheme could be in the pipeline. The park plan to completely stop selling ride tokens after the wrist band scheme has been fully implemented. Nonetheless, old tokens will still be usable throughout the rest of the season. Whilst pricing is yet to be confirmed, this should prove to be a welcome addition by many customers looking for value for money. However, will the removal of the token system put off visitors who only want to use a few attractions? Have your say on our forums.
In related news, the park was left without a map last year during the transition phase between owners. However, this is set to be rectified in the near future. There might also be a chance of large static maps being placed in various locations around the park.