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2009 Opening Dates
Posted By Chris on Monday 2nd February 2009 @ 6:45 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

2009 Opening Dates

Fantasy Island is set to reopen a little earlier than anticipated this year. The rides are expected to reopen on March 7th; one week earlier compared to last year. As usual, they will operate on weekends only* until Easter when they will open daily again through to the end of the season. As always, the park recommend calling their rides hotline (01754 615860) to check available facilities. In the meantime, why not check out Island Quest's own Trip Planning advice?

The market will open for business on Feb 28 on a weekends only basis until the end of March. Although some traders are likely to begin opening daily from the middle of March. Keep your browser locked to Island Quest over the coming weeks to get up to date with the very latest in the run up to the new season. Also get involved with our forum community for your fix of the latest pre-season gossip.

* - Limited ride availability during this period.

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Off Season Update
Posted By Aly on Saturday 17th January 2009 @ 3:21 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

Off Season Update

It's a good few months into the park's off season, so it's time for a bit of an update! The off season is a time when the park is gearing itself up for the year ahead with rides usually in bits for severe maintenance and the park usually receiving a lick of paint to freshen up its image.



Rides
Unfortunately there are no new major attractions planned for the 2009 season. The only new addition to the park which have been confirmed for this year is the planned crazy golf attraction, reported during the second half of the 2008 season. The attraction would be situated under the shadow of the fearsome Jubilee Odyssey! It has been reported that no work has started yet on this new development.



Other Park News
It's been reported here at Island Quest that half of the Bingo at Fantasy Island has been ripped out ready for redvelopment for the coming season. Island Quest member Leon visisted the park recently, however work seems to have ground to a halt!

We should hopefully have more information and pictures soon...


Thanks to IQ forum member Leon for the info.

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They Think It's All Over, Not Quite
Posted By Chris on Tuesday 4th November 2008 @ 9:52 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

They Think It's All Over, Not Quite

Like most other parks around the UK, Fantasy Island close their rides around this time of year. With this past Sunday being the last day of regular business, news comes in that a limited selection of rides will be available for the next two weekends; the 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th November. However, don't get your hopes up for anything major, the Millennium train has already been removed for winter storage and maintenance, as well as this it's been noted that the Safari train has been dismantled and maintenance have been spotted working on Fantasy Mouse. Rides confirmed to be open are Techno Jump, Coconut Twist and a selection of other childrens rides. This limited selection will open between 11am and 3pm.

Still, if you're in the area looking out for a bargain or two, the market will remain open for weekends only through 'til Christmas.

The past season has been a year of ups and downs. Absolutely Insane never got off the ground; despite its cart being reattached. A year of speculation suggesting that the attraction would be leaving the park has now come full circle, as there's now talk that the ride can't be sold. Therefore hope remains that the ride will remain at the park and reopen next year. A staggering amount of downtime for Beast this year also left the park without yet another of their big thrill rides for ten weeks. On the bright side however, both Millennium and Odyssey have had a significantly productive year as we welcomed the reduced cost of Jubilee tokens. Plans for next year include a mini golf course, and more market stalls. The season may be over, but the Island Quest forums are still open for you to discuss your thoughts about anything and everything relating to Fantasy Island.

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New Rides Hotline Number
Posted By Chris on Saturday 11th October 2008 @ 1:56 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

New Rides Hotline Number

Fantasy Island have changed their ride hotline telephone number to 01754 615860. The service is intended to inform visitors as to what rides will be operational on the day of their visit. It's particularly encouraged at times of unpredictable weather conditions for prospective visitors to call the hotline. By calling the old number, callers are informed that the number has changed to 01754 615860.

Thanks to Island Quest forum member Leon.

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Mrs M's Fish & Chips
Posted By Chris on Sunday 15th June 2008 @ 5:01 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

Mrs M's Fish & Chips

Late last season, McDonalds closed the doors to the drive-thru restaurant for the last time at Fantasy Island. Whilst the smaller outlet on Sea Lane remained open, speculation was rife what would become of the site of the old outlet. No demolition or alteration to the existing building occurred despite it being fenced off throughout the winter. At the beginning of the 2008 season, the fences came down to reveal Mrs M's Fish and Chip restuarant. Here's our first look pictures; let us know what you think on the forums.




^ Menu and price list.

^ An old McDonalds security sign.

^ Like McDonalds, M's also has an outlet situated on Sea Lane.

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