Odyssey, at Fantasy Island, has now opened to guests for the first time this season.
Problems with Odyssey became clear when the train wasn’t returned to the track in the weeks leading up to the beginning of the season. Despite this, most of the other rides at the park opened on 16th March. Sources at the park confirmed that they were waiting for a replacement part from Odyssey’s manufacturer, Vekoma, before they could reassemble the train.
The train was eventually put back together in late May, but more problems with the brakes and seat restraint sensors were identified during the rigorous testing procedure. As soon as these problems were resolved, Leisure Technical Consultants were called in to approve the safety of the ride.
The ride opened to guests just after lunchtime on Sunday 2nd June and will remain open daily* until the end of the season. For the latest information about ride availability, check the Fantasy Island Facebook Page for daily announcements.
* - Odyssey will open subject to the park’s operating calendar and strict wind restrictions. During off peak periods, operation of Odyssey may be rotated on an hourly basis with Millennium Roller Coaster.
Update: April 11th: Millennium Roller Coaster opened on Sunday, and Odyssey is expected to open by the end of this week. Original article:
Despite Fantasy Island announcing that Odyssey and Millennium would open today; reports indicate that both failed to open. The train for Millennium is on track, but the Odyssey restraints were still being fitted. Fantasy Mouse, Amazing Confusion, the flume, Rhombus Rocket, Elephant Ride and Monkey Jump also remained closed.
If you're visiting the park, we recommend calling Fantasy Island for advice before you visit on 01754 615 860.
On Saturday May 1st, Jubilee Odyssey opened to guests for the first time in the 2010 season. Testing began later than usual this year, which is seemingly due to concerns caused from the train stalling whilst testing last year. In other news, Rhombus Rocket has reopened, and The Beast has been reassembled and begun testing over this weekend. A new pay per ride water walker attraction has opened in the area previously occupied by Absolutely Insane.
Thanks to Martyn and st3v3n from the Island Quest community for the info.
On Friday night, the strobes on Odyssey's lift hill were seen illuminated for the first time in over two years. The lighting is fitted to most of the lift hill cat walk, and can be programmed to display a variety of sequences; including a chase effect as witnessed on Friday evening.