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Fantasy Island Retrospective
Posted By Chris on Friday 16th February 2018 @ 8:10 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

Fantasy Island Retrospective

Hey Islanders. It's been a while, so I thought I'd review the progress that has been made over the last few years at Fantasy Island.

Due to apparent financial difficulties, the park stagnated with little to no investment for several years before financial administrators were appointed in 2014. The park continued to operate as normal during the administration process.

In March 2016, Mellors Group purchased Fantasy Island with plans to invest millions into the transformation of the park. It wasn't long before these plans came to fruition as G-Force, the world's first and only Fabbri Giant Booster, returned to the park. This unique ride was originally installed at Fantasy Island in 2002 before being removed in 2004. G-Force had been standing but not operating at the Mondial Rides factory during the intervening years.

As the 2016 season drew to a close, the Mellors Group pledged to invest £25m into Fantasy Island as part of a 10 year plan. Cosmetic work continued around the park and several new rides and attractions (including a bowling alley and mini golf course) have been introduced. One of the most significant investments has been to the pyramid interior, which was barely recognisable to guests returning for the 2017 season. The dark, well themed environment is a stark contrast to the bright and airy aesthetic that was there before. This is complemented nicely by animatronic figures and the new Dragon Mountain show; which fuses projection mapping and special effects to 'capture the essence of the Fantasy Island brand'.

Fantasy Mouse was replaced by Mellors' own identical Reverchon spinning coaster at the beginning of the 2017 season. The original Fantasy Mouse was relocated to Dreamland Margate. Mellors' Mouse was temporarily removed from Fantasy Island in June, and again in October, to attend prior commitments at other fairgrounds.

October 2017 saw the development of Fear Island. The park collaborated with AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment to produce two scare attractions for their Halloween inspired event. Both Psycho Mansion and Dark Waters seemed to prove popular with guests of all ages.

No sooner had the park closed for the season, more cosmetic work began around the park. During the winter months, the Millennium Rollercoaster track has been painted pink with green supports.

Sadly, G-Force and Amazing Confusion have been removed. These have been replaced by a Huss Frisbee and Magic. Both of which debuted in the UK at Nottingham Goose Fair in October 2017; receiving mixed reviews amongst enthusiasts.

Fantasy Island is due to reopen on 17th March 2018.

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