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Absolutely Insane Deconstruction
Posted By Chris on Monday 8th March 2010 @ 11:37 PM | Filed Under: Absolutely Insane

Absolutely Insane Deconstruction

Two cranes arrived at Fantasy Island this week to begin the deconstruction of Absolutely Insane. Standing at 240 feet, the S&S Sky Sling was the only ride of its type in the UK, but has remained standing but not operating since September 2007. Plagued with ongoing problems and expensive maintenance costs, Absolutely Insane has proven to be one of the park's most unreliable rides. Speculation suggests that the ride has been sold for scrap value as the park struggled to find a prospective buyer.

Selling the ride also supports a recent report in the Skegness Standard, revealing the parks financial burden. Energy providor EDF threatened to disconnect the electricity supply to the park based on an amounted debt of £75,000. Negotiations were made to pay the debt back in periodical installments. Air your thoughts about Absolutely Insane in the Island Quest discussion forums.

The train for Millennium Roller Coaster has been reinstated onto its track ready for the park to reopen from this Saturday on a weekends only basis until Easter.

Thanks to Steve and Chaz for the information.

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.

New Rides for Bottons and Pleasure Island
Posted By Chris on Thursday 14th January 2010 @ 10:36 PM | Filed Under: Nearby Attractions

New Rides for Bottons and Pleasure Island

Bottons Pleasure Beach in Skegness has confirmed a new ride for the 2010 season, their first new addition since Rockin’ Roller in 2006. The ride is to be named ‘Remix II’ and speculated to be a 4 arm Tivoli Extreme Orbiter, aimed at the family thrill market.

Wristband pricing will increase for the 2010 season, seeing prices rise from £12 to £13 for an all-day wristband, and £9 for wristbands purchased after 5pm. Once again, the park is holding their annual charity evening, when wristbands are priced at £4 during the evening of June 11th, with all proceeds going to local charities. A special fun night is also being held on September 11th 2010, featuring a fireworks display, a free raffle and free face painting as well as a range of activities. Bottons reopens on weekends only from March 13th 2010, until Easter.

Pleasure Island in Cleethorpes is also promoting a new ride for the 2010 season. The ride is a ghost train, named Blomberg’s Tomb of Terror. The park also sees the addition of an outdoor ice skating rink, and new shows from Tommy Tinkaboo, the African Acrobats and the sea lions. Pleasure Island reopens on April 1st 2010.

Thanks to Stuart Gutteridge and Martyn for the information.

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