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Fight Night Kicks off New Season
Posted By Chris on Wednesday 25th February 2009 @ 7:41 PM | Filed Under: Events

Fight Night Kicks off New Season

The park are to kick off the season with a live boxing event in the Lagoon Arena (within the pyramid) on 7th March 2009 at 8pm (doors open at 6.30pm). The event will feature 15 bouts of boxers from Nottingham and Lincolnshire taking on Norfolk. A full bar will be available for the event, and car parking is free.

Tickets for the event cost 12 and can be ordered in advance by calling the booking office: 01754 615858. Alternatively, contact Sean Bates (seanbates@fantasyislandresort.co.uk) with any enquires.

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Bottons 2009 Opening Dates
Posted By Chris on Thursday 12th February 2009 @ 11:03 PM | Filed Under: Nearby Attractions

Bottons 2009 Opening Dates

Bottons opens on a weekends only basis between March 14th and 23rd May, thereafter the park will open on a daily basis until September 20th. The park will also open daily between April 4th and 19th; during which the park will offer wristbands for 12 during the day and 8 from 5pm til close. On June 5th, Bottons are to hold a charity evening between 5 and 9pm. Wristbands on this evening will be available for just 3 and all proceeds are to go to charity. Another fun night is planned on September 12th, between 5 and 10pm featuring a free firework display, free face painting, free raffle. The event will also offer entertainment ranging from clowns, stiltmen and special guest compere from radio Lincs FM.

In related news, Butlins have reported that their bookings over the next season is 10% up compared to last year. An early indication that more people will be holidaying in the UK this year, which hopefully means a similar boost in trade for other local businesses such as Fantasy Island. Incidentally, the Fantasy Island opening times for 2009 can be found here.




Updated: Wristbands and Park Maps Confirmed
Posted By Chris on Tuesday 10th February 2009 @ 10:55 AM | Filed Under: General Park News

Updated: Wristbands and Park Maps Confirmed

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.

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Inspecting Absolutely Insane
Posted By Chris on Monday 9th February 2009 @ 3:17 PM | Filed Under: Absolutely Insane

Inspecting Absolutely Insane

Absolutely Insane could be set to make a return to the park's range of white knuckle rides after a year of remaining standing but not open. Amidst fears that the ride could be leaving the park altogether, news emerges that the 240ft sky sling is set to once again have its cables replaced. S&S are reportedly going to be inspecting the ride, and as long as no other problems are established, the ride should be able to reopen for the season. However, due to this, an actual date for the ride to reopen cannot yet be predicted. Selected rides are set to reopen around the park, weekends only commencing March 7th.

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Bingo to Become Retail Outlets
Posted By Chris on Monday 9th February 2009 @ 3:04 PM | Filed Under: Future Development

Bingo to Become Retail Outlets

As we previously reported, the bingo hall has been cleared, and it has since been confirmed by the park that the space will be used for retail outlets during 2009. It's unknown at this stage as to whether it will be used differently from 2010. No further work has taken place on the site for the golf course, nonetheless the park have confirmed that it will be situated beside the Pit Stop Cafe, beside the Go Karts. If it gets the go-ahead, the course will be new, and not recycled from the one which used to be located behind Volcanic Impact. A limited selection of rides will reopen on a weekends only basis from March 7th, more info on opening dates for this season can be found here.

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