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Odyssey Closes for Maintenance Work
Posted By Chris on Saturday 6th September 2008 @ 8:23 PM | Filed Under: Jubilee Odyssey

Odyssey Closes for Maintenance Work

Odyssey was closed today, but for reasons almost completely unrelated to the ride itself. A digger was excavating a section of the exit pathway making it unsafe for anyone to exit the ride. As far as we could tell, they are placing cabling for a power generator for the market. A section of the fence has been removed to make way for the digger vehicle.

On a related note, Odyssey and Amazing Confusion are only opening at weekends now until the October half term. Whilst Amazing Confusion is unaffected by the work, it remains to be seen how long Odyssey will need to remain closed whilst this work is being carried out.

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Beast Reopens
Posted By Chris on Friday 29th August 2008 @ 9:22 PM | Filed Under: The BEAST

Beast Reopens

Beast has finally reopened today, after a staggering ten weeks of downtime during the busiest period of the year. This amount of downtime will have severely impacted the profit for the park this year; particularly considering the expense of maintenance work.

It was way back in June when maintenance were seen to be working on the ride. By the end of July, the ride had already been stripped down for a number of weeks; awaiting a replacement main bearing for the main arm; a part which allegedly costs in the region of 30,000. Similar work was carried out last year on Beast, as the gondola bearing had to be replaced; but reopened after only a week of downtime.

The Mondial top scan was seen testing on Thursday and has since reopened to the public.

Thanks to forum members Ingoldmells Local Laddie, Sherman454, Rachie, Speedo, Martyn and SLY 1 EA for their updates.

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Parrots of Fantasy Island
Posted By Chris on Thursday 14th August 2008 @ 9:58 PM | Filed Under: Events

Parrots of Fantasy Island

Continuing their efforts to become a family oriented resort, parrots have taken to the stage inside the pyramid at Fantasy Island. Working in collaboration with the National Parrot Sanctuary from Friskney, the resort now has its own parrot sing and dance show. Furthermore, the resort are stepping up their character theming with the introduction of pirates; who perform dance routines as part of the show. The new show encourages guest interaction, allowing them to ask questions and take part in quizzes and competitions throughout the performance.

Via Skegness Standard

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The future of Absolutely Insane
Posted By Chris on Tuesday 12th August 2008 @ 7:13 PM | Filed Under: Absolutely Insane

The future of Absolutely Insane

Absolutely Insane has been standing but not open since last September. It wasn't until June that the 240ft sky sling opened last year due to the cables being replaced. The car was removed weeks before the end of the 2007 season after only being open to the public for around 13 weeks. During the closed season, it was speculated that the ride would be disappearing from the skyline at the end of this year, could this be proved right?

At the beginning of this season, Martyn reported on the forums that the ride still looked as it does in winter; with its cables still attached to its weight. As of now, it's unknown why the ride is closed and remains unclear how long it will remain in its current state. As far as we know, the ride hasn't been tested for public use despite having its car reattached.

At present we're considering the potential future for the ride, and have reached the conclusion that the car has been reattached for illustration purposes to prospective purchasers looking to buy the attraction. Nevertheless, it's been rumoured on the forums that the ride could reopen for summer. Already a third of the way through the busiest period of summer, it looks very doubtful that the ride will open at all this year.

What are your thoughts? Let us know in the forums.

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Beast Remains Closed for Summer?
Posted By Chris on Wednesday 30th July 2008 @ 10:26 PM | Filed Under: The BEAST

Beast Remains Closed for Summer?

Beast unfortunately remains unavailable after over six weeks of downtime. Currently, the ride is standing without the ride platform or arms in sight; which are residing inside the warehouse. Nevertheless, the forums are rife with discussion as to the possible cause. Allegedly, the main bearing within the arm of the Mondial ride has worn. This has supposedly been sent away to be repaired or replaced. The downtime now depends solely on the availability of the part; which if it has to be manufactured could be a lengthy process; leaving the ride closed throughout the busiest time of the year. As ever, get the very latest information on the IQ forums.

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