Beast has been experiencing a sufficient amount of downtime over the last week. The maintenance team were spotted on the ride with a cherry picker on Saturday June 21st. Nonetheless, the gondolas were recovered and entrance and exit signs were removed before the maintenance team left the ride in its closed state. The ride has remained closed since then, and whilst it's unknown what is causing the problem it is assumed that they are waiting on a part for the ride before it can be fixed. Check out the thread on the forums for periodical updates.
In related news, Jubilee Odyssey and Amazing Confusion have only been opening at weekends since spring half term. This is due to a noticeable lack of people in the area. From next month, it's expected that both rides will reopen during the weekdays of the main summer season. It's unknown whether the extended opening times will afect the lowered price of Jubilee tokens as we progress into the summer season.
Barry and myself headed out to Ingoldmells between the 7th and 14th June for probably one of the quietest times of the year. Having said that, most rides around Fantasy Island opened throughout the week, with a close time of around 5pm each day; slightly later on Saturday nights at 8pm. Jubilee Odyssey only opened for around an hour on Sunday afternoon, after being tested since only about 4pm. On such a beautiful day, it was surprising that they left it so late in the day, despite this there was almost a queue forming with the number of people waiting to ride. Millennium opened throughout the week; only closing on Thursday and Friday due to poorer weather conditions. Absolutely Insane wasn't open throughout the week and despite having its car attached doesn't appear to have been open at all since the season began in March.
One of the biggest differences compared to last year was the lack of park maps. Whilst they weren't necessary to navigate the park, the maps did offer a sense of place.The old maps featured information regarding Blue Anchor caravans, and it's possible that Blue Anchor owned the copyright to the maps and the old logo. Therefore, it's understandable why the maps have been withdrawn. However, the only promotional material for the park now is leaflets available from the Skegness Information Centre and in the Skegness Directory.
Despite previous reports regarding Millennium and Amazing Confusion paint jobs, it looks more like Millennium has simply been shedding its old paint job and Amazing Confusion remains the same shade of sun-bleached pink.
Nevertheless, the park have been recycling old ride cars that were formerly used on Fantasy Flume. Three of these have been painted and set at the main carpark entrance as planters. The plants look pretty small, and the soil looks more like dirt than compost, but they have to be applauded forconsidering the cosmetic appearance of the park.
As noted on the forums toward the end of last season, the old Fantasy Island logo and disco ball have been removed from the inside of the pyramid. This used to hang at the apex inside the pyramid. It's implied that the new owners are attempting to remove any sign of the old owners presence; and replacing this with the new park logo.
Finally,we noticed that the path that joined the Fantasy Island overflow carpark to Sea Lane has been closed since November last year. It's noted that this is a permanent closure, however it's unclear whether this is only whilst work is carried out to the adjacent caravan park development. Incidentally, this appears to be a Blue Anchor development and it could be possible that the walkway is the property of Blue Anchor. Either way, it makes a much longer trip from the overflow carpark to Fantasy Island. The route is also poorly sign posted; whilst there's signs to get to the car park, there's very few on how to walk back to Fantasy Island.
Late last season, McDonalds closed the doors to the drive-thru restaurant for the last time at Fantasy Island. Whilst the smaller outlet on Sea Lane remained open, speculation was rife what would become of the site of the old outlet. No demolition or alteration to the existing building occurred despite it being fenced off throughout the winter. At the beginning of the 2008 season, the fences came down to reveal Mrs M's Fish and Chip restuarant. Here's our first look pictures; let us know what you think on the forums.
^ Menu and price list.
^ An old McDonalds security sign.
^ Like McDonalds, M's also has an outlet situated on Sea Lane.
Fantasy Island have lowered the cost of Jubilee tokens from £4 to just £3. Making both Millennium and Odyssey more reasonably priced; the equivalent of 5 regular tokens. Nevertheless, it's unknown whether the price will rise back to £4 during the peak summer months or if this is a long term offer in an attempt to encourage reluctant guests to brave the white knuckle Jubilee rides. On ride photos are unaffected by this move and remain priced at £3.99 or 2 for £7. Jubilee Odyssey and Amazing Confusion have been only opening at weekends since the beginning of the season, due to a noticeable lack of people in the area. From next month, it's expected that both rides will reopen during the weekdays of the main summer season.
Recently, we reported that buy one get one free vouchers were limited to only the Skegness Standard and Fun Coast magazine. However, such vouchers are still being made available in the Skegness information centre as they were in previous seasons. They entitle holders to a further £12 or £18 worth of free ride tokens when they purchase an equal amount from a manned token point.
There are similar vouchers inside the Skegness directory; available from the Skegness information centre and Hildreds shopping centre. The directory also includes vouchers for other local places of interest including; Laser Quest, Skegness Bowl, Skegness Stadium, Pleasure Island Cleethorpes, Hardy's Animal Farm, Butlins and Natureland Seal Sactuary.
In related news; Fantasy Island no longer appears to have a park map. The only promotional material in the Skegness information centre were the BOGOF vouchers with little information about the resort on the reverse. Let us know what you think on the forums.
On Friday 6th June, Park Preview took a trip to Fantasy Island with the intention of capturing on and off ride video from in and around the Fantasy Island resort. On ride footage from Jubilee Odyssey, Millennium Roller Coaster, Fantasy Mouse, Rhombus Rocket, Volcanic Impact and even Dragon Mountain Descent is featured in the video that reflects the vibrant atmosphere of the park. The experience of both Millennium and Odyssey was captured from both forward and backward perspectives, offering an intriguing insight into what it would be like to travel facing backwards on both of the parks major roller coasters. Ride ops also offered up the controls of Beast for them to control the ride themselves in manual mode. Unfortunately Absolutely Insane wasn't open for their visit.