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Looking for the Eye from the Coast
Posted By Chris on Wednesday 13th February 2008 @ 1:12 AM | Filed Under: Retired Rides

Looking for the Eye from the Coast

The Eye on the Coast has popped up in Nottingham city centre. Or so it seems. It looks as though the attraction, that resided at Fantasy Island until it was removed in 2006, is now owned by EJ Mellors amusements. Touring around the UK, the ride has recently been in Cardiff for ten weeks as part of a Winter Wonderland as well as standing beside Windsor Castle. It's not clear how long it will be in Nottingham, but it'll cost you five shiny pounds to take in the view 200 feet above the Nottingham Old Market Square. Here's hoping that one day G-Force will be making a similar trip back to the UK?

Find out more via the official site for the Nottingham Eye.




Permission to Land?
Posted By Chris on Wednesday 6th February 2008 @ 8:49 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

Permission to Land?

Rumours of a further extension to the market began to circulate soon after we discovered development work that was being carried out on the main car park at Fantasy Island. It was speculated that the new development would be used as an area to sell fresh produce. Just as we might have thought that planning permission had sneaked through; it looks like we weren't the last to find out about this development. Simon Machen from ELDC, those responsible for planning and building control in the area, commented that “The stop notice relates to unauthorised works in the car park of Fantasy Island, including hard standings and associated drainage. There is no planning application in place to extend the market and no planning application has been received.”

The case is under investigation by ELDC; who are treating this as a case of unlawful development. The existing market and amusement park complex are unaffected by this development and are still scheduled to re-open next month. Conduit Leisure are remaining tight lipped. And who can blame 'em? They might have gotten away with it if it weren't for us pesky kids.

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Polls of Steel
Posted By Chris on Friday 1st February 2008 @ 9:23 PM | Filed Under: Misc

Polls of Steel

It's the time again when the coaster community vote for the coasters that have given them the ultimate thrill over the past year in Mitch Hawker's annual steel roller coaster poll. Jubilee Odyssey rose up the chart considerably last year, ranking at #130; up from #310 the previous year. Surely indicating a growing love for the custom designed, Vekoma SLC. Millennium Roller Coaster also scored well in last years poll, being placed at #192.

If you believe Jubilee Odyssey and Millennium Roller Coaster deserve better, place your ballot for them (and your other favourite coasters) in the best steel roller coaster of 2007. The voting is open for the next few weeks; closing on February 20th. Unlike any ITV game show, the voting is completely free so there's no reason not to. Coaster Fanatics have made it even easier with their own ballot creation helper. We'll let you know how your favourite coasters fared next month when the results have been calculated.




Winter Off Season Report
Posted By Chris on Wednesday 30th January 2008 @ 11:26 PM | Filed Under: Trip Reports

Winter Off Season Report

Barry and myself visited the park last Thursday to find the park pretty much as it was in summer; minus the people and of course the rides were still mostly dismantled. But at least everything was still there; including Absolutely Insane.

Other good news is that park maintenance staff were clearly evident throughout the day. A selection of which were bemused by our presence as we captured photos of the park. They were mainly seen working on the log flume and applying some of Stig's super grease to a few of the children's rides (i.e. - Pony Express) next to Volcanic Impact. It appears that the erection of the structure of the dodgems has already begun too.

The seats on Amazing Confusion seats were uncovered.

The gondolas for Beast have been taken off as usual, but the ride structure itself wasn't packed down as it had been in previous years.

Unlike last year, the cart for Absolutely Insane has been removed.

It looks like the arms for Techno Jump are still getting some TLC back at their home in Italy.

We also noticed this sign for Wrecker's Cove leaning against a storage container in the car park beside Jubilee Odyssey. A random place to leave it. Perhaps they're getting a new one to reflect a fewer number of tokens required or wrist bands?


Whilst speculation is rife about what's been occurring inside the pyramid this off season. Sadly we didn't get a chance to check any of these developments out. However, it's only a little over 2 months now 'til the park opens for the 2008 season.

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A Grande Plan
Posted By Chris on Wednesday 30th January 2008 @ 10:33 PM | Filed Under: Nearby Attractions

A Grande Plan

Little has happened, since the site was cleared after the fire at the Grande Parade Complex on the sea front in Skegness. Now the Skegness Standard has revealed that the Bola brothers have something up their sleeves for the area where the bar complex once stood. Plans are set to be revealed within the next few weeks, with a completion date of approximately 18 months for the project.

Taj Bola is quoted saying "We're passionate about the resort. We won't let anything bad go on there. We want the image of everything we do to elevate the resort. Some people have come to us with the idea of running a market. It wouldn't be temporary or shabby. The stalls would be uniform and we want people selling things you can't get elsewhere in Skegness."




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