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Rhombus' Rocket Reopens
Posted By Chris on Tuesday 5th July 2011 @ 10:04 PM | Filed Under: Rhombus Rocket

Rhombus' Rocket Reopens

Rhombus' Rocket reopened at the weekend after significant maintenance work has taken place on the ride over the last few months. The powered coaster has remained closed since late April, when the train stopped half way around the track; with riders on board who had to be rescued. Reports indicate that the incident was caused due to low insulation readings along the copper line which runs around the track. In related news, Rhombus' Rocket now features on ride photography, so riders of the popular ride can purchase souvenir photographs. Unfortunately, it appears that on ride photography for Jubilee Odyssey is no longer available.




Amazing Confusion Reopens
Posted By Chris on Thursday 28th April 2011 @ 8:10 PM | Filed Under: Amazing Confusion

Amazing Confusion Reopens

Amazing Confusion, the world’s first Mondial Ultra Max, has reopened this week after significant maintenance work has been carried out over the past 10 months. The ride first closed in June last year, when just one section of seats was removed to gain access to the main arm. In September, it became apparent that the problem was particularly significant as the majority of the ride was deconstructed with parts being sent away to Mondial, the ride manufacturer, to be repaired or replaced. The ride was still in pieces throughout winter, with little to no indication when the ride would reopen. Earlier this month, reports indicated that Amazing Confusion was being reconstructed and three weeks later the ride reopened to guests.

Elsewhere in the park, both rollercoasters have been open for the past few weeks seeing both open late into the night. The park have also introduced rotational ride operation for a number of rides during off peak times, whereby staff move between rides so that each ride opens during specific times. A few rides still remain unavailable, including Rhombus' Rocket, Monkey Jump and the Elephant Ride. Nonetheless, the park have added a page to their website to indicate which rides are unavailable.




Butlins Bans Bumping the Bumper Cars
Posted By Chris on Thursday 28th April 2011 @ 8:07 PM | Filed Under: Nearby Attractions

Butlins Bans Bumping the Bumper Cars

Butlins have introduced a ban on bumping into other riders on the dodgems at each of their resorts. Introducing the ride to the UK holiday camps in 1927, Billy Butlin may have been a pioneer of his time as the ride is now a common sight at travelling fairs up and down the country. Due to new health and safety restrictions in place at the holiday camps, riders will now need to drive in a more orderly fashion; avoiding contact with other riders for fear of being banned. Defending the decision the resort director has cited incidents of "broken bones, due to people bumping into each other". There are currently no known plans to introduce this ban elsewhere.

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Updated: Rollercoasters Ready to Roll?
Posted By Chris on Saturday 9th April 2011 @ 7:41 PM | Filed Under: Jubilee Odyssey

Updated: Rollercoasters Ready to Roll?

Update: April 11th: Millennium Roller Coaster opened on Sunday, and Odyssey is expected to open by the end of this week.

Original article:
Despite Fantasy Island announcing that Odyssey and Millennium would open today; reports indicate that both failed to open. The train for Millennium is on track, but the Odyssey restraints were still being fitted. Fantasy Mouse, Amazing Confusion, the flume, Rhombus Rocket, Elephant Ride and Monkey Jump also remained closed.

If you're visiting the park, we recommend calling Fantasy Island for advice before you visit on 01754 615 860.




Most Rides to Open for Easter
Posted By Chris on Thursday 7th April 2011 @ 7:21 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

Most Rides to Open for Easter

Just in time for the Easter Holidays, Fantasy Island have announced that more rides will be available. The following rides will be available; Odyssey, Millennium Rollercoaster, Beast, Volcanic Impact, Fantasy Mouse, Techno Jump, Magical Seaquarium, Coconut Twist, Dragon Mountain, Wreckers Cove, Balloon Ride, Toucan Tours, Mini Dodgems, Jungle Truck Ride, Formula 2000, Jellikins, Pony Express, Jets and the Carousel. The park also took the opportunity to announce that the wristbands will still be half price until April 14th. Therefore wristbands will be priced at £10 for anyone aged over 10, £5 for children aged between 3 and 9, and children under the age of 3 can ride for free. After this date, normal prices are anticipated to be introduced.

It is still unclear when Amazing Confusion, Rhombus’ Rocket, the log flume, Elephant Ride and Monkey Jump will reopen.

The park is opening from 11am to 10pm between 9th and 25th April for the Easter holidays. More information about the opening times is shown here.




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