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Odyssey Opens for First Time in 2013
Posted By Chris on Sunday 2nd June 2013 @ 1:14 PM | Filed Under: Jubilee Odyssey

Odyssey Opens for First Time in 2013

Odyssey, at Fantasy Island, has now opened to guests for the first time this season.

Problems with Odyssey became clear when the train wasn’t returned to the track in the weeks leading up to the beginning of the season. Despite this, most of the other rides at the park opened on 16th March. Sources at the park confirmed that they were waiting for a replacement part from Odyssey’s manufacturer, Vekoma, before they could reassemble the train.

The train was eventually put back together in late May, but more problems with the brakes and seat restraint sensors were identified during the rigorous testing procedure. As soon as these problems were resolved, Leisure Technical Consultants were called in to approve the safety of the ride.

The ride opened to guests just after lunchtime on Sunday 2nd June and will remain open daily* until the end of the season. For the latest information about ride availability, check the Fantasy Island Facebook Page for daily announcements.

* - Odyssey will open subject to the park’s operating calendar and strict wind restrictions. During off peak periods, operation of Odyssey may be rotated on an hourly basis with Millennium Roller Coaster.

Updated: 2013 Ride Availability Review
Posted By Chris on Sunday 31st March 2013 @ 10:16 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

Updated: 2013 Ride Availability Review

Update 2nd June 2013: Odyssey re-opened on 2nd June.

Update 27th May 2013: The Odyssey train has been returned to the track. However, an opening date is yet to be announced as further technical problems have developed.

Update 16th April 2013: Odyssey will be closed until May 2013.

Fantasy Island has been open for a few weeks now, with most rides springing back into action for the busy Easter holiday period. However, a number of rides have already suffered setbacks; with some failing to open. Volcanic Impact has only recently joined the lineup of available rides.

Daily ride availability reports, shared by Fantasy Island on social media, indicate that the majority of rides have now reopened. Unfortunately, Odyssey is yet to make an appearance as the train still hasn’t been returned to its track. Responding to feedback, the park have commented that they are awaiting parts for the ride which ‘won’t arrive for another few weeks’. With more vital maintenance work to be carried out, as well as vigorous testing, it remains to be seen when the park’s signature ride will be available.

N.B. During off peak dates (i.e. outside of school holidays), the park will open for shorter hours and rotational ride operation may occur.

Competition Winner Announced
Posted By Chris on Wednesday 27th March 2013 @ 6:27 PM | Filed Under: IQ News

Competition Winner Announced

Recently, we ran a competition for a chance to win a family day out at Fantasy Island.

The response was fantastic, with a diverse range of entries describing their favourite thing about Fantasy Island. After reviewing all of the entries, we carefully shortlisted our favourite answers before selecting the winner at random.

We would like to congratulate Dawn Beech for winning the four wristbands (kindly supplied by Fantasy Island) and hope she has a brilliant time at Fantasy Island with her family.

Dawn’s entry:
”The feeling of being back "home". Memories of happy family times together, watching the shows and the children joining in with the dances :0).

I watched it being built as a child and now take my own children too. Enjoy as much I did, as both a child and a (sort of) grown up. Fantasy Island always brings out the inner child in me!”

Wall of Death and Pizza
Posted By Chris on Thursday 21st February 2013 @ 4:46 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

Wall of Death and Pizza

With just a few weeks to go before Fantasy Island opens for the 2013 season, the park has released information about a few additions to the park. The moving rock climbing wall and bucking bronco will both make a return since they proved to be popular with guests last season. Both of these will be included in the wristband system, or individually priced at £1.50 on a live card. The new children’s play area will also be included in the wristband during off peak periods.

The Wall of Death motorcycle stunt show will be visiting Fantasy Island during the season and open every day during the school holidays. It will be priced at £3 for ages 13+, £1.50 for children aged 5 to 12 and free for under 5’s.

Domino’s Pizza is opening an outlet at Fantasy Island, which will deliver orders to caravan parks in the surrounding area. Customers will be able to order via the Fantasy Island website when the outlet opens. There are plans for opening deals and promotions including free slices of pizza and free ride wristbands.

Children's Play Area and Seaquarium Improvements
Posted By Chris on Friday 1st February 2013 @ 2:25 PM | Filed Under: Childrens Rides

Children's Play Area and Seaquarium Improvements

During the winter months, work has been taking place inside the Pyramid to pave the way for a new children’s play area. The project was initially announced last year but will now open during the 2013 season. A name and theming for the new attraction are yet to be determined. More details will be announced by Fantasy Island in the next few weeks.

Elsewhere in the Pyramid, renovation work is being carried out on the Magical Seaquarium ride. This includes cosmetic improvements to revitalise the UV theming as well as a track modification to create more space for a future project in the lower level of the Pyramid.

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