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Rocky Start to the Season
Posted By Chris on Monday 4th April 2011 @ 9:16 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

Rocky Start to the Season

Fantasy Island is now open every day, but despite the park confirming that all rides would be available by April 3rd, some rides still remain closed. Whilst neither of the trains for Millennium Roller Coaster or Jubilee Odyssey has yet been reinstated onto the tracks, some more progress has been made around the park. Amazing Confusion is currently in the process of being reconstructed, since the ride was almost completely deconstructed last year for parts to be sent away to Mondial to be repaired .

It also appears that the park are continuing their effort to spread out the children’s rides, as the base for the Elephant ride has been moved next to Amazing Confusion.

Other cosmetic improvements have been made around the park, with the wall for the Jellikins roller coaster has been removed and the floor of the Seaquarium is looking much cleaner. The log flume also remains unavailable whilst maintenance work is being carried out.

The park have not yet announced when all rides will be open, and with Easter just a few weeks away it looks like the park have their work cut out to get everything ready for one of the busiest times of the year.

Thanks to Martyn from our forums for the information and images.

Fantasy Island Opens for 2011
Posted By Chris on Friday 11th March 2011 @ 8:45 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

Fantasy Island Opens for 2011

This weekend marks the beginning of Fantasy Island’s 16th season, with a selection of rides opening for weekends only until the park oepns every day from Wednesday 30th March. The park initially suggested that all rides would be available for the opening weekend, with the exception of Jubilee Odyssey, Millennium Roller Coaster, the log flume and Amazing Confusion. Unfortunately, this no longer seems to be the case as a number of other rides are missing from the lineup. Notable exceptions from the list, revealed earlier today by the park, include Techno Jump which is still being repainted, Jellikins which has reportedly been refurbished over winter, Dragon Mountain Descent as well as a number of children’s rides which will also be unavailable. Wristbands are half price between now and April 3rd due to the limited ride selection.

Rides available this weekend:
Volcanic Impact
The Beast
Coconut Twist
Rhombus’ Rocket
Fantasy Mouse
Wreckers Cove
Formula 2000
Pony Express
Toucan Tours
Mini Dodgems
Jungle Truck Ride

In related news, the park has reconsidered the age restrictions for wristbands. Full price wristbands will be priced at £10 for children aged 3 to 9, and £20 for guests aged 10 and above. Children under the age of 3 are able to ride for free.

Updated: Live Ticket and Wristband Pricing
Posted By Chris on Friday 4th March 2011 @ 7:18 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

Updated: Live Ticket and Wristband Pricing

Update: The Park have announced today that the children's wristbands will be for children aged 3 to 9, with adult wristbands being for anyone aged 10 and above.
Thursday 10th March 2011

The price for wristbands has increased this year, with wristbands being priced at £20 for all guests aged 10 and over, with cheaper wristbands priced at £10 for guests aged between 3 and 9. There is no longer an off peak tariff available, but cheaper wristbands are available to purchase in advance from the official park website.

A new 7 day wristband option has been launched, which will allow guests to have unlimited rides for seven consecutive days. This new wristband will be priced at £60 for guests aged over 8 years, and £30 for children aged between 3 and 7.

Individual ride prices have also increased by 50 pence per person, per ride for the 2011 season. Thrill rides are now £3.50, family rides are now £2.50 and children’s rides being priced at £1.50. The live ticket system is still being utilised by the park, where guests are able to add credit to a live ticket which can be scanned at ride entrances. Children aged 2 and below are able to ride the attractions at the park for free.

A more in depth look at the park pricing is available on our trip planning pages.

2011 Opening Dates and Times
Posted By Chris on Saturday 26th February 2011 @ 3:48 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

2011 Opening Dates and Times

Fantasy Island have announced the opening dates, times and prices for the forthcoming season. The market reopens from March 5th, with a selection of rides opening from March 12th on weekends only until March 30th. Jubilee Odyssey, Millennium Roller Coaster, the log flume and Amazing Confusion will be unavailable for the first few weeks whilst maintenance work is carried out. From April 3rd, the park have confirmed that all rides* will be available throughout the season.

The park opening times vary throughout the season, with rides available from 11am. During the summer and Easter holidays, the rides will remain open until 10pm, and close between 4 and 6pm during off peak periods. A full calendar showing opening times for each day is available to view below.

A new official website for the park is also being launched within the next few weeks.

* - Some outdoor rides will close during extreme weather conditions.

Winter Developments
Posted By Chris on Sunday 23rd January 2011 @ 10:55 PM | Filed Under: Winter News

Winter Developments

During the winter months of every year, Fantasy Island carry out winter maintenance on rides. This year, the park are also moving a number of children's rides around, although at this stage it is unknown what will take their place in and around the helix of the Millennium Roller Coaster. Here's a look at our photo trip report from when we visited the area on January 15th 2011.

Little has happened with Amazing Confusion since September 2010 when it was almost completely dismantled after problems were first identified in June 2010.

As can be seen in these photos, a lot of the ride has been dismantled, with the mast for the ride reportedly being sent away for maintenance at Mondial.

The Odyssey train has been removed from the track once again for winter, with more parts of Amazing Confusion lying next to the station.

Both Coconut Twist and Techno Jump are both almost completely stripped down for winter, with the cars being stored inside.

Likewise, the gondolas for The Beast have been completely removed.

This wider shot shows some of the space that has been freed up by moving the children's rides. It's currently unclear what will take their place, but there is room within the helix of Millennium for a medium sized ride such as a waltzer.

This area next to The Beast was once home to the Safari Land Train and Circus Convoy Ride, which were removed toward the end of the 2009 season. Pony Express has already been moved, making effective use of this narrow space.

There's still a small amount of space here that could be used for another children's ride.

Wreckers Cove was completely dismantled to allow the wall behind to be demolished. Wreckers Cove has now been reconstructed, but slightly further away from Fantasy Mouse, making space for another access point to the market stalls behind.

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