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Odyssey Update: Lift Hill Motor
Posted By Chris on Saturday 2nd May 2009 @ 3:41 PM | Filed Under: Jubilee Odyssey

Odyssey Update: Lift Hill Motor

Jubilee Odyssey's still yet to reopen for the 2009 season. A number of problems have developed since testing in March, including stalling on the cobra roll, and the lift hill motor breaking soon after. The latter required the lift hill motor to be sent back to Vekoma, as parts aren't readily available in this country, and is due back on Wednesday. Unfortunately, this means that the ride will remain closed over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, with a glimmer of hope of reopening on the 9th May.

In related news, Volcanic Impact and Absolutely Insane are expected to reopen for the Spring half term.

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Jubilee Odyssey Stalls During Testing
Posted By Aly on Saturday 21st March 2009 @ 10:36 AM | Filed Under: Jubilee Odyssey

Jubilee Odyssey Stalls During Testing

Island Quest has learned that Jubilee Odyssey, the UK's tallest SLC and the parks main attraction, has stalled.



The ride, which stands at 167ft, began it's first test run in preperation for the 2009 season. It appears that the rides train lost momentum and has stalled on the cobra roll.

The park have told Island Quest that the maintenance team are in the process of retrieving the train as well as finding out the cause. Despite this, the park remain confident that the ride will reopen for Easter.

As you can see in the pictures, the train has currently been dragged backwards through part of the Cobra Roll and has currently been secured in place in the first part of the element.

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Odyssey Ready to Reopen
Posted By Chris on Friday 12th September 2008 @ 1:15 AM | Filed Under: Jubilee Odyssey

Odyssey Ready to Reopen

Over the weekend we brought you news that Jubilee Odyssey was closed. The cause of this downtime was because the land in and around the exit queue line was being dug up; making it unsafe for riders to disembark from the ride station area safely. From what we could see, the ground was being excavated to place cabling, for a new generator, beneath the surface of the ground. Now reports on Coaster Force suggest that Jubilee Odyssey is safe to reopen as groundwork was completed on Wednesday. Nonetheless, around this time of year, the attraction is limited to opening at weekends only.

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Odyssey Closes for Maintenance Work
Posted By Chris on Saturday 6th September 2008 @ 8:23 PM | Filed Under: Jubilee Odyssey

Odyssey Closes for Maintenance Work

Odyssey was closed today, but for reasons almost completely unrelated to the ride itself. A digger was excavating a section of the exit pathway making it unsafe for anyone to exit the ride. As far as we could tell, they are placing cabling for a power generator for the market. A section of the fence has been removed to make way for the digger vehicle.

On a related note, Odyssey and Amazing Confusion are only opening at weekends now until the October half term. Whilst Amazing Confusion is unaffected by the work, it remains to be seen how long Odyssey will need to remain closed whilst this work is being carried out.

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Late Season Downtime for Odyssey
Posted By Chris on Sunday 7th October 2007 @ 9:51 PM | Filed Under: Jubilee Odyssey

Late Season Downtime for Odyssey

Jubilee Odyssey has been closed over the past weekend. Sightings of maintenance employees working on the lift hill suggest that there are problems with the lift hill motor and the train. It is unknown when the parks signature attraction will re-open.

Back in May, the park was confident that Jubilee Odyssey would have its most productive season ever. Until now, Odyssey has been performing better than ever. This statement came after several years of problems with the ride. In 2005, the train was sent back to Vekoma where the restraints were replaced with toughened steel after a restraint connector snapped. The train stalled in 2006 as it failed to complete the horseshoe turn; thought to be due to increased friction as the side wheels had been tightened to create a smoother ride experience. Although it’s unavoidable to close the 167ft. high attraction in high winds, this year Odyssey has been seen operating in what appear to be higher winds than previous years.

The rumour mill is still overloaded with speculation related to Odyssey’s future at the park. Despite this, the park confirmed to Island Quest in April that there are no plans to remove the attraction. The past season, Odyssey has been in operation more often than not. Regardless of heavy rain and flooding that may have caused visitor numbers to dwindle and ride closures, it appears that the park has lived up to their prediction with a season of improved productivity.




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