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Odyssey Strobes Removed
Posted By Barry on Sunday 3rd June 2007 @ 7:28 PM | Filed Under: Jubilee Odyssey

Odyssey Strobes Removed

In 2004 the pyramid was equipped with new lighting features which meant that the previous strobe lighting could be used on the Odyssey coaster. These strobes were attached to the fencing on the catwalk of the lift incline. In the night sky they would display a range of sequences and patterns.

Unfortunately, these strobes have been removed for an unknown reason. However, it is possible that they were removed due to technical glitches which were seen during 2006. Fixtures for the lighting is still intact so it is possible that this may be a simple replacement.




Odyssey to Have Most Productive Season Ever
Posted By Barry on Saturday 17th March 2007 @ 2:50 PM | Filed Under: Jubilee Odyssey

Odyssey to Have Most Productive Season Ever

You may remember that this time a year ago Jubilee Odyssey took its first test run of the year and stalled in the valley between the Cobra Roll and Horseshoe Turn. Fantasy Island are confident that the problems experienced with the ride both last season and in previous seasons have finally been ironed out. They expect this year will be its most productive season to date.

The park also made it clear and couldn't stress enough that the ride will still be closed in high winds, which they cannot control.




Odyssey Up and Running
Posted By Barry on Sunday 4th June 2006 @ 11:43 PM | Filed Under: Jubilee Odyssey

Odyssey Up and Running

With recent technical difficulties in the past, Jubilee Odyssey is back up and running. Operating of an equivalent velocity to 2005, surprisingly a little smoother. On another positive note the well known clonking sound on the lift hill is no longer present.

As previously reported the train was sent to manufacturer Vekoma for modification in September 2005. Fantasy Island has now confirmed that this was the result of a major breakdown, in which a restraint connector snapped. All restraints were replaced by Vekoma, equipped with toughened steel.

Presumably in an attempt smoothen the ride the side wheels were tightened while at Vekoma factories which led into the rollback. This caused a large amount of friction when the ride attempted its first test run of 2006, causing a rollback on the infamous horseshoe turn element.

This strongly suggests that this was a one off rollback, and is therefore not expected to reoccur during 2006. On the other hand technical difficulties are ongoing with the new restraint systems. Over the spring bank week the ride was down numerous times for restraint repairs.

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Odyssey Train Rescued From Rollback
Posted By Barry on Tuesday 2nd May 2006 @ 8:00 PM | Filed Under: Jubilee Odyssey

Odyssey Train Rescued From Rollback

The Odyssey train was present in the station during the May bank holiday weekend. The ride did however fail to open to the public. Only time will tell whether this was a one off rollback, or the technical issues of 2002 have returned. More on this as it develops.




Jubilee Odyssey Rollback
Posted By Barry on Monday 17th April 2006 @ 4:50 PM | Filed Under: Jubilee Odyssey

Jubilee Odyssey Rollback

Fantasy Island's signature attraction Jubilee Odyssey has experienced its first rollback since its opening season (2002). The train failed to complete the horseshoe turn a week prior to the Easter weekend; the parks busiest weekend of the year.

Attempts have already been made to rescue the stalled train; using a block and tackle engineers hauled the train to the highest point of the horseshoe turn. The train was then dropped into next inversion (sidewinder), we can however report that the train also failed to complete the sidewinder. The train remained at the base of the sidewinder throughout the Easter weekend.

The cause is yet unknown, Island Quest as however learned that the train was shipped to Vekoma in September 2005 for modifications. Could this be an attempt by Fantasy Island to create a smoother ride?

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