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Safari Train Ruins
Posted By Barry on Sunday 3rd June 2007 @ 7:22 PM | Filed Under: Childrens Rides

Safari Train Ruins

The Safari Train ride which was recently relocated to the main fairground from the market has had its previous site gutted. The remaining foliage, station structure and fencing have all been removed. This confirms that this is a permanent relocation. The removed foliage has not been relocated with the ride itself.

The footprint of Safari train is large enough to accommodate another ride attraction. However, due to the obstacle of Millennium Coasters supports it is unlikely we will see a major thrill ride here in the near future. At this point we can only assume that the space will be used for new market stalls.




Insane and Impact News *UPDATED*
Posted By Barry on Monday 21st May 2007 @ 6:57 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

Insane and Impact News *UPDATED*

We have the latest news and updates on the two tower rides that have suffered a large amount of downtime recently.

Absolutely Insane has now been down for 8 months, with this downtime beginning in September of last year. We have been informed by the park on many occasions that they are awaiting a part for the ride, a part from US manufacturers S&S. It's been reported that there have been two wrong deliveries which has caused huge delays. The problem apparently involves the control panel systems.

The latest information that I have states that the cables are in the process of being replaced and that the ride should be operational this Saturday.

However, very interestingly and curiously the park have removed the caging that surrounds the seats:

Seat Cages

Volcanic Impact reopened in time for the May Day bank holiday weekend. However, unfortunately the ride still does not tilt has we were informed by the park recently. Fantasy Island have responded to this with the following statement:

"The tilting seat mechanism is still in place but at the moment it is again causing the problem that initially led to tilting being stopped. Sorry if this has caused disappointment amongst your members but rest assured the tilting seat option is something that the rides manager is committed to resolving within the near future."

Update: 26/05/2007: It appears as though Absolutely Insane is being recabled. This is a process which started on Tuesday, it is unknown when it will be complete. The carriage is in pieces also.

As for Volcanic Impact, this ride is down again. This time for the removal of the rails on the tower which control the tilt function. This does not mean the definitive end of the tilting function as it is possible that they are simply being replaced.




G-Force - Lost & Found
Posted By Barry on Monday 21st May 2007 @ 6:30 PM | Filed Under: Retired Rides

G-Force - Lost & Found

The world's largest Fabbri Booster ride - G-Force opened in 2002 alongside Jubilee Odyssey standing at a whopping 164ft in height. The ride was removed in 2004 due technical difficulties, complaints from the locals, popularity issues, running costs and so many more issues.

The ride was exchanged with Mondial for the Eye on the Coast Ferris Wheel, which also broke records...which also followed the same fate. It was removed in 2006 for many of the same reasons as G-Force. Recent photos from Mondial testing grounds in Holland show that G-Force is currently setup and operating at this location.

The ride can be seen at its new location below:

G-Force at its New Location G-Force at its New Location

Mondial manufacture both Beast and Amazing Confusion, however, have no link to G-Force which was manufactured by Italian manufacturer Fabbri.




Casino Plans Shelved
Posted By Barry on Monday 21st May 2007 @ 6:13 PM | Filed Under: Future Development

Casino Plans Shelved

This is old news for some, but I thought I'd still report it just in case anyone hasn't come across it yet.

The plans for a new multi million pound casino on the Lincolnshire Coast have been put on hold. The government have apparently "shelved" these plans until further notice. The reasons behind this move are unknown, the same applies to the whether they will resume this project in the future. It is still a possibility that the park may go ahead with the hotel and water park facilities.

It's also interesting to note that the official site for this project has been taken offline. Which doesn't give the best of signs.

The new arena is still set to go ahead, which will capacitate up to 8,000 people. Planning applications are set to be sent off next month with construction set to start in the Autumn.




Millennium & Odyssey Reopen for 2007
Posted By Barry on Wednesday 11th April 2007 @ 1:15 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

Millennium & Odyssey Reopen for 2007

Both Millennium and Odyssey were open during the Easter weekend and being put through their paces. Both trains were reinstalled last week after the long winter, after a series of dry runs both coasters were ready for the busy weekend. No downtime was experienced and both remained open to the public throughout the weekend.

Although the park has been open for a few weeks already without these coasters running this is still a big improvement in comparison with 2006. Only Millennium Coaster ran last Easter, Odyssey did not reopen for the season until late May! This is an indication that the problems with the ride have finally been ironed out. The ride also managed to run in very high winds on Easter Sunday, something it has always been incapable of.

The same cannot be said for Absolutely Insane however, which curiously looks exactly the same as it did during the winter. Even more curious - the carriage wasn't removed for the off season as it has been in all previous years. Volcanic Impact followed suit and also failed to open. Both of these rides are expected to open before May.




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