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Fantasy Island Retrospective
Posted By Chris on Friday 16th February 2018 @ 8:10 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

Fantasy Island Retrospective

Hey Islanders. It's been a while, so I thought I'd review the progress that has been made over the last few years at Fantasy Island.

Due to apparent financial difficulties, the park stagnated with little to no investment for several years before financial administrators were appointed in 2014. The park continued to operate as normal during the administration process.

In March 2016, Mellors Group purchased Fantasy Island with plans to invest millions into the transformation of the park. It wasn't long before these plans came to fruition as G-Force, the world's first and only Fabbri Giant Booster, returned to the park. This unique ride was originally installed at Fantasy Island in 2002 before being removed in 2004. G-Force had been standing but not operating at the Mondial Rides factory during the intervening years.

As the 2016 season drew to a close, the Mellors Group pledged to invest £25m into Fantasy Island as part of a 10 year plan. Cosmetic work continued around the park and several new rides and attractions (including a bowling alley and mini golf course) have been introduced. One of the most significant investments has been to the pyramid interior, which was barely recognisable to guests returning for the 2017 season. The dark, well themed environment is a stark contrast to the bright and airy aesthetic that was there before. This is complemented nicely by animatronic figures and the new Dragon Mountain show; which fuses projection mapping and special effects to 'capture the essence of the Fantasy Island brand'.

Fantasy Mouse was replaced by Mellors' own identical Reverchon spinning coaster at the beginning of the 2017 season. The original Fantasy Mouse was relocated to Dreamland Margate. Mellors' Mouse was temporarily removed from Fantasy Island in June, and again in October, to attend prior commitments at other fairgrounds.

October 2017 saw the development of Fear Island. The park collaborated with AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment to produce two scare attractions for their Halloween inspired event. Both Psycho Mansion and Dark Waters seemed to prove popular with guests of all ages.

No sooner had the park closed for the season, more cosmetic work began around the park. During the winter months, the Millennium Rollercoaster track has been painted pink with green supports.

Sadly, G-Force and Amazing Confusion have been removed. These have been replaced by a Huss Frisbee and Magic. Both of which debuted in the UK at Nottingham Goose Fair in October 2017; receiving mixed reviews amongst enthusiasts.

Fantasy Island is due to reopen on 17th March 2018.





Fantasy Island Appoints Financial Administrators
Posted By Chris on Wednesday 6th August 2014 @ 7:16 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

Fantasy Island Appoints Financial Administrators

A financial administration process is now underway at Fantasy Island. Duff & Phelps administrators have been called in to evaluate the finances of the owners of Fantasy Island; Conduit Skegness Limited. Despite this, the business will continue to operate as normal throughout this process and no job losses are anticipated for the near future.

The administrators have issued a statement which has indicated that they will evaluate the sustainability of the business before engaging with any parties interested in acquiring the business, its land or any assets, although registrations of interest are welcome.

Fantasy Island has also issued a statement via their Facebook Page to reassure guests that the administration process will have no impact on visitors enjoyment.

Local media reports have highlighted the significance of Fantasy Island for attracting thousands of visitors to Ingoldmells and the surrounding area.




Odyssey and Volcano Open for 2014 Season
Posted By Chris on Tuesday 10th June 2014 @ 6:44 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

Odyssey and Volcano Open for 2014 Season

Odyssey, the park's Vekoma SLC, opened for the first time in 2014 last weekend. After being closed for several months, Odyssey now has a refurbished train; which features a new yellow colour scheme. Unofficial reports indicate that the park will be painting the track in the future as part of ongoing maintenance work to protect the ride from the harsh elements of the east coast.

Volcanic Impact has also reopened following several months of downtime this year. During this time, a major refurbishment project has been undertaken. The towering 200ft S&S Space Shot has been painted black and new banners have been attached to the ride car. Red flashing lights have been added to the loading area.

Elsewhere, The Beast has also recently reopened after being closed for a few weeks. The ride was stripped down completely as work has reportedly been carried out to the gearbox.

Thanks to Dan Boot, Liam Brittain and Barry Harley for the info.




Updated: May 2014 News Roundup
Posted By Chris on Tuesday 13th May 2014 @ 9:38 PM | Filed Under: General Park News

Updated: May 2014 News Roundup

Update (19/5/2014): The scaffolding around Volcanic Impact has now been completely removed, suggesting that the S&S Space Shot is due to reopen imminently. A new/refurbished train has been seen, in the process of being unloaded, in the Odyssey station recently. The train is now yellow with black restraints and it will be subjected to the usual tests before reopening to the public. Elsewhere, The Beast remains unavailable whilst maintenance work continues to take place. Chris Cunliffe has shared his photo update here.



As the park has been open for a couple of months, we take a look at the recent happenings at Fantasy Island.

New Park Map and Logo
Earlier this year, Fantasy Island carried out a complete rebrand. The amusement park showed off their shiny new logo and park map just before the park opened for the 2014 season.

Volcanic Impact
Over the last few months, extensive cosmetic work has been taking place on Volcanic Impact. The ride has been covered in scaffolding since February 2014. The new black paint job has been revealed as the scaffolding is in the process of being taken down.

The Beast
The Beast has been subject to some downtime over the last few weeks. As the ride has been stripped down, it has been speculated that the gearbox is the cause of the problem. Itís unclear when the Mondial Top Scan will reopen.

Odyssey
The Odyssey train is still nowhere to be seen. The reasoning for this is currently unclear, but similar delays were endured last year.

New Food Outlets
Elsewhere, Burger King has now opened in the drive-thru/restaurant outlet on Roman Bank; which has been previously occupied by McDonalds and a Mobility Scooter shop. There is also a new Subway kiosk located near Techno Jump and Millennium Rollercoaster.

Thanks to Dan Boot and Chris Cunliffe for the information.




Season Launching with a Bang
Posted By Chris on Wednesday 12th February 2014 @ 7:11 PM | Filed Under: Events

Season Launching with a Bang

Fantasy Island are kick starting the 2014 season with a bang. The amusement park re-opens on Saturday 15th March and all-day ride wristbands on the first day will be priced at £5 each on the day. Prices for the rest of the season are reportedly remaining the same as last year, but the park are currently running a promotion to save 20% on wristband prices; when purchased online before 15th March.

A fireworks display is going to be held on Saturday 15th March at 6:30pm as well as further entertainment in Scallywagís Showbar. Sophie from MTVís Geordie Shore will also be making a special appearance at Fantasy Island.




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