To kick off the Bank Holiday Weekend Fantasy Island hosted an Eggcellent Easter event! The event included ride closing at 8pm and 10pm, half price Bowling for all wristband holders and a meet and greet with the Easter bunny and his chicks who were also roaming the park for a good part of the day! This event also carries on into Sunday the 16th April.
First of I’m going to start with the weather and rides again! Well, let me just start by saying the wind did not exactly want to play ball yesterday. If you could find a spot where there wasn’t any wind you’d be quite warm – and lucky! The wind chill yesterday made it a cold one!
None the less the crowds still came out in their masses to enjoy the rides and entertainment at Fantasy Island. All the rides and attractions were open yesterday. Odyssey, regrettably had to close around 1pm due to the wind being as bad as it was, which is completely understandable what should be a 38 second ride was taking 58 seconds due to the wind, even with the sandbags in it was crawling around, the staff were working their arses off fighting to keep it open as long as they could so a massive shout out to them! Unfortunately, though the wind did win and the ride had to remain closed – everything else managed to stay open though so there was plenty to do!
Operations were fantastic! Millennium was running on full trains with no sandbags all afternoon, was fantastic to see and really helped the queue times out by quite a bit! All the staff seemed dedicated to getting everyone on the rides as quickly and safely as possible while still providing the best ride and hospitality experience. Even rides like Techno Jump which have very long queues were only queuing around 5-10 minutes due to the high standard of operations the park was providing.
Couple of things I’d like to point out from yesterday ride-wise before we move on;
- G-Force seemed to have a hell of a lot more bulbs working on it than it normally does which was extremely impressive to watch come sunset!
- Sea Storm no longer has a metal fence as a gate, they now have a piece of rope which covers the exit and entrance – this may only sound small but wow it makes a difference on the appearance of the ride, fits the theme seamlessly too.
- Confusion was running beautiful cycles as always – only adding that in because that ride is my life! (Even convinced one of the the other Admins to come on)
Back to business, next I’d like to talk about the Pyramid and crowd capacity. Now, back when the Pyramid first got its major overhaul there was a lot of speculation going around that due to the amount of attractions and detail that the facility wouldn’t be able to handle crowds very well, let me just confirm now that it’s completely false. The areas for queue’s have been very well thought about (For example moving Toucan Tours entrance and exit queue has created a lot more floor space where the station used to be. The seating has been very well placed too, it’s not right in the middle of the Plaza or next to the Indoor Stage anymore, it’s all around the edge creating a much more relaxed flowing pathway for guests to navigate the Pyramid with.
The staff as always were great, getting stuck in with the work and having fun at the same time, really interacting with guests and having a laugh. It’s good to see staff enjoying the rides as much as the public! One thing I was extremely happy about in comparison to other season is ride queues now close at 8pm / 10pm rather than the ride closing at that time! G-Forces queue closed at 8pm but was still getting through the queue a good half an hour later, again, operations are really on the up!
Had another game of Bowling, but who wouldn’t at £2.50 a person! Something to mention though is how badly the public seem to be treating the Bowling. If Mellors have spent around three million on upgrading the facilities the last thing I would expect to see is kids climbing on and breaking the Bowling equipment. Remember it’s there for everyone’s enjoyment so leave it how you’d want to come and find it.
We touched on Arcade desks in the last write up where you could purchase I-Cards for bowling, Golf and Arcade credit. Now there is I-Card kiosks where you can buy, register or top-up your I-Card without having to wait around at an Arcade desk. There are around 5-6 I-Card machines dotted around Fantasy Island, which are also on the park maps! I must add these machines are currently not up and running, they were just configuring them yesterday (15th April 17) and they should be up and running very soon, this will help the queues at the Arcade desks considerably.
So that rounds up another fantastic day at the Island! As always thank you for joining us throughout the day for our live updates and streams and stay tuned for more information and updates!