Our latest visit update 13th May 2017
It had only been two weeks and we’re already suffering withdrawal symptoms after our last visit to Fantasy Island! So, sit down and buckle up as we take you through the continuing improvements that the Mellors Group have been up to since our last visit as well as a run-down of our day!
Prior to us even arriving at the park a statement had been posted on Fantasy Islands official Facebook page stating that filming for a TV advertisement and promotional media were taking place. We were more than thrilled to hear the news. The park has lacked any form of TV advertisement for around 8 years and it was fantastic to hear it is something the park had considered! We had agreed to meet at the park around 11am, me (Dan) being me had decided 8:30am was more appropriate so off I went for a walk round before meeting the others, surprising to report that rides were already being tested, from what I could see Millennium, Odyssey, G-Force and The Beast were already tested by the time I had walked past the site and awaiting its riders.
We kicked off the day on a ride on Odyssey, something which is better than a coffee for waking you up! It was running brilliantly again and seemed quicker than beforehand however the lower windspeed could be responsible for this! As always the staff seemed happy to have us. While I’m on the subject of staff I’d just like to mention the staff at Fantasy Island really seem to enjoy what they do and a massive shout out to the ride operators on Odyssey, Fantasy Mouse, Mantis, Lava Creek Golf and Millennium, your smiles, energy and interaction with the general public genuinely make everyone’s day better!
So, on to the improvements, We try to visit the site regularly (We’ll literally use any excuse to even drive past it!) so we tend to pick up on little changes here and there but this year we’re in May already and they’re still in full swing with making creative changes and neatening the park up. We noticed the seating area in the Arcades Café had been moved from the side to the front of the counter and had been surrounded by plants, little changes like that have made the seating go from a smaller, cramped space to a spacious and more modern looking seating area for a larger number of people to enjoy. We also noted that Lava Creek Golf now has running coloured water, creating the realistic lava effect, really adds to the experience of the Golf, whereas before it didn’t matter where the ball went, you really don’t want to be fishing it out of the water now!The only thing that we noticed out of place was the blue water pipe for the waterfall, although I am sure given time this will be hidden from view. Speaking of water. We have also noticed the waterfall is now back on Jellikins!!
Continuing inside Mystical Dragon Mountain has had some more work done to it, and we hope to see the ride re-open soon. Downstairs the Arcade machines near Toucan Tours have had a clean-up as well as some new lighting added around the area from previous visits they have also added palm tree tops to the ride supports inside and made them look like palm trees. The little touches have continued outside too with G-Force receiving a proper wooden queue line and some of the plants being moved into more permanent looking themed wooden bases, speaking of theming the large wristband kiosk near Twister has had some work done to it, it’s been cleaned up a lot since the last time we visited along with theming being added to the front, side and top of the building and this is something we hope to see continued around the outdoor section of the park.
Rhombus Rocket was also spotted to have had some brown paint added to the bottom of all of its supports, it has been suggested that the ride is to receive a repaint at some point but, along with the big question of ‘What will replace Amazing Confusion?’ all will be revealed! We’ve heard some pretty exciting stuff is on it’s way to the Island! as soon as we have any more information on this we will keep our fans updated.
Ride availability was spot on again as it seems to have been since the start of the season. Only issue we experienced throughout the day was a minor break down on Techno Jump which closed for a short period while the maintenance team quickly rectified the problem and re-opened the ride. Even Odyssey was open all day without a single issue, a thought that would have deemed “comical” a few years back.
Now, on to the negative points. The park has done absolutely nothing wrong here, in fact, the park is the one that has been wronged, it’s you, the general public and regular visitors / enthusiasts we’re calling out here. Damage, vandalism and general disrespect for the rides and theming around the site have been noted over the last few visits. Previously we reported that the Bowling had been vandalised by kids climbing over the equipment etc, this has now all been fixed along with the broken lane barrier. This just goes to show, it’s not the park that are not maintaining the equipment as these are being promptly fixed it’s the public having no respect for the equipment. We noticed a large number of supports, theming and pathways on Lava Creek Golf that have had chunks taken out of them by people swinging the golf clubs when they shouldn’t be. I’m
not being petty, this isn’t the case of someone that’s missed the shot and accidentally hit the side, fair enough, but Im, talking supports and rockwork, nowhere near the golf route being damaged as well as the plants, rockwork and netting not forgetting people standing on the theming and gravel. And I damn right guarantee you, it’s the ones that have no respect that will be complaining when things don’t look well kept. Sure, a little TLC doesn’t go amiss at the end of the season but the park shouldn’t have to be doing weekly amendments and repairs to the new attractions for the sake of people who can’t have respect for stuff! this is why we can’t have nice things! I mean, the Golf has had to have CCTV put on it yes, that’s how bad it is. Another thing Ben would like to bring up as we don’t want be negative but the public need to be told, there has also been issues with parents allowing their children to climb up the side of Volcano and then having to be told by staff to come down and then just carrying on climbing.
Small rant over back to the positives! The weather was fantastic and we got all the rides in that we wanted to thanks to the good operations on park that day. It’s the little things like having all the seats operational on G-Force to having all the Dodgems cars working that’s helping out with throughputs! So that rounds up another fantastic day at the park. Not a lot else to report, there wasn’t any events on this weekend we just happened to have some updates for you so we thought we’d do another write-up! No doubt we’ll be down to the Island again very soon so stay tuned for updates.
And as always, a big thank you to everyone that followed our live updates throughout the day.