Fantasy Island Review
We didn’t head into the park until the early afternoon because on Wednesdays during the summer Fantasy Island stays open until 10.00pm. Once inside the park, we found it a little difficult to locate a ticket desk but once we found one, we soon had our wristbands giving unlimited access to all of the rides and attractions on offer.
Fantasy Island is free to enter and you can pay per ride which is ideal if you are with grandparents or a member of your party does not wish to experience more than one or two rides and attractions. If like us you plan on experiencing the majority of what the park has to offer, then the unlimited ride wristbands are a great option.
Attractions to Cater for All the Family
We were a large party so we split into two groups, a couple of the adults went off with the teenage children to do the roller coasters and the bigger rides. My partner and I stayed with the younger children to try some of the rides and attractions located inside the giant pyramid.
First Time Visit
This was the first time we had visited Fantasy Island so it was the first time we had experienced the rides and attractions on offer at the park. We were very impressed with the theming inside the pyramid but we did find it a little tricky locating the entrance to some of the attractions. Later in the day, once we had got our bearings it became much easier to find our way around the park.
We were very impressed with the rides inside the pyramid, it is the ideal place to spend a few hours on a rainy day with plenty of attractions on offer to keep the younger members of your party entertained. Considering it was the August school holidays we found that the queue times were minimal with the longest we had to wait around 25 minutes.
Harrington Flint’s Island Adventure’s
The newest addition to the park is Harrington Flint’s Island Adventure’s, a trackless dark ride which utilises the perfect mix of static scenes and rider interaction.
The ride’s storyline revolves around famed explorer and treasure hunter Harrington Flint, who once again comes face-to-face with his nemesis, Professor Crow. His old enemy is on a mission to raise an ancient Mayan god of war and take over the world. Only the riders can help Harrington Flint to defeat Professor Crow by fighting off his army of the dead, by shooting down Mayan zombies.
An Immersive Adventure Ride
In this fantastic adventure ride, visitors embark on trackless vehicles which transport them into an immersive new world, travelling through portals, using their laser guns to shoot down Mayan zombies and putting themselves to the test as they fire away at Professor Crow.
Another new addition at the time of our visit was ‘The Guardian’ which we felt was one of Fantasy Island’s best and most unique rides on offer. Make sure you give this a go when you visit the park. It is worth bearing in mind that lasting nearly 10 minutes a ride and only accommodating four guests at a time we would only recommend queuing for it if the queue is relatively short, otherwise, you could be in for a long wait. At just under 30 minutes it was the longest queue we stood in all day but we all agreed that it was worth the wait.
Food and Drink
As time moved on into the early evening we ventured outside to meet up with the rest of our party and get something to eat. With loads of food outlets to choose from it was easy to cater for everyone’s tastes. Following our meals we had a brief look at the market, giving our food time to settle before experiencing some of the thrill rides.
Fantasy Island has a great line-up of thrill rides including ‘The Volcano’ Drop Tower, Twister, Techno Jump and many more. With it been a warm day, the older kids had enjoyed multiple rides on the log flume and the Wild River Rapids.
During the summer months, Fantasy Island stays open late on selected days. At the time of writing the park closes at 8.00pm on a Tuesday when they have their island beach party and on a Wednesday (the day we visited) the rides operate until 10.00pm and the day ends with a fantastic firework and laser show.
My personal favourite theme park attractions are the roller coasters and Fantasy Island certainly diddn’t disappoint with two great roller coasters to experience. The Millenium is a regular sit-down roller coaster ride which travels around the entire park reaching speeds up to 56mph and featuring three inversions.
Odyssey is a Suspended Looping Coaster (SLC), the same as Kumali at Flamingo Land Resort in North Yorkshire and Infusion at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The Odyssey was originally planned to be 265 foot tall, which would have made it the tallest Inverted Coaster in the world. Unfortunately, these plans were scrapped due to complaints from local residents, limiting the height of the ride to 167 feet. It still makes for a fantastic ride and having the opportunity to experience the roller coasters in the dark takes the thrills to another level.
Laser and Fireworks Display
After a fantastic day enjoying the rides and attractions, there was no better way to end it than the immersive firework, laser, light sound and projection show which was included in the park admission. It was a great show featuring scenes from some of our favourite movies all in such to the fireworks.
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Fantasy Island Review Summary
Check the park opening hours before your visit for dates when the rides stay open until late as this really allows you to get great value for money and also gives you the opportunity to experience the rides in the dark. Don’t miss Harrington Flint’s Island Adventure’s Ride and The Guardian but remember to check the size of the queue for The Guardian and if it is long come back later.
If you are visiting on a day when the fireworks are on then it is definitely worth staying until closing time to watch them. The added benefits are that the ride queues are almost nonexistent as the park approaches closing time and you may also get to experience the rides in the dark.
A Great Family Day Out
In summary, I would describe Fantasy Island as a great family day out. There is a great selection of rides and attractions to suit all ages and the park have recently made some excellent new additions. The attention to detail within the giant pyramid is superb with a real effort being made to transform you to another world. If thrill rides are your thing then you won’t be disappointed and older members of your party will be quite happy to spend a few hours wandering around the market and shops.
We visited Fantasy Island on Wednesday 27th July 2022.
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Travelling to Fantasy Island
Fantasy Island is located in Ingoldmells on the East Coast of England near Skegness. There are a number of ways you can get to the attraction and there is also lots of accommodation available in close proximity to the park. If you are travelling by car then use the postcode PE25 1RH. During the main season, there are regular bus services running from Skegness to Fantasy Island.
Travelling by Train
The nearest train station to Fantasy Island is Skegness. The East Midlands Trains service runs a Nottingham to Skegness service every hour from Monday to Saturday, and every two hours on a Sunday. You can connect to this train at Nottingham or Grantham.
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Staying in Ingoldmells
There are loads of places to stay in Ingoldmells, there are a number of holiday parks in close proximity to the Theme Park including Butlins Skegness which is included in our Top 10 Holiday Resorts with Waterslides.