The progress of Fantasy Island in administration

Millennium rollercoasterFantasy Island is very much an amusement park for which the old Marmite cliché is valid.

Certainly it splits the theme park enthusiast community considerably, with many looking down on it with almost snobbishness.

Not that they are the people that matter to the future of an attraction which seemed to have a very bleak future this time last year.

Administrators were called in to take over the running of the park last August, and some of the changes made under their tenure have been striking.

The tens of thousands of people that visit every day during the summer holidays – many from South Yorkshire and the Midlands – give the park the bustle of a busy London street.

Although administration is unlikely to have drawn in many new people, it has almost certainly helped to retain guests and improve customer satisfaction.

Riding into the night

A Saturday night that features all rides running until 10pm had been virtually unheard of during the past half-decade or so.

Now, the rides and their fairground-esque lightning create the buzz of a traditional British seaside amusement park well into the night.

Administration has seen a return to 10pm ride closes at the park

Administration has seen a return to 10pm ride closes at the park

And as the crowds do eventually begin to peter out, you might be lucky enough to receive two consecutive laps on the still remarkably smooth Millennium ride.

There is still the occasional negative undertone which requires eradication, however.

The park’s market still features a startling amount of imitation branded clothing items, despite a number of police stings in the past.

Some questionable instances of children not being completely under control on ride platforms were also seen on our recent visit.

We also observed the removal of an unruly and incessant visitor by the security staff in an extremely professional manner.

But with only a few blemishes to tidy up, there seems to be no better time than to visit Fantasy Island – and that also goes for those possibly still looking down their nose following one or two bad experiences in the past.

The park is what is is – a seaside walk-on attraction which will always have the occasional undesirable stagger on, but ultimately gem among of a dying breed of attractions – which have been an integral part of a British summer holiday or day trip for generations.

6 comments

  1. rach says:

    I use come years ago with my friends and was always open til 10pm and this yr it close early more often then 10 and everytime i come to ingoldmells this year at peak times its never been busy and no que for rides and it lost i buzz ages ago night rides not been same for yrs either

  2. colin Star says:

    I used to bring my kids from Scotland in School holidays the place was busy and nothing open as they didnt cater for other school holidays in the rest of the UK lessons to be learned if they opened fully from June til October

  3. colin Star says:

    I used to bring my kids from Scotland in School holidays the place was busy and nothing open as they didnt cater for other school holidays in the rest of the UK lessons to be learned if they opened fully from June til October.

  4. Steven Taylor says:

    So what if the market is selling fake clothing all who go there know this that’s why we go there because it’s cheap snd it looks good end of the day u get what u pay for I was there 4 weeks ago I spent 300 on clothes from the market and I’m more then happy with them and looking forward to coming back for more

  5. Gail higginbottom says:

    yes agree fully. a lot of people come down in low season. Due to certain pubs & arcades not opening fully it puts people off coming down. We are caravan owners & get feed back. Fantasy island would get a lot busier if other places opened earlier & closed at end or middle of November. Most places quit too early. Its such a shame as people love Ingoldmells & Skeggy

  6. Paul says:

    Ingoldmells should have a much longer season I come 9 to 10 time a year and it’s so sad from Oct on if you open longer people will come it’s a lovely place to stay