Jubilee Odyssey photos and review added to Coaster Grotto

Posted Wednesday, August 14, 2002 4:49 AM | Contributed by Grant

Said to be the world's largest suspended looping coaster during construction, Jubilee Odyssey stands 167 feet tall and features six inversions.

Update includes a full Fastasy Island park guide and photo gallery, including 18 photos of the park's coasters.

Oakwood Leisure Park in Wales was also added recently, and includes the top rated wooden coaster, Megafobia.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 6:10 AM

So its NOT the worlds largest invert right?

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 6:20 AM

I think Alpengeist is taller??? Still, it sounds good to me!! i'll have to take a trip there soon. I have aheard some rumours of reliablilty problems though; apparently the coaster was closed for quite a long period shortly after opening.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 7:09 AM
Alpie is taller. I believe Alpie is 197 feet tall with a drop of 170?
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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 8:16 AM
Fantasy islands press release was full of misleading information. They said for example that the first loop was going to be 200ft tall... at least 60ft more than in reality.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 8:33 AM
$40 million!!! Couldn't B&M or Intamin have done it for less than $25 million? How much did Alpie cost?! I mean didn't Millenium Force cost $25 million? I don't understand where all that cost came from!

Edit: And it would've probably been a smarter idea to make it a B&M or Intamin seeing as the ride now can only operate in winds under 16 mph, I think Fantasy Island got ripped, but they seem to be happy as they are putting up another Vekoma!
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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 10:38 AM

Vekoma must charge an awful lot for engineering and development of custom SLCs. I just can't see the materials for the project costing that much more. No wonder there's so many standard SLC clones around.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 10:49 AM

the reason for the high costs is that the footers are as deep as the supports are tall. this is due to the ride being right on the coast line and so has to be very flood proof.

also, since this ride opened about two months ago it has had so much downtime, i think it might have been down more than it has been up! there has been restraint problems, brake problems, valleying problems and wind problems. they are actaully considering putting the lift hill in a tunnel to combat the wind problems! also, most of the rides major elements were actaully built in the wrong place and are built with the wind in the wrong direction or something. shows how good vekoma are!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 11:52 AM

They also changed the wheels and the presure on the track to get less friction and it runs faster than it did when it opened so it doesn't stall as easy. Now i think the wind problem is the only problem left and that's nothing you can controle.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 11:54 AM

I think they're just exagerating. No small park can build a relatively small ride like that for $40 million unless there's some insane tax from importing it.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 12:19 PM

fantasy island may be a small park, but the owner is a multi millionaire who just happens to be an enthusaist. im sure that if he had to, he could have paid $100 million for the ride! just look at the parks track record, last year they installed a vekoma looping coaster, this year a cutsom SLC and next year the prototype hammerhead stall coaster, that takes some money! also, over the past 2 years they have installed a top scan, tower ride, the huge pyramid, a giant fabbri booster and an IMAX cinema. i dont think $40 million will make a huge dent in this guys bank account!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 12:29 PM

Enthusiast or not, you don't piss away money that you can't make back in a business. Doesn't make sense.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:29 PM
i guess they are confident of getting their money back then. in business you need to invest, i guess thats what this ride is, an investment, and by spending so much on flood defence it is a worthy investment as it should be standing for many years to come.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 1:33 PM
I have visited the park twice before and only on my last visit two weeks ago was the Jubilee Odyssey up and running. Whilst there I had a chat to an employee who also told me it cost £28.5 million ($40 million) to build. The ride is great but only has one train and the cheapest station imaginable - no way could it have cost that amount to build. On one of my earlier visits (the week before the RCCGB visit) I was told the owner was covered for £20,000 a day on insurance while the ride was out of action. Their website , which also claims it cost £28million also says it runs at speeds up to 100 mph. It is fast but not that fast, so I say it cost a lot but not that amount. Shouldn't complain though as we wasted £640million on the Millenium Dome which stands empty!!!!
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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 2:08 PM
it doesnt go 100mph, that is another false claim from the park, it only goes 100kph
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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 2:16 PM

Hey guys

The reason as mentioned above is because of the HUGE footers. the ride is built on the coast and on quite swampy ground the footers a LONG way into the floor. This is the main cost for the massive contruction costs. the same is true of the other the Millenium Coaster.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 4:24 PM

Whether the ride cost $40m or not, I'm sure the owner John Woodward would have looked at the possibility of a B&M or Intamin, and they probably would have been much more expensive.

The Hammerhead Stall planned for 2003, was originally supposed to be opened this year, but plans were put back. It will be interesting to see whether the park goes ahead with construction since this ride too is by Vekoma, and being a prototype will likely to be plagued by problems.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 5:21 PM

So what if it has deep footers. You think Millennium Force is built on a sidewalk? It still only cost $25 million and I can assure you it has bigger footers and more of them (not to mention two stations and three trains).

Like the speed, the cost is exagerated.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2002 6:36 PM

Alpengeist is taller I think, whatever. They dont know what they're talking bout'.

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Thursday, August 15, 2002 5:59 AM

I don't think they would have a tough time to make some money back. Each ride on JO, MC and G-Force costs £4/rider. Wristband not aviable. So if the owner would like to spend much money, i don't think it would be so much of a problem for him.

It wouldn't surprise me if the coaster does cost that much, you never can be sure in these days...

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