Jubilee Odyssey

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Jubilee Odyssey.JPG
Previously known as Jubilee Odyssey (2002-2014)
Fantasy Island (UK amusement park)
Coordinates 53°11′32″N 0°20′46″E / 53.19222°N 0.34611°E / 53.19222; 0.34611Coordinates: 53°11′32″N 0°20′46″E / 53.19222°N 0.34611°E / 53.19222; 0.34611
Status Operating
Opening date 23 May 2002
Cost £28 million
General statistics
Type Steel – Inverted
Manufacturer Vekoma
Model SLC (Custom)
Lift/launch system Chain Lift Hill
Height 167 ft (51 m)
Drop 141 ft (43 m)
Length 2,924 ft (891 m)
Speed 63 mph (101 km/h)
Inversions 5
Duration 2:52
Max vertical angle 75°
Capacity 350 riders per hour
G-force 4.8
Height restriction 51 in (130 cm)
Trains Single train with 10 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 20 riders per train.
Odyssey at RCDB
Pictures of Odyssey at RCDB

Odyssey (formerly Jubilee Odyssey) is a roller coaster at Fantasy Island in Ingoldmells, England. Built by Vekoma of the Netherlands in 2002, it was named to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. It is Vekoma's tallest example of their Suspended Looping Coaster (SLC) design in the world. Standing at 167 feet (51 metres), it is the third tallest roller coaster in the UK, after the Pepsi Max Big One (213 feet) and Stealth (205 feet).[1] It has a maximum speed of 63 mph and is capable of forces up to 4.8g.


Initial plans[edit]

Original plans for the ride showed a SLC ride 265 feet (81 metres) in height, which would have made it the tallest Inverted Coaster in the world and seventh tallest overall. The plans were scrapped due to complaints from local residents, limiting the height to a maximum of 180' (54.60m).[2]


It was opened and ridden on by Prince Edward, Duke of Kent.[3] It was initially sponsored by the chocolate bar Kit Kat, but this association has now ceased.


Jubilee Odyssey's train in the ride station

During the 2003 season the restraint design was modified, due to complaints from several riders of "nipple burn", the restraints were changed at a cost of about £60,000.[4]

In September 2005 the trains were returned to Vekoma factories after a major breakdown in the form of a restraint connector snapping occurred. All the restraints were equipped with toughened steel and, presumably in an attempt to increase the smoothness the wheels were also tightened, this was thought to be the reason for a rollback on the first test run (due to the increased friction), however it is said to be a one-off occurrence.[5]

Closed sign at entrance to queue

The ride received a new colour scheme in February 2016, with yellow track and grey supports.[6]


Odyssey currently operates with only one train, which seats 20 riders in a 2 across in 10 rows formation. It currently costs £4.00 per ride or can be accessed with the Fantasy Island wristband system.[7]

It is frequently affected by high winds and will not operate with winds speeds in excess of 25 to 30 mph due to the high risk of the train stalling.

Its lift-hill motors and brakes are powered by a £4 million dung-powered generator, which converts manure into methane gas.[8]


Its reported construction cost of £28 million is the highest of any roller coaster ever built in the United Kingdom.[9][10][11] Its nearest competitor is The Swarm at Thorpe Park, which was completed in 2012 at a cost of £20,000,000.

Odyssey is the largest SLC (Suspended Looping Coaster) in the world. Its 38-metre vertical loop is the highest in the United Kingdom and the fourth highest in the world. With a maximum height of 51 metres, it is the third tallest UK roller coaster. Its 43-metre drop is also the third highest in England. Its top speed of 63 mph makes it the fourth fastest roller coaster in the UK.[12]

It was ranked 209th in Mitch Hawker's Roller Coaster Poll in 2007 and 177th in 2008.[13][14] It is also considered amongst coaster enthusiasts as the "best SLC Vekoma has ever produced."


A year after the ride's opening, the Cobra Roll and Horseshoe were lowered in an attempt to prevent the train stalling,[15] as it had done numerous times in its opening year. Whilst lowering the track had a beneficial impact, the most recent occurrence was during the 2015 pre-season, where the train (not carrying passengers) stalled whilst testing. At the start of the 2016 season it stalled again without passengers.

The ride does not operate during certain combinations of high wind speed and direction.


Odyssey has five inversions:

  1. 124' tall Loop
  2. Cobra Roll (Boomerang) (two inversions)
  3. Sidewinder
  4. Corkscrew (barrel roll)



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