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|Slogan||"Wild Animals, Wilder Rides"|
|Location||Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom|
|Previous names||Yorkshire Zoo, Flamingo Park|
|Area||375 acres (152 ha)|
Flamingo Land Resort was established in 1959 when a cinema entrepreneur, Edwin Pentland Hick, sold his cinema chain and used the funds to purchase a bankrupt country club to use the land for a zoo. The site, which occupied nine acres, was initially called The Yorkshire Zoological Gardens. A colony of flamingos were among the first animals to be housed on site.
In 1963, the gardens became home to the UK's first captive bottlenose dolphins - one of whom was given the name Sooty after the children's TV puppet. During the 1960s a small funfair began to be held on the site. In 1965 the company was floated on the London Stock Exchange as Associated Pleasure Parks and, in 1968, the park was renamed to Flamingo Park Zoo.
The park was losing money by 1974 and underwent a major revamp when it was renamed Flamingo Land. More emphasis was placed on the "day out" experience - with fairground rides, a haunted castle, model railway and a jungle cruise raft ride on the lake. Despite a more professional marketing approach which saw regular guest appearances by celebrities and stars of the day (including the racehorse Red Rum), Flamingo Land continued to lose money.
The owners, Scotia Leisure Ltd., sold the site in 1978 to Robert Gibb - himself a former director at Scotia leisure. He put a team in place to develop the complex as a national, rather than local, tourist attraction, including investing in amusement rides. Many staff were made redundant with most re-engaged on seasonal contracts.
Some of the major attractions at Flamingo Land include:
On the former site of Cleethorpes Zoo, construction for an amusement park was begun in the 1990s by RKF Entertainment. During this time RKF went into administration and Robert Gibb purchased the site as a second park to Flamingo Land. When his son Gordon Gibb became chief executive of the company, his sister Vicky Gibb and later other sister Melanie Wood took the responsibility for the Cleethorpes park.
In 2010 Melanie Wood attained her goal of taking ownership of the park, separate from the rest of the family company. Pleasure Island is now operated by Dewarsavile Enterprises Ltd, directed by Wood. This marked the end of the association between Pleasure Island and Flamingo Land.
Flamingo Land once[when?] claimed to be the largest animal holder of its kind[clarification needed] in Europe, housing over 1,000 animals. Flamingo Land houses exotic animals, including camels, brazilian tapirs, zebras, Vicuñas, hippopotamus, giraffes, meerkats, baboons, chimpanzees, lions, rhinoceros, tigers, sea lions, parrots, and peafowl. The park takes part in breeding programmes an example of which is the Mangabeys featured in the 2006 series of ITV1 show 'Theme Park'. In June 2010, Flamingoland started work on a new penguin enclosure, the first stages of which were completed in August 2010.
Flamingo Land is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), and has connections to other parks in the country:
The park's emphasis is on their collection of African animals, housed in the Lost Kingdom and African Plains. The Lost River Ride was designed to give a safari experience before its final drop, and meanders through Savannah-style grasslands with giraffe, ostrich, zebra, antelope, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, tiger and lion. The Forgotten City Lion Reserve is also located in the middle of the ride.
The park has a large holiday village with static caravans and log cabins, a leisure centre, a swimming pool, and a café.
There is also The Club and Zoo Bar, an entertainments venue which is exclusive for caravan owners and people staying on site overnight. It is a venue capable of holding over 1000 people and boasts a large stage and resident shows as well as light entertainment performed by visiting cabaret acts. There is also a small supermarket for guests to buy their own supplies.
In the past, Flamingo Land never contained any themed areas and was very much an amusement park. Since the beginning of the 21st century, the park has developed several themed areas.
An area known as River Side One opened in 2014. This part of the resort is open to all visitors. This area contains The Club, Pizza Pie Takeaway Shop, the Gourmet Grill, Frog Hopper and Balloon rides and the American Diner.
Metropolis contains food outlets such as the Metropolis Bar and Grill, gift shops, cash machines, and pay-to-play game stalls. In 2016, the Mia and Mylo Show moved with the Farewell Show from the Riverside One to the Plaza, along with the new attraction - the Pirates of Zanzibar, an all-day interactive live show stylized as a large pirate ship. This area also features the rides Velocity and Navigator.
This area is themed on racing and cars, as shown by its centrepiece ride Flamingo 1 Cars, a small go karting track. It also contains Cliff Hanger, the highest drop tower and the only S&S Combo Tower in the UK. There is also the Upper Deck fish and chip restaurant (which also incorporates the children's play area HMS Bouncy), Jolly Sailor2Go, Fortune2Go (a Cantonese takeout hut), Cool Fuel, the Fuel Stop Cafe and Top Gear, all of which are contained in the brand new 'Hub' entertainment complex. Here you can also find the Hero rollercoaster, Fabrizio's Ristorante and Pizzeria and the Vortex ride.
This area was introduced for the summer of 2007 and features a water playground with squirting jets and water dropping palm trees. Splash Battle is a submarine themed ride where ride cars and off ride posts around the ride are equipped with water cannons.
Dino Stone Park is a prehistoric dinosaur themed land which features five rides including the high altitude star flyer ride Pterodactyl and spinning family coaster called Twistosaurus, which opened in 2013.
Formally known as the 'Little Monsters Den of Mischief', this area is mainly aimed at children, and includes the attractions Little Monster's Wacky Races and Mischief Mansion. This part of the park has been slowly phased out to make way for an area themed around farm animals, such as the Tractor Ride where children 'drive' the tractors around the farm animals' pens, incorporated into the small Children's Planet area.
This area contains such rides as Lost River Ride, Kumali, and Voodoo. When it was built in 2009, Mumbo Jumbo had the steepest drop of any roller coaster in the world, at 112 degrees. This area is circled by the Daktari Express, a double-00 gauge railway that transports visitors around the reserve stylized as an African express train.
This is an all-animal area containing various animal paddocks and is located in a quiet, secluded area of the zoo. The monorail offers a bird's eye view of the animals, as does the elevated pathway that goes over a small lake to the Penguin Coast.
This children's area was opened in 2011 and combines both play areas and animal enclosures.
|1||Kumali||steel inverted||2006||Vekoma||Lost Kingdom||Reaches a speed of 55 mph (88 km) on a 2203 ft long track (672 m) and a height of 118 ft (36 m) with 4 inversions (loop, cobra roll, zero g-roll); height limit 1.37 m. Train 2x10, SLC shenlin model.|
|2||Velocity||steel sitdown||2 July 2005||Vekoma||Metropolis||A motorbike launched coaster that reaches a speed of 54 mph (87 km) on a 2109 ft long track (643 m) and a height of 57 ft (18 m); height limit 1.37 m.|
|3||Mumbo Jumbo||steel sit down||4 July 2009||S&S Worldwide||Lost Kingdom||The steepest rollercoaster in the UK, reaches a speed of 41 mph (66 km) and a height of 98 ft (30 m); height limit 1.21 m. Train 2x6, El Loco model.|
|4||Hero||Flying||16 July 2013||Zamperla||Metropolis||Suspended above the busy streets of Metropolis, on the site of the old Wild Mouse. Identical layout to Soarin' Eagle to Luna Park in Coney Island.|
|5||Zooom||steel suspended||2011||Zamperla||Splosh!||An aeroplane-themed junior suspended coaster. Train 2x5, Air Force model.|
|6||Twistosaurus||steel sit down||25 May 2013||Zamperla||Dino Stone Park||Twisting around the old Jurassic jungle. Family spinning rollercoaster.|
|7||Runaway Mine Train||steel sit down||2007||Zamperla||Metropolis||A junior mine-style coaster for children; height limit 1m. Train 2x6, 80STD Gravity Coaster.|
|8||Dino Roller||steel sit down||1988||Cavazza Diego||Dino Stone Park||Train 2x10, super Nessi junior coaster was originally named as Dragon Coaster has been rethemed in 2013 as Dino Roller as part of Dino Stone Park.|
|9||Go Gator||steel sit down||1982||Wisdom Rides||Muddy Ducky Farm||A very small coaster intended for younger children. Train 2x7, go gator model.|
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|10||Cliff Hanger||2002||S&S Worldwide||Flamingo 1||The UK's only S&S combo drop tower ride. The ride is themed like a lighthouse, and is the tallest drop tower in the UK at 180 ft (60 m); height limit 1.3m. The ride was installed by Ride Entertainment Group. A year after it was installed, the park had to remove the red and white cladding due to complaints from neighbours.|
|11||Navigator||April 2005||Zamperla||Metropolis||The first 'Mega' "Disk 'O'" type of ride ever to be built; height limit 1.21 m.|
|12||Flip Flop||2007||Fabbri||Splosh!||A gyro swing over a man made lake with water effects; height limit 1.3 m|
|13||Pterodactyl||July 2012||Zamperla||Dino Stone Park||A 151 ft (46m) tall vertical spinning swing tower; height limit 1.21 m|
|14||Splash Battle||2007||Preston & Barbieri||Splosh!||The first interactive water ride in the UK. Ride cars themed as submarines travel along a track where targets must be hit to prevent the riders from being soaked; height limit 90 cm.|
|15||Lost River Ride||2004||Bear Rides||Lost Kingdom||A 335 m spillwater ride that gently meanders through animal enclosures such as rhinos, hippos, giraffes and lions before taking an 18 m high plunge into a pool of water; height limit none / 1.2 m without adult supervision.|
|16||Voodoo||2003||Lost Kingdom||A VEKOMA swinging Pirate ship ride; height limit 1.07 m.|
|17||Little Monsters Den of Mischief||2001||Muddy Duck Farm||A ghost train suitable for families, it features horror characters including Frankenstein's monster, ghost, yeti, Dracula, and mummy as kids.|
|18||Cycle Monorail||Metropolis||A monorail where visitors can cycle on the track.|
|19||Balloon Race||1987||Metropolis||A balloon themed gondola.|
|20||Rotataur||? To 1998 & 2006 To Present Day||Dino Stone Park||A wheel themed Zamperla Ferris wheel, originally named Wagon Wheel.|
|21||Tractor Ride||2006||Muddy Duck Farm||A Metallbau Emmeln Tractor ride; height limit 1.07 m.|
|22||Gallopers||1984||Metropolis||A set of Savage gallopers, previously located at Butlin's, Filey.|
|23||Vortex (formerly Rockin' Tug)||2005||Metropolis||A Zamperla rockin' tug ride; height limit 90 cm.|
|24||Frog Hopper||Flamingo 1||Junior drop tower; height limit 90 cm.|
|25||Helitoys||2001||Muddy Duck Farm||Helicopter ride for kids; height limit 90 cm.|
|26||Fun Slides||Muddy Duck Farm||Slides for kids.|
|27||Swoosh Air||Splosh!||Airplanes; height limit 90 cm.|
|32||Pedaloes||2013||Lost Kingdom||Pedal boats; height limit 1.21 m.|
|33||Wacky Races||1985||Muddy Duck Farm||On track Ford T-models, manufactured by Big Country Motioneering. Height limit 1.07 m.|
|34||Jungle Carousel||2007||Muddy Duck Farm||Carousel.|
|35||Flying Clowns||Plaza||Suspended roundabout.|
|36||Spotted Cow Ride||1990,s||The Zoo||Junior carousel.|
|37||Crazy Combat||2011||Splosh!||Laser battle pay to use|
|39||Cable Cars||Lost Kingdom||Takes guests on a chair lift for an elevated view of the park each gondola is a different African animal ; height limit none / 1.4 m alone.|
|40||People Mover||1990||Flamingo 1||Travels from Seaside Adventure to Muddy Duck Farm. Built by Severn Lamb. Height limit none / 1.3 m alone.|
|41||Daktari Express||Lost Kingdom||Train ride that takes visitors around the zoo; height limit none / 1.3 m alone.|
|42||Zoo Monorail||1984||The Zoo||Gives a bird's eye view of the animals. Built by Big Country Motioneering. Height limit none / 1.3 m alone|
|43||HMS Bouncy||Splosh!||Indoor play area.|
|45||Playground||2011||Children's Planet||Play area.|
|46||Reptile Encounter||2011||Children's Planet||Reptiles.|
|47||Sand Play||2011||Children's Planet||Sand play area.|
|48||Splish Splosh||2007||Splosh!||Water play area.|
|49||Spotted Cow Ride||The Zoo||Roundabout.|
|50||The Swan||The Zoo||Roundabout.|
|51||Otter Water Play||2011||Children's Planet||Water play area.|
|52||Cyclosaurus||2013||Dino Stone Park||Small cycling roundabout|
There are more 120 different species of animals in the park, including hippos, camels, meerkats, reptiles, exotic birds, giraffes, lions, chimpanzees, tigers, sea lions, baboons, zebras, rare fish, penguins, otters, and many others.
|1||Magnum Force||2000||2005||A Triple Loop Coaster built by Anton Schwarzkopf that originally toured German funfairs as Dreier Looping & Sunway Lagoon, Malaysia. Now located at La Feria Chapultepec Magico, Mexico City under the name Montaña Infinitum.|
|2||The Bullet||1991||2005||A shuttle loop style coaster designed by Schwarzkopf. Originally known as Wiener Looping and previously operated in Austria, Florida, and on the German travelling funfair circuit before arriving at Flamingo Land. The ride was sold in 2012 to Selva Magica in Mexico, and opened in December 2013.|
|3||Corkscrew||1990||2011||A Vekoma corkscrew roller coaster that was one of the first rides to arrive at Flamingo Land, originally from Spanish City, Whitley Bay (1983 to 1989). The ride was dismantled in January 2012 and was relocated to Luna Park Cap d'Agde in France.|
|4||Thunder Mountain||1991||2004||Enclosed within a rock themed structure to create a dark roller coaster. The track system was a Pinfari Z40.|
|38||Frank's Exploratorium||2001||2017||Magic House to explore; height limit none / 1.07 m alone. Replaced by peter rabbit show|
|13||Sky Flyer||1993||2015||A Vekoma double inverted swinging ship style ride, formerly located in the Swoosh area. Relocated to Pleasure Island Theme Park.|
|5||Flying Trapeze||1998||2001||The four man bob coaster was built by Zierer, was previously operated in Trentham, Alton Towers, Pleasure Island before arriving in Flamingo Land and is now in Loudoun Castle where it has been closed since 2010.|
|6||Crazy Loop||1986||1995||A coaster was built by Pinfari was relocated to former sister park Pleasure Island. It has been operating as Shockwave in Brean Leisure Park since 2003.|
|7||Wild Mouse||1997||2012||A Maurer Söhne Wilde Maus Classic roller coaster. Removed in 2012 to make way for the new flying coaster, Hero, and now operates in Pleasurewood Hills under the name of Marble Madness.|
|8||Top Gun||1996||2004||Unique attraction where riders sat inside two-seater plane themed cars that spun around the centre tower while moving toward the top. The riders could choose to turn their cars up-side down during the ride. It was built by Intamin and based on the film of the same name. Relocated from Kings Island, USA.|
|9||Klondike Creek||1980s||2003||Triple drop log flume with a mine theme, believed to have been extended with sections of the removed Drayton Manor log flume in 1999. It was removed when the Lost River was built.|
|10||Waikiki Wave/Tidal Wave||1993||2008||Vekoma Waikiki Wave ride, removed to make way for Mumbo Jumbo.|
|11||Terroriser/Circulator||1995||2007||A Fabbri Group evolution ride, moved to Pleasure Island in 2007.|
|12||Enterprise||c.'84-'86||1994||A HUSS Park Attractions Enterprise (ride). Previously operated at Blackpool Pleasure Beach from 1979.|
|13||Junior Driving School||1999||2012||A ride in which kids could drive electric buses.|
|14||Circus World||1990||2000||A circus show which featured acrobats and animals.|
|16||Log Flume||1998||An original water ride.|
|17||Dive Booster||A spinning thrill ride|
|18||Waltzer||1991||2006||An A.R.M. waltzer ride.|
|19||Zig Zag||1994||2006||A P.W.S. twist ride.|
|20||Formula Car||A go karts ride.|
|21||Cine 180||A cinema.|
|22||Flying Carpet||1991||1992||A Weber 1001 Nacht. Later operated at Pleasure Island Family Theme Park from 1993 to 2001.|
|24||High Flying Jets||1982||2003||Lang Wheels manufactured 'vampire' jets. Previously located at Peter Pan's Playground, Brighton.|
|25||Century 2000||1980s||1995||A Bakker Denies ramba zamba ride. Currently operates at Pleasure Island Family Theme Park.|
|26||Razzle Dazzle||1986||1993||An A.R.M. satellite/trabant ride. Currently operates at Pleasure Island Family Theme Park.|
|28||Clown Slide||1990||A Modern Products astroglide slide.|
|29||Dead Man's Drop||A near-vertical steep slide that was located in the current Exploratorium.|
|30||Rock A-fire Explosion||Animatronic robot band entertainment show.|
|31||Gravitron||1994||1994||An A.R.M. manufactured rotor ride.|
|32||Flamingo Star||1995||2004||A HUSS Park Attractions Tri-Star. Operated at Alton Towers from 1991 to 1992. Moved to Pleasure Island.|
|33||Octopus||1987||1994||A Robles Bouso polyp ride. Previously operated at Coney Beach Pleasure Park. Moved to Pleasure Island in 1995.|
|34||UFO||1995||2004||A HUSS Park Attractions UFO. Was sold to showman John Wesseldine.|
|35||Rock Slide||2013||An Ivan Bennett astroglide slide. Last located at Seaside Adventure beside the Cliff Hanger.|
|36||Professor Bubble's Seaside Adventure||2016||Removed to make way for Daytona Bridge go karting track.|
Theme Park is an ITV docusoap shown in the Yorkshire and Tyne Tees Regions, following the behind the scenes activities of Flamingo Land. The first series was broadcast in 2001 and a prominent part of the show was the building of the new area The Little Monsters Den of Mischief. The series in 2004 followed the development of the new water ride, The Lost River, which replaced the previous log flume, Klondike Creek. 2006 saw the third series of the popular ITV1 show, and followed the construction of the park's new coaster, Kumali.
The park's animal collection has also been a main feature of Zoo Vet at Large, which follows vet Matt Brash, both at his North Yorkshire surgeries and in his role as head vet at Flamingo Land. There have been multiple series which aired on ITV1 and are often repeated on the digital channel Sky Real Lives.
In an episode of ChuckleVision called "Romany Days", The Chuckle Brothers visit Flamingo Land in search of a pair of underpants which they believe to be of great value. The coaster they predominantly ride during the episode appears to be the Crazy Loop.
Flamingo Land took up the sponsorship of ITV Yorkshire weather in June 2007 and ITV Tyne Tees weather in July 2007. The campaign ran until the end of the season. This sponsorship was renewed with both ITV regions in March 2008 at the start of the new season.
Talk Flamingo was a long-running, discussion-based website about the park with news, construction, history, pictures, reviews and multimedia. The site closed at the end of the park's 2009 season.
Flamingo Land's wildlife management initiative operates in the villages closest to the Magombera forest with the aim to maintain tropical rainforest in Eastern Tanzania. The purpose of the project is to provide villagers with a long-term fuel alternative through education and research, therefore reducing firewood collection within the forest, and thus the pressures placed upon the local environment.
It was announced that Flamingo Land would be the new sponsors of the 2015-16 Championship season of football.
A flamingo land resort fansite running from 2012 - current. It features over 2500+ photos 50 videos and plenty of information.
In 2012, park owner Gordon Gibb appeared in court charged with the assault of a ticket seller outside the entrance of the park.
In 2014, a family lost their legal battle with Flamingo Land and nearly lost their home due to legal costs. A dispute arose after the park refused to allow the family to sit outside a restaurant to eat. Three of the four family members have disabilities and they wished to eat outside because their daughter, Melissa, has downs syndrome and autism and thus struggles with crowded situations. Flamingo Land insisted they ate inside on health and safety grounds.
On 22 May 2015, a teenage girl was injured and had to be taken to hospital when a footrail fell from a car of the Hero roller coaster and cut her in the head. Another person was treated at the scene. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation into the incident. Hero reopened in early June.
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