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|Slogan||Previous: "Discover the Magic"|
"Don't you wish you were here?"
Current: "Find yourself in a world of adventure"
|Location||Cleethorpes, North-East Lincolnshire, England|
|Owner||DewarSavile Enterprises Limited (Melanie Wood)|
|General Manager||Neil Ireland|
|Opened||27 May 1993|
|Closed||29 October 2016|
|Website||Pleasure island |
|Previously owned by Flamingo Land Ltd|
Pleasure Island Family Theme Park was a theme park in Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, England. It was commonly known as Pleasure Island. The park opened on 27 May 1993. It was originally a subsidiary of Flamingo Land Ltd. Pleasure Island became independent of Flamingo Land in May 2010 and was owned and operated by DewarSavile Enterprises Ltd until closing at the end of the 2016 season. Only McCormack's Family Bar continued in business, reopening in 2017.
Pleasure Island Family Theme Park stood on the site of the former Cleethorpes Zoo. Owned and operated by Associated Pleasure Parks, the zoo had such attractions as seals, penguins, raccoons, pelicans, chimpanzees, a whale, African elephant, tiger and an orangutan. The zoo closed in 1977. The site was sold to Pleasureworld, a division of RKF Entertainment, who announced that a new theme park would be built, as a sister park to the Pleasurewood Hills park near Lowestoft and bearing the same name. Construction began on the new theme park in the 1980s.
RKF Entertainment went into receivership during the early 1990s and construction of the park was halted. The site was sold to Robert Gibb, the managing director of Flamingo Land in Malton, North Yorkshire. When the opportunity to purchase the Cleethorpes site became available, Gibb decided to continue with the redevelopment of the site as a theme park, which became today's Pleasure Island. Construction of the park was completed by Gibb in 1992 and Pleasure Island Family Theme Park was opened on 27 May 1993. Robert Gibb's son, Gordon Gibb, later became the chief executive of the company and directly runs Flamingo Land, while his sister Vicky Gibb, and subsequently other sister Melanie Wood (formerly Gibb), took the responsibility for the management of Pleasure Island.
In 2010, Melanie Wood completed her desire to take ownership of the park, separate from the family company. Pleasure Island was operated by Dewarsavile Enterprises Ltd, directed by Wood. This marked the end of Pleasure Island and Flamingo Land's association.
In 2013, a farm and petting zoo including tractor ride was added, replacing the electric monorail.
As a result of the most recent ownership transfer, on 14 April 2010, the Grimsby Telegraph website broke news that the park had closed. Staff had turned up for work and were given letters informing them of termination to their employment. Visitors were turned away at the gate. Later stories suggested that the closure was caused by a breakdown in negotiations about the park's ownership. While negotiations took place to separate Pleasure Island from its sister park Flamingo Land, managing director of Pleasure Island Melanie Wood took control. The park reopened under its new ownership on 1 May 2010.
Pleasure Island Family Theme Park closed permanently at the end of the 2016 season, with only McCormack's restaurant set to reopen in 2017. The contents, including a 1904 carousel, were put up for auction. The last of the items were sold off in October 2018.
The theme park was split into 6 areas:
The minimum heights are colour-coded as follows:
|Height (Meters)||Height (Colour)|
|Children Only||Pink -|
-Children below the age of 7 years. --Although 1.2m like green, an adult was required on the ride with someone 1.2m.
|Boomerang||Purple||1993-2016||A standard Vekoma Boomerang taken forward and back through a vertical loop and a cobra roll. The flagship rollercoaster has been fully refurbished and as of 8 August 2018 the Boomerang is officially now open at Fantawild Asian Legend theme park in Nenning, China a new theme park and will operate under the name ASEAN Express|
|Mini Mine Train||Yellow||1993-2016||A standard 208m Vekoma Junior coaster themed to an African mine train. completes the circuit twice through drops and helixs. This attraction has been dismantled and has followed its sibling attraction Boomerang back to the Netherlands in order to find a new lease of life eventually at a park in Indonesia|
|GoGator||Pink||1993-2016||A mini coaster themed around Dragons.|
|Alakazam||Purple||2002-16||A HUSS Flyaway variant of Enterprise. This ride has been refurbished and is due to open at Fantasialand in Santiago, Chile on January 1st 2019 under the name of 'Super Hero'.|
|Hydromax||Purple||2006-16||A Spin Doctor Ride (Booster). Purchased directly from the manufacturer in Italy. It has now been removed from the site and is awaiting a new buyer whilst in storage.|
|Hyperblaster||Red||2000-16||A S&S Shot Tower at 90 ft. It has now been removed from the site and is awaiting a new buyer whilst in storage.|
|Obliterator||Red||2008-16||Previously at Flamingo Land, where it was known as Circulator. An Evolution Model. This ride has been sold to another Park in the Czech Republic.|
|Pendulus||Red||2003-16||A HUSS Frisbee Ride themed around a clock. This ride has been sold to Flambards theme park in Helston, Cornwall as Sky Force.|
|Terror Rack||Red||1998-2016||A Fabbri version of A HUSS Top spin ride overall lasts longer and is 'up-side-down' longer than other rides like Ripsaw, Alton Towers. Has been removed from the site, its future is unknown.|
|Voltar||Blue||2015-16||A Vekoma Double Swinging Inverter Ride relocated from Flamingo Land, it used to be called Sky Flyer. Has been removed from the site.|
|Furry Friends and Tractor Ride||White||A farmyard animals attraction featuring a re-painted monorail ride with tractor themed trains.|
|Flying Chairs||Yellow||A traditional Swing ride This ride has been removed from the park and is now a UK travelling ride with Taylors of Edinburgh.|
|Shreiksville||7+||A scary ghost train built for the park by Studios East LTD a company specialising in UV art work.|
|Century 2000||Green||has been removed from the site, its future is unknown.|
|Galleon||Blue||A classic Pirate Ship ride. The Galleon has now been relocated from Pleasure Island to Gullivers Land.|
|Dodgems||Red||A classic Bumper Cars attraction. Removed from the site, its future is unknown.|
|Whirly Twirly Walzers||Yellow||A Tilt a Whirl attraction with seashell type cars. As of 2017, this ride was re-located to Funland and rethemed and renamed as "Neptune's Fury".|
|Paratrooper||Yellow||Hrubetz Paratrooper attraction. This ride was re-located to Funland in 2017 but only lasted a few months before being removed and placed in storage.|
|Carousel||Yellow||A traditional Carousel horse ride. This ride has now been dismantled and sold to an undisclosed buyer, but will be travelling the UK.|
|Astra Slide||Yellow||A tall slide which children and adults would ride down in bags.|
|Razzle Dazzle||Green||A spinning top going to different heights during the ride. Is now operating as a travelling ride with John Wesseldine after having a full light and sound refurbishment.|
|Lake Boats||Green||A free-roam Pedalo boat ride that's situated in a large lake at the centre of the park.|
|Annabel Train||White||2 ft (610 mm) train ride around amusements. This ride has been removed from Pleasure Island and is now been sent abroad for refurbishment before heading to another theme park.|
|Gravitron||Blue||A spaceship ride manufactured by Wisdom rides, was located at Pleasure Island after a short stint at Alton Towers, since Pleasure Island closed this ride is now located at Barry Island Pleasure Park.|
|Tommy Tinkaboo Boat Ride||Pink||Indoors water-boat ride tailored towards young children that takes riders on a tour of the Tommy Tinkaboo sweet factory, full of animatronic characters and music (Whistle while you work) specially designed by the former Rex Studios international ride theming. This ride has been dismantled and sold as individual parts with some parts being used in other theme parks as spare/repairs and others including the famous toffee heads being sold at auction.|
|Frog Hopper||Pink||A miniature, frog-themed Drop tower ride. Has been removed, location unknown.|
|Mini Dodgems||Pink||A Bumper Cars ride tailored for young children. Relocated along with the Galleon to Gullivers Land.|
|Kiddies Cove||-||A small play park situated next to the sea lion show at the back of the park|
|Kiddies Roundabouts||White- Yellow|
|Falls of Fear||Blue||A water slide in which riders ride down in inflatable rafts.|
|Aquasphere||White||Closed in 2014 to make way for Voltar|
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