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Old 19th Aug 2012, 20:01   #31
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This place was awesome... I was once at a function where someone pointed out a person who was apparently responsible for the planning and research that wasn't done properly. The issue was something to do with the foundations not being deep enough so the whole site started sinking, hence the closure? Memory is somewhat hazy but I doubt the guy was well regarded after that faux pas.

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Old 19th Aug 2012, 20:12   #32
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The subsidence was not a huge issue and could have been fixed fairly easily. The trouble was the company behind Fantasea had huge debts of over 6 million from other leisure sites they owned so simply could not afford to pay for the repairs.

The parks were temporally closed down at first and left empty guarded by security until the company could raise the funds to repair the foundations.

In this time the company went into receivership. They tried to sell Fantasea but a buyer could not be found and it was permantely shut down and demolished.

The Dartford site actually made a good profit for the company but the mounting debts from other ventures ultimately caused the company to go under.

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Old 19th Aug 2012, 20:16   #33
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The Dartford site actually made a good profit for the company but the mounting debts from other ventures ultimately caused the company to go under.
Shame really because I have so many good memories of that place. It was miles ahead of anything else that's around at the moment in the area. I normally go to White Oaks for swimming and weekend leisure but it's not in the same league.

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Old 19th Aug 2012, 20:43   #34
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Sounds interesting, but its nowhere near as good as Action Park!
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It was opened for one month in summer 1985 before it was closed at the order of the state's Advisory Board on Carnival Amusement Ride Safety, a highly unusual move at the time.[15] One worker told a local newspaper that "there were too many bloody noses and back injuries" from riders, and it was widely rumored, and reported in Weird NJ, that some of the test dummies sent down before it was opened had been dismembered.[1

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Old 19th Aug 2012, 20:51   #35
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They also had a looping water slide that was never opened to the public after it destroyed the test dummies sent down. A few staff had a go but most were injured....
Mad place....

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Old 19th Aug 2012, 20:57   #36
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Action Park is unreal

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Old 20th Aug 2012, 21:13   #37
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Action Park looping water slide



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Old 20th Aug 2012, 21:52   #38
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Old 21st Aug 2012, 09:36   #39
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I've not been there, but is it where the new(ish) Sainsbury's depot is? I love it when places local to me are mentioned on these forums

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Old 21st Aug 2012, 15:55   #40
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Na it was on the otherwise of the m25 on top of the hill

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Old 21st Aug 2012, 16:04   #41
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I remember urban myths linking the closures to someone sticking razor blades down the slides. Didn't believe it then either.
Think this is an urban myth anywhere, it was apparently true at the local indoor pool where I grew up in Essex also.

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Old 21st Aug 2012, 17:07   #42
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These will bring back some memories... :-)
























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Old 21st Aug 2012, 17:09   #43
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This is the only waterpark I've been to. http://goo.gl/maps/5HcKr

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Old 21st Aug 2012, 17:09   #44
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Ahh maan this place was awesome

Edit: Waaaaait a minute... I must be thinking about a different water park, because what I'm thinking about still exists


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Old 21st Aug 2012, 17:30   #45
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Fear not, because splashdown in Poole still exists. I have rarely laughed so hard as going on the tire ride with friends

Hey wait a minute some of those pictures are identical to Splashdown

They must have been twin parks!

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Old 21st Aug 2012, 18:13   #46
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Fear not, because splashdown in Poole still exists. I have rarely laughed so hard as going on the tire ride with friends

Hey wait a minute some of those pictures are identical to Splashdown

They must have been twin parks!
I think this is the one I'm thinking of also Awesome place


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Old 21st Aug 2012, 18:29   #47
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I still miss Water Palace in Croydon Had about 30 flumes, Amazon river, whirpool, small pool, big sloping pool with wave machine and it was all decked out like a pirate island

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Old 21st Aug 2012, 18:38   #48
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Went to Fantaseas 1992 with my girlfriend at the time and I think not long before it was shut down.

The water in the picture reminds me we saw loads of water leaking from the joints of big slides onto the foundations and remember there was talk of subsidence at the time.

There was also some minor injuries (no razor blades lol) just people with bruised/ grazed vertebrae...perhaps the subsidence was the cause of stress on the tube joints on the faster flues?. I certainly remember a rather bumby ride on my spine down the black hole (didn't stop me having another go!).

All the above aside.....We had a brilliant time (especially on the donut slide/pool).

Thanks for the memories
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Old 21st Aug 2012, 18:47   #49
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OMG pics!!!

Brilliant, have a biscuit

thanks so much guys

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Old 21st Aug 2012, 18:58   #50
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Genuinely, splashdown in Poole is a identical twin of that park and it's still there.

OP you can relive your dreams!!!

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Old 29th Jan 2013, 22:21   #51
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I know this is an old topic, just been talking about this with a friend and a google search dont show much, brought me here tho. So i just wanted to add me 2 bobs worth.



Been around 13 at the time and it been local to me i went there quiet alot. I dont think i ever paid to get in, used to sneak in through the exit doors.

I remember the kamikaze well as i only went on it once, hight restriction as i was to small. Small white slide only about 15ft long that shot you into a small pool. Also the Bermuda triangle, which was the one you went on on the rubber rings, never went on that either as i was to small. There was 6 slides and i went on them all, the black hole and the small blue one at the top were obviously the best.

I had a friend who worked security there after it was shut down, going to the old flumes on skateboards, a couple of them had dropped a few inches in places, so it was a bit bumpy.

Nice pics moogly, very nostalgic, its surprising that there is not more info on the place on the net, its pretty scarce.
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Old 29th Jan 2013, 22:37   #52
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Genuinely, splashdown in Poole is a identical twin of that park and it's still there.

OP you can relive your dreams!!!
I'm going to Cornwall latter this year so i'll be sure tp check it out.

I remember this place fondley so many great memories.
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