Adventure Island History
Adventure Island is a free-admission amusement park in Southend-on-Sea, England. This is a great family park with rides such as; Rage, Green Scream and Mini Mega Coaster. This is a wristband park where you pay for different colour wristbands depending on your height. 5 Roller Coasters can be found here.
The park was previously known as Peter Pan’s Playground and latterly Peter Pan’s Adventure Island before becoming simply Adventure Island. The site is currently owned and managed by Stockvale Limited.
Adventure Island started out in 1918 as Sunken Gardens, a seaside garden that in the 1920s installed a few children’s rides. In 1976, The land to the west of the pier was purchased by the Miller family. In 1995 the park was vastly expanded when the land to the east of the pier was purchased to form part of the park.
In 1999, the park launched the Rollercoaster Green Scream. It was once described as the park’s signature ride but this title has now been taken by Rage. The second Rollercoaster at the park is Barnstormer, which opened in 2000. The third Rollercoaster is named Mighty Mini Mega, which opened in 2003. Then Kiddi Koasta, A children’s Rollercoaster opened to the public on 30 April 2011.
The fifth Roller coaster Rage opened in February 2007. It is one of the biggest investments the park has made. The ride costs in the region of £3 million and is located on the former Raging River Log Flume site, Sky Drop and Vortex were relocated to new positions in the park to make way for it. The ride is about 72 ft in height and has a 97-degree drop, Inversions include A vertical lift hill, Vertical loop and a Heartline Roll, as well as a host of other elements and tight turns that make it a short but extreme ride. The ride was named Rage after a competition was placed in the Southend Echo to decide a name for the ride.
2019 saw a lot of upgrades around the park including a new ride Axis adventure islands most intense ride a gyro swing that spins rides 360 while spinning riders 100ft in the air.