Well I suppose we all knew it was coming, yep another theme park in the UK has closed down. I was going to make this a trip report but considering whats happened recently its more a fond look back at the park in its final year of operation in 2006.
We visited the park in the height of summer last year and it was very quiet considering the time of the year. One of the ride ops mentioned they normally get about 600 people through the gates during the summer raising to 2000 on a very busy day. It was dead when we visited and you can see by the photographs it was a glorious day.
The park first opened in 1985 and was owned by a few companies the final one been Venture World Ltd.
The great rapids ride called Rocky Mountain Rapids, the boats are huge.
The Buffalo Stampede ride.
The parks Skycoaster
I didnt get many riders the day we were at the park.
Finally a ride for Dads. The great JCB Digger depot.
The Twin Looper coaster.
notice the JCB theming.
A closer look at the loops
The Santa Fe Railway that takes you around the lake.
A railway for the kids.
Inside the 4d cinema, one of the biggest ive ever seen. 4d Motion master. with very uncomfortable seats.
Junior Clipper pirate ship
Custers carousel. a nice carousel.
A view of the Aztec Kingdom
Junior Bronco buggie ride.
A couple of general views of the park. See how deserted the place is.
A similar view looking out at the lake.
Theming in the Aztec Kingdom. very appropriate.
The Performance area for the Silver City live show.
A Spot of maintenance before the show.
The live show in action.
They have a few horsemen and women.
They had a great speedboat trip for £3 each.
The wild mine ride from Gullivers, Called mini mine rush – now at Flamingo land.
Pedaloes. great on a warm day.
The Balloon Ride.
Left overs of the log flume removed earlier.
This guy was making fudge, he was recovering from a hangover the day we visited and still put on a good show. It tasted lovely.
A view of the pirate ship and western themed wheel.
Another view of the pirate ship, looking toward the park entrance.
The juvenille carousel.
A menacing looking Tenessee tentacles.
The ride in action
San Fransisco fire department ride. Good fun this in the summer.
Mississippi boat terminus.
This was one of the best days out we had in the summer holidays, it was a lovely park with a great atmosphere, friendly ride ops and a good choice of rides. The reason for the closure was money as with most things these days.
Its definately a day out I was looking forward to this year.:-(
I wish the staff all the best in the future
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