Island used to have a number of walkthrough attractions, this one
had some intriguing ideas. What I didn't realise when I first
visited in 2002 was it was a surprisingly recent addition built in
1998. It replaced a very similar attraction that was independently
owned and operated, and was also merged with an old wax museum.
The main outside area was a large recreation of a pirate ship that
you got to walk around, doing the top decks before the wax museum,
and below decks afterwards. The ship looked good from the outside,
but felt a little lacking on the inside, with little in the way of
anything memorable. It felt more functional than anything else.
The wax museum was much better. It was an old chamber of horrors
where you walked down a spooky corridor past various instruments of
torture, with waxworks of the victims. The models weren't of the
best quality, but in many ways this added to the spookiness of
things, giving the feel of an old horror film.
In 2006 the ship was redeveloped as the Blackbeard's All At Sea
ride, which closed in 2012 to make space for future development.
Sadly the waxworks also closed to the public in 2006, with some of
the space being used for retail. It's a shame really as if they'd
been open a few more years, with the increase in popularity of
walkthrough horror attractions it could have been a popular