missed this ride quite a few times when visiting Drayton
Manor. Due to either time, or the ride not being open, so I only got
to ride it relatively recently. I'm glad I did though as it was
probably one of my last chances to try a variation of ride that used
to be relatively popular, but now seems to have become unpopular and
died out. I remember an example at The American Adventure called The
Black Hole, an example at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (also) called the
Black Hole, as well as Drayton Manor's slightly more originally
titled Black Revolver.
The ride in question was a fairground waltzer, but enclosed indoors.
This meant the main lights could be turned out, and they often had
music and a light show during the ride. The interior of the Black
Revolver wasn't that spectacular. Everything was painted plain
black, and it was showing it's age when I rode. To ride though it
was great thanks to some lights, music, and the fact it was one of
the most intense waltzers I've done. It's rare I do repeat rides on
any waltzer, having ridden them so many times. Here though I
couldn't resist a few goes in a row though.
It was finally removed to make space for a new show. It seems
unlikely we'd ever see what amounts to a fairground waltzer in the
dark in a theme park or large amusement park in the UK again. Who
knows though, maybe a seaside amusement park, looking for something
a bit different will bring one back.