This ride actually had 2 incarnations (well 3 if you count the last
year as different) starting out as the Magic Mill in 1982. I did
kind of ride that, but my only memory of it is being on it when it
broke down, and having to get out of the boat and walk across the
gardens. Other than that there's not much for me to write.
In 1995 when the area was rethemed as Ranger Country this was
rethemed to match the new area. My main memory of this ride, before
it became restricted to only groups with kids, was boredom. It was a
long slow boat ride where most of the scenery consisted of tall
bamboo plants. The only other thing to look at were some fibreglass
storybooks with some illustrations and writing telling a story about
Mr Rabbit. My overall impression of the scenery was they'd done the
minimum possible to make a passable kids ride.
Luckily things weren't a total waste of time, as the boat headed in
to an indoor section for an impressive finales. You rode down a
themed jungle river with large model trees, and plenty of models of
jungle animals to amuse you. It's a shame the rest of the ride
wasn't up to this standard.
A couple of factors led to this rides closure. The indoor section
was damaged by the fire that also destroyed the Wicked Witches
Haunt, so that had to be taken away. Shortly after that some of the
space was needed for the addition of Nemesis Inferno. The main
change though that stopped the ride simply being re-routed was
Thorpe Parks change in target demographic. This led to the closure
of this and the car ride next door in 2001. Since then the former
site of these 2 rides hasn't been put to any apparent use. I do
wonder if there are any plans for this area, or if it will just
remain unused for the immediate future.