this ride hasn't gone yet as it still stands on top of one of the
buildings in the entrance area of the Pleasure Beach where it's been
since 1922 forming an
elaborate decoration. Visitors can no longer climb aboard though.
What you used to be able to do was walk around a large funhouse
style attraction, part of which was set on a large model Ark, set up
to rock to mimic the waves.
of me will always view this ride with nostalgic rose tinted glasses.
I first rode this about 20 years ago, and it was the first fun house
style ride I ever did, starting a love of them I hold to this day.
In many ways it didn't hold up that well against many other fun
houses I've done since, with more elaborate and frequent obstacles.
That said the low tech feel of the features, the sedate walk around
pace, and the theming and music gave the ride a fun nostalgic charm
that set it apart from other funhouse attractions. I certainly
wouldn't have ever skipped it on a visit to the Pleasure Beach.
what happened to it? The Pleasure Beach cited
health and safety
issues for it's closure in 2008, although I suspect the low number of visitors trying the
ride was also a big issue. It's a shame though, as with a makeover
to address any safety law issues, and to update the decoration and
add some new features, maybe giving it a brand name to boost
popularity (seems like an obvious choice for Dora the Explorer) it
could still function as a nice family attraction.