I apologise if I'm a bit vague
about this ride, but it was built in 1983, and lasted until 1993, so
I was very young when I rode it. It's very reminiscent of Thorpe
Parks early days when it had a lot of exhibition style attractions.
It's also the first ride I ever did that featured live actors.
It took place on a large island at the top edge of the lake,
currently part of a land reclaim project for a future expansion. You
rode around on a miniature railway, that followed a large loop of
the island. Around the island were various bits of scenery keeping
in with the Treasure Island theme. I remember there was a small
cave, where one of the costumed actors leered at you as you went
past, and towards the end of the ride you passed through the centre
of a giant pirate ship.
What made the ride unusual though was there were a number of parts
where the train would stop, and the actors came towards the train
providing some fun entertainment for most, although at my young age
I found things a little scary.
I don't know exactly why it closed, although considering the
park had been adding more traditional rides, concentrated in a more
centralised area it's not too hard to speculate on a reason why,
especially when you consider what it would have cost for all the
actors needed. Shame it's not still around though, as I reckon it
would be a great ride to makeover on the Halloween Fright Nights.