was in an area now taken up by a couple of restaurants over the old aquarium
and dolphin show that's now a Sealife Centre. Apparently this ride used to
operate at that amusement park. I vaguely remember this park from when I was
very young, but don't recall this ride. It's not impossible that I rode this
when I was very young, but don't remember.
most noticeable thing about it today is the decoration. It's been given an
octopuses garden style theme, borrowing a lot from Disney's Little Mermaid
film, in the funfair tradition of borderline copyright pushing. This matches
in nicely with the rides seaside location, and looks striking as you walk
past it. Sadly the rest of the ride is set on a plain plot, which is a shame
as a few models and statues would increase it's appeal.
I've been on
some versions of this ride (most
Woody's Coaster at Funland, Hayling Island) that throw off the kiddie ride
status, and an legitimately be called a family coaster. Sadly this isn't the
case here, not only does it lack theming during the ride, but it also sets a
very slow and sedate pace, that doesn't produce much in the way of thrills.
It's worth having a quick go on it for a bit of a laugh, but after that it's
not something to get that excited about.