2008 saw a complete overhaul of the boating lake opposite the Courtyard Tavern and the arrival of a brand new Splash Battle water ride with a pirate theme; aptly named ‘Battle Galleons’. Here TowersTimes has followed the progress of the ride throughout the closed season period until its opening in March.

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View from the station.

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Looking over towards X-Sector.

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View of the course.

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The Tavern Building overlooking the course.

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Another view of the course.

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The Station.

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A few shots from the far side of the lake which, being very shallow, used to be a Paddling Pool and was unused by the Splash Karts

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Promotional poster.

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The path leading to the Haunted Hollow and Flume is currently closed off.

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A generator sits by the path to give the lake some light during the night.

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Looking towards the landing stage across the drained lake.

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The Splash Kart structures have already been removed in preparation.

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A look across the whole site which the Battle Galleons will fill.

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The footers in the lake bed are the footers from the Swan Boat Ride, which used to occupy the lake.

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One entrance to the Tavern sealed up for Battle Galleons construction.

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The Day Designer Booth by the lake still standing… for now.

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The Splash Kart station has now been entirely demolished.

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Looking across the lake from where the station used to stand.

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Several footers are now in place and a fair amount of concrete has been poured.

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Looking towards where the station used to stand from the far side of the lake.

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A few days later and work continues…

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as the bed of the lake gradually turns to mud in the wet Autumn weather.

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Meanwhile the Splash Karts sit in storage behind Duel, helpfully sitting next to a dustbin.

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And the remains of the Splash Kart track resides in the car park.