From the outside guests would be forgiven for thinking this resident of Aqualand was just an old American paddle streamer. However it was not until guests were inside that it revealed its cargo of moving floors, spinning tunnels and weird mirrors, which gave visitors great surprises in this highly themed funhouse.

Fact File

Location: Aqualand

Opening Year: 1985

Closing Year: 1991

The route around the attraction took guests both through the internal corridors of the steamer and also along the decks, where they could walk whilst listening to the Jazz Band which often played around the attraction.

Despite being a popular attraction which offered a truly unique experience, the Mississippi Showboat closed at the end of the 1991 season, to be replaced two seasons later by a new station for the park’s miniature railway (today still in the park as the Mutiny Bay Sales and Information booth).

The Jazz Band remained for a few seasons after the Showboat closed, though moving away from the deck of the former funhouse and instead performing at the foot of Towers Street.