In 2004 the park made the difficult decision to remove the iconic Swan Boats from the lake in Merrie England after 17 years of service, replacing them with Splash Kart Challenge.

Fact File

  • Location: Merrie England
  • Manufacturer: Gravitron
  • Ride Type: Aqua Karts
  • Price: £3 for 2 laps
  • Opening Year: 2004
  • Closing Year: 2007

The attraction was a world away from the docile Swan Boats, as it was more akin to go-karts on water.

The Karts operated in the lake alongside the Courtyard Tavern until midway through the 2007 season when they were closed as construction began on Battle Galleons.