The Swan Boats were installed for the 1987 season in the Ingestre Lake, which had previous held the Splash Cats.
Location: Aqualand / Merrie England
Duration: 6 mins
Capacity per swan: 9
Number of swans: 16
Capacity per hour: 1600
Opening Year: 1987
Closing Year: 2003
Manufactured by Intamin, the ride worked with a series of pulleys: each swan was pulled along by a cable and every time the swan accessed another pulley the direction of the swan would change. The swan moved very slowly, so it was an ideal ride for couples or if you just wanted a break from the crowds to relax, lasting for approximately 6 minutes.
Despite its iconic status at the Towers (having featured heavily in advertising for the park) the Swans were never the most popular ride. Eventually this fact caught up with it, and it was removed at the end of 2003 due to its consistently low popularity with visitors.
It was replaced by the pay per play Splash Kart Challenge.