Showboat once stood on the outer edge of Merrie England, opposite
the Swan Boats where the old Park Railway entrance now stands.
was themed to look like a typical Mississippi Steamer, like
those seen in the musical Show Boat. It was actually more
like a fun-house, with moving floors, magic mirrors, rotating
barrels and such, like you would expect to see at your local
fun fair these days. The boat also played host to a Dixieland
Jazz Band, that used to play music from the decks of the boat.
was removed in 1996 after several years of closure, when the
area was being prepared for the rebuilding of the Park Railway,
which itself disappeared a little while later.
courtesy of John Phillips
The Mississippi Showboat in its old home
opposite the Swan Boats*