Tyrant Boat Ride at London Dungeon closed for refurbishment

Tyrant Boat Ride
Promotional art for Tyrant Boat Ride (© Merlin Entertainments)

London Dungeon (United Kingdom) has closed their dark ride Tyrant Boat Ride for a large refurbishment. Operator Merlin Entertainments says that the ride will remain closed for at least the entirety of this year.

A spokesperson of Merlin Entertainments confirmed the closure: “We have temporary closed our Tyrant Boat Ride for planned maintenance, with the intention to reopen next year,” she said to Dutch theme park news website Looopings.nl. It is currently not know if any changes will be made to the experience during the planned maintenance. The London Dungeon website was updated to reflect the closure.

The attraction was originally constructed in 1997 for the former location of the London Dungeon, where it opened as Judgement Day. In time, it was revamped into Traitor! – Boat Ride to Hell. When the Dungeon moved to its current location in 2013, the ride was relocated and reopened as the Tyrant Boat Ride. On the ride, guests get condemned to death by a jester for conspiring with Anne Boleyn, queen of England, who was execution for her crimes, and join her to meet a fate of beheading.

The Dungeons of Merlin Entertainments are a midway attraction that can be found in various cities around the world. They all revolve around sinister themes and stories from local history. The London Dungeon remains open during the the refurbishment of the Tyrant Boat Ride. Guests can still enjoy other attractions, one of which also has an entry in the database: Drop Dead: The Ride, a vertical dark ride.