Black Buccaneer runs ashore. In a surprise announcement. Black Buccaneer has been confirmed as closed. It is unlikely to reopen for the rest of the season. In a statement released by Chessington, they state the ride has run aground and will not be opening in 2019.
Originally opening in 1988 as Smuggler’s Galleon, this classic pirate ship ride has weathered many storms. The ride has been a staple in the park for many years and is always a fan favourite. Sadly, however, it appears the ride has reached the end of its operational life.
After sailing the high seas for 30 years, Black Buccaneer has run aground and unfortunately won’t be setting sail in 2019. Keep a ‘weather eye’ on the horizon though to see if the most fearsome ship in Pirates Cove will take to the seas again.– Chessington World of Adventures
What this means for the future of the ride, at present remains unknown. Could a new pirate ship be setting sail to the Resort for the 2020 season? It is sad to see Black Buccaneer sit dormant, with very little known about its future.
The damned crew have set sail for the final time.
Whatever happens, we shall be keeping our telescopes fixed on the horizon to see what happens next in Pirates Cove! We’ll be following this closely. As Black Buccaneer runs ashore, the future is uncertain. Chessington Buzz will of course have all of the latest news and updates, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more soon.