Pictures of the animatronics in ‘TV’s Family Favourites’ a dark ride that was part of the Crinkley Bottom/Blobbyland theme park
in the UK.
The ride was designed and manufactured by a company called T.H.E. Limited and several of the animatronics were created by David Aldridge Animations. It opened in mid-July 1995 and closed around 1998. It was a very popular ride at Crinkley Bottom,
In the ride visitors travelled along a river in yellow and blue ‘TV Dreamboats’ through rooms featuring famous British children’s TV shows. You would enter the ride through a giant television set, its screen smashed open to allow the boat to enter. Then you would travel though a black and white section before finishing up with children’s TV shows from the 1990s. The ride featured TV shows such as Bill and Ben (The Flowerpot Men), The Magic Roundabout, Doctor Who, The Clangers, Noel’s House Party and Noddy.
Watermouth Castle in Ilfracombe brought the ride in 2001. Salvaging what they could, the river track was turned into an open-air river ride, retaining the same boats and conveyor-belt system. Instead of animatronics based on TV shows the ride now features jungle themed animatronics that came from another theme park ride from the 1970s.
A few of the animatronics from ‘TV’s Family Favourites’ also ended up at Watermouth castle such as Bill and Ben, Brian and
Dougal (from The Magic Roundabout) and The Clangers.