Height worries over we saw that the log flume (Dragon's Falls) only had a 5 minute queue on the queuing times board in the Market Square. (One citicism here - they really could do with more of these boards as this was the only place they had one). After two goes on that it was off to tick off all the rides we wanted to do - the Cobra (possibly my favourite), the Monkey Swinger (Rollercoaster Dad got soaked much to everyone's amusement), the bumper cars (Tuk Tuk Turmoil!), Scorpion Express (brilliantly set dressed but not the most exciting), Zufari truck ride (very clever if you've never been to Africa), Safari Skyway (good for views and a quick snack), the much awaited Vampire (probably the girl's favourite), the big Pirate Ship, even the Carousel and the Big Wheel. Somewhere in the middle of the afternoon we took a break and watched one of the daily shows - the entertaining 'Animal Antics' and the grown-ups had an extra stop while the girls ran around the Amazu treetop adventure play. By the end of day 1 (did I mention we had booked 2 days with a stay in a hotel!) we were out of energy and spent the last half hour quietly wandering around the zoo, checking out the sealions, penguins, big cats and gorillas.
|The Sea Lion show was fun - and surprisingly quite educational.|
|Bigger Miss spotting rhinos on Zufari|
|Some of the set dressing was very impressive. Tuk tuks are always popular in our house since our visit to Sri Lanka 3 years ago!|
Overall we had a great time and we will definitely be going back to Chessington as the girls would never forgive us if we didn't. The rides are great and pitched just right for my two. There are also quite a few smaller rides for little ones which we didn't bother with, however if you have speed freak kids like mine that are under 1.2m then they might not be so happy as the Vampire would be pretty much the only big thing they could go on. The queues were long and they could definitely do with another queue update board (although I think there is an app for it but my smart 'phone had died and Rollercoaster Dad doesn't have one.) The park did not feel too crowded and there are plenty of places to just chill out for a bit. The animal shows were well done, educational and a good way of just stopping for a bit of a rest. They also need to sort out the car park leaving system as it was chaos at the end of the day (maybe some staff directing the traffic would be good?)
In summary - other than the queues - which lets face it you get at every theme park Chessington World of Adventures is a Grand Day Out!
Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way for this post and we paid for everything ourselves. All words and pictures are my own as are my opinions!