Saturday was the first day of the Easter break for the children but where we should have been having a lie in, we found ourselves up early and out of the house by 7.30 am. Why on earth would we do such a thing? I think it had something to do with a lot of excitement and anticipation to the day we had planned.
We were visiting Chessington World of Adventures to be among the first to try out the new ride – The Scorpion Express. We were charged up and raring to go as we had seen the advertisements on the telly and it looked great.
On arrival, we were treated to a scrumptious breakfast with strawberry smoothies and baps and fruit and animal cookies.
And yes, there was also face painting. Can the children ever have enough of that?
We were shown a little presentation about Chessington World of Adventures and all the plans for 2014 and then escorted to ride The Scorpion Express.
Now, let me tell you a little secret – I am quite afraid of going on rides. I go on them with the children – well because I have to but I am really not one for the ‘rush’ so to speak. I had seen a short clip of The Scorpion Express on telly and I did think that it went rather fast. Uh-oh!
My only consolation was that since Aeryn aged 2 was allowed on it – it could not be that scary. I needn’t have worried. The Scorpion Express was so enjoyable. It was fast but not too fast to be scary. It had the required twists and turns and ups and downs to make you raise your hands and enjoy that heady rush. And it had some wonderful fire and water effects. It is a roller coaster ride with a sting in its tail that finally all the family can enjoy together even the little ones. There is a height restriction of 0.9 m but most 2 – 3 years old will be able to ride it.
It may be interesting to know that the Scorpion, the centrepiece of the Scorpion Express, weighs a whopping 1200kg and took an intense 280 hours of manpower to build.
We all unanimously enjoyed The Scorpion Express and the children did want to go on it again. Jadyn and Ethan thought it was the best ride of the day.
We also visited Amazu – the tree top adventure that is like a playground for children to walk through and enjoy. The best part is that the smaller children don’t have to miss out as adults are allowed on it too. So one doesn’t have to sit it out with the little ones. It is great as children can get active and have fun while the parents relax. It is also extremely safe as there is netting all around the walkway. There are also some plans to make Amazu a little more interactive at the end of April and it sounds like something the children will enjoy doing as they can collect jewels and earn a prize at the end of it for collecting them all.
We were given Fast Track passes to try rides in the rest of the resort and I will be writing about that experience in a separate post. There are also animals and a Sea Life centre so there is loads to keep the children occupied. There are over 40 rides in the 10 themed lands like Dragon’s Fury, Zufari, Vampire and also Madagascar Live: Prepare to Party for family fun.
I have to say that I was most impressed with Chessington World of Adventures. The staff was pleasant, helpful and always at hand. There were quite a number of toilets and one didn’t have to walk long distances to find one. There were also convenient food stalls and restaurants in each land.
We had a wonderful day and the children didn’t complain of being tired even once seeing that we had been up early. Even at 5 pm they were still dragging their feet to leave the park.
Chessington World of Adventures is a great UK attraction and provides great value for money. It is truly a family attraction and is perfect even for little ones. I would say that it is a must visit for families.
Disclaimer: We were provided with complimentary entry and fast track tickets and a goody bag. All ideas and opinions are my own and have in no way been influenced. We are of the honest opinion that Chessington World of Adventures is a great place to visit with the family.