Our summer holidays have certainly been full of fun and adventure. Having the prospect of heart surgery hanging over us has meant we’ve focused on making the most of days out during the holidays. This year we are lucky to be #ChessingtonBloggers. A trip to Chessington World of Adventures was the perfect way to end the summer holidays.
We’ve been to Chessington a few times now and some favourite places have certainly started to emerge as a result. Here are the things that my girls always make a beeline for:
The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure
The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure is always our first port of call as the queues can be quite long for this ride. It takes you on a boat ride through the deep, dark wood where Mouse encounters Fox, Owl and Snake before meeting the Gruffalo. There are some darker spots along the way which Sophie found a little scary the first time we went on it. The ride is a multi-sensory experience with lights, animations, sounds and smells. There is a small splashy drop partway through the ride which is the photo point. The boat ride takes you through water arches which the girls love.
Meeting the Gruffalo
The Gruffalo film is shown in the Gruffalo arena throughout the day. There is also the opportunity to meet the Gruffalo and have a photo taken with him at various times. My girls love giving the Gruffalo big cuddles and would happily stay to watch the film too. We have it on DVD at home though so I tend to steer them away so we can make the most of the rides!
The Adventure Tree
The Adventure Tree is a variation on a traditional carousel featuring several jungle animals, such as tigers, giraffes and rhinos instead of horses. There are also a couple of spinning cups. Giraffes are the preferred choices for my girls. I think they go slightly higher in the air than the other animals (they’re certainly more difficult to lift the girls on to!)
Toadie’s Crazy Cars
This is a nice gentle ride for little ones where they can“drive” a car around Toadie’s garden and look out for Mole’s family along the way. I love the fact that there are two steering wheels in the front of the car so both of the girls can “drive” while I sit in the back and enjoy the ride!
This one is a big hit with Sophie. It’s a ride in a battered looking jungle bus which swings up in the air and around. I have to admit that the safety bar on this ride is quite snug. I might not be as thin as I once was, but I’m not that big either and I have to breathe in a bit to get fastened in. Hubby is too big for this ride, so it’s one where I have to take the girls on my own. It’s just as well I love it as much as they do!
The girls love riding the little boat and bobbing up and down on the Sea Storm ride. This one is a bit of a bumpy ride with the boats turning and twisting around at various points in the ride. The boats take a maximum of two people. If it’s just me with the girls, I have to swap in and out with one of them.
Trying out new things
Although we’ve been several times, we still find new things to try on our visits. On this visit, the girls went on the Flying Jumbos ride for the first time. There was quite a long queue for this one but both the girls loved the ride. The flying elephants can only take two people. I was on my own with the girls so had to swap in and out which was the only downside. Jessica was quite happy to wait but Sophie did get a bit upset.
We also visited the Sea Life centre for the first time. The girls loved seeing all the different fish and sea creatures. Sophie got quite excited when she spotted “Dory” in one of the tanks. They also loved walking through the tunnel and looking up at sea creatures in the water above their heads.
As the children get bigger, there’ll also be more rides they can go on. I know Jessica is already looking forward to going on Dragon Falls and I’m looking forward to going on Zufari: Ride into Africa! ride once Sophie is tall enough to be able to go on it.
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