The summer holidays for us are going to be very much focused on making memories before Jessica has to go into hospital for her next open-heart surgery. We decided to surprise the girls with a day out at Chessington World of Adventures as we are Chessington Blogger Ambassadors this year.
We made it all the way to the car park without Jessica and Sophie realising where we were going. On our last visit, we’d parked in the hotels car park. This time we parked in a field near Go Ape so the girls didn’t recognise where we were until we were at the ticket kiosks.
Naturally their first request was to go on the Gruffalo River Ride Adventure. We’d been lucky enough to be one of the first to try this ride out when it first opened. The girls were eager to go on again. I did have to explain to Jessica though that this time we wouldn’t be able to stay on the ride and go around as many times as we wanted!
This was our longest queue of the day at around 30 minutes. There were various activities for the children to do while they were queuing so it didn’t feel too long. We all enjoyed revisiting one of our favourite stories on our boat ride through the deep dark wood. They remembered the little drop towards the end of the ride and were much less nervous than they had been before when we reached that point.
We then headed to the Smokehouse BBQ and Grill for an early lunch to try and beat any lunchtime queues. We timed it perfectly. It was quiet when we arrived but had started to fill up by the time we’d finished our yummy beef brisket, ribs, chicken and chips.
After lunch, we headed for the Adventure Tree carousel ride. This hadn’t yet opened on our previous visit. The girls loved the different jungle animals on the ride. They spent the brief time in the queue discussing which one they were going to ride on. Sophie opted for a giraffe and Jessica rode on a tiger.
Sophie was keen to go on Seastorm next. The boats riding on the choppy “sea” were a little too bouncy for my liking but the girls loved it!
We had a little wait at Toadie’s Crazy Cars as there was a technical problem with the ride. On the plus side, we moved rapidly up the queue as those in front of us decided to leave and come back later. We didn’t have to wait too long before the ride was back up and working though. Jessica and Sophie loved “driving” around in this ride and again on the Tiny Truckers ride which was our next stop.
We passed the Gruffalo Arena at just the right moment. The Gruffalo himself was there for a meet and greet and the girls were very excited to see him again. They gave him a big cuddle and posed for a photo.
Hubby explored the rope walkways on Canopy Capers with the girls while I was content to watch from ground level. Although this is high level, it doesn’t feel scary. There are a couple of different routes to go through which keeps it interesting. The two exit points are also next to each other so if the girls decided to make their way down without hubby, they would have to pass me on the ground. Unfortunately the slide was closed off on our visit but the girls loved exploring.
Next up was the Sea Dragon ride which is a nice gentle roundabout ride in little Viking boats. We finished up our day out at the Jungle Bus. The girls loved this ride so much we had to go on it twice in a row.
We had two tired but happy little girls by the time we left. Jessica fell asleep in the buggy on the way back to the car.
There’s so much to do at Chessington, even with little ones. Although we fitted a lot into our day, there was still plenty we didn’t manage to do. Next time we visit, I’d like to try and see more of the zoos and catch one of the shows.
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