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Making Memories At Chessington World Of Adventures

Recently we made the most of the amazing sunny weather and headed down to Chessington World Of Adventures.  

 As always, we travelled by public transport.  From Central London it is only a short 35 minutes train ride away. Once you arrive at Chessington South, it's a 10 - 15 minute walk; you can also get a taxi or do what we did and got the 71 bus which stops right outside the park.  
 I was especially excited to try out the new Tiger Rock Ride. Unfortunately, Darcy was just a bit too short to get on it. That did not put a downer on the day as we were spoilt for choice for what other rides we could go on which are perfect for younger children. 

We really made the most of the day and were able to get on 10 rides, and there were a few rides we didn't get a chance to get on. 

 First ride of the day was Sea Dragons which is based in the Land of the Dragons. I was excited to go on Griffin's Galleon. As it was not open on our last visit. 

We headed off to the Africa area where we rode  the Treetop Hoppers, Toadies Crazy Cars and watched The Gruffalo Groove, is the perfect way to sit down and rest your feet without the kids noticing. It is a song and dance adventure through the deep dark woods where you encounter the creatures from the famous book. There are also a few opportunities during the day to meet the actual Gruffalo himself. 

Adventure point is where Tiny Truckers is based. I took the chance to relax whilst Darcy took to the ride and drove us around. Then it was off to Adventure tree, where she chose to hoped on a giraffe.

Darcy loves nothing better than getting her face painted. This year alone she has been a tiger, butterfly, a tiger and now a kitty cat.

We finally got to go on The Gruffalo ride. We were lucky enough to be invited to the launch last year. However, Darcy's nerves got the better of her and she did not enjoy it at all. This time, however, she couldn't wait to get on it and she was excited to tell everyone what fun she had. 

Walking into Mexicana, Scorpion Express looks rather scary. However it is a very family friendly ride, with the various fire and water effects there are surprises at every turn. 

Tomb Blaster is a hidden gem and my favourite ride, which is in the Forbidden Kingdom. It is a fantastic shooting game similar to Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast at Disneyland Paris. You get to use laser guns to shoot mummies and scarab beetles.
This really brought out Darcy's competitive streak as she tried to out shoot me to get the highest score. So much so that we had to go on it three times, obviously Mummy still beat her!. 

We ended the day at Sea Lion Bay, were we got to learn all about Sea Lions with Ariel, including her diet and the threat she faces due to pollution. 

Tips and Hints 
I would recommend downloading the free Chessington World of Adventures app to your smart phone before you arrive at the park.  The app provides details of wait times, show times and more importantly, an interactive park map.  

If you are plus size like me, you check to see size restrictions for each ride. Just look out for the t-shirt icon if you are using the app. I am a size 24 and was able to fit on all the rides we went on.  

Get there early, definitely beat the crowds by getting there as early as possible. We waited no longer than 10 minutes for each ride. It got rather busy in the afternoon and of course the queues got longer. So try and go on the rides you really want to go on first. 

Use the toilets before you enter the park, they are based just before the entry gates  
Take a picnic, there are many areas where you can sit and enjoy a bite to eat, and it also gives you more money to spend on souvenirs.  

Buy an annual pass; if you are planning on visiting more than once a year then an annual pass is for you. Plus it comes with lots of perks including; 20% off food, shopping, fast track tickets and on their Safari and Azteca hotels. Having an annual card also means you do not need to queue to enter the park, just walk straight in and scan your card and you are in.  
 Buy a fast track ticket, if you hate waiting around a fast track ticket is for you. In addition  there are lots of deals to pick from to suit your taste in rides. 
 I would recommend Chessington for your next family day out and a perfect way to enjoy the experience is by staying at either of the on-site Chessington Safari or Azteca Hotels. 

I am a Chessington Blogger Ambassador, I was given a Chessington Annual Pass to do this review with my family and I was not paid to do this post. If anyone would like to confirm any details in the post, please email press.office@chessington.co.uk


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