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Chessington - any top tips?(53 Posts)
I am thinking of taking ds to Chessington on our Merlin Pass this week. I know it is going to be stupidly busy but it is the only time I am off with him. We have never been before ... does anyone have any tips as to what rides to head for first etc? Ds is 5 and loves the big rides unfortunately!
Also, if I carry a bag with me am I going to be able to take it on the rides etc or is there anywhere to store them? I am new to going to these places without someone else so haven't got a clue!
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thats great ... I have a friend that lives in Cheshire .. not a million miles away from Alton Towers so may try that some time. I remember going to Warwick Castle once on a trip from Uni - you will have a fab time!
I took ds to London Aquarium last month when I first got the passes ... will do London Eye in September or October probably. I have a feeling we will make quite a few trips to legoland and chessington - definitely going to get our monies worth!
Legoland and Thorpe Park - we only live 5 mins from Thorpe so even though there is not much to do there for younger ones.
I've done london eye with dh
Planning to do Warwick Casle and Alton Towers for 2 days at the end of the month, my friend is kindly letting us house sit in Leicestshire for a few days
I definitely think I would plan trips for showery days again - it was so stress free not having to entertain him in a queue. That was a top tip from one of the staff members at Legoland! He got soaked on Dragon Falls and 2 trips through Bubbleworks anyway so the rain hardly mattered.
Have you been to anywhere else on your Merlin passes?
Glad you had a fantastic time, at least you missed the worst of the rain due to being sat on the M25! Imagine queuing inside Bubbleworks for 20 minutes, it's the thing of nightmares - yes the music is always that loud!
He loved bubbleworks and dragon falls/log flume the best - I think it was the perfect mix of animals and rides to be honest. As much as people slag off theme parks I was still fairly impressed by it overall. The 20% discount off all drinks/goods etc was a pleasant surprise.
just about! to be honest it was ironically probably the best day to go - the queues in the morning were non existent as people just didnt bother turning out. We avoided some of the bigger rides (due to my general wuss-age!) and didn't stand in a queue for more than 5 minutes anywhere! The rain wasn't too bad at all ... the worst bit was the fact that it took 2.5 hours to get there instead of an hour .. the M25 was a nightmare .. and ds was sick twice en route!
Thanks for the advice everyone we had a fantastic day with a stop on the way home at TGIs!
Good tip nannynick, think ds is too short for it luckily! He is under 120cm!
Think toilets in goblin pub are the best. At least they are a little bit bigger and even the mens one has a drop down baby changing table.
Chessington has the bigger rollercoasters. Dragons Revenge is a spining type, so definitely let DH do that one.
Tomb Blaster is like the Indiana Jones ride.
I tend to park in the main carpark (the one by the hotel) even if the rear carpark is open... as I prefer parking on a surface rather than a grass hill.
If approaching from M25, watch for the speed cameras. It's a 30 zone by CWoA.
Toilets - just don't go there! They are all horrible at Chessington. Wish they would get rid of some of those tacky throw the ball in the bucket games and put in some decent toilet blocks.
The Galleon is a nice ride and it's quiet as it's at the end of a dead end street. Bad planning, though guess there must have been a walk through at some point in the past.
The new bird walkway (near the Cobra ride) is nice... think it's £1 for a feeding cup - though you don't have to get one... the birds come up to you even without you having nectar for them.
Thanks cargirl! Unfortunately ds loves the scary rides, it's me that is the wuss. Hence I picked chessington over legoland. His dad can take him on the rollercoasters there! I'm sure we will have a great day, thanks for all the advice!
Tomb blaster is shoot the targets thing.
There are some nice little used toilets in s small portacabing near the carousel/sea storm.
If you both like little rides then the elephants are great, sea storm is great too, around the back of the soft play/mini boats things is griffons galleon which and lovely and quiet.
will leave home at 8 and hopefully get there 9.30/9.45 depending on traffic on M25. Will try and do them in that order .. sounds like a military operation - I hope none of them are too scary .. I am a ride-wuss!
Is tomb blaster like the Legoland Indiana Jones ride? If so will give it a miss as ds really didnt like it last year there!
Get to the car park for 9.30
Do vampire and then bubbleworks then log flume.
Then do tomb blaster & run away train.
so basically head in as soon as they open, go straight to either log flume or vampire as they are likely to be the busiest later? thanks for the food tip ... sounds like a plan!
It was heaving today! AT 5.50pm there was an hour + queue for the log flume!
We've always found Chessington fine in showery weather - the puppet show, soft play, tomb blaster, bubble works, bumper cars, carousel are all indoors/under cover as is sea life centre.
Kids eat free with an adult meal from 3pm everywhere apart from Burger Kind and Cafe Nero - worth remembering.
thanks nannynick ... will definitely give Chessington a go tomorrow. Ds has a waterproof and I will just have to get wet but I dont really mind a bit of rain ... so long as it isnt torrential I am sure we will be fine!
Legoland and Chessington are both doable in the rain. You just need to go prepared. I've been known to be wearing waterproof trousers and top.
At Legoland there are not a lot of places to hide from the rain... though good places are the Puppet Show, Harbourside Coffee, Imagination Theatre and the imagination centre buildings (where you build things with bricks).
Oh and remember Rocket Racers - lots of people still don't really know where it is, so it can be fairly quiet.
did you have a good time today CarGirl? We are still planning on going tomorrow despite the fact I hear it is going to rain. I am hoping it will just be a few showers. I was told by someone that worked at Legoland it was best to come when its going to be showery as people tend to stay away! So fingers crossed we have a couple of light showers and the place to ourselves .... cant see my luck holding for that though!
reading - we haven't even attempted that yet dd3 didn't learn to read until then end of year 1, went on to free readers within 6 months!
Will try and think of things but go so often it's hard to imagine doing it as a one day event.
ok am off to bed .. have a great day out tomorrow. Let me know if you think of any more tips after your trip there.
Thanks everyone for the advice!
that is fantastic news about her speech etc. I was deaf in one ear when I was little ... but it was righted after minor ops.
I know what you mean about the academic side of things. As much as I would love ds to be bright, his happinesss is the most important thing. He is doing very well with his reading etc and does art/crafts/draws 24/7 ... with the occasional break for food and lego
Never say never - although the thought of another toddler makes me go pale!
DD3 is very academically able (birthday 28th Aug), not sure about dd4 yet - most importantly she now has perfect hearing and has learnt to talk so she can be understood, I've never much cared about how well they've achieved at school, ironic on many levels I guess.
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