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!
wow ... you have it all going on in the next few months. Did you want more? I still wish I had another but given the way things have turned out it is definitely better that I didn't. It must be hard having August children - I was in the year above from the age of 7 when I started school in Richmond and although it didnt matter so much academically - when I was older I was obviously less mature than the older kids in the year who were nearly 2 years older than me!
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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?