We went to Chessington for the first time yesterday and I have a few top tips to share to ensure a fuss-free, brilliant day there.
Before I go into a bit more of detail about what our highlights were, here are my 6 top tips to consider before you start organising your day out.
That way, you will get the best deal possible and you will not have to queue for tickets. You can also print your tickets at home, so you can head straight to the gates rather than collecting tickets when you arrive.
2- Plan your day
Before your visit, check what you would like to see and which rides you fancy most. On the page that lists all attractions, you can create a profile per visitor, including their name, age, height as well as a range of other options. It will enable you to narrow down what is most suitable for your group.
Get the app by typing ‘Chessington official’ in the App Store or Google Play. The app will let you find the shortest queue lines, ride availability and daily offers. WiFi is also free in the park. I loved this app. With 4 young children, we constantly get requests to go to the toilet and the app has a ‘find my nearest’ section with which you can be guided towards the nearest facilities. We also found the live queue and show times option absolutely brilliant.
4- Scared it might rain? Fear not!
If it rains continually for an hour or longer on the day you visit, you will be able to get a free ticket for a return visit later in the year.
5- Height restrictions
They are really strict with height restrictions. After queuing for an hour for ‘ZUFARI: Ride into Africa,’ the children were measured, and Jumpy, who is just under a metre (99cm!) did not get through. I ended up going with Beanie and Crevette whilst Hubby and the two little ones watched the animals from the walkways.
6- Bring your own food.
It also means you can have a snack as you are queuing. You can always get a warm portion of chips, a hot coffee or a few sweets when you fancy them, but you will save a lot of money if you plan ahead and bring a packed lunch. There are plenty of places to sit and have a break to eat.
There you are. I hope you found those tips useful.
Until last week, I had never considered going to Chessington with my family. I just thought it was a ‘grown up’ theme park rather than a place my little ones would fully enjoy. They are only 2, 3, 6 and 8 after all. How wrong was I?
Before our visit, I looked at what Chessington had to offer and found its history fascinating. It all started in 1348, when a country Lodge named Chessington Lodge was built.
After being burnt to the ground, rebuilt, used as an alehouse, sold, opened as a zoo in 1931 and closed during the 2nd World War, it became part of The Tussauds group and in 1987, ‘Chessington World of Adventures’ opened as a theme park.
668 years after the original mansion was built, what is now ‘Chessington World of Adventures Resort’ comprises of a theme park (more than 40 rides and attractions), a Zoo and SEALIFE centre (over 1000 animals), and an onsite Resort Hotel.
The day before our day trip, I checked frequently asked questions on Chessington’s website, to make sure we had all bases covered.
What were the highlights for us?
For half term, HOWL’O’WEEN at Chessington was in full swing. The whole theme park was decorated with pumpkins, scary displays and we even spotted a flash mob of zombies dancing on Market Square. ‘Hocus Locus Hall’ was a brilliant attraction I would highly recommend. It combines the old and the new, with 3D effects, a maze of mirrors and spooky creatures that will not give you nightmares.
We all loved the playful otters. They were full of mischief and play-fighting, which entertained my four little ones for ages.
Crevette loved having Cleaner Shrimp eat the dead skin around his fingernails in the SEALIFE centre.
‘Peeking Heights’ was our first ride. It is a nice one to get started, especially if you have cautious children like mine.
The monkeys in ‘AMAZU’ were so cute we wanted to take one home!
‘ZUFARI’ was a fab experience. It felt like we were on a safari and we got to see lots of animals up close.
‘Toadie’s Crazy Cars’ and ‘Tiny Truckers’ were the children’s favourites.
Check the small door in the sweet shop!
‘Pandamonium’ was a perfect show for the whole family, with its life-like animatronic pandas. It really gives you a chance to experience what it would be like to get up close to these endangered animals.
The ‘Trail of the Kings’ not only took us through a maze of magnificent big cats and gorillas, but the children also had to find hidden treasures and along the way, which they took really seriously.
Disclosure: We were invited to Chessington World of Adventures free of charge (press tickets). I was not asked to write a review but we had a memorable day there and I would highly recommend a visit. We will definitely go again!
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