A Toddlers Guide To: Chessington World of Adventures

Last Wednesday we took Bowie to Chessington World of Adventure for the very first time! I used to visit Chessington quite a lot when I was a child and I couldn't wait to take Bowie for his first visit. 

In total there were 12 Rides that Bowie was able to ride, as well as other activities (Bowie is 2 and just under 1M) and we didn't even have time to get to them all! 

Adventure Tree

A Carousel with a twist! This reminded me so much of the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World; the theming was great. Bowie absolutely loved riding his Animal which he was able to rock back and forth and smiled the whole way round. The ride consists of a classic Carousel but with a range of different Animals rather than Horses, set within a Tree. 

Flying Jumbos 

Bowie is already a huge fan of our Flying Jumbos at Adventure Island, however he loved these ones even more due to the mechanism that allowed him to control his Jumbo and chose when to go up and down himself. The Ride is your Traditional Jumbo's/Dumbo's ride that lets the rider control your own height. 

Griffin's Galleon

This used to be one of my favorites so I was so totally gutted that it was closed when we were visiting! I have no idea why it was closed but it will have to be one for next time. The Ride consists of a Pirate Ship that swings back and forth. 

The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure 

I was absolutely gutted when they got rid of Bubble Works, it was the best ride there and I know Bowie would have loved it because he is currently obsessed with Bubbles! I am just beyond confused at why they have replaced it with what I can only describe as the scariest and creepiest ride in existence. 

This is supposedly aimed at Children but is pitch black the entire way around and full of huge terrifying creatures. Bowie was of course shaking in fear and burying his head into my side refusing to look at anything and then at the end I managed to get soaked by a rogue water fountain which was brilliant. Good for adults but not the best for toddlers. 

The Ride consists of sitting in a round boat, sailing through the water with a couple of small drops and some water fountains with huge Gruffalo Characters telling the story along the way.

Jungle Bus

This was the first ride Bowie went on the second we arrived and he went on it a few times throughout the day, he absolutely loved it, especially being up front! The Ride is a classic that you often find at a Funfair, it involves sitting in a bus that swings around reaching a height. 

Scorpion Express

This was one of the only rides we didn't get around to doing which I'm absolutely gutted about because Bowie would have loved it! The downside of Chessington is that for some reason its only open until 5pm which is super early and you just don't have the time to get everything done! The Scorpion Express is a little rollercoaster sat within a steam train, complete with smoke and some random Scorpion theming. 

Sea Dragons

Sea Dragons was a lot like Viking Boats at Adventure Island, It was so relaxing that every time I went on it I was reluctant to get back out of the boat again. The ride consists of sitting in little Viking style boats that sail around the water in a circular motion. 

Sea Storm

Bowie just about got on this as his last ride before we left for home, I was so gutted that I didn't actually get to see him on it or take any photos because he went on with his Daddy whilst I was on another ride but my Grandma said he laughed the entire time and that it was clearly one of his favourites. The Ride sees you sitting in little pirate ships that move around in a circle at a speed whilst moving up and down. 

Tiny Truckers 

We didn't manage to get on Tiny Truckers either unfortunately! It must be a popular one as the wait time was half an hour which compared to all the other wait times of 5 minutes was very high! We didn't want to make Bowie wait around for half an hour so this will have to be saved for next time. I'm not entirely sure what the ride is but it looks like its driving around a track in a little car and the kids are able to get photo driving licenses afterwards. 

Toadies Crazy Cars

This was such a fun ride we could all go on together as a Family, Bowie was in his element with the steering wheel pretending to drive us all around in his little car. The Ride involves sitting in an old fashioned car that drives around a track of lovely little views and the kids can mess around with the steering wheel and pretend to steer. 

Tomb Blaster

I am so surprised that Bowie was allowed on this! We thought it was going to be just like Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast at Disneyland Paris but it was a much scarier version! A huge scary dog and mummies popping out of the walls! Bowie wasn't a fan. The Ride involves moving through a tomb of horrors with laser blasting guns and shooting targets in order to score points. 

Treetop Toppers

The final ride for Bowie that sadly we didn't get time to try out which I'm gutted about because I quite fancied it! Looks right up my street. Its a classic up and down ride that drops you different lengths at different speeds.

Other Bits and Pieces 

Whilst we had a bit of time waiting for some other members of our Family to come off of rides we managed to catch some of the Main Stage Show which was great fun and I've never seen Bowie sit so still and content watching something before in my life!

He also spent some time with his Daddy running around inside Canopy Capers which is a fantasy tree house with bouncing rope walkways right next to the Sea Dragons Ride. As well as this there is the Dragons Playhouse which is a huge indoor Soft Play area which we avoided like the plague because we never would have gotten Bowie out again and it was also one of the hottest days of the year!

Due to it being so Hot we let Bowie have some fun playing in the Water Fountains located just past the Jungle Bus Ride. He had an absolute blast running through the water and getting soaking wet and it was one of the highlights of our trip. 

And that was our trip to Chessington World of Adventure! We had a great time and got a brilliant Tan in the process! We will be back soon to get on all the rides we didn't this time.

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