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A fun-filled day for all the family!
Adventure Island (Southend-on-Sea)
Member Name: Markatron
Adventure Island (Southend-on-Sea)
Advantages: Great variation makes it accessible to everyone!
Disadvantages: Pricey if you don't stay for the whole day
I always find that, no matter where you look, you will never find a theme park or funfair that everyone likes. At a theme park, there will always be someone who doesn't want to go on any of the rides, because they're too scary. Or maybe they don't want to go because they have small children who won't be able to go on anything. Then, at funfairs, you will always get someone who says that the rides are rubbish, and not thrilling enough to live up to expectations.
Well, this is where Adventure Island is superb. It provides a fantastic mix of small rides for young children, huge rides for thrill-seekers and common funfair attractions for those who don't fancy having their stomach turned upside down. It provides a great day out for anyone and everyone, and I strongly recommend it.
Without doubt the main attraction for ride-loving thrill seekers is Rage, as it stands far taller than anything else at the park. Sat at the front of the cart, I got that amazing buzz you get from rides as I was sent tearing down a vertical slope into a maze of twists, turns, loop-the-loops and corkscrews. It was great fun, and a souvenir photo was waiting for me at the end!
However, the one which really got my stomach churning was Scorpion. It's a ride which provokes huge amounts of dizziness, as you are sent spinning around at crazy speeds in a little boat that rocks back and forth. The quality of scary rides at the park was far superior that what I was expecting.
There are also good rides in the park for young children. This includes the crooked house, a surprisingly weird ride in which you enter a house where it is impossible to stand up straight as the floors undulate. It's a great one for the children, and it made me laugh heartily.
The park also provides good funfair stalls (such as hooking a duck) and some good eating facilities. The food from these places is freshly made, and it tasted great, but it was very pricey so perhaps take your own snacks should you choose to go.
In terms of the prices for getting into the park, admission is free. However, to get onto the rides themselves, the best way is to buy a wristband. The price varies depending on whether you want to go onto the biggest rides or not. On-peak, the wristband to go onto every ride in the park costs £22. This is good, especially if you stay there for the day and go on all the best rides multiple times!
One of the best things about the experience for me was the minimal queuing times. The maximum I had to wait for any ride all day was a mere 15 minutes, compared to the hour-long waits at the biggest theme parks.
Moreover, the park is right next to the sea front and the pier, meaning that, if you were go to there for a day trip, you could leave the park for a while to sit on the beach or to walk along the seafront and get some good photos!
In all, Adventure Island is a great, fun-filled day out for all, and considering it's low prices, I would strongly recommend it to all!
Summary: Strongly recommended
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