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The only thing missing is the sand.
Blackpool Sandcastle (Blackpool)
Member Name: lilmiss1982
Blackpool Sandcastle (Blackpool)
Advantages: Great family fun
Disadvantages: Pricey, Busy,
I recently took my little boys to the Sandcastle waterpark in Blackpool and we had a great time. It has been refurbished in 2012 and has new rides. The park is straight forward to find, we simply followed the brown tourist attraction signs once we got near to Blackpool. Its easy to spot as it has waterslides coming out of the building. There is plenty of parking close to the attraction but this has to be paid for, although I think you can park for free on the streets further back but finding a space might be difficult. It best to check their own website for opening times and these do vary depending on the season, it opened at 09.30 the day we visited.
Now the admission price is slightly complicated, for admission to just the waterpark it is £13.50 for an adult if you buy tickets on the day. Plus a further £6 if you wish to buy a hyperzone wristband which allows you to ride four of the waterparks largest rides. Three of these hyperzone rides are for over 8's and confident swimmers, where as one is suitable for children aged 6-7years and they can pay an extra £2 to ride it. You may or may not wish to buy the extra hyperzone wristband. It best to check the website to find out which tickets your party will require. Family tickets can be cheaper and online booking gets you a 10% discount. Our family of 3 ticket was excellent value at £30.60 booked online. This attraction does get very busy, we went on a bank holiday, we arrived at the opening time and had pre booked tickets and still waited 10 minutes to get in. Once we got inside we were able to get a family changing area and a locker. There is a 50p deposit for the lockers which are quite small and you might need to couple to get all the families stuff in.
Once change we headed up the ramp from the changing rooms into the waterpark. It is warm inside and very there are lots of tables and seating. You can not take your own food inside but you can buy food like jacket potatoes, sandwiches, burger and chips. These weren't over priced I think a kids burger and chips meal with a drink was £3 and £4.50 for a adult meal. As we are early we didn't have to queue for slides for starters but it did quickly become busy and we were waiting longer and longer for rides as the day went on.
My kids aged 4 and 6 loved it here. We didn't use the Hyperzone at all as my two were too young for that so I can't comment on it, but we did enjoy the rest the park. First we entered the shimmiering shallows designed for younger guests, its just a shallow water area where the smaller slides finish, ideal for younger kids. Both the HMS thunder splash and fort riptide are locate here which both have mini slides for little children, non swimmers with armbands. My boys loved the Caribbean storm tree house this is play area suitable for non swimmers, water squirts out from the floor, kids can climb up stairs, shot water at each other, climb up rope ladders and tip buckets of water over unsuspecting passes by, lots of fun for kids. Next to this area was the treetop water slides, these are family friendly slides, they are colourful slides and three rides can race each other at once, they finish into very shallow water. Another big hit with my boys were the Thunderfalls waterslides, these are much larger waterslide, riders must be over 5 and able to swim to use the ride alone, younger non swimmers may ride with an adult. My 4 year old was happy to go down with me and my 6 year old loved going by himself. These are longer winding slides they end up in deeper water so you need to be able to swim to the side.
We spent most of our time in the Ushi-cushi river creek, described as a lazy river where you can lay back and let the river do the work while you enjoy the meandering rolling river, but watch out for the surprises. Well personally I found it far from relaxing, it was quite fast moving and with one child who was a non swimmer and another still new to swimming I found it exhausting chasing after them in the fast following current. There around float rings that can be used on the ride, ut as it go busier they were harder to get hold of so we went in without. It is powerful and the strong current dragged us around the river, as it got busier and busier it was more difficult to keep up and hold of your child/children. Waterfall down into the river in places. It was lots of fun and by far our favourite attraction but not as lazy as you think and care needs to be taken. We also enjoyed the typhoon lagon which turns into a wave pool, it is announced before the waves commence so you can decide to either enter or leave the water. The waves are quite strong but lots of fun.
The only ride we didn't use were the duelling dragon sides which are two fast slides for swimmers over 6 years old.
We spent over 5 hours here and would love to return.
Summary: A great waterpark attraction for all the family.