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Flamingo Land (North Yorkshire)
Member Name: clairebear1984
Flamingo Land (North Yorkshire)
Date: 24/04/10, updated on 24/04/10 (570 review reads)
Advantages: Nice park and set out plus includes zoo
Disadvantages: Waps in the summer and expensive food
I have decided to write a review about flamingoland as I have recently booked to stay there in one of their log cabins in the summer time. My family and I visited flamingoland about 7 times last year and each time we went we were very pleased.
Flamingoland is a theme park that is based in malton, north Yorkshire. I wouldn't say it was the best theme park around today as it doesn't hold much compared to places like Alton towers and Drayton manor however it is the next step up from light water valley and it does have a good set up of rides which include:
Boat shaped soft play area
Junior driving school
Junior roller coasters
Rocking tug boat
Flamingoland has a good choice of rides for the kids and they are situated nicely to ensure as your walking though the park there is always something for the kids. Flamingoland also has a postman pat show available throughout the day which is nice for the kids to see, well my daughter enjoyed it anyways and so did I.
Flamingoland also has a small farmed area where your children can have a fun tractor ride and visit the farm animals. For more rare animals visitors can walk around the zoo area and see animals such as tapir, kangaroos, monkeys and of course flamingos. Near the exit of the zoo you can also find a children's play area.
In the summer kids can enjoy the splash area of flamingoland where there is squirting equipment and lots of rides and boats to hide in. This area is great when it's sunny as the kids really enjoy it.
4-D SpongeBob cinema (makes you feel sick but worth it)
Little monsters den
Log ride (gets you soaked from head to toe)
Navigator - spins and navigates
Voodoo - pirate ship
Wagon wheel - wagon shaped big wheel
Wild mouse - rollercoaster
Cliffhanger - massive drop ride
Corkscrew - simple rollercoaster which double loops
Flip flop - back and forth swinger
Kumali - looping suspended coaster
Velocity - bike designed that reaches 60mph in 2.8 seconds
Sky flyer - shipped theme that goes upside down
A few times of visiting flamingoland was the odd Sunday when the kids had school the following day and we had no trouble whatsoever getting on the rides as there wasn't many ques at all however when it is term time you can expect to wait up to an hour and a half for the bigger rides.
Flamingoland also has a few scenic rides for the not so adventurous these include:
You can also visit the aquarium where you can veiw the sea lions and lots of tropical fish.
Flamingoland also offers a few shows free of charge these include the bird show, sea lion show and the bongo warriors. The bongo warriors are dancers and they are very entertaining and definitely worth the watch.
Extra money may be needed when entering the park as there are a lot of games to win prizes and they aren't cheap. I tried to say no to my daughter but when they advertise prizes such as SpongeBob and Mickey Mouse it can be hard. The games aren't designed to be easy and are just a matter of sheer luck.
As you will see by the above flamingoland has plenty to offer any family and it is a great day out. I love the set up of the park as you can walk all the way round and the rides seem to be in conjunction with the walkways so you never have to go too far out the way to find what you're looking for.
The paths of flamingoland are always clean and free of any rubbish and the trees and grassed areas are always looking very smart and even walking round the park can be nice in the summer. I also noticed that the zoo was kept clean and there was no nasty smells when passing.
The staff at flamingoland are very friendly and talk away to you while waiting to go on the rides. I honestly felt comfortable there and if I needed help they were more than happy to assist with smiles on their faces.
So let's get to the money part. Ticket prices are as follows:
Adult and children over 4 years - £25.00
Children under 3 - free
Senior citizens - £12.50
Disabled guests and carers - £12.50
Family ticket for 4 people - £90.00
I would advise that if your child is rather tall like my daughter is then you should take ID as you will be asked to prove the age.
Last year when we visited there seemed to be a lot of wasps around and the staff even put signs up to warn you to be careful of these. When flamingoland is having a busy period (term times) the bins can get a tad overcrowded which makes the wasp situation worse.
Overall flamingoland is a good value day out. The park is lovely and I would definitely recommend as it is fantastic for kids. The only downside I would advise is the eateries. The American style diner is very expensive and the only cheap way to eat is the chip shop which on occasion was rather greasy and not ideal to be eating when going on rides after wards. I would however advise taking a pick nick as there are plenty of benches and grassed areas to chill and eat in the sun.
Summary: I cant wait to visit here again
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