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Flamingo Land (North Yorkshire)
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Flamingo Land (North Yorkshire)
Date: 25/05/11, updated on 25/05/11 (246 review reads)
Advantages: Was quiet when I went, zoo, variety of rides.
Yesterday I went to Flamingo Land with my boyfriend and we both enjoyed it that much that I thought I would steer away from my usual reviews of hair & beauty products and attempt to write a review on this instead.
I'm off work for a week and my boyfriend has just finished uni and had his last exam on monday, so we planned to go to Flamingo Land one day this week but as we don't live too far away we could easily get up on the morning and see what the weather was like and choose wether to go that day or wait for another day, so long as it wasn't the weekend because we wanted to go while kids are at school!
We looked on the Flamingo Land website for the opening times which were 9.30am till 4pm, 5pm, or 6pm depending on the time of season and it stated that closing times are advertised at the admissions area on arrival. Gates would open at 9.30am and rides would open from 10am. It took us 1 hour and 45 mins to get there and we arrived at 10am. Admission price was £27 each, which is the same all year round for adults and children aged four or over. For children ages three or under it is free and senior citizens it is £18. If you are going as a family you can get a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children, for £95.
We were a bit too excited to get in there that we didn't even notice what time it would be closing! We realised at 4pm when all of the staff started to head towards the gates and leave, but we were expecting it to be this time anyway as it isn't the busiest time of the year and so it was quiet. Whereas during the summer holidays when it will be the busiest time of the year, they will close at 5 or 6pm.
As Flamingo Land is a theme park and zoo, and I love animals and visiting zoo's, I was very keen to go see some animals straight away. We walked over to the Zoo part which is to the right end of the park, you will easily come to it as long as you head right, but you do get a map at admissions so you can easily check to find out where you are and where certain animals are as they are clearly stated on the map too. I was surprised at how big the zoo part was! I have been to Flamingo Land before but years ago when I was younger, and don't ever remember it being that big. We only looked at some of the animals then went on some rides, planning on going to see the rest of the animals later.
We got on every single ride straightaway. There was no queues not even for the big rollercoasters. We thought it wouldn't be busy but we still expected to have little queues for the rides, but it was like that all day! They had signs in the queue areas telling you how long you had left to wait at certain points. We just walked straight past all these and couldn't believe our luck! Some rides had 120 mins and 60 mins wait points. I would never wait that long for a ride and so if I did go again while the kids are off school, I would definitely buy a Q-jumper. There were certain points in the park where you could buy these, so you don't have to buy one at admissions if you would rather see what the queues are like first. All of these points were closed when i was there though obviously because they were not needed! I could come off a ride and get straight back on it if I wanted to, the only reason I didn't is because I didn't want to make myself sick from doing that all day!
All of the rides were on except for Kumali, a big rollercoaster, because it was getting repairs done to it. We weren't too disappointed though because all of the others were on and we weren't too sure if they would be as it was a very windy day. All of the rides are listed on the Flamingo Land website so I won't list them all here and describe everyone that I went on, but I can say there are rides for all the family.
As well as rides there was the zoo which I briefly mentioned, amusements and lots of food malls and stalls. Not all of the food stalls were open, but there was still plenty that was open and i could have got served straight away wherever I went. I went into the food mall that is near the gates where they had a gift shop inside, a little Starbucks, a sandwich and pastry stand and a burger and hot dog part. You could sit inside the mall too if you liked to eat your food which I did, because although it was sunny and I did get a little burnt, it was too windy to sit outside and eat. It would be lovely to eat outside there when the weather is lovely though as they had picnic areas around the whole of the park, so you could even take your own picnic if you would prefer that.
After I ate I thought it would be best not to go on rides straightaway, so I went back over to the zoo. All of the animals they have are also listed on their website. They also have a mini farm with little rides in that would be great for children. This part of the park also had a Costa Coffee (if you prefer that to Starbucks!). They also had a reptile house where there was a zoo keeper who stopped to talk to us and tell us a little about some of the reptiles, and let us watch him feeding them.
I will mention one of the rides, The Lost River, which takes you on the river around some of the animals so you can get an even closer look. Although beware as you can get very wet from this ride! It has a drop at the end then takes you past some waterfalls where if you are sitting on one side of the boat, you have no choice but to get soaked! This can be fun though especially for children who wouldn't mind getting wet, as you can dry very quickly if its sunny. They also have a wet play area for children (although I went on it too and saw a few others my age running around in it too!) where there are fake trees and plants that squirt water out and holes in the ground that do too. You can also climb onto a ship and squirt people with water guns. There really is lots for all the family. There are dryers that you can stand in to get dried off very quickly, but these cost £2. My only complaint is that I think these should be free, and so I didn't use them and just dried off by walking around.
I loved my visit to Flamingo Land and thought it was well worth £27 as I got to go on each of the rides more than once due to there being no queues, but in the summer I don't think I would like to pay that much as most of the day would consist pf queuing for rides. Therefore if you don't have children and can go when they are at school, I would highly recommend it!
Summary: A great day out and well worth the money, but might not have been if I went in the summer!
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