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Gulliver's World (Cheshire)
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Gulliver's World (Cheshire)
Advantages: A fun day out for the whole family
Disadvantages: Slightly run down and food to die over - literally!
Living only 2 miles or so away from Gulliver's world in Warrington it has become a firm favourite and a place that has received more than an average amount of visits from us. As a child I used to enjoy going to Gulliver's world, now even though it has changed a considerable amount it is still a wonderful place that I like to take my daughter. As with most places however, Gulliver's world does have its negatives so this review will cover all those good and bad things that I find important about Gulliver's world.
Gulliver's world is a theme park designed specifically for children between the ages of 2 and 13, you won't find jaw dropping rides here, instead you will find a place that is suitable for a young age range enabling children to have an amazing time without having to worry about height restrictions or rides that are too exhilarating. Gulliver's world was first opened in Warrington in 1989, over the last couple of years it has had an extensive makeover introducing better rides, a wider variety and it has also saw the opening of splash zone, a water park which is situated off the main park. This review however will concentrate on the park alone as splash zone is technically a separate attraction. So with this refurbishment seeing a vast of exciting new rides it's also seen a dramatic rise in ticket prices;
Family of 4 £56.00
Under 90cm go free (averaging at under the age of two)
Worlds in the park
Gulliver's world is split into several worlds; here you will find different themes and then obviously rides to go with those themes. I will give a small mention to each of the worlds but I will not give all of the ride information as for one, there are far too many and two, that will spoil the fun for anybody wishing to go and explore for themselves.
The Entrance Plaza is the first thing that you come to when you enter Gulliver's world. This is where the main stage is where they hold the shows. There is generally something going on here all of the time whether it is an entertainer, a singer or the gully gang. The gully gang are characters that greet the children when you enter the park, my daughter absolutely loves them and we always get our pictures taken with the different ones. Generally the entertainment is ok, is fun and it lifts your spirits as you enter the park setting you up for a promising day of fun.
Alice's wonderland is of course based around the story Alice in wonderland. The rides in this area however are not all that Alice related. The tea cups in this area are a firm favourite of mine but they are not that suitable for younger children. The websites description of the tea cups ride states "you can spin around on the Mad Hatters Tea Cup ride like Alice falling down the rabbit hole." I fail to see any resemblance and none of the other rides are related to Alice in wonderland either but that doesn't really spoil the fun of them.
Western world is one of the larger areas of the park containing 17 rides and attractions. The whole area has a western theme from the wood fences to the replica houses by the river containing Indians. This area has several rides that are mostly new, also they have an indoor area with shows on throughout the day and other attractions such as panning for gold and an adventure play fort. This is one of the best areas I think, mainly because of the lengths they have gone to too create a western feel, and the level of activity's that they have for a range of different ages.
Circus world is the main area for toddlers, if you were unfortunate to have to pay for a 2 year old to enter the park these are most likely the only rides that they can go on. The area features several small rides such as the lady bird ride, these generally all go round in a small circle at a slow pace. My daughter has never been much of a fan; she prefers the more adventurous rides such as the log flume etc.! This area also contains an indoor play area, face painting, a puppet show and a lot more activity's for the little ones.
Smugglers wharf has the most daring rides in the whole park containing a rather large wooden roller-coaster and the pirate's ship. This area is more for older children and you are also most likely to see some adults making use of their £15 entrance ticket in this area. The rides are all fun and exhilarating in this area making this the one place that you have to queue for a lengthy time. Generally in the other areas of the park 5 minutes is the maximum waiting time but here you can be queuing for up to an hour on a busy day to get a ride on the antelope (the wooden roller-coaster) which in all fairness (if you are not a hyped up 10 year old with the ability to stand against anything) leaves you with a stiff neck and a bad back! But who said you don't have to pay the price for fun?
Lilliput land is a rather strange one; it doesn't really have a theme to it per say as there are several different attractions that are not in the slightest bit similar such as a ghost house, toboggan, bumper cars and a carousel. All of the rides within this area are fun and being in the middle of the park (the half way stop) there are usually a lot of people here. The area is not the largest but there is something here for every age.
Water world is named as such because of the one water ride within it. This water ride however is somewhat great therefore perhaps allowing it to have a world named entirely because of it. The log flume is your basic ride but because the whole family can go on it together it makes it a lot more fun and entertaining. I took my daughter on it not long ago and she absolutely loved it! This was by far her favourite ride and she continued to go on it for the rest of the day. Water world also has sand pits and such things, diggers and ride on tractor rides, which are mainly unsupervised.
Adventure world, well this is your area that has some of the more popular rides such as the tree top swings, your tomb raider shooting ride and the wild mine ride which is one of the scariest rides on the park. It's one of those types that swings you around the corners at incredible speed causing a heart attack and near death experience for us and a chance for the kids to give themselves an exhilarated scare and then insist to go back on it again making you return to that awful experience because of the height restrictions and the need for an appropriate adult! Who said it's not all about the kids?? Again this is a more popular area so be expecting long ques.
The lost world
The lost world is one of the newest additions to Gulliver's world and therefore features the newest type of rides. Lost world is actually precisely that, lost, the first visit makes it rather hard to find especially as it is the only one of the worlds that is covered within trees and bushes etc. making it look somewhat like a jungle. The lost world is really a dinosaur world, there are large model dinosaurs, dinosaur rides, a simulator and there is also a sky tower which is lovely as you can see out over the park. This area also has rides for every age, there are your more exhilarating ones such as the Flight of the Pteranodon which requires you to lie on your stomach whilst it fly's you around at high speed and then you also have the Junior Dino Cavalcade which even the under 90cm can ride.
Gully town is the newest addition and this is a fully indoor area designed mainly for the little ones to enjoy. Inside there is a small pirate ship and then there are also several pretend shops, a post office and a garage for the little children to run around in. There is also an opportunity to sit down in here giving you a well needed rest.
Within every world there is at least one food outlet some having two or even three. The foods that they have vary to go with the themes of every world but your average burgers, chips, ice creams and slush puppies can be expected. We don't actually eat here that often and take our own picnic as it is a lot cheaper to do so and is also a lot nicer. I really can't give the food high recommendations, the other half has stated that the burger he received on our last visit was the worst burger he has ever tasted and as a fast food junkie that is not something I am used to him saying. My bad experience came with a Pepsi that I bought. It clearly stated Pepsi on the drinks machine however upon making my drink, buying it and tasting it, it became clear that it was a cheaper cola within the machine. I have tried Asda's cola and that is manageable but this, this was vile. I took it back to complain and upon trying it the sales assistant proceeded to tell me it wasn't Pepsi and apologised! I really wouldn't recommend the food or drink and with it being within the park the prices are extortionate. Within the park there are several picnic benches outdoors but there is also a large indoor picnic area with several picnic tables. This is always the place we go to eat our picnics as it is rarely full or overcrowded. This is situated within the western world.
Overall I really like Gulliver's world, I think it's the perfect family day out, the prices are rather steep but with over 90 attractions it is actually worth it. Some parts of the park do seem a little run down but considering that a lot of the rides are over 22 years old it's not all that bad and the new areas bring some well needed modernisation to the park. There is something for everyone young or old and I would definitely recommend making a visit. In addition to all of the rides mentioned above each world also has its own play park and extra paying attractions and souvenirs.
My favourite area is definitely the western world and I would recommend visiting all of the areas by starting at Alice's wonderland, from here you can make a circuit around the entire park using the provided map to ensure you don't get lost or miss any of the rides. All in all there is are plenty of things to do and places to explore and I tend to find that there is not enough time in the day to do everything. I do really like Gulliver's world and it continues to grow and expand every year but for now I think I will award it 4 stars, if they put as much effort into the food as they did to the rest of the park I would be giving it a higher rating.
Gulliver's world is fully accessible for wheelchair access and prams although prams can be left at the entrance if necessary.
Toilets are situated throughout the park averaging at one per world.
Opening times can vary but all information can be found on the Gulliver's world website.
After 3pm entrance prices are half price.
Summary: Worth a visit
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