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M and D's Scotland's Theme Park (Strathclyde)
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M and D's Scotland's Theme Park (Strathclyde)
Advantages: Fun day out, roller coasters are good, rides for everyone
Disadvantages: So expensive! Staff can be rude
M&Ds is known as Scotlands theme park it is in Motherwell in South Lanarkshire at Strathclyde Country Park.
I will add prices at the end of the review and put some details about the rides.
I go here every summer when my friend comes back to visit from Texas, and went lots when I was younger.
The park is just off of the M74 at Junction 5 off the A725. Car is the most easiest way to access the park.
There is also a bus that runs from Buchanan Bus Station that takes you straight to the park!
It also comes back round and can take you back into the bus station.
You can also get taxis there depending where your from will cost at least £8 and possibly more, I don't use this way to get there because of prices. I don't live very far but prices are still quite high.
Parking is free, and there is also a near by hotel called Alona Hotel which you can stay at if you live far away it is 4* so will cost quite a bit im sure.
The park is next to a big loch you can walk round if its hot and sunny, there is also sometimes boats there and swans.
There are big rides and little rides so theres something for everyone. If you are just taking your children there and you would prefer not to go on any rides there is not an entrance fee!
There are also family rides so you can go on them with a few people.
Tsunami - It is one of the busiest rides at the park so prepare to wait a while and annoying children jumping the fence but they usually get told to go to the back. 650m high and goes at 65kph, apparently this is Scotlands only inverted roller coaster with corkscrew twists. Your under the tracks so your feet dangle down which I was surprised to find I found better than other roller coasters. The bars come down over your shoulders and a buckle to keep it down for safety, because I'm quite thin and small I need to move my phone out of the way in my pocket so it can basically crush me otherwise I move about!
Bad points - one of the carts (only thing I can think to call it) will always break down at least once during the day, the wait can be a while and the kids can be annoying, also the fact that one time the staff knew people were scared so deliberately stopped the ride while we were on it.
Tornado - Another busy ride, the track is over 1000 meters and goes at 85kph and has 360 loops and is a white knuckle roller coaster. Its not one I favor because the tracks break quite a lot of the time I've been there so I worry about going on it, can hurt if wearing earrings and is not comfortable to sit in.
It used to go round twice but has been changed to just the once.
The Express - Another white knuckle roller coaster, 500 meter track and goes from - to 60 in 8 seconds, apparently this roller coaster traveled and people wanted it back! I wouldn't say it is a very good ride its more one I go on when the other rides are really busy.
Bad points - Uncomfortable, seems you need to sit in certain places of it when its almost empty for some reason which is worrying, has the parts of tracks that looks like your going to hit your head!
Magic Carpet - It is 15 meters high and moves at 14 revolutions per min, it swings round and stops at the top for a few seconds and then continues down, it does move quite fast actually so be sure to hold on!
There is a genie in the middle of the carpet. It holds 40 people and will go backwards no matter which side you sit at so if you don't like things like that I wouldn't recommend.
Bad points - The metal bar over your legs is for everyone in that row, even if its just me and a friend who's my size I need to hold on or I move a ridiculous amount and whack my stomach full force off the bar and can lift off the seat, so I think they should try even it out a bit for safety reasons!
Captains Curse -Most boring ride on earth, got pirates and skeletons around the ride, and then you go on a giant boat that lifts up at each side and rocks back and forth, lifts up sort of high but just boring!
Big Apple - 300 meter track with 3 drops and lifts - don't worry not too high! The big caterpillar goes through a giant red apple!
Bad points - Yes I have one about a kids ride as the caterpillars face creeps me out!
Flying Jumbos - Elephants! Mum elephant in the middle going around with the ride, and 14 baby elephants flying outside, I have been told there is controls so you can decide if you go high or low
There are also trampolines, kids dodgems and a racing thing for kids.
Wave Swinger - 32 swings or chairs that tilt, they go up kind of high and low at the other side so theres a mix of height. They go at a good speed and you get to see the whole park and over to the loch.
There is a metal pole you lift up to get into the seat and then clip a metal chain onto it so some children will need lifted into it because of the height.
White Water - 42 meter water ride with two drops up to 20 meters, go down the drop at 70kph so you get quite wet especially if its timed with people going down the second drop. You get a picture taken going down the second drop which you can buy. It fits about 3 people.
Bad points - is not secure so watch if you have kids with you as you need to hold onto the sides or you slide backwards/forwards and can stand up easily.
Big Wheel - 24 carriages that hold 5 people and can spin round, 35 meters high and has 20,000 multi-coloured lights they put on at night! I've never been on this because of the height.
There are also teacups!
Bungee - My reasons for not adding this in with the big rides is because you need to pay to go on it even if you have a wrist band. Goes 50 meters in 1.2 seconds and does 360 spins. Its like a big round cage your in and seems secure enough, again this is one I haven't been on.
Amazonia - An indoor rainforest with lots of exotic animals like tarantulas, snakes, fruit bats, lizards and marmoset monkeys plus more! You can hold some of them and feed them the gift shop is expensive as to be expected.
Bingo - £1 per game for two cards.
Cosmic Bowl - Glow in the dark and there is 16 lanes and air hockey, shoes are supplied and there is a bowl 'n' bite restaurant so you can buy food and drinks. You can have birthday parties here - teens are £10.50 per guest and for junior parties £8.95 per guest.
Game Zone - Air hockey, dance machines, usual arcade games and racing games, over 150 games are there.
Devils Island - 18 hole golf course that is pirate themed, there are winning holes so you can win prizes one can be a wristband for the park.
Krazy Congo - A big play area for kids! It is supervised and can have parties there and get food.
Pawfect Bear - Just like build a bear or teddy bear mountain ridiculously priced.
*Food and drink*
Wimpys which is as usual over priced or go to the chippy. There is a bit outside where you can get freshly made donuts.
In the main area where you first walk through the doors you can get things like nachos and ice cream.
An american themed bit to sit at and eat no matter where you buy your food, or sit outside at the benches.
The restaurant which I have not been in and the restaurant at the bowling alley.
There are toilets and changing rooms, the toilets are an okay standard and are better than the usual parks.
*Opening times and prices*
The Park is closed from November - February.
Most days are open 11am - 4pm. In September and October it is only open weekends, open October week.
*Note if bought online the card holder MUST be present
Unlimited wrist band (over 1.35m) - If bought on the day £16.50 and if online £15.50
Unlimited wrist band (under 1.35m) - If bought online £12.50 and if online £11.40
Family of four - £52 or online for £48
Tokens - 50p per token but I don't think they are worth the money.
Go on the website which I will put at the bottom for family deals.
Amazonia - Adult (16+) £5.95 or online for £5.45
Kids and OAP - £4.50 or online for £4.20
Family tickets - £17.35 or online for £15.45
Disabled/carers - £3.95 and cannot be bought online
The staff generally aren't the nicest you can meet but this may be because they get horrible wages, usually quite grumpy, some don't don't move trouble makers although there is security that I sometimes but not always see.
Since I don't drive I can only go if a friends parent does or if they do since the taxi prices are too expensive.
For the wrist band I think the prices are completely over priced since there are hardly any rides there it seems quite small to me.
There is music playing all the time and people having fun which is nice.
After the prices of the wrist band and the claw machines I get obsessed with plus the food its difficult to come back with any money.
I would recommend you take a set amount for just what you need!
Since I was wee the park I feel the park has gotten worse, isn't as fun as they took the good rides away and now are no spiny ones left at all, but it is still a fun day out in the summer!
Summary: Good if you have the money
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