Sadly, Chessington came up with the Howl-oween pun, but I just had to use it for the title.
Chessington World of Adventures was our second day activity for our trip away. We thought it was a perfect choice with Julia Donaldson themed rides, zoo animals and a sea life centre all covered in the entry price. The entry price also can easily be lowered by using a Carex bottle too with £38.50 per adult knocked down to £24.
Lets start with Covid. I felt Chessington was the least prepared of our four spots we visited over our break. The website said numbers had been reduced, however cars absolutely packed the car park on arrival. Everyone also arrived simultaneously, and only the temperatures of adults were checked. That was a little disappointing.
The park opens at 10 am, which in hindsight is a little late for a toddler who woke at 6 am that morning and naps in the afternoon. That said, we had a good day. Although, we managed a grand total of three rides (queues were still up to an hour).
We quickly found out Munchkin wasn’t a fan of a the dark, starting on an indoor Mummified shooting ride, as he clutched to Mummy. It was a better, but similar experience for the Gruffalo ride too, but there was a mix of excitement and fear on that one. We won with the third choice though, a car ride where Munchkin got to ride and point out the animals. He loved that.
When it came to lunch, with a lot of the takeaway eateries closed, to help with Covid restrictions, and with a constant drizzle of rain, everyone was forced to eat indoors. This resulted in huge queues from 11:30, the worst time to try and get Munchkin to wait.
In the afternoon, it wasn’t long before Munchkin nodded off in his pushchair. Sadly, by napping he missed the zoo and sea life centre too which I rated highly. We must have tired him out at Cliveden National Trust. You can read about day one, with a double helping of National Trust by clicking here.
In hindsight it wasn’t the best location for a toddler, even with the 13 rides he could go on, there simply wasn’t the time with the late entry and his afternoon nap. It would be much better for us if it opened early for parents with toddlers, to make the most of that morning energy. This would also space out guests in light of the pandemic.
That said, the park is a perfect attraction for children of all ages, with gentle rides up to the slightly more thrilling (nothing upside down here). It’s a great park and on our revisit list!
Thanks for reading,