We had a really big expectation about Chessington World of adventures reopening visit.
When we were booking our tickets in February for 4th June we thought it will be our biggest adventure so far. Unfortunately, COVID arrived and we even didn’t expect to visit any themed park. I was sure that we will need to rebook our tickets but surprisingly the government ease most of the lockdown restrictions and we were able to visit Chessington World of adventures for the first time.
After we arrived we were ready for our big adventure. To be honest I was surprised to see so many people on the first day after Chessington World of Adventures reopening. Before we were able to enter the park we had to wait for temperature check but the queue wasn’t big so it took only a few minutes. Then we had a security check for our bags and finally, we were ready for that amazing entertainment. On the beginning, we didn’t know where to start so we decided to follow other people.
I need to admit that I was a little bit sceptic when I saw so many things closed. It looked like an abandoned place. We passed closed shops, rides and some of them were dirty so hopefully, they will make a deep cleaning before it will be ready for visitors.
I was hoping to see everything in immaculate condition, at least quite clean. It was said they will be cleaning each ride frequently. But what we saw on Tuk Tuk ride was concerning. It was more than dirty. It was awful. I did not expect to see such dirty cars. One lady was pissed and after she finished her ride she went to a member of staff and she complained. I thought ‘ok he will call to someone and they will clean it or something’ but nooo…I was able to pass some wet wipes to mu husband and he cleaned it a little bit but still after a ride his jeans and my son’s trousers were full of dirt.
We decided to think positive and try to not see any negatives. But when my husband wanted to go on another ride he had to turn back because it was disinfection/cleaning time. We had a few situations like that when we were waiting in a long queue and had to wait even longer because the staff member had to clean rides. And to be honest we couldn’t be angry because it was something they had to do for safety reasons. It’s absolutely understandable however, you need to be prepared for a lot of time to be a waste because of that.
We were not able to see everything that we wanted because the park is huge and I recommend to buy tickets for two days. Plus we felt a little bit lost because of the one-way system. We had an app and when we wanted to go to see giraffes we were walking in the direction from app only to realise it’s wrong. Permanent and temporary signs sometimes say different things. So, we lost quite a lot of time to find things we wanted to see.
Also, my husband wasn’t able to go on big rides like Vampire because it would take 90 minutes waiting in a queue. It’s not the best way to spend time with your family.
But, even we had a few negative feelings from the beginning of our visit, we spend a nice day. I tried one of the best veggie pizza in Pizza and Pasta Buffet. We were saver quick and our table was far away from others to keep a social distance so we feel nice and safe. The food was really tasty there and it wasn’t very expensive. We paid about £15 per adults and we got pizza, garlic bread, salad, drink and pasta with sauce. For kids, you will pay half of the adult price and they will get half of the pizza and smaller salad portion.
Our boy was excited about everything he saw and he was thrilled on every ride. He loves Grufaloo river the most and we liked it as well. It’s worth to wait for this attraction. The gift shop was also really nice and the prices were good. If you would ask our son what he liked the most about Chessington World of Adventures reopening he would say a shop. Because he got a toy which cost us £3.50 so not bad at all.
Could Chessington World of Adventures reopening be better?
I don’t think so. They wanted to do everything to keep all safety measures. They couldn’t open some rides and indoor play areas but it’s understandable. We could use sanitiser before and after every ride. People were really good to keep a social distance. All the staff members were nice and polite. They were answering every question and they were smiling for most of the time.
It was our first visit to such a huge theme park. We didn’t know if our son will like it and how he will react for long ques. But he was so good that we already planned another visit but this time we want to go to Legoland Windsor. We will be able to compare how they do and compare to Chessington World of Adventures reopening. I can’t wait for another amazing adventure!
If you are planning to visit any theme parks after reopening be prepared for ques and rides cleaning. Keep a social distance and remember to take your face mask because you may need it on some rides. You can feel a little bit lost at the beginning because of the one-way system. Before your visit check on the park website what’s closed if you don’t want to be disappointed. After lockdown and all those days, we had to spend in our home it was an amazing experience. We were happy to see other people enjoying their time and we can say that Chessington World of Adventures reopening was needed in our life.
Let us know if you are planning to visit any park quite soon or if you prefer to still carry on with staying home measures.