We decided to start this year as we mean to go on, with lots of family trips out and a great deal less time wasted indoors. So being a 2016 Merlin Annual Pass Blogger Ambassador meant we could spend New Year’s Day at Chessington World of Adventures.
Thankfully for those of us who stayed up until midnight and weren’t quite ready for the usual day of rollercoasters that Chessington offers, only a small section of the park was open. We were able to enjoy a handful of rides, the arcades, the Sealife Centre, the zoo and the fabulous new Penguin Bay at a far more leisurely pace.
It didn’t stop the kids running around and exploring, and going on one ride after another, but it meant the adults could take things a little more slowly and observe from the sidelines when needed.
For the youngsters in the group – IJ, 12, and her cousins, 7 and 4, the Amazu Treetop Adventure with its walkways between the trees was a particular favourite, and on a bitterly cold day it was wise to keep moving.
I fell in love with the new penguin enclosure, Penguin Bay. It was still being build went we last visited at Halloween so it was our first glimpse of it, and although it’s quite small the bonus is that you can get up really close to the penguins. From the observation point you can actually see them dive underwater, which was fascinating to see.
We’re often guilty of only spending times on the rides when we go to Chessington, but now we’ve seen the penguins and spent more time exploring the zoo, it’s a section we won’t neglect next time.
It was a little cold to stand and watch the penguins being fed while their keeper told the audience more about them, but that’s also marked on our list for next time.
Next to the Amuzu Treetop Adventures are these unusual creatures, which are apparently the largest living rodents. I’ve no idea what they are called. The one on the left seemed keen to pose for the camera.
Expect lots more updates from the 32 attractions that comprise the Merlin Group. We’ll be visiting many as part of their ambassador programme as we’ve been given complementary Merlin Annual Passes. We made great use of the one we had last year and if you visit theme parks regularly they are definitely worth it, as paying individual admission prices on the door can quickly add up.
The BIG New Year Sale
The Merlin Annual Pass is currently on sale if you’re interested in purchasing one or several, with prices starting at £99.
With a Merlin Annual Pass, holders can experience some of the UK’s biggest and best attractions, including the Coca-Cola London Eye, THORPE PARK Resort, Dream Works Tours Shrek’s Adventure! London, Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Cbeebies Land at Alton Towers Resort, LEGOLAND®, Windsor Resort, The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham and more. Special benefits and discounts will also be unlocked.
Premium Merlin Annual Pass holders get priority entry to all of Merlin Entertainments’ UK attractions as well as exclusive short break offers, three Share the Fun vouchers where a friend can join you for just £10, three Fastrack vouchers at Resort Theme Parks worth £5 each, money saving perks as well as complimentary parking at Resort Theme Parks.
The BIG New Year Sale ends at midnight on Monday 15th February 2016.
For more information please visit www.merlinannualpass.co.uk.
Special thanks to Merlin Annual Pass for our family day out at Chessington!