Over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend we were thrilled to be invited to the grand opening of the Tamarin Trail. This was to be our first assignment as Blogger Ambassadors for Drayton Manor Theme Park.
The Drayton Manor Zoo is now home to five species of Tamarins – the White Lipped Tamarin, Red Handed Tamarin, Emperor Tamarin, Cotton Top Tamarin and the Common Marmoset. These wonderful small monkeys now have eight new enclosures. They are surrounded by a gardens, a water feature and the path leads over a small lagoon.
We got to walk through the trail before any one else. Throughout the day we made several visits back to the Tamarin Trail.
As Blogger Ambassadors we were also invited to be the first guests to ride on the newly refurbished Haunted House. Due to Adam’s Sensory Processing Disorder and dislike of being enclosed we decided that Adam and Daddy wouldn’t go on the ride.
After a short wait in the Haunted House garden we were led into a van and watched a short film about the paranormal activity that had been experienced in the house. We were led along a corridor (beware of the ghost flying overhead) and taken to The Library. Here we had a short optical illusion show where the large photo frames moved, the floor lit up and other spooky events. There is nothing to fear though as attendants are in the room and you are able to leave at any time.
Finally we were taken to the crypt. A tomb is in the middle with two church pews on either side. A bar secures you in place and the swing ride is an optical illusion. It really felt like you were being turned upside down. At the end of the ride you had to vote as to whether you believed in paranormal activity or not.
For the rest of the day we were able to explore the rest of Drayton Manor. During out last visit only Thomas Land and the zoo had been open so we were keen to try out the rest of the rides. What is wonderful about Drayton Manor is that so many of the rides are designed for the family. Our experience of other theme parks is that the child needs to be tall until they are allowed on anything remotely thrill seeking. That is not the case with Drayton Manor. There are only eight rides that Adam can not go on yet as these are extreme adrenaline pumping rides.
The family rides are fantastic. Adam has turned into a little dare devil. He rode up front on the Buffalo Rollercoaster, laughed hysterically on the Drunken Barrels and managed his first water ride on Splash Canyon.
However, there was one ride that topped Adam’s day – The Ben 10 Ultimate Mission Rollercoaster. After getting over the initial sensory overload of walking through the dark rooms along the waiting line. Adam found himself at the front of the line. For his first ever big rollercoaster ride he was sitting in the front. The Ben 10 Ultimate Rollercoaster took my breath away let alone Adams. I wasn’t allowed to wear my glasses it was that fast! I lost count how many times Adam went on the Ben 10 Ultimate Rollercoaster.
We managed to watch the Yogi Bear 4D Adventure. Adam has never watched Yogi Bear before nor watched a film in 3D let alone in 4d so wearing the glasses and being sprayed with water was certainly an experience for Adam.
We love seeing Adam’s confidence grow whilst his is at Drayton Manor. He is overcoming some Sensory Processing Disorder boundaries and it is wonderful watching him go on rides by himself and enjoying the experience.
Despite being at Drayton Manor for three full days now we still haven’t been on every ride. Including the eight thrill rides we are yet to have experienced the Chairlift, Polperro Express Train, the Dodgems, the Wild West Shoot Out, the Bryan’s Works Museum, Spencer’s Outdoor Adventure Play Area or Emily’s Adventure Play Ground. We are planning a return trip with our family over the May Bank Holiday to celebrate Adam’s fourth birthday.
Disclaimer: We are Blogger Ambassadors for Drayton Manor Theme Park. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
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