We have just returned from another fun day out to Fantasy Island theme park in Skegness (Ingoldmells). Their website is great for showing you each ride and a brief description of them. But if you’d like to see all the rides for young kids (up to 1.2m) outlined in one post, including its suitability and a brief description about what the ride is really like, then please read below. Before our first visit I often wondered which rides my then 2-3 year old son would be able to go on. It turns out there’s quite a lot. Much more than I expected and some of them he went on more than once.
I’m going to break each ride down into who it’s suitable for. There will be –
Rides that all the family can go on, ie. no height restriction = Family Rides
Rides that only toddlers and younger children can go on = No Adults
Plus rides with a height restriction = Height Limit
Some rides are indoors meaning they are any weather = Indoors
and some are outdoors = Outdoors
They also have three pricing brackets at Fantasy Island. There’s the Little Explorers wristband, Adventurer wristband and Discovery wristband. Explorers is for toddlers and those under 0.9metres. Adventurer is for young children who measure 0.9m up to 1.1m and Discovery for children 1.1metres and over. Our son is 4 and measures 1.15m so he had a Discovery wristband which meant he could go on 6 of the 14 ‘older’ rides. More on pricing at the end of this post. They also chang the price according to low, mid and high seasons (please also see the end of this post).
Toucan Tours – Family Ride Indoors (little explorers)
Any child under 1.2m must be accompanied by an adult. The entrance to this ride is quite hidden. It’s on the upper level of the pyramid, a little past the balloon ride. This is a ride in a ‘boat’ type cart on a monorail above the amusements. We loved this and went round twice. There’s a slightly dark and spooky element when you go in a cave which Jamie was a little nervous about but he soon realised that it was lots of fun.
Seaquarium – Family Ride Indoors (little explorers)
Any child under 1.2m must be accompanied by an adult. It’s not easy finding the entrance to this ride. It’s actually down in the depths of the indoor pyramid at the base of the mystical mountain. This is a ride on a round river boat where there are lots of fun animated sea beings to look at on your journey. Seaquarium is a gentile ride which isn’t at all scary although it is quite dark.
Jungle Adventure – Family Ride Indoors (little explorers)
Any child under 1.2m must be accompanied by an adult. This is a zebra ride where you can sit an adult and a child together. The zebra moves around a track almost like a horse. They have animals beside the track to look at. This ride is tame yet fun and wouldn’t scare toddlers (upwards).
Carousel – No Adults Indoors (little explorers)
This ride is for ‘walking’ kids so toddlers upwards. It’s a miniature carousel with horses, carts and more. It goes relatively slowly.
Balloons – Family Ride Indoors (little explorers)
Any child under 1.2m must be accompanied by an adult. Sadly this ride was closed during our visit. I hope it reopens soon as it is one of our favourite rides. You sit in a balloon which goes slowly up and down in circles. It looks really lovely when the balloons are inflated.
Elephants – Family Ride Outdoors (little explorers) Height Limit 0.8m
Children need to be a minimum of 0.8m to ride this ride. They do not need to be accompanied by an adult. You can ride one adult and one child in an elephant. You are in control of how high and how low it goes. Our son (nearly 5) insisted this was a baby ride but loved going on it.
Jets – No Adults Outdoors (little explorers) Height Limit 0.8m
Children need to be a minimum of 0.8m to ride this ride. This is very similar to the Elephant ride except that adults are not allowed. It is a nice gentile ride for kids.
Those are all of the rides on the little explorers wristband. Next I will cover the rides on the adventurer wristband (which also includes the rides above). As mentioned above children need to be 0.9m or above to be able to wear an Adventurer wristband.
Adventures Soft Play – No Adults Indoors (Adventurer) Height Limit 0.9m
This soft play area is located next to the Lava creek adventure golf.
Chair-O-Planes – No Adults Indoors (Adventurer) Height Limit 0.9m
Children must be a minimum of 0.9m to ride on the swings. There is a max weight restriction of 7 stone so no adults. This ride doesn’t go too fast yet is still good fun for younger kids.
Bouncing Bugs – No Adults? Outdoors (Adventurer) Height Limit 0.9m
Children must be a minimum of 0.9m to ride on bouncing bugs. I am unsure if this is a no adult ride. I did however see no adults on it whatsoever. Jamie loved this very bouncy ride. (this ride used to be indoors and is now outside)
Monkey Jump – No Adults? Outdoors (Adventurer) Height Limit 1m
Children must be a minimum of 1m to ride on this ride. I am unsure if adults are allowed as I never saw anyone on it. This is a ride that goes up and down and one which I can never persuade our son to go on.
Fantasia – No Adults Outdoors (Adventurer) Height Limit 0.9m
Children must be a minimum of 0.9m and a max of 1.4m to ride on Fantasia. Each child can sit on or in a vehicle which goes around a track. It goes slightly fast downhill.
Jellikins – No Adults Indoors (adventurer) Height Limit 1m
Children must be a minimum of 1m and a maximum of 1.6m to ride on Jellikins. This is a mini rollercoaster for kids that goes a few times around the track. It actually goes quite fast and Jamie was desperate to go on again which we promised but accidentally forgot! He loved it.
Mini Dodgems – No Adults Indoors (adventurer) Height limit 1m
Children must be a minimum of 1m and a max of 1.7m to ride a mini dodgem. This ride really could do with relocating. It is a little frustrating for kids as the pillar always gets in the way and they end up stuck. I was also rather concerned for the safety of the member of staff who kept having to save them. Fun but frustrating and kids really need a sense of how to drive.
Bizzy Dizzy Beez – No adults Outdoors (adventurer) Height limit 0.9m
Children must be a minimum of 0.9m to ride on Bizzy Dizzy beez. This ride goes quite fast when it goes around the bend. Jamie had his head flung about a bit too much when he was around 0.9m but loved it at 1.15m.
Glowworm – Outdoors (adventurer) Height limit 0.9m
Children must be a minimum of 0.9m and if under 1.1m then they need to be accompanied by an adult. We went on this ride with him and I’m surprised by the height restrictions. It was quite tame and gives you a great view of the park.
Crazy Caterpillar – Outdoors (adventurer) Height Limit 0.9m
Children must be a minimum of 0.9m to ride on this ride. I have to say that I loved this ride. It was lots of fun. The ride was similar to a pirate ship but without the tummy issues. It went back and forth but also round and around. We loved it and my son even braved taking his hands off the bar and lifting them in the air.
Rhombus Rocket – Outdoors (adventurer) Height limit 1m
Children must be a minimum of 1m to ride on Rhombus rocket. This is a mini rollercoaster and it is great fun. It’s very fast but the drops aren’t too steep and it isn’t too scary. Kids also don’t get thrown around or squashed too much. We love this ride.
Log Flume – Outdoors (adventurer) Height limit 1m
Children must be a minimum of 1m to ride on the log flume. After lots of hounding we finally persuaded our 4 year old onto the log flume. He’s been on far bigger drops so we think it was the possibility of getting wet that was scaring him after some epic soakings in Florida. Luckily he loved it and didn’t get too wet. I stupidly let my cardigan dangle in the puddles at our feet though which never dried out all day. Aside from a few jolts this is perfect for younger kids to initiate them into the fun of log flumes (I wish we had a photo to prove he went on!). There was just one drop on this ride (as pictured)
Finally we move onto the Discovery band rides with the rides for children who measure up to 1.15m. Our son wasn’t tall enough for this wristband last time we visited. At almost 5 years old he is tall for his age so some of the rides he could go on were perhaps a bit intense for him so he didn’t want to go on them anyway. (we managed to get him on 2 of the 5).
Techno Jump – Outdoors (discovery) Height limit 1.1m
Children must be a minimum of 1.1m to ride on techno jump. Children between 1.1m and 1.4m need to be accompanied by an adult. We couldn’t persuade him on this. He said it was too noisy, which indeed it is. It goes round in circles while bouncing you up and down. Near the end the bounces become quite extreme.
Mantis – Outdoors (discovery) Height Limit 1.1m
Children must be 1.1m or over to ride on this ride. I am not sure but I don’t think adults are allowed. This is similar to Monkey jump as mentioned above. It goes a bit higher and bounces a bit more than Monkey jump. No amount of bribery would persuade my son on this ride!
Mystical Dragon Mountain – Indoors (discovery) Height limit 1.1m
Children must be a minimum of 1.1m to ride on the mystical dragon mountain. This ride is high up in the pyramid and you have to walk into the mountain to board your dinghy. You can seat two people in a dinghy and basically you will raft down a tube slide and you will get wet.
Dodgems – Outdoors (discovery) Height limit 1.1m
Children must be a minimum of 1.1m to ride on the dodgems. Under 1.3m must be accompanied by an adult. He was so pleased to be able to go on the dodgems as he loves them even as a passenger. It was just us together and my husband out on the dodgems so I made him promise not to crash into us.
Fantasy Mouse – Outside (discovery) Height limit 1.15m
Children must be a minimum of 1.15m. Those between 1.1m and 1.4m must be accompanied by an adult. We took him to watch people on this ride and let him decide if he wanted to go on or not. He is 1.16m and perhaps a little young for the ride. We all assessed it and although it looked like you were flung around a fair bit it looked safe and fun. I was able to share a seat with him so I kept my arm around him. I was glad that I did as he didn’t bare much of the brunt of the ride. Oh my goodness it was mad. It started off OK but then it started spinning us around bends like crazy and there was even a big drop that we hadn’t spotted before. We survived though and he got lots of high fives for his bravery.
Something else you can all enjoy….
If your kids are old enough and capable enough to hold and use a golf club then all of the all day wristbands now include unlimited rounds of lava creek adventure golf. This was at an additional cost on our last visit so it was a nice surprise to find out that we now could play without having to pay any extra. The crazy golf course is located indoors within the pyramid. It is right by the magestical mountain which makes for a great backdrop.
The course has 18 holes, most of which are short and mildly challenging. It’s a perfect adventure golf for kids aged 4+. We had great fun and it’s so atmospheric with sounds of dinosaurs and more plus quite a few animated dinosaurs along the course.
Other Rides for bigger people
Fantasy Island then has another 4 rides on the Discovery blue wristband with a minimum height of 1.2m, 2 at 1.3m and 2 at 1.4m. We noticed that a lot of the bigger rides barely even had a queue for them and were mostly empty when in operation. Had my husband and myself not had a big lunch we would have gone on them but they looked quite extreme and a lot of fun for two rather full people.
A couple of their rides could rival those at Alton Towers and it was a shame to see the queues so short but in a way great for those seeking out thrill rides as no one likes to queue! I’m not saying it will always be quiet if you visit! I’m sure it gets very busy during the summer. However as it stood on a Sunday in June you could have had a lot of fun as an adult.
What else did we love?
When we visited last year we struggled to find somewhere for us to get a meal with a bottle of wine. This year one of the areas in the pyramid has been changed for the better. They now have a bar area with tables and chairs. It looks very italian with greenery, balconies and even umbrellas at the tables – even though its indoors. You can also order food here which is cooked for you and you are then buzzed up to collect the food. It was hot, tasty and really good value for money. We were very impressed by this improvement. My husband even said that he felt like he was on holiday and loved our visit much more this year. Our son is already asking when can we return.
As well as there being three different wristbands for Fantasy island they also have 3 different pricing brackets depending on the season. There is a low season, mid season and high season price. Some rides during the low and mid season could be run on a rotational basis. As well as wrist bands you can also purchase amusement credits as they do not accept cash in their machines.
We visited during midseason and the rides weren’t running on a rotational basis. If you purchase your wristbands online in advance it costs £10.80 for a 1 day adventurer and £15.30 for a 1 day discovery. There is no mention online of the costs for a 1 day little explorers wristband…..update! The little explorers wristband is free you just have to ask for it.
In high season a 1 day adventurer wristband is £13.50 online in advance and £19.80 for a discovery.
In low season a 1 day adventurer wristband is £7.20 online in advance and £10.80 for a discovery.
All passes are incredible value for money when you compare the prices to other theme parks. Fantasy island theme park is not open all year round. The market and amusements are however open for most of the year. You can visit Fantasy Island without having to pay anything. If you don’t want to ride the rides you can visit for free. It’s all conveniently located within a relatively small space. It’s amazing what they have managed to fit in and we enjoyed a full day out. Please note that although the shops open relatively early the rides don’t and most days they don’t open until 11am. Please check their website for further information. Any tickets purchased online must be exchanged for a wristband upon arrival. The wristbands are digital and you scan them in before each ride.
Disclaimer: We were provided with complimentary tickets for the purpose of my review. Thanks for having us again
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