One of the things we’re most excited for now it’s the new year is the start of the UK theme park season. Although we won’t be zooming off to 20 parks this year, we do have a theme park bucket list we’re determined to get through.
This is where we hope to visit in 2019…
1. Disneyland Paris
This is a bit of a cheat as we’ve already booked and paid for the trip but Disneyland Paris is top of our theme park bucket list.
After two years venturing to Orlando we’re both really excited to go back to a place we haven’t visited since we were kids.
We’re super excited to experience a whole host of new Disney attractions here and to walk around a Disney park without melting because it’s so warm.
We haven’t done much research about Disneyland Paris because we want to be surprised, but we know it’s going to be great and we’re in good company – our friends Chris and Sarah from Travel Couple Blogger are joining us for the ride!
2. Fantasy Island
This is somewhere Carl has been before, but not for about 20 years. Skegness is a drivable distance for us in a day so we’d love to get this seaside park ticked off our bucket list.
There are a few things that we’re really looking forward to experiencing here, with The Millennium being top of the list. This was re-tracked ready for the 2018 season so my previous nerves that it was going to be much like Infusion at Blackpool Pleasure Beach have thankfully been quietened.
We also can’t wait to experience the Pyramid. From what we’ve seen of Fantasy Island’s indoor area, it looks really well themed and has some interesting highlights such as the Mystical Mountain projection show.
3. Lightwater Valley
As the most local park to where we live, it’s a bit of a crime that we’ve never been here together. Carl used to go a lot as a kid and has fond memories of barrelling around the park on The Ultimate.
The longest rollercoaster in Europe is obviously the real pull to visit Lightwater Valley and I’m excited to get this classic crossed off my rollercoaster cred list. But there’s more to Lightwater Valley too, there’s some pretty neat looking flat rides that I know Carl will love and Raptor Attack seems like it’ll be a unique dark ride to experience.
4. Chessington World of Adventures
This is probably the park I’m most looking forward to visiting in the UK this year. The only Merlin park I haven’t been to and a new one for both of us, we just keep hearing fantastic things about Chessington.
Top of my to-do list is The Gruffalo. It looks like such a fantastic dark ride, of which we’re seriously lacking here in the UK. When it comes to thrill rides, Vampire is the one we’re both a bit giddy for as it’s a ride system we’ve never experienced before. I also can’t wait for Tiger Rock which looks visually stunning.
In fact, the theming across the board at Chessington looks amazing, and we can’t wait to experience it all for ourselves.
5. Poultons Park
Another park located a fair way away from us here in Yorkshire, Poultons seems like a beautifully themed family park here in the UK.
The real pull here for us is the Lost Kingdom as we’re both massive fans of anything themed around the Jurassic era.
It has some fantastic looking rides too and we can’t wait to get on the likes of The Edge and the Raging River Ride Log Flume.
I’ve left the best until last as Phantasialand has been on our theme park bucket list for the last few years.
What is there to say about this place? It just looks phenomenal. With thrill rides in abundance and the theming to boot, our major goal of the year is to get ourselves over to this beautiful park in Germany.
In terms of rides there’s the obvious with Taron and Chiapas but we’re also desperate to get on the likes of Raik, Maus au Chocolat and Talocan.
This one might be a pipe dream, depending on how we get on budgeting this year, but if you don’t dream it, you won’t do it!