So the first thing I did when I got my first months pay was book a mini break to Chessington World of Adventures. Chester had a random baker day coming up so I thought I would make use of that, booking the break for a Sunday night stay, so that we had to full days in the park and hopefully it wouldn't be too busy.
I have to hold my hands up and admit that my expectations for The Safari Hotel were quite low. We have stayed at the Animal Kingdom hotel in Walt Disney World so I find it very hard to try and not compare! But I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised, the hotel was lovely, clearly a lot of thought has gone into making it well themed. Our room had an obstructed view on to the 'Savannah' but we were happy that we could see the giraffes, Zebras and an Ostrich from our room, even more so if we walked out to our floors lobby. The swimming pool was fab, the splash area perfect. There were so many benefits and things to do in the hotel we didn't have time to do nearly as many as I would have liked to. But for this stay, the best thing about the hotel for us was the separate sleeping area for the children. It is such a simple idea and I really wonder why more hotels don't offer this. This has to be the first hotel we have stayed at where the children stayed in their beds and actually went to sleep when we asked them!
We had two awesome days at Chessington. One of the benefits of being a hotel guest meant that we had a different park entrance and were able to go on some rides before regular guests had even managed to walk round to those areas. This was great because although we didn't feel like we rushed about we certainly managed to go on the rides more than once.
Chester at the age of 6 is a little thrill seeker, he went on everything he was tall enough for. The vampire ride was his favourite and on the Monday we went on it 5 times in a row! I was in no way surprised that Dragon Falls was a close second for him, as he talks about Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World all the time!
It turns out that Millie is the opposite of her brother and hates all rides that go remotely over 1mph! The first ride we went on was Scorpian Express (think runaway train) and she hated it! She liked the flying elephants but only if we didn't press the button to make them go higher! So basically Millie spent the two days on The Bubble Works, but she didn't complain once, everything she did like, she really liked. Actually a highlight for Millie was watching the Penguins of Madagascar show, we all enjoyed it.
What Craig and I love about Chessington is that it's not just about rides (this is a relief for us as I was starting to get a headache from all the fast rides Chester was making me go on!) we also spent lots of time looking at the animals and walking around the sea life centre. We were also lucky enough to be at the front of the que for the walk through monkey enclosure just as they were serving the monkeys lunch. That was an amazing experience, the monkeys were so close to us and we got to learn all about their likes and dislikes!
Overall we had a fantastic couple of days, it was so nice to be able to give the kids a few more 'yes' moments, I think they were amazed when they asked for a slush drink and I said yes without hesitation! As a family we will certainly be looking to do things like this more often now,it's been a week on and they are still just as excited when re telling the fun they had!