We got our tickets for Halloween Fright Fiesta at Gullivers Land, Milton Keynes 2021, for both me and Ay for 7£, using the national lottery days out vouchers (details HERE), which I was so chuffed about. If you have not tried, then you definitely should!
The Halloween experience was really good and I will most certainly recommend keeping an eye out for it next year. The decorations were one of the prettiest we have come across. There were plenty of photo opportunities and characters in costumes (ghost, sad clown etc) roamed around the park, which all added to the experience.. Bing and Flop also made an appearance which obviously made our day!!Make sure you check the information board for appearance location and times upon arrival or it can easily be missed. We also saw a live show for the first time (with uv light costume dressed skeletons) which Ay really enjoyed. The pirate themed foreshow was also amazing, although it started out with them pretending to be drunk, which i thought was a bit in-apropriate for kids. The theme park was open until 7, and as it was getting dark at that point, we managed to expereince the rides in twilight, which made the whole experience even more amazing
Having said all that, if it was not for the halloween extravaganza. I was not expecting Legoland or Alton Towers but I think they can do better for sure. The minimum height for most of their rides is 90 cm but there were a few with 120cm requirement. Ay (4.5 now) is at a stage where he wants more than just the carousel and tea pots, but is not at Alton towers level yet.
Today, there was just the roller coaster (called run away train) he felt a thrill in but even that was not amazing, as the coaster just went on a few twists twice and lasted perhaps around 30 seconds. The other rides were either too simple or not appropriate for his height. He really wanted to go on dragon seige (with people hanging upside down on it on a height). Gladly he needed to be more than 120cm tall to go on it anyway (and I would probably have not let him go anyway), so he was sulking half the time.
He only found happiness when he saw the JCB diggers area, with a set of 4 mini diggers that the children can sit on and control to collect small balls, but that happiness was short lived too as only one of them was working, and that too was so difficult to maneouvre.
The only ride we really enjoyed was Jungle Falls. You had to climb upstairs in a tower (whcih needed re-painting) and then slide down an inflatable boat in the long shallow water slide. It was fun and we did not get wet. We always love going on the log flume and it looked good but it was cold and people were getting wet (as expected), so we gave it a miss with some reluctance
I had to sit on the pirate boat (called Buccaneer) due to heigh restrictions, which I always hate doing as it makes me sick. It did go back and forth, getting higher and higher as it picked up speed. I will never say good things about a pirate boat and Ay did seem a bit scared at one point, getting closer to me, but when he came off he wanted to do it again!! (But we didn’t as I would have thrown up for sure). I also sat in the Jousting castle, which agan was bad idea, as it made me really dizzy but ofcourse Ay wnted to do it again (and i managed to talk him out of it due to the long queues).
Silver mine looked interesting but again was too short and the guns for shooting targets were neither producing sound, nor any laser colour, which again was disappointing, but Ay was just happy holding the gun and pretending to be shooting, so i cant really complain
VERDICT: Personally, I found the rides underwhelming, purely due to the tricky age group Ay is in at the moment and some rides do need refurbishment. If it weren’t for the brilliant halloween experience and that fact we used voucher from the lottery day out (and did not pay the full amount), I would have been disappointed. All the staff were really helpful though and the place is small and compact, so is perfect for little legs. I would recommend only for smaller children
🗺 Address: Gulliver’s Land Theme Park, Livingstone Dr, Milton Keynes, MK15 0DT
🎟 Fee applies (please see WEBSITE for more details)- NHS workers can be eligible for the concessionary rate (Details HERE)
📅 Different activities continue throughout the season (please see WEBSITE for more details)
🚘 Free parking on site
🚻 Toilets and baby facilities available
🍕 Refreshments available but the food was pretty bad (even the buns and chips were hard), so avoid if you can
🐕 Only registered assistance dogs allowed
🦽 Mostly buggy accessible but some rides not (please check website for more information)
🧺 Picnic allowed
Guests with particular additional needs who are unable to queue may be eligible for a ride pass. This would allow them and up to three accompanying helpers to access the ride via the ride exit area for ease of access. Ride passes can be requested from a member of park management or at guest relations. Proof of entitlement is required in the form of a diagnosis letter from a GP or medical professional, which demonstrates that the guest is unable to queue. see details HERE
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