The new Dragon's Kingdom has opened at Adventure World and it's an awesome spot for those of us with kids who aren't ready for the rush of super fast water slides or the super swing of Bounty's Revenge.
Welcome to Dragon's Kingdom, now open at Adventure World
The area is well-shaded which gets a big tick in my book and it's been turned into a shrine to friendly dragons. There are lots of rides suitable for little ones, including some that are modelled on big-kid rides.
Kingdom Falls is like a little version of Kahuna Falls from the main area of the amusement park. There's shallow water to wade in and a small bucket that fills and empties out. There's also a bigger bucket and when you hear the bell ringing, you know the water is about to hit your head.
Kingdom Falls is one of the attractions of Dragon's Kingdom
Little kids aren't allowed on the Grand Prix Race Track, but they can 'drive' their own brightly coloured Jeep at Yali's Safari where it's slow and steady around the track. It's one of those ones that's like a tram track - so no chance of crashing or going to slow (or fast). If you're wondering who Yali is, he's the dragon mascot you see around the area.
The Barnacle It's a pirate ship like Bounty's Revenge but instead of swinging on a massive pendulum, this one gentle rotates. It's good for the littlies and my guys wanted to have a few turns on this one!
Yarli's Barrel Spin You might get a head spin on Yarli's Barrel Spin, which is just like the teacup ride you might have been on before. Choose a brightly coloured barrel and spin the steering wheel however much your little kids can handle.
On our recent trip to Adventure World (my sons' first time) they were in loved with Dragon's Kingdom. Nash who's four was brave enough for the Dragon Express the mini-rollercoaster which is more than enough rollercoasting for me these days. Van, who's two, had a few less options given that he's under 90 centimetres but was happy to play in the water at the falls and had a few spins on the spinning barrels.
Adventure World's season is open until May 5 2013 and if you've got little kids, you can waste hours at Dragon's Kingdom. It's not the cheapest of days out though, with adult tickets at nearly $50.
Tickets for kids four and over are $42 and the littler ones get in free.
There are also options for season passes if you think you'll go more than three times in the season. See the prices here.
We get a seasons ticket every year. Great value. Can go off peak when quiet. Just be aware that at the moment not all the rides in the dragon kingdom are constantly available, nor is there savoury food like fries. Once crowds start coming that will change.