I am a weekend adventurer and enjoy getting out and about with the family. I live in Brisbane and my main loves are food, sport and kid related activities
Published October 21st 2012
Get your kicks with Dreamworld tix
Not being Queensland born and bred I don't have childhood memories of Dreamworld like some of you. In fact I hadn't even been there until this year. Now I love it and think it is a great family day out.
Having an annual pass not only saves us money but also allows access a whole hour before anyone else. This time we took advantage of this and arrived just after 9. We also had a bag full of food and snacks to make the day healthier and cheaper.
Now that we know the layout of the park it is easy to plan out the activities for the day so that kids and parents are both entertained. My mission this time was to go on a "scary ride". The last two visits I had watched the Buzz Saw in awe as it whizzed backward and forwards and hung upside down. This time I made a bee line for it and didn't have to wait too long.
The ride certainly got my adrenaline pumping. I had my eyes squeezed tightly shut and was holding on for dear life the entire ride. It is a short ride compared to most and I was thankful for that. Lots of people were having multiple goes and I will probably go on it again in future.
Next we made our way to the new Dreamworks section. This area is specifically for kids and has Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar themed rides. We went on Gingy's glider which is a pretty relaxing lying down ride. Kids have to be at least 120cm to go on this one.
This area also has a kid's roller coaster, chair ride, dodgem cars, Madagascar theatre and a big climbing structure where you can shoot foam balls. It would be easy to spend almost the entire day in this area taking in the theatre show and all the rides.
Next stop for us was the theatre showing 3D Robin Hood. This is a great introduction to 3D movies as the show goes for about 15 minutes. It was the first 3D movie my 3 year old had seen and he was enthralled.
Each time we go to Dreamworld we have to go on the Wiggles Big Red Car ride. By the time we got there the queue indication was for about a half hour wait. Finally we made it on, only to get part way round and have to get out and walk due to a ride malfunction. On a previous visit this ride was closed as well so be prepared for this possibility when you join the queue.
Another favourite of ours is the Vintage Cars. The kids enjoy these because they get to be the driver. Cars are on a track and the driver only controls the acceleration and braking so it is very safe.
There are so many great rides for the whole family at Dreamworld. Some of the ones we didn't go on this time are the Tower of Terror, Giant Drop, the Claw and Mick Doohan motorcycles. There are also fantastic shows such as the tiger show at Tiger Island.
Passes include entry to WhiteWater World which is another day out in itself. This is something to add to your to do list as the weather warms up and the water beckons.