As a child, I still remember the feeling of excitement knowing that today was the day we get to go to Dreamworld. We want to make sure that we give our children the same feeling as well so we decided to take them for the day and have some fun!
We arrived at Dreamworld at 9am so we could have some time at the new Lego Store which has been recently built. The store had everything you would need from the hardcore enthusiast to a first time buyer.
There were many cool lego statues, displays, products for all ages and a play area for the kids (and big kids!)
After entering the front gates we took some family photos and then went on a ride on the train which takes you around the park.
We jumped off the train at the Dreamworld Corroboree area and saw some animals. The vintage cars were under maintenance for the day so we walked back past the giant drop where Darren unsuccessfully convinced his 8 year old to go on it with him!
Before walking through to the ABC kids world Tahlin and Daddy snuck away to ride the Mick Doohan Motorcoaster ride and joined back up at the Big Red Car ride.
We then went to Tiger Island and watched the beautiful tigers for a while. We are animal lovers and it’s great to be able to show and teach the kids about the importance of animal conservation and what Dreamworld is doing to help the Tigers and other animals.
Saving the Tigers
In the wild, tigers face a grim future.
Tigers are one of the most endangered species on the planet according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES).
There are approximately 3,000 tigers remaining in the wild and their survival is constantly threatened.
With three subspecies already extinct, the plight of the tiger is a serious problem largely caused by humans in three major ways: hunting, poaching and destruction of the habitat.
At the current rate of poaching and habitat loss, it is estimated that tigers in the wild could completely disappear within the next ten years.
To discover other ways you can help save animals in the wild, click here
We came through to the Dreamworks Experience area where Zahladee had a photo with Po the Panda. Tahlin went on the bumper cars, along with the Madagascar Rollercoaster and the ever popular MAD Jungle Jam where you can throw and shoot foam balls at each other!
We continued through to watch the Wipeout and The Claw Rides until we decided to have lunch. Time really flies when you are continually moving from section to section!
One thing we did notice that most of the food vendors were still shut from the unfortunate closure of Dreamworld, so we went and got some sandwiches, burgers and chips with a drink at the main food area.
The King Julien’s Theatre had the Madagascar Show and our Little Miss Z loved every minute of it. After that we had some more fun around the Dreamworks area riding on Shrek’s Merry-go-around, Puss in Boots Sword Swing, Gingy’s Glider and then back for a few more rides on the Madagascar Rollercoaster. All that and a quick pic for Zahladee with Gingy.
Daddy managed to persuade Tahlin to go on The Claw which is quite a scary ride for an 8 year old kid! He took it in his stride except for the part where he said that he wanted to get off halfway through swinging up and around and up and around! We were proud of him for doing it.
We were disappointed with finding out that the Hot Wheels Rollercoaster was down for maintenance, but we did take a good look in the Brock Museum which everyone found really interesting, especially for our son who is quite a car enthusiast. He was in car heaven, but also learn’t a lot about one of Australia’s most famous racing car drivers. We had to drag him out of the gift shop afterwards!
The kids really wanted to go back and see the Tigers, so we donated some money to the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation and headed back in to watch the tigers again. This time they were playing in the water which was quite fun to watch.
Having a two year old restricts you a little in terms of a routine sleep usually before lunch, so we were quite impressed with our little girl managing to keep up with us for most of the day without a rest. But the time had come at about 3pm where we were noticing a bit of a change in our little Miss Z.
We decided to go through the ABC Kids and Wiggles area one last time (with a sneaky Mick Doohan Ride for the boys!) and call it a day. I’m sure the kids had a great time and would definitely like to come back every weekend!
In terms of numbers of people coming in to Dreamworld it was considerably less than other times we have been and we all know why this is the case. In saying that, we have grown up coming to this wonderful place and we are still going to visit & support Dreamworld as much as we can.