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“Great for small kids, boring for adults” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Moominworld (Muumimaailma)

Moominworld (Muumimaailma)
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Helsinki, Finland
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54 reviews
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“Great for small kids, boring for adults”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2012

If your kids are between 2 and 10 years of age and know the Moomin characters, they will probably have a lot of fun in Moominworld. As for older kids and adults, there isn't much to do besides the beautiful green island that the park is situated in.

Our 4-year-old loved visiting the Moominhouse, hugging all the Moomins, watching the play in the theatre, getting a face painting, running along the little paths in the woods and watching the Moomin characters that are very active in the park (Stinky pranking policemen, Moomins playing summer games etc.). Our 1-year-old loved sitting on the grass and eating dirt.

The food in the restaurants is pretty bad and overpriced. Take your own sandwiches if you can, there are places where you can eat them.

As most of the visitors are families with small children, most places are accessible with prams and wheelchairs. There were quite a few families there with children with special needs (including ours).

Visited August 2012
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“A really nice half-day with kids”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2012

We visited Moominworld on July 26th with children of 4 and 9 years of age. Even the older one claimed that it was fun, and the younger one definitely enjoyed it. Us adults could savor the very beautiful nature of the island, if nothing else. Luckily the weather was rather perfect for the visit: temperature over 20 C, but mostly overcast so that it did not get too hot. However, after four hours we felt that we had seen enough and our youngest child was rather legless after all the walking, too.

We had stayed overnight in the Naantalin Kylpylä hotel, and we took the 'street train' from there to the Naantali Old Town. It cost 20 euros for return tickets for two adults and two children, which I felt to be fair value. You could have walked all the way to Moominworld but the distance is rather too long with small children. However, it was still more than half a kilometre walk to Moominworld from the train terminus. Moominworld has its own free street train that takes people from downtown Naantali to the Moominworld bridge; this would be definitely a better choice if you do not stay in the Naantalin Kylpylä hotel.

We arrived just before Moominworld opened at 10am. There was actually quite a bit of queue, so buying the wristbands (day tickets) in advance is not a bad idea. However, the wait to get inside was was not that long. Our hotel was selling two-day tickets for the same price as the one-day ticket from the gate; in this case it would make sense to get advance tickets just to avoid queuing even if you will spend only one day at Moominworld, since there are separate entry lanes for people who already have day-passes. If your kids are in preschool or primary school I think that the combined 2-day ticket for Moominworld and the Väski Adventure Island will provide really good value. Unfortunately our youngest child was still too young to enjoy the Väski activites, so we stuck to Moominworld, only.

It was fortunate that all the outlets in Moominworld accepted credit and debit cards, since there are no ATMs inside Moominworld and not even in the Naantali Old Town: the closest ATM is about half a kilometre away at the Market Square of the modern Naantali downtown.

The whole theme park is easily accessible even with children in strollers. Some sections of the Fairy Tale Trail will be too challenging but the park provides easy detours for those. I saw a number of people with obviously rented carts for young children and their backpacks, but I could not figure out where these could have been rented out. :-( If you believe that your kid will want to take a break in a stroller it may be best to bring your own instead of being forced to carry him/her
for lack of an alternative.

Inside the theme park the Theater Emma provided free musical shows both in Finnish and in Swedish, some even with English subtitles - whatever that is supposed to mean. We watched only one show (in Finnish) of the two different ones that seemed to be available. The show was not that glamorous but I feel it was good semi-interactive fun for the younger children. The theater is roofed over so it is not a bad place to spend your time if it happens to be raining.

The staff dressed up as Moomin characters played with children outside the Moomin House, and they were also singing and dancing. The different floors of the Moomin House were also pretty good fun especially for the younger children. The activities along the Fairy Tale Trail also appeared to be good fun for our 9-year old. There were plenty of photo opportunities
with Moomin characters in case you are looking for those.

A nice improvement to our previous visit was the new rest area at the end of the Fairy Tale Trail. It provided several sleeping mattresses and a big tent with huge pillows. A really nice break for weary travellers, and good fun also for kids who were not that sleepy, yet.

This was our second visit to Moominworld so we did not feel like eating in the outlets inside the theme park. The food is rather expensive for what it is (pizza, etc.) although the prices are not outrageous. Eating there is not a bad choice if you intend to stay in the park afterwards. However, since we were leaving in any case, this time we preferred to walk to the restaurants at the seafront of Naantali Old Town; they may not be cheaper, but more choices are available and the restaurants also sell alcoholic drinks.

The merchandising push in this theme park is rather lame. It is quite easy to ignore the few outlets, and even the main Moomin shop is easily avoided. If you go shopping inside the Moomin shop it does not feel like you are getting a unique opportunity to buy stuff that would not be available anywhere else in Finland.

Visited July 2012
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Hammerfest, Norway
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“everyone enjoyed themselves - highly recommended”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2012

Moominworld is a small but beautiful family park for families with small children. We visited the site along with our 4 year old daughter and her grandparents - and everyone enjoyed themselves. We parked outside the town on the car park and was first transported by bus and then with a small train up to the bridge. It went a little late, but fair enough. The park is located by itself on a small island off Naantali. We were there during the 20th anniversary and it was a lot of extra activities, like for example a parade with all the characters! However, it was the Moomin house and activities around the house that was most exciting for us. We could explore all the rooms and meet all the Moomins and of course Little My. Moomin Mom's jam cellar was fun to explore.The park was well signposted, it was well equipped with toilets and eateries. Souvenirs store had good selection, but it was expensive as it often is in such places. But of course we came home with some new toys. We had a great time.

Visited June 2012
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Vantaa, Finland
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“For those who love Moomins”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2012

The location is beautiful and the park is not too big for small children. The best thing was to hug the Moomins. The Moominworld is great place for those who love the Moomins but our kids were not that impressed (age 4). They were more interested in the boats along the walkway to the Moominworld!

The entrance fee is quite high and I don't think we will visit Moominworld again.

Visited July 2012
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Orimattila
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27 reviews
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“Best for small children”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2012

I had quite high expectations for the Moominworld as I heard praise for the place. On one hand it was really nice: beautiful island with lots to see and also places to chill. On the other hand, we can see the Moomin characters about everywhere in Finland (in shopping malls, etc) and there wasn't many activities for the kids there. Just hanging around and looking. Big minus for the prizes: 4 euros for a face painting?!

Visited June 2012
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