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“waste of money”
Review of Flamingo Land ltd

Flamingo Land ltd
Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in Malton
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
22 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“waste of money”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

Just visited this site has it's only an hour away what a waste of money 2 hour queue for rides miserable staff disgusting toilets and the zoo areas need desperate attention even tho the park has new rides it seems they have forgotten about the rest and customer service is non existing do your self a favour and pay a little extra and go to alton towers ect

Visited August 2014
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Super family day out!”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

Flamingo land is a great place to have a family day out. There are numerous exciting feature rides for all to go on and also a lovely zoo to visit. This is a reasonably priced venue and worth every penny. I have many happy memories from my childhood here and so have my children. It is constantly being updated with new rides and features and never fails to please. I can highly recommend this park.

Visited May 2014
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

OK, so we queued in the car to get in, we narrowly avoided queuing at the entrance (we already had tickets) and we queued a LOT for the rides BUT we had a GREAT day out with the family and we drove home with our 4 year old and 8 year olds fast asleep in the back of the car.Job done.

THE NEGATIVES:

To get the negatives out the 'road, we didn't leave early enough and ended up arriving near the park much later than planned (around 11am) SO when we had to spend a further 30 mins sitting in the car queuing to get in that was a bit of a downer. Solution - we should have left earlier! Will know for next time. Glad we bought our £90 family ticket online the night before as the queues for tickets were pretty bad too. We narrowly avoided joining these queues as it wasn't obvious that advance ticket sales could go straight to the gates. They need some signs to sort this.

In the park the queues for some rides were crazy - like 1 hour for the fairly mediocre Twistosaurus. One day someone will come up with a solution for queuing at theme parks - yet to see one that works. Q-Buster isn't the answer. When I've paid £90 to visit a theme park for a day the last thing I want to do is to pay extra to actually get on the rides. It's also VERY frustrating when you've been queuing for an hour, JUST about to get on said ride and a Q-Buster takes your place!

There's also no indication of how long you're likely to spend queuing at a ride. This would be useful. Some rides have massive queues but the queue moves very quickly. Others it takes forever. Some simple signs in the queues showing estimated remaining queue time would be great! Try keeping a 4 year old occupied for an hour in a queue - it's a living nightmare!

There were quite a few wasps. Solution - put lids on the bins and put up wasp catchers. Check Legoland as they seem to have the wasp situation under control (or at least they did last year).

Some of the cafes / food outlets were a bit dirty (litter, discarded food etc.) but to be fair on Flamingo Land this was largely down to inconsiderate customers just leaving their litter around rather than putting it in the many, many bins provided. The park was very busy, staff were clearly run off their feet - give them a break and don't give them even more jobs to do. JUST PUT STUFF IN THE BIN!!

There were queues at the entrance toilets but AMPLE empty toilets elsewhere on the park. Perhaps a sign next to the entrance toilets telling you where the nearest other toilets are? After a long journey the kids (and adults) need the loo. We found toilets with no queues 2 mins from the entrance next to the soft play.

THE POSITIVES:
OK, so we didn't have time to do all the big rides but we did a good few of them - totted it up at the end of the day and our 4 year old had been on 14 rides! Not bad for one day! Some of the rides are AWESOME. Did Hero, Navigator and Velocity with our 8 year old and he was literally shaking with excitement afterwards - brilliant. The Zoo is awesome - didn't have time to do all of it but been before - brilliant! The final bonus was that just as we were about to leave at 6pm we found out the place was staying open for an extra hour! Brilliant! We made full use of that and then, rather than joining the massive queues to get out, we headed over to the Coach House pub to chill out and grab some food before the journey home.

The Coach House was fantastic and worthy of a separate mention - just what we needed after an exhausting day. I had a couple of real ales (the wife was driving!), the kids played on the park and we stuffed our faces. The food was fantastic for the money and very reasonably priced. £4.95 for a full kids meal including main course, drinks and pudding - excellent! About £10 each for gammon, egg & chips and it was lovely. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The toilets were immaculate. Overall the place had a lovely relaxed vibe and it was the perfect end to a pretty awesome day. We left by around 9pm to find our car on its tod in a massive field. :-) Clear journey home, kids slept and didn't wake up until 10am the following morning!

TIPS:
- Buy your entry ticket in advance
- Be prepared to queue to get in (in the car), or arrive in plenty of time
- By-pass the entry queues if you've pre-printed your ticket
- Save your pennies for treats and bring a picnic (and picnic blanket) - there's plenty places to eat it
- Measure your children in advance and check what rides they can do - the good news is if they're over 4'6" they can go on pretty much everything
- Look for the fast moving queues - for example, Navigator is a relatively short ride and seats about 38 people - the queue moves pretty quick!
- If everyone put their litter in the bins provided there wouldn't be any litter - stop being part of the problem!

Overall excellent and we'll probably try to stop over next time to make even better use of the Coach House! :-)

Visited August 2014
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Darlington, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
138 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“School holiday break”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

Not been to Flamingo Land since I was about 8 I think. Obviously have virtually no memory of what it used to be like so have nothing to compare but I took my daughter here with the rest of the family for a day out on the school holidays. £35 is a bit steep to get in, it isn't worth that much. But we had a 2-for-1 voucher so between the two of us, that softened the blow a bit. Have a bit of cash to spend inside, the little 'un wanted a few arcades and sweets/drinks throughout. I like rollercoasters so us oldies wanted to try a few out while the grandparents took the little ones on smaller rides, we stood in a queue for over an hour waiting for Velocity - for a 30-second ride. Bit annoying so we paid for fast track tickets for the next two rides - Hero and Kumali - the latter is the best (and most extreme) ride in the park. Definitely worth doing and made the experience more enjoyable, even if it is another money-making scam. We had a wander around the zoo area and took in the kids section in the farm part, these were good fun for the kids and the animals are quite impressive here. I particularly enjoyed watching the giraffes. We took our own picnic food for lunch & snacks as I was sure the food selection and prices wouldn't take my fancy - I was right. It rained a few times, we took shelter in the aquarium and the pub (!). A few negatives: queueing for tickets to get in took half an hour, this was on top of queuing to park the car, also toilet facilities as you get inside the entrance totally inadequate. After waiting for half an hour to get in, the kids were desperate then had to wait more time in a queue to pee! The Starbucks coffee took about half an hour to get served (she was on her own to be fair...). The park wasn't particularly busy, just what you should expect on school holidays on what turned out to be a decent day overall.

Visited April 2014
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Clitheroe, England, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Kids loved it . Campsite water logged , badly”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

We camped for the weekend at Flamingo land at my 8 yr olds request for his birthday. The park itself is great , not anything like Blackpool Pleasure Beach / Alton Towers standards , but more than enough to see and do for a long weekend.
The thing that spoiled it was the EHU camping fields. We have never ever seen anything like it. It must be clay soil because when it rains, and it did rain , the water doesn't go anywhere. There were people having to sleep in cars , bailing out their tents and sat in their tents around PONDS of water. THANK God we had a sewn in ground sheet which saved us from a pond but it was like walking on a water bed and we stepped out of our tent ankle deep in water to go In and out.
You could tell the security staff were embarrassed and remained loyal to the company but wouldn't give you advice on where to pitch probably for fear of reprisal when this inevitably happened.
Thankfully we hadn't travelled too far and this was just a long weekend away and not our "holiday" so we didn't feel too cheated when we'd had enough and to lower the risk of contracting "trench foot" we packed up a day early and left.
Be warned and Flamingo land, invest in decent drainage, this spoils a great camp

Visited August 2014
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