We made our way to the theme park on one of the really snazzy buses. They come every 15 minutes at weekends, so we didn’t have to wait long. The park is definitely close enough to walk. It’s approximately a mile and if you walk by the canal and it’s a really nice walk.
We had our tickets and wristbands already, so we went straight into the park. As soon as you arrive the manta ray shaped entrance way completely takes your attention. It’s huge! The screens in the ceiling show a loop of colourful animations, we saw fireworks and sea creatures swimming above our heads. The walls are detailed with bright coral reef around all the entrance ways to shops and cafes.
When we got through there we immediately headed to Flying Over the Rainforest. The parks roller coaster is a B&M wing rider. That might not mean much to a lot of people reading this, it might mean a lot to you. I have only been on one of these things (Swarm at Thorpe Park) and I found that an entertaining coaster. This was more forceful than it’s relation in the UK, but it’s not going to be the type of coaster to get into your top 20 list. It had a great first drop, but was surprising rough in the back row.
We visited the aquarium and the dark ride that goes through it. That was the longest queue we waited in all day (maybe 20 mins). The queue line was really nicely themed! There were little cameras shaped like bubbles that would take your photo and then project it onto the walls of the next room. A cartoon fish made of metal that was a mix between Flounder and Nemo (from The Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo) guided us in Mandarin through the queue line and in the ride. At one point he pops up on a screen in a mini submarine in the middle of the queue. On the ride there were some scenes with “Bubbles” (my friend said she thought that was the English translation of the name but her Mandarin is rusty), we floated past some of the tanks in the aquarium and in one room a volcano started to erupt. I’m not sure how it all ties in, but there’s actually a volcano in the middle of the park’s lake too.
Unfortunately the two water rides still hadn’t opened so we had no chance to ride those. Walrus Splash and Polar Expedition. They look impressive though, Walrus Splash is completely outside so you can see what the ride will be like but Polar Expedition seems to have a significant indoor portion. I’m excited to find out what’s inside the mountain.
We ate in a quick service restaurant, the food wasn’t great but it wasn’t too bad. I’m sure some of the other places were a bit better. I got noodle soup with wontons. The soup was good but the noodles were instant and not very tasty. The wontons themselves were average.
There’s a bunch of animal exhibits, and still more to open. You can see manatees, beluga whales, polar bears, sealions, dolphins, all within their own themed areas.
Next up we take a water taxi back to the hotel and explore a bit.