Been to Chessington yesterday, it's a park we don't visit often, so we expected this visit to be a nice change. However our day was far from a perfect day at the resort.
Dragons Fury down until around 2-3pm
Vampire from 5-5:30pm
Rattlesnake from 11:30-12:30pm
Then when going to buy fast tracks we were told that they no longer sell FT for Rattlesnake, Dragons Fury weren't going on sale today, and Vampire had sold out. This was at 11am, an hour after the park had opened. Even though Dragons Fury had been closed, they were refusing to sell any others for the other rides instead.
Yesterday was the first time I got to experience Zufari. I was very disappointed. The majority of the animals were further away than you can get if you see them on foot. I thought the idea of a safari ride was to get up close to the animals. Also a giraffe feed experience was going on during our run, meaning the giraffe had been taken all the way over the other side of the enclosure so they were barely seen. I found the 'markings on the rocks' incredibly cheesy and clearly just a way to add a story as the truck was on its way to the enclosures. Not sure if it was just our driver, but he didn't stop once meaning we could get very little decent pictures, most came out blurry. The finale I was fairly happy with, I knew what to expect and everything worked in the cave. Although I see this as a severely weak ending to the ride, that must of been the highlight. Also the commentary on the trucks was far too quiet, most of the time to quiet to hear even.
This was also my first time on Scorpion Express. I remember riding it as RT, and enjoyed it even more this time! Loved the theming, the fire was perfectly timed, and the Scorpions spray really added to the enjoyment. Overall I really enjoyed this ride, my only issue was that the backdrop is no where near as good as the old rock theming.
Really enjoy the zoo side of Chessington, and there are many fun feeding shows to attend. The rides, when open, were very enjoyable and all food areas were very nice.
Overall, we had an okay day. The park was the cleanest merlin park I've been to, and lots of animals to see, all the workers were very enthusiastic and happy to help, and Adventurer Services supplied us with many FT and kept the park open an extra half hour due to all the brake downs.
Sorry for the length