Chessington World Of Adventures For Toddlers…

Chessington World Of Adventures For Toddlers…

I always thought that Chessington World of Adventures was more suitable to school age children and above, it wasn’t somewhere that I had considered taking the girls when they were toddlers. Then a couple of years ago my brother gave me some tickets he had won and couldn’t use.

At the time Alice was 3 years and 21 months and Holly was only 21 months old, my parents came with us too. We thought that one of us would take Holly to look around Chessington Zoo, while we took Alice on the rides.

But how wrong were we…

Chessington World Of Adventures is a great day out for under 2’s too!

We had a wonderful day and I wanted to share it with you, as from talking to lots of parents they didn’t realise Chessington World of Adventures had lots for toddlers to do. Plus under 3’s are FREE!

Rides for children below 0.9m accompanied by an adult

  • The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure

  • Adventure Tree
  • Canopy Capers

  • Dragon’s Playhouse
  • Flying Jumbos
  • Hocus Pocus Hall
  • Sea Dragons

  • Temple of Mayhem
  • Tiny Truckers
  • Toadies Crazy Cars

Rides for children 0.9m and above accompanied by an adult

  • Griffins Galleon
  • Treetop Hoppers
  • Jungle Bus
  • Scorpion Express
  • Seastorm

And there is more…

  • Chessington Zoo
  • Sea Life Centre
  • Children’s Zoo

  • The Gruffalo Arena

  • Penguin Bay

Plus there is face painting!

And of course no visit is complete without an ice cream.

Chessington World Of Adventures really is a great day out for all ages and my girls had a great time when they were younger. It’s really small to navigate and perfect for little legs. We went back a couple of weeks ago and had another brilliant time and still enjoyed all the same rides. You can read all about it here.

As Merlin Annual Pass Holders, I love that we can go back again and again throughout the year and we’re already planning a trip for when Tiger Rock opens this year.

Disclosure: We are working with Merlin Annual Pass this year as ambassadors. Thank you Merlin for providing us with a year of fun.


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  1. 20/03/2018 / 07:52

    This is such a spot on post. I remembered Chessington from when I was a teenager, so I had in my mind all the rides like The Vampire and Rameses Revenge, and I thought Legoland was the better pick for toddlers. But when we took Max for the first time I was stunned at just how much there is for younger children – we love the carousel, tiny truckers, Mr Toadies Wild Ride, and of course The Gruffalo (although Max isn’t keen on meeting the Gruffalo himself at the theatre!) I actually think Chessington is the best theme park for toddlers – the rides and the zoo, and it’s actually quite small so easy to navigate. Max has his map from last year in his memory box and gets it out regularly to tell me which rides he’s going to go on!

  2. 20/03/2018 / 10:14

    I have never been to Chessington, but I reckon my boys would love it. If only everything wasn’t so far away from Cornwall ha! Gorgeous photos and it looks like you had a fabulous day there 🙂

    Stevie x

  3. Hannah | MakeDo&Push
    20/03/2018 / 10:46

    Gosh I used to love Chessington so much! Sadly we’re really far away now 🙁 It looks like you all had such a great time xx

  4. Mandi Morrison
    20/03/2018 / 11:05

    I remember years ago back in the 80’s Chessington was still a zoo – I think it is great as there is so much to do there now for all ages. Big rides for teens and great adventures for toddlers.

  5. 20/03/2018 / 11:17

    Looks like you had a brilliant day out, we have enjoyed many family days out at Chessington over the years. Sadly on our last visit none of them liked the Gruffalo ride but we found plenty of other things to keep us entertained an the app was a really useful tool during our visit too x

  6. 20/03/2018 / 20:35

    I’ve never been to Chessington World of Adventures – only the hotel stay as a Stay and play in the zoo stop over. I really want to visit and this looks so inviting!!! I love how theme parks can cater for all families with children of ALL ages. Theres no point if one of the family cannot ride!!

  7. 20/03/2018 / 20:43

    Oh wow, I have never been to Chessington, but now I really want to go. I thought, like you, that it would be more suited to older children. It looks absolutely amazing!

  8. 20/03/2018 / 21:29

    Oh my goodness, I had no idea that it was so brilliant for young children – I am totally putting this on my list of things to do this year with the boys 🙂 Thanks for such a great informative post 🙂

  9. 21/03/2018 / 12:04

    Oh wow, that’s fab! Always good when they cater for all ages. We haven’t been yet, might head there later this year.

  10. 21/03/2018 / 21:27

    I’ve never been to Chessington, or actually, I might have been when I was much younger now that I think about it! I always thought it was for older kids though, I’m so surprised at how much they have for the littles!

  11. 22/03/2018 / 09:38

    We haven’t been to Chessington in years either, so that’s really good to know for when we visit with our toddlerh! I used to love the vampire ride there, is that still there? 😀

  12. 22/03/2018 / 22:38

    I think Chessington has updated quite a bit since we were last there but is was always somewhere we went with our kids when they were younger. We must schedule in another visit to try it with older kids now. Mich x