Theme Park Tuesday

It’s day 4 in Gold Coast and we covered 2 theme parks – Movie World and Wet ‘n’ Wild Waterpark.

By now, we’ve acclimatized to the point that we’re able to run around in swimwear. To be fair, we had really nice sunny weather yesterday so we decided to hit the waterpark to check it out first. If it was too cold, we’d abort mission and head to Movie World instead.

Upon arriving and looking at the crowd in Wet ‘n’ Wild, I almost thought that it’s in the middle of summer. The place was packed with kids in their swimwear and it’s like these guys don’t feel cold at all.

There’s this super fun water play area that looks suspiciously similar to the one at Port of Lost Wonder at Sentosa.

And this insane water ride that the husband and my sister went on. They put you in a vertical chamber and the floor opens from under your feet so you plunge all the way down. And then it shoots you back up the side for a second drop.

I couldn’t ride anything but it was fun just sitting there looking at the faces of all the people who came out from the ride looking completely shellshocked.

Kirsten lasted 40 minutes in the icy cold water before she started shivering violently. Even then, she persisted  in playing some more until she finally gave up, shuffled to the husband and said she was c-c-c-cold.

So we wrapped her up in two towels and I held her under the sun to warm up a little.

We were done with the waterpark in less than 3 hours so we dried off and headed to Movie World, which was located just next door.

Movie World is an interesting mix of Warner Brothers characters, DC superheroes and even a Harry Potter shop. If I have to compare theme parks, I’s say it’s most like Universal Studios, but with a different bunch of characters.

The headliner rides are Batwing Spaceshot, Arkham Asylum as well as the Superman Escape and Green Lantern roller coasters – all of which are too intense for me even in my non-pregnant state.

The kids couldn’t go on most of the thrilling rides either so they spent their time with me at the kids area, which had all the tamer rides like the carousel, spinning cups and bumper cars.

This was the first thrilling ride Kirsten made the height limit for. It basically goes up and down vertically, but in a very slow and gentle manner. Just enough to feel a slight drop drop but really not scary at all.

Even though she looked terrified during the entire ride, when she got off, she was all “I’m so brave, I wasn’t scared you know!” But when we asked her if she wanted to go again, she thought for a moment and said “No need, because when I sit too many times, I will get a tummy ache.” Yeah, right.

The park was more crowded than I expected but there’s something about the cool weather that makes everyone more patient and friendly. I’m so not looking forward to the blazing heat back home.

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  • Reply Jaq July 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Yes, I agree there is something about the cool weather that makes everyone more patient and friendly.

    • Reply Daphne July 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Applies to all of us, even the kids are more patient waiting in line when it’s cool. When it’s hot, they get irritable very quickly

  • Reply Abby July 11, 2012 at 11:14 am

    The last photo of Kirsten sitting on the ride among all the big boys and girls is so cute – makes her look like a small baby. She is a brave girl!
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    • Reply Daphne July 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      Yeah she’s like a big girl trapped in a baby’s body..

  • Reply lilsnooze July 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Kirsten is really brave! Nat won’t even get onto something similar! ;)

    And yes, indeed true, the cooler weather even made me more patient under the sun! Usually I get very grouchy and headachy very fast.
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    • Reply Daphne July 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      It was really funny because all the Aussies were finding spots under the sun, which is the opposite of what happens back home. Everyone is always looking for shaded areas to hide in.

  • Reply Peg July 12, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    It’s the school holidays, at least in NSW it is. That explains why the theme parks were crowded.

    • Reply Daphne July 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      Ah, we figured as much!

  • Reply Katriina July 15, 2012 at 3:07 am

    I worked at MovieWorld as a uni student – close to 20 years ago! Do the staff still wear those candy-striped shirts with the unflattering beige skirts? :) Seriously, though, it was a fantastic place to work.

    • Reply Daphne July 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Wow I actually didn’t notice the staff costumes! I really wanted to work in a theme park too but we didn’t have any of those here in Singapore back then, before Universal Studios came along. Must have been loads of fun!

  • Reply Elaine July 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    The tummyache reason was hilarious!

    • Reply Daphne July 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Exactly! Not the most convincing reason but points for creativity at least.

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