It’s not easy getting older. So, I figured that it would be a good idea to go somewhere that makes you feel younger! Here’s my blog about Flamingo Land!
Flamingo Land is near Malton in Yorkshire, and about a 45 minute drive from York. It’s a zoo and theme park all rolled into one. Flamingo Land is a great day out for families, friends or couples.
The main reason that I wanted to go to Flamingo Land was, of course, the Flamingos, along with the other animals. However, the first thing that Sy did was head towards a rollercoaster.
Mumbo Jumbo Rollercoaster
As you know, I have suffered from anxiety over the last few years, and I’m not afraid to share this. Since my anxiety began in 2010, I haven’t been on any fast rollercoasters, like I used to.
As we walked towards Mumbo Jumbo, I started to ask how fast it was, if it went upside down, if it would be scary. The thing is, when you go on a quiet day, you walk straight onto the rides, without waiting in a queue and potentially changing your mind!
I like to live life with no regrets, so I thought, just go for it! Then the big bars came down to hold us in. I said to Sy “It’s gonna be fast!” he said “I’ll be right here, Amy. Just see if you like it.”
“Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! I liked it!”
I later saw that this coaster was in the Guiness Book of Records for the World’s steepest rollercoaster in 2011!
Guinness Book of Records certificate for Mumbo Jumbo at Flamingo Land
We then went on the Pirate Ship, and the only open seats were at the very back!
I said to Sy, “I’ll be alright on this!” but as we got higher, so did the screaming! It really was so much fun 😉
Flamingo Land Zoo
The Zoo at Flamingo Land is much more than the Flamingos these days! There is an Aquarium, Giraffes, Hippos, Lions, Gazelles, Monkeys and small mammals. It is also very accessible for wheelchair users, with lots of slopes and very few stairs.
One of my favourite animal enclosures was the hippos. You can go up the viewing platform and see the hippo lake from above.
Two males were having a ‘wide open mouth stand off!’ Here’s our YouTube video of it…
Penguins at Flamingo Land
The Penguins were having a great time socialising and swimming around in their pool. The penguins at Flamingo Land are the South American Humboldt penguins.
Don’t Forget the Flamingoes!
It wouldn’t be a trip to Flamingo Land without seeing the Flamingos, of course! The Flamingos were the first inhabitants of Flamingo Land way back in the 1960’s.
After we had a great time seeing the animals and the Sea Lion show, Sy asked me if I wanted to go on any more rides. I had seen some nice little motorbikes travelling slowly round a track that didn’t go upside down. So I said to Sy, “we could go on the little motorbikes.”
Well, those little motorbikes turned out to be Velocity. They accelerated from 0-60mph in just 2.5 seconds! This coaster has made it into the top ten faster roller coasters in the UK.
How about the Animals? Is Flamingo Land Ethically and Eco Conscious?
It would be fair to question the ethics of Flamingo Land. After all, the Rhino’s are just tens of metres away from roller coasters and attractions. I’m quite an eco-conscious blogger, so it was important to me to establish how Flamingo Land is for the animals.
Despite the ‘amusement Park’ surroundings, many of these animals have beed bred in captivity and are used to the hustle and bustle of the theme park. The animals have large enclosures, which recreate their natural environments.
All of the animals seemed to be on a good natural diet and in good health. There was no ‘pacing’ of big cats, which I have seen in other zoos with small enclosures to be a sign of boredom and insanity.
Flamingo Land is dedicated to educating people about the animals. It also ploughs a proportion of money made by the ticket sales into a conservation project in Tanzania.
Top Tips for Flamingo Land
Check the opening times on the website and try to go outside of school holidays if possible. Queues for rides will be much shorter. Also, check the opening seasons, because it sometimes closes in winter months.
Arrive early – we arrived around mid-day, but I would recommend arriving at around 9-10am, especially in the busy periods.
If you hold a student card or disabled card, show them when you buy the tickets, for a discount. If you don’t have any discount cards, you can save money by booking in advance.
Take a rain coat, particularly if you want to go on any of the water rides!
If you have enjoyed a day at Flamingo Land, or have any comments to add, please feel free to comment below.
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