Finally! It’s that time of year again where us Brits can come out of hibernation after a very long and cold winter. This has been the first week since I can remember that I’ve seen blue in the skies, green on the trees and that I’ve ventured outside without the thermal layers!
With the change in season also comes the annual reopening of the UK’s most popular theme parks and attractions, all of which are fighting for your attention. In order to win you over, many of them have incorporated shiny new rides, features and activities as part of their grand openings. We’ve scouted out 5 of the best ‘new for Spring 2013’ theme park attractions in all the land. Just don’t let the kids see or you’ll be going to all 5!
1. Alton Towers Guarantees To Get You Smiling
UK Theme Park giant Alton Towers is pulling out the big guns for its Spring opening with a brand spanking new ride that claims to be ‘the first of its kind in the world’. The aptly named ‘Smiler’ rollercoaster will take those brave enough to ride it on a journey for both body and mind. The ride will combine intense physical effects such as plunging drops and extreme turns with psychological trickery that will force you to ‘smile’ at all times. Sounds intriguing right? Opens May 2013.
2. The Force Will Be Stronger Than Ever at LEGOLAND Windsor
For those who fancy keeping their feet firmly on the ground, LEGOLAND Windsor has added brick-loads of new attractions for its spring opening last month including Duplo Valley and LEGO Chima 4D Movie Experience. Duplo Valley is the parks newest land which features amazing new attractions such as Drench Towers, Duplo Splash Safari and Brickville (Opens May 2013). If that wasn’t enough new Lego-loving action, the park is also hosting Lego Star Wars Days Over May Bank Holiday. From 4th-6th May, your little ones can enjoy a whole host of Star Wars themed activities from Jedi Training Camps to Yoda Hunts. May the Fourth be with you! (We couldn’t resist).
3. Chester Zoo Invites You To Meet Its New Arrivals
We all know Spring time means new life, which is certainly the case for Chester Zoo this year. The Zoo’s recent baby boom means that its current collection of residents are cuter than ever! They’ve recently welcomed Hari and Bala the two baby elephants, Tripa and Tuti the cheeky orangutans, Dakima and Chanua the rare black rhinos, Kamzi and Millie the adorable giraffes and even a giant anteater!. Along with daily animal talks and 110 acres of award winning enclosures, there’s never been a better time to visit. Ready? 1, 2, 3….Awwwwww
4. The Dungeons Shows Off Its Super Sinister Revamp
Last month saw the re-launch of The London Dungeons after a huge relocation and refurbishment project. After changing addresses to County Hall, The Dungeons has added even more spine-chilling strings to its bow including the fast flowing boat ride Henry’s Wrath and 80 metres of mirrors in the Whitechapel Labyrinth where Jack the Ripper is on the loose. 20,000 litres of recycled River Thames fill the river ways of Henry’s Wrath and 38 real rats scurry the Corridor of Misdemeanours. Along with a whole host of new characters and effects, the all-new London Dungeons makes for a truly bloodcurdling day out in the capital.
The York Dungeons has also reopened this month after it’s long closure due to flood damage.
5. Warner Bros. Studios Celebrates Its Year Anniversary
Until Sunday 14th April, Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making Of Harry Potter is celebrating their first year anniversary by offering extra experiences and amazing giveaways to all that visit. After a hugely successful first year, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour is now bigger than ever with never-seen-before treasures and other memorable sets such as the Gryffindor common room, Hagrid’s Hut and the Potion’s classroom. With enough behind-the-scenes magic you can shake a wand at, The Warner Bros. Studio is a serious contender in the Spring 2013 Theme Park line up!
Which attractions are you planning to take the kids this Spring?