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Adventure Island - Review

Adventure Island

Park Info
Location: Southend-on-Sea, Essex, United Kingdom
Status: Operating
Attractions: 30
Member Ratings
Park: 6.2/10 (16 votes)
Coasters: 5.5/10 (69 votes)
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    Adventure Island - Review

    Review by: Webmaster | Last update: 14-Nov-2003 | Based on 1 visit in 10/03

    Adventure Island is a small family park located on the seafront of Southend-on-Sea. The park started out life as gardens built on reclaimed land during the 1920's. Over the years, several kiddie attractions were added, and the park was renamed to Peter Pan's Playground. In 1995, the park was expanded to include the area to the east of the pier that the park was built next to.

    The park is now divided into two areas by the world's longest pleasure pier, and connected via a tunnel underneath the pier. The park is very clean, well laid out and well maintained, with some nicely themed attractions, and lots of greenery, which make what would otherwise be an expanse of rides and concrete look quite attractive.

    The park has about 30 rides, a large percentage of which are suitable for families. There is a good selection of flat rides, all of which look quite new and are in top condition, but nothing too intense other than perhaps Dragons Claw. The park has three family roller coasters, a couple of water slides, a log flume, two dark attractions, and some pay as you play attractions.

    Adventure Island is open weekends all year round, and daily from Easter to the beginning of September, and during most school holidays. Unlike most UK parks, Adventure Island stays open as late as 11pm during the peak season. Entry to the park is free, and admission to rides is via tickets or a ride all day wristband. Cheaper wristbands are available for children under 1.2 metres (excludes some rides), and an accompanying adult rides free with a child wearing a Tiny Tots wristband. Also half price wristbands are available after 6pm when the park closes between 8 and 11pm, or all day on some selected days.

    My visit to Adventure Island was out of season when wristbands were half price all day. I arrived just after 4pm and the park was closing at 6pm, my intention was just to ride the coasters and leave, but with the cheap wristband I thought I'd sample the rest of the park. I was extremely glad I did because I quite enjoyed myself at the park. Once it was dark, all the rides lit up and it there was a nice atmosphere, despite the fact the park was not very busy.

    Overall, Adventure Island is a good family park, but sadly lacks any major rides to make it a necessity. The full price wristband is perhaps a little expensive for a thrill seeker, but you can pay per ride (between £1 and £2), or look out for half price wristbands. I was however, impressed with the nice park environment and the variety of rides, and I certainly enjoyed my short stay at the park.

    Coasters:  4/10
    Dark Rides:  5/10
    Flat Rides:  7/10
    Kiddie Rides:  6/10
    Water Rides:  5/10
    Cleanliness:  10/10
    Food:  6/10
    Landscaping:  7/10
    Theming:  6/10
    Staff Friendliness:  7/10
    Staff Efficiency:  7/10



    Ideas for Improvements
  • None.
    Adventure Island Tips
  • If you just want to ride the coasters then I would suggest purchasing tickets. One ride on each coaster should cost you £6 in total.
  • The park has no private car park, but there is parking on the seafront, and several car parks close by.

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