Warning: post written by someone that has worked too hard and not had enough sleep and is a bit over this whole Christmas malarky.
I’m loving the forced smiles in this photo. Clearly they were a bit sick of posing and smiling for me by the time I took this one
I read a lot of hype about Santa’s Magical Kingdom so I purchased tickets online back in November and eagerly awaited the day that I would surprise the kids and take them to this magical Christmas wonderland of awesomeness.
The first thing that surprised me was the ticket prices. $39.50 per person. No different prices for children except for kids 2 and under which are free.
The main attraction upon walking in was this gorgeous carousel / roller coaster thing covered in fairy lights. The line was huge, everyone wanted to go on it. It looked pretty cool. But alas, both of my children at 5 and 3 are under 110cm which makes them too small to go on the ride even with an adult.
The other rides were much tamer and had much shorter height requirements. The lines were long and it was ridiculously crowded, but the kids had a good time. Just not while waiting. Kids are bad at waiting patiently!
The arts and crafts area was too packed to get anywhere near so we didn’t go there and story time with Mrs Claus seemed lame, so we didn’t bother (frankly her voice gave me the creeps).
I was feeling hugely ripped off until we went to the circus. The circus made up for it. The kids absolutely loved it. There was a high swinging lady doing all sorts of twists and tricks and then a very scantily clad young woman in a large wheel thing spinning around, a magician and even dogs playing footy!
The circus ended with a death defying stunt from the Phoenix Riders motorcyclists in a cage thing. Most impressive!
The kids really wanted to participate in the side show games and activities but at $5 per ride/game/ I did not want to spend more money on these carnival attractions. And as for show bags? No thanks. Perhaps I’m a scrooge when it comes to those things, but they are usually full of crap and overpriced right? The last thing I need in my house at Christmas is more crap!
I would like to see the price reduced for children to make this more affordable.
Although the kids enjoyed the rides and the sparkle and the excitement, I don’t think it lived up to all the hype that I read about.I think I expected too much. Perhaps it was just the crowds or perhaps I was in a cranky mood to start with or it might have been because they were playing Mariah Carey or perhaps I let my distrust of carnival people take the gleam off the day for me.
We’ll probably still go next year. Because I have kids and that’s what we do.
The photos look like we had the best time ever! And this final photo will probably be our official Christmas photo.