Dreamworld On The Gold Coast
Recently our family was lucky enough to be guests of Dreamworld Theme Park on The Gold Coast.
We had just spent the week up on the Gold Coast visiting all the Theme Parks but we knew that Dreamworld was going to put all of our thrill skills to the test.
Miss T suffers from anxiety and we have tried various methods to help her overcome her fears and yes, some of those techniques are working.
One main fear she has a problem overcoming is the fear of the unknown. I guess we all suffer from this to a certain degree, but she let’s it control her life.
The constant questions of “what if this…?” or “what if that….?” are always coming up.
She is a thinker and sometimes she just thinks and over thinks things far too much.
So what better way to get her out of that busy head for a bit, than put her on a few terrifying rides and introduce her to some fun and zany characters!
The first ride she tackled was the Rocky Hollow Log Ride.
After a LOT of coaxing we managed to drag her, rather reluctantly onto the ride. There were tears and refusals while we were waiting in the queue, we copped more than a few enquiring looks.
But then she convinced herself that she was going to do it!
Maybe one day we can get her to go from this…………….To this………………….
At the end of the ride she was so proud of herself and happy that she actually went through with it, that she wanted to do it all over again!
After this is was off to a section of the park that was a little more sedate, but amazing for little kids and big kids.
Wiggles World has everything that a Wiggles obsessed kidlet could ever wish for.
From Dorothy’s Rosy Teacup ride, to the Big Red Car (and boat) ride and also the opportunity to meet your favourite Wiggles character.
Dreamworld also has an amazing animal park.
Corroboree is a place where you can meet and get up close to your favourite Australian animal and immerse yourself in some Aboriginal heritage and culture.
You can have your own experience with your choice of Australian wildlife and this is where we met “Buttons” the Koala.
Miss T was in her element here, with her intense love for animals this was her favourite spot and she felt right at home. As you can see no anxiety on display here!
How cute is she??
Buttons was also a cutie!
After cuddling a Koala it was time to introduce the kids to the world of Madagascar and another Roller Coaster to convince Miss T to go on..
Upon first glance of the Escape From Madagascar ride the response was a resounding “no!!! No way!!!”
However with more coaxing we managed to get her on this ride too …. she proceeded to ride it again another 3 times! Success!!
The Dreamworks section of Dreamworld is a great place for the kids to enjoy everything from Shrek, to Madagascar to Kung Fu Panda.
Miss T was also sure to check out the fun of Pandamonium, a ride with a serious split personality…lucky for her she chose wisely, just like Po.
OK now it was time for some extreme thrills!!
Even though Miss T was tall enough for these rides. I knew no amount of coaxing was ever going to get her anywhere near them!
So off went Mr Barbie and Miss M to tackle the Big Thrill Rides of Dreamworld. The Claw, The Cyclone and Giant Drop and Buzz Saw just to name a few….
While this was going on I used the opportunity to slip next door to cool off at WhiteWater World. Miss T and Miss G couldn’t wait to tackle a few water slides.
It’s funny how Miss T balks at some of the thrill rides, but but can’t wait to get her teeth stuck into a waterslide called The Vortex and The Wedgie……
The day started drawing to a close and the sun (or what there was of it) was slowly going down, and it was time to think about going home.
Dreamworld for 2 weeks over the Summer school holidays is open until 8pm, so we were lucky enough to take advantage of the extended opening hours and grab a few more quick rides before the laser light display started and the park closed for the night.
Thanks for a great day Dreamworld and I am going home with a very happy little girl, who was so proud that she achieved and experienced some things that she never normally would have given herself the opportunity to.
Next time we visit, I’m sure she will be up for the “Tower Of Terror”…..or not…..
With a little help and a bit of a push she stepped (or leaped) outside of her comfort zone and felt so proud of herself for doing so. She can’t wait to go back!
In celebration a new hat was in order the next day too…… who doesn’t love a new hat!
*We were guests of Dreamworld Theme Park for the day*
How do you encourage your kids to experience new things?
Have you ever been to Dreamworld?
What is your favourite ride?