On my recent trip to the Gold Coast for Problogger, hubby and Olivia joined me for a mini family holiday. We only had one day together as a family before I went to the conference so we wanted to make the most of it. It had been a long time since I had paid a visit to any of the Gold Coast theme parks but I have really fond memories of visiting Dreamworld so that is where we decided to take Olivia. We were their guest for the day to experience the park through Olivia’s eyes.
We had such an amazing time. If I lived on the Gold Coast I would be all over one of those annual passes and making weekly trips to the park. There was so much to see and do and all three of us had a ball.
The first stop we made was to the ABC Kids World. I knew Olivia would enjoy this the most and boy was I right. We spent a total of about 1.5 hours in this part of the park. This photo is a bit blurry because hubby was chasing her through the maze but you can see the pure joy on her face.
And then we spent at least 20 minutes knocking on the door of The Wiggle House. I don’t know what she was expecting but there was a seriously sad face when after all her efforts, the door didn’t open.
The Big Red Car ride was probably a highlight for all of us. Riding around, singing and dancing. It was like one of those Big Red Car rides in the shopping centre but on steroids. She loved it!
It’s always funny to see how kids react when they see their favourite characters “in real life”. Dorothy (or Dor Dor as Olivia calls her) is definitely a favourite in our house. Olivia wouldn’t go in a photo by herself but she was quite happy to go with me. Then we spent a good 10 minutes just standing and awkwardly staring at Dorothy.
I like that there are lots of undercover areas and the Playschool zone is good for a bit of downtime and a relax.
Next stop was lunch and we made a visit to the Dough Bros Pizzeria, a newly opened eatery.
The pizza was delicious and you can’t go past hot chips.
Another highlight for Olivia was the Corroboree where we could up close with the animals. We had a photo with a koala and spotted all these guys resting. We have such amazing animals in this country!
My number one highlight (other than seeing the sparkle in Olivia’s eyes) was seeing Kai, the new tiger cub at Tiger Island. He was behind glass (hence the reflections in the photo) and had a constant crowd around him to get a glance at how cute he is!
But you couldn’t pay me all the money in the world to do this job…
There was so much to see and do at Dreamworld. Olivia had fallen asleep at Tiger Island so hubby and I just strolled around the rest of the park enjoying the peace and quiet and taking it all in. The Dreamworks Experience looked like lots of fun and I can’t wait to go back in a couple of years when Olivia is a bit older.
Of all the Dreamworld rides, this looked the scariest. Unfortunately we couldn’t leave the pram to go on this ride. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
And then there was this one…
This is the picture of perfection. Mission accomplished. A worn out, sleeping child who has clearly had the time of her life.
Have you been to Dreamworld with your kids? What was your favourite part?
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