A little over a week ago, we bundled the kids into the car and set of on a much anticipated family adventure. The BC Family, along with other bloggers and their families, had been invited to celebrate the launch of the new DreamWorks Experience at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast. Mr BC and the children where suitably impressed that Mummys pretend job actually had some perks that they could enjoy. I was loving it!
I was not loving the idea of a 90 minute car trip from hell, but a few minutes in, the back seat looked like this. Perfection.
The look on their faces when we woke them up to say "Look we are here!' was priceless.
And here we are! Dreamworld is a great theme park because it has so many different things to do, and there are rides and attractions to suit all age groups. There are big scary rides, the tiger exhibit, a native animal section...just lots and lots. It's normally crowded but not today!
Lots of bloggers arrived and started doing what bloggers do - being super friendly to everyone, checking their phones, tweeting, and taking photos. This is the 5 Little Reasons having their photo taken. I was so impressed with every one's children and their beautiful behaviour. I quickly bribed the boys to ensure their behaviour was not too embarrassing.
Hmmmm....not sure if my bribe was taken seriously. Having seen everyone else having their photo taken, the Chaos Brothers wanted a portrait too. Teenage daughter hid in a book so no photo of her.
Right on time Megan from Reprise Media arrived and started putting gold bands on everyones wrist. Then we where escorted into the park, where a VIP section had been cordoned off for us. I know, fancy.
The Gentleman assesses the landscape: Balloons? Check. Enough seating? Check. Wait, is that.....?
UNLIMITED SOFT DRINK?? Get outta my WAY!!
(can you tell I hardly ever buy this at home?)
The Gentleman's eye's light up as he starts to pull things out of his special VIP goody bag.
Setting his lazer sights on Monkey Boys Madagascar stuffed toy. The goody bags where a real winner, and not just with the kids. Pretty soon plates of pizza, kebabs and sushi came out, followed by trays of beer and champagne. Zoe and I had a little champagne toast to being a Blogger.
Could this day get any better? Well, yes, actually!
The Escape from Madagascar roller coaster. Giddy up!
(As I flung around this for the third time I may have screamed into the night sky 'I love being a blogger!')
Dreamworld updates thier rides periodically to keep them current, which is great for children of all ages. Last time I was here, this ride referenced the Rug Rats, and although Teenage Daughter has fond memories of Angelica, Tommy, and Phil and Lil, it is irrelevant for lots of kids these days.
Teenage Daughter and I have never met a roller coaster we didn't like.
The staff on this ride (and every ride, actually) where so lovely. At one point I couldn't click my seat belt on properly and in my best idiot voice was pretending to panic to Teenager Daughter "Oh no! I can't do up my seat belt! I'm going to fall off!' The ride attendant at that moment appeared, looked at me with concern, and said with a very straight face 'Oh dear. Can you just hang on really tight?' Too funny! The other attendant cheerfully walked up & down before take off reminding everyone that seats should be placed in the upright position and no alcohol would be served on this flight. He also handled with aplomb 3 pesky teenagers that wouldn't get out of the front seats . I think these sorts of experiences can make or break a day at a theme park.
Mr BC and the boys disappeared into Madagascar's Mad Jungle Jam, which is where they spent many hours last time we where here. It is a 2 story soft ball area, filled with cannons and all sorts of contraptions that you can safely fire at others. It's a big favourite with many, many people. Looking at you, Suger!
OK, I can't make jokes anymore about laser eyes, I was using my (piece of junk) phone at night! I admit it.. Dreamworld had actually provided a lovely photographer to be at our disposal, but I obviously spent so much time galooting madly from ride to ride I didn't see her.
Monkey Boy is collecting a bag of balls to run like a trouper up the stairs, and along the landing so that he and his brother can fire them..
I remember being a new mum, saying that I disapproved of toy guns and my children would never play with them. That went out the window pretty quickly. I also disapproved dummy's & co sleeping! Hahahahahahah!
Another section of the Dreamworks Experience is Po's Garden, from Kung Fu Panda. This section will be finished soon, and I suspect will include a few new rides, I am really looking forward to returning and seeing how this will work out. Teenage Daughter is a bit sad at the thought of the Spooty Spin being renamed, but honestly, who has even heard of The Angry Beavers these days?
Please note that glowing orb is not another dodgy flash shot, it is actually the full moon.
No vampires around though, just Shrek! In his tub! Can you guess why he is smiling? I took about 3 dozen photos of the back of him but still couldn't capture his, um, bubbly water coming out of his bottom? Can I just tell you this was super hilarious to small boys?
And also to Zoe, from LittleSwallow, having lots of fun on the Donkey Fliers. Wheeeeeeee!
Danielle at 5 Little Reasons has a similarly embarrasing photo of me on a ride called the Gingey Glider, which is like flying around in a sandwich press with a wedge of fibreglass up your butt. Perhaps it isn't for adults?
There was a Madagascar Show that was seriously funny, a real hit with not only the children, I saw lots of mums & dads clapping and singing along. At one stage they called for volunteers to come up and do the limbo, and The Gentleman shot out of his chair like a rocket. There he is on centre stage, future Club Med Worker. Is Club Med even around anymore?
I love King Julien. Don't you? He's awesome.
After the show we snuck in a few rounds on the Ogre-go-Round, much to Monkey Boys delight. Then it was time to go home. Sad faces all round. We all would have stayed, but we where sort of rounded up and moved out by some extremely polite security staff.
Thanks for having us, DreamWorks Experience!
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, but I sure had a great time and so did my family. We attended the launch of Dreamworks Experience at Dreamworld as guests of Reprise Media. All words (and sadly, photos) in this post are my own.