Sunday, 17 July 2011

Fun with the Funky Fulfords

WoW, what a day we had yesterday...

6am start to the day when the alarm clock went off, after getting the clothes ready for the children the night before so we could get up & ready to leave at 7.30am for the long trip up to Staffordshire so we could spend the day at what in my opinion is the best UK theme park ever: Alton Towers!

Cameron had wanted to go for his birthday this year, but as we were at a wedding on the Saturday that weekend & it would've been no good going on the Sunday with the children going to school on the Monday morning, we had no option to go before now.  So we decided a few weeks ago as it was our good friend Mike's birthday on the 14th, that we could go on Saturday 16th instead!

Now, Cameron is not afraid of anything really... except Hex & Duel, I don't know what it is about Hex that he doesn't like, but I do know Duel is too loud for his sensitive ears - he will do Duel at a push but he keeps his ears covered, I did say to Duncan about getting him child ear defenders for such instances but Duncan didn't seem to keen on this... I think it would be a good investment as not only could he use them on things like Duel that are too loud for him, but he also struggles when we go to the cinema so we could use them there too - it would save seeing him with his fingers in his ears for the whole film or even more amusing is when he has snacks, he has devised a way to keep one hand free to eat... he wraps his right arm over his head & sticks his finger in his left ear while his right ear has been covered by his arm - ingenious I think!

The rides we covered yesterday were: Sonic Spinball, Oblivion, Enterprise, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Twirling Toadstools, Rita, TH13TEEN, The Flume, Congo River Rapids, Runaway Mine Train, Duel, Nemesis & Air... Cameron only skipped Duel (for reasons already mentioned), Hermione skipped a fair few due to height restrictions (so not really her fault) & a few more were skipped as she suffers dreadfully from motion sickness (so much so, that even on the journey to Staffordshire with preventative measures not only was she sick but we had to put her in the front passenger seat while I moved to the rear seats), the rides she did were: Enterprise, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Twirling Toadstools, & Runaway Mine Train.  Now Anneliese would have been up for every ride going if she was only taller than a meter high... sadly too many height restrictions, much to her disgust Lol!  She did manage to do the following though: Enterprise, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory & Runaway Mine Train.  Duncan has done them all before & so have I, so we only sat out a few to watch the children that couldn't ride.  Duncan skipped 5 all together: Sonic Spinball, Oblivion, Twirling Toadstools, Rita & Duel, I skipped out only 3 of the rides: Twirling Toadstools, The Flume & Congo River Rapids.

Now out of the Funky's Kirsty was the adrenaline junkie like me & did every ride going - go Kirsty!!!  Stevie was a bit too reserved for my liking only doing Enterprise, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Twirling Toadstools, Rita, TH13TEEN, The Flume, Congo River Rapids, Runaway Mine Train & Duel. Caroline was my Hero of the day & I am so, so very proud of her as she overcame a lot of fears, she rode the following: Sonic Spinball, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Rita, TH13TEEN, The Flume, Runaway Mine Train, Duel & Air, although she did call me a choice name while on Air, Lol!  Considering she is afraid of heights I think she did remarkably well with the rides she did.  Mike was also a star, even if on some of the rides he was screaming like a girlie... Mike rode: Oblivion, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Rita, TH13TEEN, The Flume, Congo River Rapids, Runaway Mine Train, Duel, & Air.

Despite the girls not doing very many rides they had a marvellous time, however we ran out of time to visit Old MacDonalds farm, Sealife or do the Squirrel Nutty ride.  This just means we will have to go back again very, very soon to keep them perfectly happy!

All in all we had a most enjoyable day out, the weather wasn't perfect as we had a fair few showers of heavy rain in the morning, but the afternoon it was wonderful as the sun came out & dried us off :)

2 Birthday celebrations, lots of rollercoasters, screams & fun had by all = Perfect Day Out =)

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