We were given a fantastic opportunity with Stena Line to review their newly refurbished ships. We decided to combine it with a trip to Blackpool and specifically Nickelodeon Land. The girls both love Dora the Explorer and Diego, so we thought they’d enjoy this.
The ferry that we sailed over on was an overnight crossing to Birkenhead, so they got the opportunity to stay up late, get out on deck at night and then sleep in a ships cabin. It caused major excitement, but unbelievably they slept, they actually went to bed quite happily and slept.
It was an early start the next morning as the ship docks at 06:30. We kept them in their jammies and they fell asleep again in the car, all the way to Blackpool. After getting them washed, breakfasted and dressed at our hotel, we headed for the Pleasure Beach and Nickelodeon Land.
We were there for opening time, so the big crowds hadn’t gathered yet. The girls were on complete sensory overload. They were loving every second of it, despite both of them being tired. We let our eldest choose which rides we were going on – rather shockingly she wanted to go on “The Big One” The Pepsi Max! Thankfully for my sake, she is much too little to even sit in the carriage, never mind ride it, because there is no way in this earth that I would get on that thing to accompany her.
We had enormous fun though on all the rides that they could go on. Lots of them were water rides, like the Rug Rats Ride which is a log flume. Me and daddy ended up soaked and the two of them were bone dry and found it hilarious that we both had to stand inside the big dryers to try and get rid of some of the water!
They also got a chance to meet some of the characters, Boots – Dora’s monkey friend, Diego and then Dora herself. Their little faces just beamed with delight all day. We even managed to see the dancing fountain show while we ate lunch and they were mesmerised by it. It is lots of fountains that they shoot quite high into the air in patterns set to music.
By late afternoon though, they were totally exhausted. We had been there for five hours, they didn’t want to leave though, so it was beginning to become a bit of a fight to get them out. Then daddy saved the day by managing to win both a George Pig and a Dora doll from a coconut shy. So with the girls happily engrossed in their new “friends” we went back to our hotel for a rest, before hitting the swimming pool for the rest of the day.
They really had fantastic day and I was amazed at how much stamina they both have, especially our little girl, she’s only 19 months old, but she was up for everything and managed to keep the pace with her big sister.
After our stay in Blackpool we drove up to Scotland to stay, before getting the ferry back home. So we’ve had a very busy, tiring but enormously fun week. I now need another holiday to recover
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