Advantages Nice waterpark, kids will love it
Disadvantages Very overpriced
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Sandcastle Water Park bills itself as the UK’s largest water park. It is on Blackpool’s promenade right next to South Pier and those familiar with the climate in the North of England will be glad to know that the attraction is indoors. The kids were desperate to visit this park after we read about it online before visiting Blackpool so we headed there on a wet day. I was shocked at the admission charges, an adult pays £14.20 for admission to the pool and to ride all of the chutes with a child ticket costing £11.85. You are free to stay in the waterpark all day once you have paid but I would also have liked to have the option of paying less for a two hour visit.
The most impressive of the slides is the Master Blaster, the worlds longest indoor rollercoaster which also holds the title of being the worlds first uphill rollercoaster. Riders are seated in small inflatables while the water injection technology propels riders along the 250m long slide which snakes outside the building. The slide is not particularly fast so is suitable for children from the age of 8 and is the most popular slide in the park and so the queues can be long and despite paying extra for a wrist band to use the rollercoaster then you may be limited to only one ride. There were queues of half an hour to use the rollercoaster the day we visited but the kids thought it was well worth the wait.
There are three areas which provide extra fun for the under 10 crowd; the Caribbean Storm Treehouse is an area with water jets and canons and a coconut up in the air which you can use to tip water over yourself. HMS Thundersplash is a wooden boat area by the poolside which has more water canons for the kids to shoot at one another. The third area is especially for the youngest children and is called the Shimmering Shallows and has special small and gentle slides and more water jets where pint sized non swimmers can safely have fun in shallow water.
If you are not swimming you have to pay an extortionate £5 to sit by the side of the pool in the sweltering heat of the Palm Tree Snack Shack. Swimmers are encouraged to eat here during their visit by going into the changing room and getting some money so you will be surrounded by people in swimwear if you sit here. The food itself is unimaginative comprising of poor quality burgers, hot dogs and chips and the prices are really high for what you get.
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