Yayyy…..we finally made it to the Adventure Cove Water park. After the boy got sick in the morning before we were going to leave home and a big rain came when we were on the halfway to Adventure Cove, this time we were free from sickness and rain. I read the weather forecast carefully and it was stated that the rain would come in the morning but the sun would probably come at around 11. am. So, we decided to still go hoping that the rain would not come after all.
It turned out that the rain was actually came in the morning but when we arrived, the weather was bright and shiny. We parked at Beach Car Park as usual (the cheapest) and took the monorail to Waterfront Station. From the station, we headed toward Universal Studio, then turn left to SEA Aquarium, continue straight until we reached the gate of Adventure Cove which was…………still closed at 9.15 am. We waited for 15 minutes (because gate opening time is at 9.30 am), and we were in the second row already. The queue was already quite long when the gate was finally opened. We bought the tickets which cost $98 for the three of us (yes, expensive!) and waited in front of the entrance until 10 am when the park was finally opened. And the queue…………………was amazingly super long, considering that the school holiday was already over.
We went straightly to the locker and rent a small one for $10. The bigger locker would cost $20. The good thing was…….we could open the locker anytime we wanted without had to pay extra money. There was no key or combination number, we just entered our birthday in the computer and the locker would open by itself. It was very practical actually.
We put our bags on the back of The Bay Restaurant and just in front of the glass panel of Rainbow Reef where we could see the colorful fish swimming here and there. There were benches with umbrellas and sand under our feet, and this place was rather quiet comparing to other seating places. It was also very close to The Bay Restaurant, so it was very easy when we wanted to order something from the restaurant. The food price in the restaurant was still reasonable in my opinion and there were many choices from lunch to snacks to drink and ice cream inside the park.
The super plus point of this place is of course the Rainbow Reef………..I mean, where else can you snorkel safely inside the town? The water’s clean, the fish is plentiful and colorful, many lifeguards around to help you, easy to take pictures, and you can queue again and again. Although for me, I had difficulties taking pictures under water because I had to get used with the snorkeling equipment, helped my son, and held his hand all the time. So I finally gave up and gave the camera to daddy. I couldn’t focus on so many things together.
What about the rides? The Riptide Rocket which is actually a water roller coaster was absolutely the highlight of the park. This was the most favorite ride and the queue was always long. Too bad we could only rode this once since we didn’t want to waste time by queuing. This is what everyone has been talking about, the scariest ride that you must try when you visit this park. We could hear the screams even from far places. Search on the internet and you will find good review about this ride.
Ok, then I asked the boy to score the rides from one to five. So together, we scored all the rides together. Truly speaking, I was warning my boy to be ready when I started screaming when riding the Riptide Rocket (he gets used to after he heard me screamed in other rides before…………….), so he said he was ready to hear the loudest scream that everyone was ever heard in Riptide Rocket……………..
The fact was, I got used to this after all (well, after accompanying him riding many stomach drop rides with him), so I found out that this Riptide Rocket wasn’t scary at all! Seriously, he said it was a record that I didn’t scream and that he waited for my scream but it never happened! I said to him this was nothing compared to other scary rides that we took together, I didn’t even feel a thing in my stomach and my heart didn’t even beat faster than the usual. And if I was OK with this ride, you should have guesses what my lil adrenaline junkie would have said about this ride. We laughed together once we got out from the water and we said it was fun. We’d love to do it again if the queue wasn’t so bad……….which never happened (so I guess we have the reason to come back again!).
From one to five, he scored the Riptide Rocket with a two only! Other rides, he scored ONE. For me, the riptide rocket is scored 3, Dueling Racer is scored 2, and other rides are scores 1. I think that was fair enough. For additional information, when I asked him to compare with the rides in Wild Wild Wet, he scored the Slide Up 4 and Torpode 5. He said he probably don’t want to take the vertical drop in Torpedo again, hahaha……………..
The waiting time for the rides in the afternoon was above 45 minutes already. Except the riptide rocket and dueling racers, there were only 1 life guard in the pool and 1 staff only for every two rides. This was annoying since the queue was long and the staff had to go from one slide to the other one.
Comparing to Legoland, I think I like the wave pool in Legoland better. The wave pool in Adventure Cove didn’t operate the whole time. Although the waiting time wasn’t very long, but still it would be better if we could enjoy the wave pool whenever we liked like in Legoland.
The lazy river was great with marine life decorations and we could see dolphin lagoon and other fish from the glass panel. We floated in lazy river twice. But you know what??? My son was actually drifted around the Lazy River in Legoland for more than 10 times! He loved all the legos floating in the river in Legoland. So you can tell which one he liked better, right? Although he said he liked both of them, but he wasn’t too excited when I asked to go for another round in Adventure Cove.
One big minus point was absolutely the shower / changing rooms. Seriously, we were visiting Legoland the last time and it was very crowded too, but Legoland has sooo……many shower rooms and we didn’t even have to queue to bath. In Adventure Cove, the queue to shower was crazy especially in female changing rooms, that at the end I decided to just put my dress on top of my wet swimsuit and went home in my wet dress. Daddy and the boy were able to shower before going home (thankfully although the queue was also long, but since men shower much faster than women, they didn’t have to wait very long).
One helpful tip from me is that you should come early in the morning even before the park is opened to maximize your visit. In some rides, there were even no queues at all in the morning.
That was all my review, and now please enjoy the pictures…………….
Now, there is another excitement waiting besides all the slides and wave pool and lazy river……….and that is: Splash Work, where you can test your confidence doing all the obstacle challenges above the 4M deep pool.
When we were done snorkeling, all the other rides were already closed too, including the restaurant and the snack stall. When we exited the park, a staff gave each of us a $10 discount voucher to enter the water park again next time. Yay, we get more reason to come back! We had so much fun, but wasn’t satisfied enough. So next time when we come back, we’ll rearrange our strategy again to beat the queue.