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- Flamingo Land Resort
- Flamingoland Park History
- Pleasure Island
- Historic Attractions
- Top 10 Rides at Flamingo Land Resort
- Family Friendly Roller Coasters
- Flamingo Land Zoo
- Live Shows
- Family Friendly Attractions
- Website Links
- Food and Drink
- Riverside One
- Holiday Village
- Flamingo Land Ticket Prices
- Travelling to Flamingo Land Resort
- Travelling by Train
- Travelling by Coach
- Nearby Accommodation
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Flamingo Land Resort
Flamingo Land Resort offers something for all the family. Combining an extensive Theme Park experience with Yorkshire’s favourite Zoo. The Park also has a fully featured Resort Village. Set in a 375-acre site in the North Yorkshire countryside Flamingo Land Resort provides great days out, fantastic short breaks and truly memorable holidays!
Flamingo Land Resort is often referred to as Flamingoland. There are over 50 rides at the Theme Park. The 375-acre site includes nine roller coasters and two water rides.
Flamingoland Park History
Originally opened as The Yorkshire Zoological Gardens in 1959, a colony of Flamingos were among the first animals to be housed on site. A small funfair began to be held on-site in the 1960’s. The park was renamed to Flamingo Park Zoo in 1968 and by then both the funfair and zoo had become permanent fixtures. Struggling financially, in 1974 it underwent a major revamp and was renamed Flamingo Land. In an attempt to put more emphasis on the “day out” additional attractions were added. One of the more memorable additions was a Jungle Cruise boat ride on the lake.
Despite regular guest appearances by celebrities and a more professional approach to marketing, Flamingo Land continued to lose money. Robert Gibb purchased the park from Scotia leisure in 1978 and he developed the park as a national, rather than local, tourist attraction. Sadly Robert Gibb died in a car accident in 1995 and his children took over the running of the park.
Flamingo Land also operated Pleasure Island Family Theme Park on the former site of Cleethorpes Zoo. They operated this park from its opening on 23 May 1993 until April 2010, when it became independent. Sadly, Pleasure Island closed down at the end of the 2016 season.
Over the years Flamingo Land has owned and operated a number of memorable attractions, examples include The Bullet and Magnum Force Rollercoasters. Between 1986 and 1995 they had The Crazy Loop, a roller coaster built by Pinfari that was relocated to Pleasure Island. Since 2003 the former Crazy Loop has operated as Shockwave at Brean Leisure Park. Other attractions that have were re-homed at Pleasure Island include Century 2000, Razzle Dazzle, Gravitron, Sky Flyer and The Terroriser.
One of our personal favourite former attractions was the Cinema 180 where guests stood inside a dome and watched a movie projected across one-half of the dome wall. This was a similar experience to watching a movie at the Imax cinema today, but in Cinema 180 guests were standing and you would often see them leaning sideways as the images on screen tilted left and right.
Top 10 Rides at Flamingo Land Resort
1 – Kumali
Installed in 2006, Kumali is a suspended looping roller coaster (SLC) with some sections of the ride travelling over water. The ride is a Shenlin model layout and has four inversions, including the cobra roll above a lake. It is named after the alpha male of Flamingo Land zoo’s lion pride. Kumali is currently only one of three operating Vekoma SLCs in the UK. The Jubilee Odyssey at Fantasy Island UK in Ingoldmells, Skegness, is the largest, and the other, Infusion at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, is the smallest.
2 – Velocity
If you ever wanted to experience the thrill of riding a motorbike at high speed, taking the tightest of turns at a breathtaking pace in an adrenaline-fuelled battle to cross the finishing line then Velocity is the ride for you. Velocity simulates riding motorcycles and was the first of its type to be installed in the UK. The restraints on Velocity were created specifically for Flamingo Land Resort, allowing your upper body to move freely. Velocity is the tallest and fastest of this type of ride in the World.
On the UK’s first and only motorbike launch coaster you’ll get to ride at lightning speed, accelerating from 0-60mph in just 2.8 seconds. The ride hurtles through over 2000 feet of hairpin turns, dramatic inclines, and spine-tingling falls.
3 – Mumbo Jumbo
When the ride opened in 2009 Mumbo Jumbo held the record of having the Worlds steepest drop. The roller coasters maximum vertical angle is 112 degrees, giving it the title of the world’s steepest roller coaster from 4 July 2009 until 16 July 2011. Costing in excess of £4 million, Mumbo Jumbos opening was attended by representatives from Guinness World Records. The Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain RCCGB were also in attendance on the rides opening day.
Mumbo Jumbo will pull in excess of 4g, a force close to those experienced by jet fighter pilots. The ride offers a high-speed trip packed with twists, turns, and 2 full inversions.
4 – Cliff Hanger
Cliff Hanger is the UK’s only S&S combo tower vertical drop ride. At 180 feet Cliff Hanger is one of the tallest vertical tower drop rides in Europe. Experience the sheer exhilaration of a missile launch combined with BASE-jumping all in a single, spectacular ride.
With the rides, multiple modes and a total lack of telltale sounds or movement riders are left in suspense as to what is going to happen. Cliff Hanger has the power to exceed the speed of gravity for a freefall launch and offers multiple modes of operation.
5 – Flip Flop
Flip Flop is a swinging disc ride. Featuring a large circle of seats, with guests facing outwards. The seats are attached to a large arm which swings like a pendulum whilst also slowly rotating.
Flip Flop is built over water adding to the rides excitement and exerts forces up to 5g. Flip Flop is quite an intense ride running on a good ride program. The strong intense feeling at the top of each swing sets it apart from other swinging disc rides and even if you have tried similar rides elsewhere we would recommend this ride when visiting Flamingo Land Resort.
6 – Hero
A more recent addition to Flamingo Land is Hero, a flying roller coaster featuring two barrel roll inversions and numerous tight turns. Hero was a £8-million pound investment for the theme park. The ride delivers the sensation of free flight like never before. Climb aboard alongside your friends and relatives for a suspended side-by-side journey delivering a truly unobstructed front seat view. The ride features a unique corkscrew which raises the car up before setting off through the swooping turns, breathtaking drops and two heartline inversions.
7 – Pterodactyl
Pterodactyl is the centrepiece of Dino-Stone Park, this ride is a real must for extreme ride fans everywhere!
At a height of 151 feet, Pterodactyl is almost as tall as Flamingo Lands original tower ride, the Cliff Hanger. Riders on Pterodactyl sit in chairs that are suspended from a central gondola by chains. The gondola rises to the top of the tower, spinning as it goes. Guests swing out to the sides, taking in views of the entire park and beyond.
8 – Lost River Ride
Lost River Ride is a splash boat style water ride. Guests are taken on a sedate journey through Savannah-style grasslands with giraffe, ostrich, zebra, hippotamus and rhinoceros, before taking an 18-meter high plunge into a pool of water. The final drop into a large pool of water creates a huge splash and soaking both the riders and any spectators.
The animals at Flamingo Land are an integral part of the Lost River Ride. Several huge open enclosures are located alongside the Lost River Ride where a variety of animals roam around freely. It’s not that unusual for you to end up very close to some of the animals including Rhinos and Giraffes. Beware you will get soaked on this ride..!!
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9 – Navigator
Navigator is a Disk-o ride which you can now find at a lot of parks across the UK. Guests sit facing outwards on the edge of a big turntable that spins as it rocks back and forth on a small section of track. The Navigator ride at Flamingo Land Resort is not your average family Disk-o, as it is much bigger and taller than the standard models.
Navigator still has the usual thrilling moments at the top of every swing, although the fact you’re higher helps make this bit more thrilling. What really sets it apart is the downwards part of the swings. The extra height means you get a lot of acceleration as the ride heads down, including some really thrilling points where your facing almost straight down as you drop, only swinging upwards at the last minute. Navigator is a great thrill ride.
10 – Splash Battle
Splash Battle is a fantasy world of giant taps, leaky water towers and a volatile volcanic geyser. Splash Battle is the UK’s first truly interactive water ride, offering wild, wet fun for everyone. Guests take charge of a Splash Battle sub, each armed with a powerful water cannon. In between trying to keep dry, it’s your duty to drench other guests and spectators too. For those who choose to spectate from the shore, there is also plenty for you to do. Take your post at a choice of water cannons and join in the crazy fun. Beware you will get soaked on this ride..!!
Family Friendly Roller Coasters
Flamingo Land Resort has a number of family friendly roller coasters. Zooom is a fun family ride where riders travel on board model aeroplanes. Twistosaurus is a relatively tame family spinning roller coaster located in the Dino Stone Park section of the Theme Park. Other family friendly roller coasters include Runaway Mine Train, Dino Roller and Go Gator.
Flamingo Land Zoo
Flamingo Land Zoo is the UK’s most visited zoo. There are over 140 species of animals in Flamingo Land’s zoo. A monorail offers a bird’s eye view of the animals, as do the elevated pathways that go over a small lake to the Penguin Coast.
Animals include tigers, giraffes, lions and hippos. Penguin Coast, features a lovely penguin pool. The zoo offers regular handling sessions and talks by the zoo keepers.
Taking place for a number of years the Sea Lion show and bird show are still firm family favourites. Clive, one of the park’s sea lions weighs over 40 stone, but can still lift himself up on his flippers.
Flamingo Land used to give the impression that it was just an amusement park with a random selection of rides and attractions. In recent years they have invested a lot of money adding new attractions and developing several themed areas.
An example themed area of the park is Seaside Adventure, themed on a seaside resort with themed stores and restaurants. It contains Cliff Hanger, the highest drop tower and the only S&S Combo Tower in the UK, Professor Bubbles Seaside Adventure Ride, Frog Hopper and the Carousel.
Lost River Ride, Kumali, and Voodoo can be found in The Lost Kingdom. When it was built in 2009, Mumbo Jumbo had the steepest drop of any roller coaster in the world, at 112 degrees.
Pirates of Zanzibar
In 2016 Flamingo Land Resort added the Pirates of Zanzibar to their impressive line up of live shows. The Pirates of Zanzibar features breathtaking fight scenes and acrobatics.
Sea Lion Show
The Sea Lion Show at Flamingo Land Resort has been a family favourite for a number of years now.
Family Friendly Attractions
Splosh was introduced for the summer of 2007, featuring a water playground with squirting jets and water dropping palm trees. Splash Battle is a submarine themed ride where both riders and viewers can squirt water cannons. Also located in this section of the park are Flip Flop and a 4D cinema.
Dino Stone Park, a prehistoric dinosaur themed land features five rides including the high altitude star flyer ride, ‘Pterodactyl’ and spinning family roller coaster ‘Twistosaurus’.
Muddy Duck Farm is mainly aimed at children and includes the attractions Wacky Races and Mischief Mansion. Also in this section of the park children can drive tractors around the farm animals pens.
The Children’s Planet children’s area was opened in 2011 and combines both play areas and animal enclosures.
Food and Drink
Whatever your tastes, there is something to suit every palette at Flamingo Land Resort. One of the latest additions is the Mansion House and Tea Rooms located between Muddy Duck Farm and Flamingo Land Zoo. Here you can enjoy traditional English refreshments in the elegant surroundings of the historic Georgian mansion. The Mansion House is also available for weddings and private functions.
The Coach House Country Pub serves local ales and home cooked food, adjacent to a children’s play area it is a family friendly country pub. Located in the Metropolis section of the park is the Metropolis Bar & Grill, this is a premier restaurant and bar which provides an extensive selection of home cooked food. Other food and drink options within the park include The Jolly Sailor serving classic fish and chips and Fabrizio’s Pizzeria. You can pick up food and snacks to go from the numerous kiosks dotted throughout the park.
Featuring an all weather stage and giant screens Riverside One is a vibrant entertainment area. It includes everything you need to make your visit an unforgettable experience. There is a packed programme of daily shows and live sports coverage. In this section of the park, you can dine in at one of the restaurants or enjoy drinks from the R-Bar. Since opening Riverside One, Flamingo Land Resort holds what it calls Party in the Park on selected dates throughout the season. Tickets for these events are normally included in your park admission. Previous guest appearances include Union J, Stereo Kicks, Shayne Ward, 5IVE, Reggie ‘N’ Bollie and Lawson.
Flamingo Land Resort is situated between York and the East coast. Flamingo Land is the ideal location to make the most of your short break or longer holiday. Adjacent to the Theme Park is The Holiday Village. The resort offers luxury accommodation ranging from holiday homes to premium lodges. If you want all out luxury then why not stay in one of the premium Riverside self-catering properties. Providing 2 and 3 bedroom options, plus one with hot tub, the Riverside Cottages are conveniently located alongside Riverside One. Flamingo Land also provides extensive facilities for touring caravan, motor-homes and tents.
All resort guests have unlimited access to Run-Gym-Swim Leisure Complex. Here you can enjoy twin pools featuring 2 indoor flume slides and counter-current swim jets. Also within the leisure complex is a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, outdoor water play area and a gym. Resort Guests can also visit The Club entertainment venue and play golf on the 9-hole golf course.
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Flamingo Land Ticket Prices
Adults and Children Four years and Older – £40
Children under 4 – FREE
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Travelling to Flamingo Land Resort
Flamingo Land Resort in Yorkshire is situated off the A169 Malton to Pickering Road. The Theme Park offers free parking for guests arriving by car. They have their own on-site Holiday Village and there are a number of ways you can get to the attraction. There is also lots of accommodation available nearby.
Travelling by Train
The nearest railway station is at Malton. You can also get the train to York and catch the Yorkshire Coastliner, (tel 01653 692 556 or 0113 244 8976) from York railway station, which drops off at Flamingo Land. Search for your train tickets using Train Genius.
Travelling by Coach
The National Express drops off at York (tel 08717 818181) and from York you can catch the Yorkshire Coastliner, (tel 01653 692 556 or 0113 244 8976).
There are lots of places to stay in Yorkshire. Flamingoland is surrounded by beautiful Yorkshire countryside and is less than an hour from York. If you only planning on visiting the park for one day and would like to explore some of the other attractions in the area then take a look at the self-catering cottages near Flamingoland available from Snaptrip.
Buy your admission tickets from the Official Flamingo Land Website.
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