I have 3.5 year old and 20 month old. Upon arrival, I was very impressed with the selection of rides for the younger kids, until I realized the parents are not allowed to ride with the kids. This pretty much crossed off almost all of the rides for me, since I am not going to let my 3.5 year old or 20 month old out of my sight. The pirate ship is especially dangerous because if you let your child go up, then leave them there, they can decide to come out of any slide and it takes you so long to get to the bottom, that they would already be down to the bottom of the slide or chosen a different slide. I am amazed they do not have more lost or drowned kids. Isn't it rule # 1 to keep your kids at arms length when in water? Are we parents told from day #1 to never let your child out of sight in a public place? It is virtually impossible to keep your kids in sight unless you have two parents for each kid, or two kids who want to ride the same slides, and possible a two way radio so the parent at the top can alert the parent at the bottom which slide to watch.
One slide in the Zoo Lagoon had a lifeguard who would hold your kid at the top until the parent got to the bottom. The rest had no lifeguard at the top so the kids were just pushing their way through and not waiting until the bottom was clear. There was one lifeguard watch at the bottom, to ensure the parents did not use the slides. That was the only thing they seemed to pick on. I never saw a kid get reprimanded for going two at a time, skipping the line, riding on their stomache (all of which are forbidden on the same sign that forbids parents from riding the slides), but all day long I heard the whistle blow accompanied by "You are too tall to ride the slides!" Why do they only pick on the parents who are trying to keep the kids safe.
My kids did have a great time, but I for one was frazzled and frustrated the entire day trying to find ways for my kids to ride and still be safely in my view. I also did not get to ride a single slide, since I was with my 20 month old most of the day, and I am not allowed to ride the slides in the family section, even though they advertise that it is fun for all ages. I believe parents want to actually play WITH their kids. I however spent the day running. Running up the ramp, dropping the kid at the top, running down the twisty winding ramp, trying desparately to watch my kid while I run to make sure they don't start to slide, pushing throught crowds of people in a hopeless attempt to reach the bottom before they do. I saw several kids fall because they were climbing out of the bottom of the slide before their parents made it to the bottom. I also had one child slide into mine since I didn't make it to the bottom in time to lift her out. I certainly got a workout, although it was not exactly fun. I will not be taking my kids back until they are older.
The dump of water from the pirate ship is also so strong it swept my kids off a staircase. I would not say it is safe for all ages.
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