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Review of Bellewaerde

Bellewaerde
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Enjoy the fun together! Bellewaerde is a great day out for the whole family, full of fun, adventure, and spectacular discoveries in an awesome natural setting. You won't find such sublime family attractions anywhere else - you'll be roaring with pleasure. And Bellewaerde is even more than this: you'll meet hundreds of animals at close range in an authentic environment. Ready for a day that you'll never forget? Welcome to Bellewaerde! New in 2015 This year Bellewaerde presents a new 4D film. The Little Prince tells the compelling beautiful story of Antoine de Saint-Exupery and carries you into his fantastic world. Furthermore, in 2015 you can enjoy the entire season of a brand new spectacular interactive show: GOLD RUSH.
Lancing, England, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“huge”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

Wow, the park was so big we didn't manage to get round the whole thing but what a superb day out. So much for all age groups, rider for all ages, animals to see and lots of cafes and shops. Queues for rides quite long but to be fair we went in august during holiday. Would love to go back if we get the chance.

Visited August 2013
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“Great day out and spotlessly clean !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

visited on a boiling hot day with a party of families (kids 3-7) and had a blast. The whole park is very family friendly, the zoo delightful and everywhere was spotless. Makes some of the UK attractions look positively shabby.
Recommended

Visited August 2013
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scotland
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“Great day out!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

My first visit to a theme park and I wasn't disappointed! From a 54 year old's perspective, I was born too soon..... The entry fee seemed expensive, but when you compare the cost of an individual ride at a show ground, it works out not bad at all. We went on a Monday and despite the fact the car park looked busy, the park itself is so big that there were minimal queues and lots of open grassed areas to sit around (weather was glorious, which helped). Lots to see and do besides the rides - lions, tigers, elephants, zebras, giraffes etc and a free show. The gardens throughout the park were spectacular - would love to go back again to see their marvellous floral displays. Fun for all the family and well worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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Mons
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“Perfect for my 7 year old”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

My son went to Bellewaerde with his class on a field trip and got a buy 2, get one free coupon and could not stop talking about going back. So, we headed up there one Friday morning in July. Figured it would be less crowded. Weather was perfect, mid-80s, sunny, hot, clear.

Arrived at 0950 just before they opened. Uh oh, huge crowd at the gate! But parking was easy (paid about 5eur or so), and the crowd flowed in pretty fast and then just disappeared into the park. Plenty of room for everyone, turned out to be just enough people to make it interesting but not too many that the lines were bad.

We went on most of the rides. They have an excellent map and height system; red for too short (usually under 120 or 100cm), yellow for ride with adult, green for OK. Almost all the rides are OK for 120cm. This info is well displayed on their website if you have concerns.

Park is laid out into several zones, with rides, food, souvenirs in each. Probably takes 10-15 minutes to walk from one end to the other.

Animals are in good sized enclosures and look well cared for. Kind of like a zoo overlaid onto an amusement park. The tiger-lion train ride is pretty cool! Also don't miss the tucked-away safari trucks that extend into the enclosure, you can get some good pictures from there.

Since it was a rare hot sunny Belgium day, we really enjoyed the water rides. We got absolutely soaked on the big Niagara log ride - the ride is pretty great with a huge splash at the end, and even more fun is standing on the bridge over the splash site. There's an open part where crazy young people stand and get hammered with 1,000 gallons of water from the splash, which is fun to watch. And a glass barrier you can stand behind and watch the 1,000 gallons hit right in front of your face. We spent a good half hour there!

The inner tube water slide is also lots of fun. Watched it for a while, people seemed to be getting just a little wet. Somehow we got MORE wet than the Niagara. The log plume in Westernland is the least wetting ride, but still you catch some.

I'd guess on a typical Belgian day (cold, cloudy, and damp) you could ride these all day with no line.

Was also fun to watch everyone after the ride with soaking wet shirts and shorts! Probably a good idea to take them off first and leave at the station.

Note - good bag system - most folks had a backpack and just tossed it to the side at the start of all the rides, each ride seems to have a place for this, and everyone is pretty cool about it.

Little kids area has a GIANT climbing playground, and a dozen pretty good little-guy rides, too. My 7 year old still enjoyed that, looked great for the 3 to 8 yr set, you could spend your whole day there.

Overall, a great day! My son was exhausted and ecstatic. I discovered I'm getting too old for spinning rides. But I'd go back.

Probably worth checking out the season pass package; if I understand it well, for about the price of 2-3 visits you can get a season pass. If I lived a bit closer I'd think hard about that; great place to spend a sunny summer day!

Visited July 2013
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Steenhuffel, Belgium
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“Uitstekend familie park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

Great family park, friendly and helpful staff.
nice attractions, however if you have small children (< 120Cm) they may be disappointed as not all attractions are open for them. This said, there is a kids corner were a lot of attractions are designed especially for them but when visiting with a mixture of kids (age/size) there is always one that can't enjoy the ride. Ideally, the kids attractions should be dispersed all over the park...
The new Huracan attraction is a bit disappointing... it's inside and pitch black... some love it, i didn't. The combinations of the animals and fun attractions is great.
The staff takes security at hart... this can cause delays since every security lock is checked each time resulting in long waiting queues.
I can't judge the food since we always bring our own foods.
At the exit, the souvenirs are somewhat expensive.
Overall, good value for price.

Visited August 2013
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