It is the sad reality of life. The animals are there to make money for Chessy. Same way race horses are used to make money for their owners. If the horses get injured (so can no longer race) or are getting old (too slow),they get put down and end up in your burger. (shock)
I don't agree with the way they keep their animals, most of the enclosures are far too small
We took advantage of the Sun promo offer to get our 'free tickets' entry for 2 adults and 1 child. Our son who is 3 had an amazing time! :) We stayed overnight at Premiere Inn hotel which was only 10 minutes stroll to the theme park entrance. Whilst some rides we only waited 10 minutes to queue others were 45 minutes! Great family day out! The park is huge so probably would need more than 3 hours to do most rides etc. Some rides do have height restrictions, so double check before taking toddlers ;) The only ride that we noticed that was not running was the Forbidden Kingdom :(
Still a fun day out with the kids if u have the annual Merlin passes...yet I can understand some of the other comments here, considering the extortionate ticket prices I find it hard to fathom how a single visit to chessingtons or Legoland can be good value for money for a family day out. We got two summers out of our Merlin passes and really enjoyed ourselves. Really recommend it if other parents are thinking of buying one.
Chessy recycle most of their rides. :D I used to work @Chessy many moons ago,so I try to go back whenever I can. I was in Cheesy a couple weeks back. Their 'latest' ride for 2018 is Tiger Rock ie.Dragon River recycled to Dragon Falls recycled to Tiger Rock. :D Is still the same ride on the same water logs but it's been re-badged,they've put in some new fencing,supposedly a new tiger enclosure,they've got rid of the Dragons head to be replaced by guess wok...a tigers head. The 'new' Gruffalo ride last year is bascially the old Bubbleworks recycled.