Two new rides have opened at Dreamland

Seagull ride

Visitors to Dreamland yesterday (May 30) were able to have a go on two new rides that opened for the first time.

Family fun rides Up, Up and Away and Soaring Seagulls are the first of nine rides coming to the amusement park.

Up, Up and Away (pictured below) sees riders take to the air in eight ‘hot-air balloons’. Accommodating adults and children, with a minimum unaccompanied height of 90cm area of the park, the ride’s colourful spinning tubs and flashing lights will please even the youngest of visitors.

The Soaring Seagulls ride features six colourful, hang glider bikes for the whole family to ride. The more you pedal the higher you go.

Once the ride cycle begins, riders are in the driving seat as they swoop and fly their way through the sky.

One of the new rides due to open later in the Summer is still looking for a name. Dreamland recently launched a competition to rename a modern take on the much-loved classic Enterprise ride. It is an open-air thrill experience that transports riders sixty feet through the air at 25 miles per hour.

Seating 24 people, two per gondola, the ride will treat visitors to an experience that transforms from the horizontal to the nearly vertical.

The new ride needs a name

To be in with a chance to name this new ride, entrants need to come up with a name that is fun, thrilling and bold, a maximum of three words, original and true to the spirit of Dreamland

The competition is open until 11.59pm on Saturday, June 23. Entries are limited to one per person and judging will take place between June 25-29, by a panel of judges.

The winning entry will be announced by Wednesday, July 4 and the chosen entrant will be  invited to be among the first to experience the ride, along with up to nine friends, on its opening weekend of  July 21-22.

Steve Gotkine, Chief Operating Officer at Dreamland, said: “We’re delighted that these new rides have proved such a hit, and we’re looking forward to introducing even more exciting rides over the summer.

“The new rides will bring a wealth of thrilling experiences to the park adding to the fun festival feel that can be enjoyed every day through our doors.”

Find the low down on all nine new rides here