With fifty rides ranging from a danger level of low, therefore suitable for adults, through middle to high, at which point adults must be accompanied by a child, Tivoli World has something for everybody.
Tivoli World opens in the evenings, 5.30pm to 1.30am during the summer months, July and August and at weekends until November and is a family evening out. The pricing structure has been designed to make it affordable. A small entrance fee takes you into the amusement park
- pensioners not fearing heart attacks go free as do kids under 1 metre in height.
All the shows are included. These occur about every half hour from 7.30pm onwards at various locations and range from a rendering of ‘The Little Mermaid’ that hold the very young entranced to a slightly risqué ‘Wild West Show’. This ticket is ideal for parents who are happy to let their children off the leash for a couple of hours. For the basic entrance fee you can also wander round the gardens and take advantage of the reasonably priced cafes and restaurants.
These range from an English style Pub with attached eating-house to an American steak house barbeque, Spanish venta style to a Chinese restaurant located in a huge pagoda that towers over the park.
There are a number of ways to purchase tickets, or rather a number of combinations of tickets. Some allow you to go on every ride, some on certain rides, it is very much pick and mix.
Now, parents take note: twenty-six of the rides insist on an adult accompanying the child, including that huge great 60-metre high tower up which you are winched whilst strapped helplessly in a plastic chair along with about fifty other unfortunates. At the top they let it drop, the only thing between you and a very flat death appears to be a thick wire and a counterweight. This is possibly the fastest few Euros you will ever spend in your life.
One attraction you must try is the enigmatically named Barco Misterioso, a Mississippi showboat moored on an artificial lake near the pagoda. It will make you smile and, a promise, is not in the least bit scary. Unlike the Passage of Terror that is. I wonder what he thinks he is doing with that pole?
All the attractions and rides are well spaced out with attractive gardens and wide paths between various sections with the odd peacock wandering around. There are lots of benches scattered about to cater for exhausted parents. It is worth picking up one of the free maps for each person so that you can pre-arrange meeting points and times. Most people seem to use Plaza Andalucia for this purpose.
Tivoli World is probably unique. It cannot be compared to Disney World or Alton Towers or similar attractions. The atmosphere is one of naïve, simple fun. Everybody seems to be enjoying themselves; you will never see as many smiles in one square kilometre. Apart that is from the father who has obviously promised his sibling an accompanied ride on that monstrous tower. An excited child who is oblivious to his father’s notion that he is being dragged to his own execution is pulling him along. It doesn’t look that high from the entrance.
To get to Tivoli World take the A7 to Benalmadena and leave at junction 222. From there it is well signposted.
Nick has lived and worked in Andalucia for over 20 years. He and his partner, Julie Evans, have travelled extensively and dug deep into the history and culture, producing authoritative articles on all aspects of the region. Nick has written four books about Andalucia and writes articles for other websites and blogs.
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