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Rocketing Roller Coasters for Under 8’s

Written by Louise Winter

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Who doesn’t love roller coasters! Too often age and height restrictions prevent our little thrill seekers from the excitement and fun of twists, drops and loops. So here is a list of the best child friendly coasters aimed at keeping under 8’s happy!

Cat-o-pillar Coaster – Paultons Park, Hampshire

This purr-fect family coaster is perfect for your little daredevils. With swoops and loops around up to a height of 10 metres, it’s an ideal introductory coaster for the under 8’s. My 3 and 5 year olds LOVED this and screamed their way around. (Be aware the experience you have by sitting at the back is MUCH scarier for little ones than the front!!!)

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Wild Bills Runaway Train – Adventure Wonderland, Bournemouth

Bill’s wild and so will you be, with delight and excitement on this runaway train ride as it dips and dives carrying its brave passengers twice round a track of loops and swoops. It’s a big screaming, arm waving, runawaying, swaying adventure!

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Octonauts Roller Coaster Adventure – Alton Towers, Staffordshire

Dive into CBeebies Land and join Captain Barnacles and crew as The Octonauts head on a Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure!

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The Flying Fish – Thorpe Park, Surrey

Experience a fun, fast, first-time rollercoaster with a trip on Flying Fish. Now a firm family favourite at the park, Flying Fish is the perfect ride for young thrill seekers to earn their adrenaline apprenticeship.

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Dragon’s Apprentice – Legoland, Windsor

Especially for younger guests, this mini roller coaster still offers plenty of thrills and spills. Riders travel to the top of the castle ruin and drop in a spiral motion above the moat.

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The Rattlesnake – Chessington World of Adventures

This is a rattling rollercoaster ride and you’ll be in hiss-sterics as you snake your way through the sharp turns, inclines and sudden dips of the old Mexican tin mine. Life sure has its ups and downs for little adventurers!

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Twistosaurus – Flamingoland, Yorkshire

This sensational spinning coaster creates rip-roaring, rotating fun. With its eye-catching dinosaur egg theme, Twistosaurus adds a fun new dimension to Flamingo Land’s extensive collection of family rides.

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Nickleodeon Streak – Blackpool Pleasure Beach

This is one for the slightly taller under 8’s (, but its well worth a mention in our list!  A spine-tingling ride in a sleek vehicle, this classic wooden coaster streaks down a super fast track is bound to be a highlight of your little ones day at Blackpool Pleasure Beach!

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Whilst most of the coasters we recommend will be suitable for under 8’s of all sizes, there are some for which a minimum height restrictions will apply. So be sure to check to avoid disappointment. All the coaster venues here have many rides for the under 8’s so I’m sure you will have an awesome day out, wherever you decide to go! 

 Happy coastering!

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