Rides of all shapes and sizes, good carnival food, a clear vibe of people having fun all over the park – you name a characteristic of a successful annual funfair, yep, Funderland 2018 had it all! Having heard nothing but positive reviews from friends who have went in previous years, I decided to join in the hype and go for the first time with a group of mates, and see if Cork’s Easter time main attraction was as good as it sounded.
Upon arrival, the first thing anyone on the bus laid eyes on was a huge spire; a ride, as it turned out, where one sits in what is basically a swing, and is then lifted into the air (all while spinning slowly). The fact that this, for lack of a better word, monster could be visible for at least three or four kilometres away gives a rough scale of the sheer size of it. I knew from there that this would certainly be a day to remember.
For those considering going already; you may be aware that the cost of entry is €25 for three hours, and once those three hours are over, each ride is pay-as-you-go. However, if you are to order a ticket online, it becomes €26 for four hours, with the same criteria still applying as above once the time expires. Some of you may be put off by that price, others will see that as a fantastic deal. I, personally, felt that it was brilliant value for money. Like I said earlier, the funfair has everything you could want to see, do, and eat. The rides were enjoyable for any age, regardless of how dizzying some may have been! Height, speed, dizziness factor, I think all rollercoaster or funfair enthusiasts would find their preferred rides after a day in this year’s Funderland. And it wasn’t just limited to extreme velocity, either. Other featured attractions include a haunted house, a funhouse, the aforementioned high swing, numerous toddler and young children rides, and games to win prizes of all sorts!
My first thought immediately after leaving was that I would certainly go again, no question or hesitation. Every ride I managed to go on left me thoroughly satisfied and eager to see what else there was to offer. Everything is in close proximity so walking is not an issue, and if one feels hungry and isn’t in the mood for churros or sweets, McDonald’s is conveniently just down the road. I reiterate that I felt the value for money was solid. If you’re on the fence about going after reading this review, I’d certainly encourage you to give it a shot. Funderland only comes at Easter each year, so you might as well make the most of it! If you want to book tickets, I’ll leave a link to Funderland’s website here: http://www.funderland.com/ Thank you for reading!