Gulliver's Kingdom

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For the Japanese amusement park of the same name, see Gulliver's Kingdom (Japanese amusement park).
Not to be confused with Gulliver's World or Gulliver's Land.

Gulliver's Kingdom (also known as Gulliver's Matlock Bath) is an amusement park aimed at children aged 3 to 13 in the Derbyshire town of Matlock Bath, England. Founded in 1978 by Ray Phillips, it is still owned by the Phillips family and now has sister theme parks; Gulliver's World in Warrington and Gulliver's Land in Milton Keynes, which opened in 1989 and 1999 respectively. The park was originally created by Ray Phillips as a model village for his young children to enjoy, and it is close to the site of the Victorian Switchback rollercoaster ride (after which the theme park's main rollercoaster was named).

The park is noted for its location - being built on a steep hillside. While this means that a day out can become a "work-out", it provides a unique experience, with many rides being nestled in amongst the trees. The view across to Starkholmes and the Heights of Abraham is also spectacular.

As of 2006, the Theme Park has the following major attractions: Log Flume, Elephant Ride, Flight of Fantasy, Dodgems, Chairlift, Jumping Star, Gulliver's Magical Journeys, The Crazy Barrels, The Rio Grande Railroad, The Veteran Cars, Gulliver's Travels Ride, Billy-Bob's Bi-Planes, Log Coaster, Switchback Rollercoaster, Monorail, Ladybirds, Jubilee Carousel, Ferris Wheel, Double-Decker Carousel, Lazy River Ride, Pirate Ship and Fire Brigade.

Gulliver's Kingdom features two entrances due to the car-parking being so spread out. There are three onsite shops, one at each entrance and a special soft-toy shop on Fantasy Terrace. Places to eat in Gulliver's Kingdom include Gulliver's Travels Restaurant, The Happy Haddock, Bourbon Restaurant, Percy Pig's Pizza Parlour and Canyon Grill.

The main park opens seasonally, from Easter and throughout summer, then on weekends in September and October - up to Halloween. The park is also open for Christmas, from late November and on selected dates throughout December. Several different Christmas packages are available, incorporating meals, shows and entertainment.

The park is home to the Gully Gang. The Gully Gang consists of Gully Mouse, Gilly Mouse, Percy Pig, Leonard Lion and Ellie Elephant. These characters can be seen everyday and are available to meet children and pose for pictures to add a touch of magic to their day out.

Other attractions on site are the Hard Luck Bears Jamboree, The Magical Dancing Water Show and Gulliver's Big Puppet show.

From 2009, the Lost Kingdom dinosaur area returned to Gulliver's. Full of puzzles and attractions, as well as huge dinosaur models for children to identify, it is a popular attraction and a firm favourite with children.

In 2009, Gulliver's announced a partnership with Nick Jr. This has seen popular characters Dora the Explorer and Diego from Go, Diego, Go appearing at all Gulliver's theme parks. The characters set challenges for children and appear daily on-site for photo opportunities.

In early 2010, it was announced that the partnership would continue throughout 2010.

Rides and attractions[edit]

Roller coasters[edit]

Name Opened Type Status Height

Min.

Manufacturer Park

section

Notes
Log Coaster 1986 Steel Operational 0.9m Cavazza Diego Lilliput Woods
Switchback 2004 Steel Operational 1.1m I.E. Park Toyland I.E. Park's first JR model.

Rides[edit]

Name Opened Type Status Height

Min.

Manufacturer Park Location Notes Images
Chair Lift 1992 Chair Lift Operational 1.4m Montaz Industries Bourbon Street/

Adventure Land

Under 1.4m can go on but need to be accompanied by an adult.
Chair Lift Bottom Station.jpg
Pirate Ship 1992 Pirate Ship Operational 0.9m Zamperla Smugglers Wharf Small pirate ship located by Bourbon Street

90cm is the minimum height to go on.

Pirate Ship at Gulliver's Kingdom.jpg
Gully's Pirate Adventure 1994 Water ride Operational 1.2.m Gulliver's

(In house built)

Smugglers Wharf Under 1.2m can go on but need to be accompanied by an adult. It's also known as the 'Lazy River'.
Gully's Pirate Adventure in station.jpg
Double Decker Carousel 1993 Carousel Operational 0.9m Gulliver's

(In house built)

Smugglers Wharf Two floors for adults and children to go on. Under 09's can go on the horses but only on the second floor. Built by Gulliver's Kingdom, the horse are supplied by I.E. Park.
Double Decker Carousel at Gulliver's.jpg
Log Coaster 1986 Steel

Roller coaster

Operational 0.9m Cavazza Diego Lilliput Woods Small roller coaster suitable for first time riders between 0.9m (90cm) and 1.2m. Smaller children need to be sat on the right-hand side.
Log Coaster.jpg
Balloon Ferris Wheel 1998 Ferris Wheel Operational 1.2m SBF Visa Lilliput Woods Being removed from the park during the 2016 season. Under 1.2m need to be accompanied by an adult.
Balloon Ferris Wheel.jpg
Cycle Monorail 1993 Self-driven Operational 0.9m Gulliver's

(In house built)

Toyland You need to be 1.4m and over to go on this attraction otherwise you can't reach the pedals.
Cycle Monorail at Gulliver's Kingdom.jpg
Gully's Magic Bikes 2013 Spinning ride Operational 0.9m Zamperla Toyland The faster you pedal then the higher the ride will rise. It's a self controlled ride. Riders between 90cm and 119cm must be accompanied by an adult.
Gully's Magic Bikes.jpg
Switchback 2004 Steel

Rollercoaster

Operational 1.1m I.E. Park Toyland Largest roller coaster in the park. Riders between 110cm and 139cm must be accompanied by an adult. Opens at 11:30am
Switchback at Gulliver's Kingdom.jpg
Dino Explorer Cars 1997 Slow ride Operational 1.2m SBF Visa Lost Kingdom Under 1.2m can go on including babies/toddlers but must be accompanied by an adult.
Dino Explorer Cars.jpg
Diplodocus Falls 2013 Dingy slide Operational 1.2m Whitewater Leisure Ltd. Lost Kingdom New for the 2013 season from Camelot Theme park, this ride has two tracks that you can choose from.
Diplodocus Falls.jpg
Snail Attack 2014 Water shooter Operational 1.2m Shenyang Chuangqi Amusment Equipment Lilliput Land Water ride where you can shoot targets using a water gun. Under 1.2m must be accompanied by an adult.
Snail Attack.jpg
Albert's Rocket Ride 2014 Laser shooter Operational 1.2m Zhengzhou Black Lion Amusement Equipment Co Lilliput Land Spinning ride where you can shoot targets by using a laser gun. Under 1.2m must be accompanied by an adult.
Albert's Rocket Ride.jpg
Crazy Barrel Ride 1996 Spinning ride Operational 1.2m Gulliver's

(In house built)

Lilliput Land Spinning ride themed as barrels. Under 1.2m must be accompanied by an adult.
Crazy Barrel Ride at Gulliver's Kingdom.jpg
Jumping Star 2003 Tower ride Operational 0.9m Zamperla Party House Small drop tower, suitable for children under 1.5m but over 0.9m.
Jumping Star at Gulliver's Kingdom.jpg
Ladybird ride Unknown Flat ride Operational 0.9m Modern Products Party House Moved from underneath the Cycle monorail station (where the puppet show is).
Ladybird Ride.jpg
Fish ride Unknown Flat ride Operational 0.9m Unknown Party House Only for children between 1.5m and 0.9cm.
Fish Ride.jpg
The Flying Carpet 1998 Magic carpet

(Ali Baba)

Operational 0.9m Zamperla Adventure Land Renamed from the 'Flight Of Fantasy' to the 'The Flying Carpet' in the 2016 season. Under 1.2m must be accompanied by an adult. 90cm is the minimum height.
Flight Of Fantasy.jpg
Drop Tower 2007 Tower ride Operational 1.1m Moser Rides Adventure Land 12mt drop tower for guests above 1.1m while accompanied by an adult, and 1.4m to ride with an adult.
Drop Tower at Gulliver's Kingdom.jpg
Laser Dodgems 2014 Dodgems Operational 0.9m C&Q Amusement Adventure Land Under 1.4m must be accompanied by an adult and seated in a passenger side. 0.9cm is the minimum height.
Laser Dodgems.jpg
Log Flume 1988 Log Flume Operational 0.9m Big Country Motioneering/In-House built (Gulliver's) Western World Under 1.2m must be accompanied by an adult. Under 0.9m are not allowed on this ride.
Log Flume at Gulliver's Kingdom.jpg
Silver Mine Ride 2010 Dark ride Operational 1.2m Gulliver's

(In house built)

I.E. Park - Cars

Western World Under 1.2m must be accompanied by an adult.
Silver Mine Ride at Gulliver's Kingdom.jpg

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Coordinates: 53°07′06″N 1°33′52″W / 53.118197°N 1.564395°W / 53.118197; -1.564395