IELTS® Listening Practice 112

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(Section 2: You will hear a theme park representative giving a tour of a theme park. First, you will have some time to look at questions 11 to 20 [20 seconds]. Listen carefully and answer questions 11 to 20.)


Thank you for coming along to the talk about our theme park. I'll be talking to you today about the mini breaks that you can book for your family at the park, and also telling you a bit about what's on offer there. I'll start by giving you a bit of background information about the theme park. 

We opened 8 years ago on our current side in the west of the city with only a couple of rides to offer. Then 6 years ago we purchased some additional land that allowed us to expand significantly and add many more rides and also a hotel, and that's when we started running the mini breaks. We continued adding rides every year after that and we've been the biggest theme park in the south-west for the past two years now. 

When you visit the theme park, you'll have a choice of over 40 rides and attractions to choose from. Of course, our roller coaster and other so-called adrenaline rides are the most popular attractions and the main reason why people choose to come and visit the park. If adrenaline isn't your thing, don't worry, because we have lots of gentler rides, too. In fact, our relaxing rides like the paddle boats and butterfly train are the kinds of rides we actually have most of. We also have what we call adventure rides – like the Escape Room and the Pyramid Challenge – where you are supposed to solve puzzles and use logic to escape or find the prize. Those are newer, on the whole, but extremely popular. 

We also have fantastic facilities at the park. Of course, there are plenty of toilets in all areas of the park, and because we are busiest during the summer months, we make it a point to stock all retail outlets in the park with bottled water. There are also fizzy drinks and coffee readily available, and, of course, lots of ice cream outlets. If you want to eat a proper meal, there are 3 restaurants to choose from, and there are also numerous kiosks selling chips and hotdogs - that kind of thing. 

By the way, for those of you planning on bringing kids, I must warn you that we have a height restriction for some rides. Generally speaking, children must be at least one metre tall to go on any rides, except the kids' rides, of course. For the rollercoaster though, because they go so high and fast and we have more stringent health and safety rules to follow, we ask that they are 95cm or taller. Of course, we understand that this sometimes leads to disappointment, but it is really important for your child's own safety that the rules are followed and staff will check their height before allowing them to board a ride if they look as if they are under a metre tall. 

Now, if you want to buy a day pass, you can do that online to get the best price. There's a 20% discount for all passes booked online in advance. You can also purchase them at the entry gate but without a discount.

By the way, you can also win a free pass if you book a mini break stay in our hotel. You will be entered into a prize draw and there will be a new winner every week over the summer. There are also runner-up prizes of free gifts that you can choose from our souvenir kiosks in the park. Everyone who books a mini break gets a 5% discount on food and beverages throughout the park. 

As for the park itself, it is equipped to the highest standard and everything you need is available on site. There is a small grocery shop in the park where you can buy sandwiches, T-shirts, sunglasses, sunscreen and so on. If you need sunscreen before you leave the hotel though, just ask at reception and they will provide some. There are many kiosks dotted around each zone of the park where you can buy caps, key rings, postcards and all sorts of other souvenirs, as well as soft drinks and snacks in case you need refreshments between rides. As I mentioned before, water is available in kiosks, and, in the central areas, because it's so important to stay hydrated, there are water fountains for you to use. Usually visitors are too busy to need it, but wi-fi is also available and you can connect to it without a password.

This is referring to the previous sentence about kiosks in each zone and what they provide.
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