As mentioned before, Merlin Annual Pass are kindly providing us with a year of fun as a family. You can get yours here and we have already visited Legoland (review here) and Chessington World of Adventures (review here). Right at the end of the Summer holidays, we decided to visit Alton Towers.
As always, we took our passes along for our free entry – our standard passes enable us free entry to the park and discount in many places across the park, especially the eateries (always handy!). Parking is not included in our passes but that’s fine, I’m more than happy to pay a few pounds parking for a brilliant day out.
Alton Towers is quite a drive from us so we set off quite early so we didn’t get there too long after opening. Jack had been desperate to go for months as he really wanted to check out CBeebies Land and he was so super excited when he finally realised where we were going to. As you can imagine, Alton Towers in the summer holidays was always going to be super busy so we had to plan our day accordingly. We started at CBeebies Land and ended at CBeebies Land and now Jack is desperate to go back and stay in the hotel!
We hopped on the monorail from the car park to the park and I can quite honestly say Jack would have been happy riding around on that all day if he could – he loved it!
The day started off rather wet and the queues in CBeebies Land were long so Jack went on a couple of the rides with shorter queues and we went to explore the park, deciding to come back later on when most people would be starting to leave and the queues would be shorter.
We had great fun going across the site on the Skyride – you are hundreds of feet up in a gondola and you get to see the beautiful sights of the Alton Towers park. It really is a breathtaking ride and I’d happily go round for ages if I could.
As we do at all Merlin attractions if they have one on site, we visited the Sealife centre. We were pleasantly surprised by the size of it and we had fun looking at all the different sea creatures. Olivia has just started noticing animals and creatures so she found this really fascinating. We also took advantage of a Fast track ticket at this time to jump onto a ride which had massive queues – the Congo River Rapids was very popular so we thought the £15 (3 £5 singular Fast track tickets) for the three of us was very reasonable to bypass the massive queue. Steve got soaking wet!
We managed to visit a couple of other rides before heading back to the CBeebies part of the park – we visited Hex which Jack was terrified and confused by. In the pitch black, he wasn’t too sure what was going on but having been on the ride before myself, I knew what to expect. He still maintains that we went upside down in the ride and he is still very confused by it!
Hungry, we popped into the pizza and pasta buffet on site. There are plenty of eateries to choose from but a buffet always gets our vote. Even without our Annual Pass discount, the restaurants are very reasonable in price – you can feed a family of four for under £40 which I think is brilliant.
As our day slowly started to come to an end, we headed back to CBeebies Land. With far to travel, plenty of people were leaving before the park closed which we were expecting – and this meant a lot less queuing time in one of the busiest parts of the park. We also came from far away but we didn’t mind leaving later – after all, the kids and my mum were only going to fall asleep in the car anyway!
We managed to visit Justin’s House Pie-Omatic Factory, the Something Special Sensory Garden, Mr Bloom’s Allotment, the Num-Tums Number Go Round, Nina’s Science Lab, the Tree Fu Tom Training Camp and rounded off the day nicely with a ride on the Get Set Go Treetop Adventure.This was a lovely ride to end the day with before we headed back to the car park on the monorail. A nice and gentle ride with some views of the park, it was a lovely way to end our day and we hope to visit it again soon.
We are now thinking about our next trip to a Merlin Annual Pass attraction- we will be visiting a few in the October half term and hopefully getting involved in the Halloween fun. So what is on this Halloween at Merlin attractions across the country – and which are you planning to attend?
- Fright Nights at Thorpe Park on the 2nd of October
- Spooky Sees at Sea Life Birmingham between the 14th and 31st of October
- Howl’o’ween at Chessington between the 20th and 31st of October
- The Haunted Castle at Warwick Castle between the 21st and 31st of October (we are planning to attend this and will certainly be giving the challenge a go)
- Scarefest at Alton Towers between these dates: October 7th-8th, 14th – 15th, 20th – 31st
- The Death Express at The London Dungeon – between 5th October and 6th of November (pass holders cannot use their passes between 27th and 31st of October)
- All Hallow’s Eve at The Coca Cola London Eye between the 21st and 31st of October
There is so much to do at Halloween, I hope you will join me in giving as many of them a try as you can – we love Halloween in this family!
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