Our Day At Alton Towers With Our Merlin Annual Pass & What Merlin Events Are On This Halloween

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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.

alton towersWhilst exploring the site, we came across a very exciting sight – a new ride being built. It was fascinating seeing the workmen working on it and we can’t wait to see the finished product.

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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.

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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!

alton towers alton towersWe 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!

alton towersalton towersalton towersWe 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.alton towersalton towersalton towersalton towersThis 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!


I am a Merlin Annual Pass Blogger Ambassador, I was given a Merlin Annual Pass to do this review with my family and I was not paid to do this post. If anyone would like to confirm any details in the post, please email info@merlinannualpass.co.uk

25 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I have not been since I was around 16 to Alton Towers , remember loving it so much as loads to do.
    My little boy keeps going on about the Cbeebies land got to admit looks good from your pictures.

  2. Sign us up for The Death Express!! We have a massive park near us called Cedar Point and they do special Halloween events as well….
    and a 10.00 buffet is indeed a fair price……looks like you all had a LOVELY TIME!

  3. I worked Halloween at Alton Towers one year it was mayhem, although we did go on all the rides after we had finished haha! I haven’t been for ages, but I am so glad you had an amazing time.

  4. Oh, shame I am not in the UK in October, I would have loved to take part in some of the Halloween events you have listed. I bet the London Eye one would be magnificent. Your trip to Alton Towers looks like it was a lot of fun and you have experience a lot of rides and attractions.

  5. I have not been to Alton towers for a couple of years now but I do remember the fun we had with my ex and his brother and seems like you guys did too and how lovely to have the merlin annual pass

  6. I love how this theme park caters for adults and little ones. I always fancied taking my son to CBeebies land. He is 6 now and prefers other channels and loves Lego.

  7. I’d love to visit the sealife area, it sounds like a lot of fun! I think it’s always worth buying fast track tickets because otherwise you spend half the day waiting in line!

  8. I am so jealous of your pass, we would love one. We’ve been going to Alton Towers for years. There is so much to do there whatever your age. Hex is one of my favourites, it is so weird and confusing.
    Jack would love the hotel, we’ve stayed once and it really is amazing.

  9. I’ve not been to Alton Towers since I went with my high school on a day trip. So jealous of your pass, it sounds fantastic and a great way to enjoy various different attractions.

  10. I think the Merlin Pass is a great idea for families who regularly go out and about on day trips! I used to go to Thorpe Park a bit when I was a kid as it’s so close to my house, and went to Alton Towers once too x

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