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Old 31-10-2012, 5:23 PM
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I find that the different parks are great depending on age group. Alton Towers and Thorpe park are better for teenagers and young adults whereas Chessington and Legoland, for example, are catered more towards younger children. All are a great day out though!
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This is some really great information and a great discussion in general - people have raised some really interesting points. What does everyone thing about the future of the theme park in general?

I remember when I was much, much younger, the allure of a theme-park was impossibly difficult to resist. Do kids today feel the same way about these things with such ready access to video games and other forms of quick-hit entertainment?
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Once we'd been to Florida my kids weren't interested in UK theme parks. Some of the newer rides in the UK parks may compare with the ones in the US but the whole theme park experience here leaves much to be desired ! Food, cleanliness, staff attitude, facilities here are dreadful.

I once (many years ago)took my daughter and my MIL to Flamingoland, we entered a cafe at 10.55 am, went to the counter to order a cup of tea for my MIL and was abruptly told "we don't open until 11" Customer service at it's best. The litter fairy had also paid the park a visit on the day we went, i've never seen so much rubbish.

I think kids these days still like the experience of the theme parks. But i also think parents dread the thought of paying to get them there !

It's not a cheap day out, with the prices they charge i think a bit more effort would make people feel that they're good value for money. A family ticket for 2 adults and 3 kids to Alton Towers in the school holidays is a massive 146 ! That's without travel there and back and food or drinks.
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Thanks for that insight! - Not having kids myself, it's difficult to assess these things.

Flamingoland looks interesting - I've never heard of it before. Tea and litter aside, was it a worthwhile experience?
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Thanks for that insight! - Not having kids myself, it's difficult to assess these things.

Flamingoland looks interesting - I've never heard of it before. Tea and litter aside, was it a worthwhile experience?
We live near Leeds so Mingoland (as my daughter used to call it when she was small) isn't too far away. We've not been for years, i've never felt the urge to go again, we're off to Florida again next year for the 5th time. It's really popular though so i suppose it must be ok.

I prefer Lightwater Valley, again, close to us, not as many big rides as Mingoland but a bit better looked after.

If you've never been to Florida, and plan to go at some stage, i'd suggest visiting all the UK theme parks before you go. In my experience nothing can compare to the parks in the US, not just the rides, the whole experience. It's not just the weather either as a lot of the really good rides in Florida are indoors.
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Thanks for the great advice! I love the theme park but hate the lengthy queues, one thing me and my fiancee do is go single riders to speed up the queuing time. Obviously I know not everyone can do that but it saves some major time on queuing too. Thanks again
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Another tip to avoid queing for the popular rides is to go into the 'single rider' que.

My 2 boys went on Oblivion (Alton Towers) 11 times one after another during October half term. Sometimes they didn't sit together, sometimes they did but they didn't mind either way!

We also take a packed lunch, pay for a locker (cheaper than buying food) and then eat it in the park.

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We live near Leeds so Mingoland (as my daughter used to call it when she was small) isn't too far away. We've not been for years, i've never felt the urge to go again, we're off to Florida again next year for the 5th time. It's really popular though so i suppose it must be ok.

I prefer Lightwater Valley, again, close to us, not as many big rides as Mingoland but a bit better looked after.

If you've never been to Florida, and plan to go at some stage, i'd suggest visiting all the UK theme parks before you go. In my experience nothing can compare to the parks in the US, not just the rides, the whole experience. It's not just the weather either as a lot of the really good rides in Florida are indoors.
While the customer service hasn't improved at Flamingo Land, it`s an amazing theme park that has been transformed into one of the best UK theme parks in recent years. There's amazing rides, a good zoo and OK shows. While it probably won't compare to parks abroad, it much nicer than similar parks such as Drayton Manor, Camelot, Blackpool and Lightwater Valley.
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Just a warning to all the people buying the free SUN legoland tickets on eBay, if the barcode number is showing in any of the pictures Legoland are cancelling these tickets. You have been warned its in their T&Cs
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Good evening all,
I'm planning a special trip to legoland Windsor with the hubby and kids this August. We have saved hard and can afford the merlin annual pass (squeals with delight!). But I could do with some advice.
We're looking for a cheap place to crash for three nights, prepared to drive 40 mins to legoland in the mornings/evenings. Any ideas??

Also does anyone have any tips for attacking the park in the military style fashion!? (I like to be ridiculously prepared!)

And finally.... Eating? Shall we have a late tea in the park? Or find a (whispers) McDonald's!?

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does anyone know of any discounts around at the moment for Drayton Manor Park and Zoo? my daughter is hoping to go tomorrow with a friend. Thanks so much for any replies Tulip
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MillySunflower

Within a 40 min drive you will have loads of choice of accommodation. Have a look at premier inn and Travelodge etc for deals near Windsor, I think there is one in Slough which might be cheaper as Windsor is an expensive area. Sorry cant recommend anything specific as we live 1 hr away so drive in.

We normally go to mcdonalds Windsor afterwards and you will see loads of people with LEGOLAND carrier bags in there! We pay for parking in a car park near by as it is in central Windsor, just across from the castle. Sorry cant remember how much but it works out cheaper going there than staying in LEGOLAND to eat for a family of 4.

Have fun
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Within a 40 min drive you will have loads of choice of accommodation. Have a look at premier inn and Travelodge etc for deals near Windsor, I think there is one in Slough which might be cheaper as Windsor is an expensive area. Sorry cant recommend anything specific as we live 1 hr away so drive in.

We normally go to mcdonalds Windsor afterwards and you will see loads of people with LEGOLAND carrier bags in there! We pay for parking in a car park near by as it is in central Windsor, just across from the castle. Sorry cant remember how much but it works out cheaper going there than staying in LEGOLAND to eat for a family of 4.

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Thankyou for your advice, I'm looking weybridge as that seems cheaper and is only 15 miles away. We will take your advice and eat at mcD's... The kids will be thrilled!!

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Me, hubby and our two kids both teenagers are off to Alton Towers for the day within the next few weeks. About a 3-4 hour drive for us, but we love it. Will be taking a packed lunch to save money, but a few years since we have been, Rita Queen of Speed was quite a new ride when we were last there, so a few new rides to try out, we love Alton Towers.
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You can get fast track tickets - worth the extra cost as you can jump the queues! Also take exciting food with you - cold pizza is my families fav. you save a lot of money bringing your own and avoid the kids complaining if it's their favorites,
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Can someone confirm the refil drinks deal at Alton Towers in that how much to buy & are the refils really free of is there additional charges for each refil?

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What's the best offer for chessington park? We are 2 adult , 1 child and 1 baby (18 month).

Are babies (18 month old) go free?
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A couple of minor tips for Drayton Manor:

1. if you are printing Tesco DM tickets at home, don't print it any smaller than A4. The setting on my printer was set at 2 pages per sheet (ie A5) and the bar code was so small the DM scanner couldn't read it. Had to go to their office. log into my email and reprint (wasting about 10 minutes).

2. in theory DM charge 3 for parking; however, in practice there don't appear to be any checks that you've bought a parking ticket. That was the case as we left at about 4pm. I'm not suggesting that you don't buy one, but just mentioning it here in case anyone's interested!
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hey thanks for your great tips!.
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