You may have read that recently we were lucky enough to recieve a Merlin Annual Family pass.
Well last week we made the 2 hour drive to Alton Towers. Well it actually took us three and a half due to an accident but that is besides the point. We had one very excited Little Mr when we arrived. We parked up and headed to the monorail, we could have walked 20 minutes to the entrance but saved our legs.
Once in the park we had our very own map reader who directed us to our first stop, Cbeebies Land.
He was far too excited to pose here, and so were we really. We followed Little Mr into the park and he immediately spotted the Postman Pat ride. Now anyone who knows Little Mr knows he LOVES Pat. He has a play set at my Mums which he just adores. We headed to the queue and saw it said 60 minutes!! Not great with little ones, but we queued anyway and found it actually took much less, it was around 30 minutes in the end. It passed really quickly as there was lots to point out to Little Mr and some great games to play whilst queuing.
Little Mr had great fun driving us around and delivering parcels along the way. We loved seeing his face light up each time he was greeted by another of his favourite characters along the track.
Next stop were the toilets. There were plenty of them so we didn’t have to queue,which I was a little worried about as when a toddler needs to go, they need to go quick.
Then we headed to the In The Night Garden Magical Boat Ride which was very popular. The queue was stated as 60 minutes but again was less (around 40). There were plenty of games to play along the way plus I took some snacks to help pass the time, but was perhaps just that bit too long to wait with restless toddlers. *since our visit the queueing system for the ride has changed to a ticket system where you are allocated a time slot.*
We got to meet all of the characters along the way.
Central to Cbeebies Land is the Big Fun Show Time Arena. This is a great place to sit and have a picnic. It is also where the shows are. We caught the back end of Nina and the Nuerons, a science experiment show.
You can also meet the characters too. When we went upto the tent it was Iggle Piggle, we didn’t have to queue as there was only one person in front of us. The main plus for this opportunity was there was no extra cost to take a picture. You just take your own which is great.
Next up was Mr Tumbles sensory garden. The garden actively encourages children to use their 5 senses to explore. There were lots of plants which were great to smell and even Little Miss got in on the action.
As we wandered around the park we bumped into Pats van along with Jess. They were more than happy to pose with Little Mr for pictures.
We then headed to the Cbeebies Bugs ‘Get Set Go’ Tree top adventure. Little Mr loved this as you get a great view of Cbeebies Land. We (well Mummy and Daddy) fancied a break from Cbeebies Land after a while so took a walk across the park towards Cloud Cuckoo Land.
Little Mr had great fun on the round about with his Daddy.
There was also the most amazing inflatable soft play that Little Mr had ever been on. They measure your child as they enter to determine whether they are suitable for the Little or Big Wobble. The Big Wobble really is huge and Little Mr was over the moon that he was tall enough to bounce around on it. Little Miss stuck to the Little Wobble with her Daddy whilst I watched Little Mr through the various viewing windows of the Larger inflatable.
Once we got back to the car Little Mr was fast asleep before we had even managed to get out of the carpark.
If you are planning a visit here are some of our top tips.
– Leave Plenty of time for your jouney there.
– Take £6 in change for the carpark
– In our case queue times were always shorted than stated.
-Take a picnic
-Take snacks for the queues.
– If you have an umberella style pushchair use that as you can get onto the monorail much more quickly. Our pushchair was too big so we had to wait for the larger carriage.