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elodie2000 Wed 05-Apr-17 08:05:28

DD and friends want to go but I'm trying to put them off. Will they end up queuing for hours & end up on only 3 rides all day? Have any of you been recently?
I just think it will be a waste of a day. AIBU?

JustMumNowNotMe Wed 05-Apr-17 08:07:11

It's probably 4 years since I last went, but down rides had a 90 min plus wait, it was crap. It might have got better now though so I'll be watching as my lot want to go too!

Applebite Wed 05-Apr-17 08:07:57

If it's school holidays it will be busy yep - but they can spend a bit more for fast track tickets for the big rides if they want, and they can also queue in the single rider lane to make it easier if they're not too fussed about sitting together.

How old is she? If they're teenagers going together, I doubt it'll bother them all that much as they'll just have a laugh. Some of my best school days were spent at AT! If she's younger and going with a friend/parents, they might be disappointed by long queues.

Applebite Wed 05-Apr-17 08:09:55

Last couple of times I've been as an adult, we've bought the platinum wristbands - it's a fast track for all the rides, all day. It was about £80 I think, so not a good solution if you're paying for a big group! But if you have the cash, it does make a huge difference to how many rides you get on.

we could tell that they don't sell too many of them because none of the staff knew where they were kept.

contractor6 Wed 05-Apr-17 08:10:12

Dependent on ages its not to bad. DH went on 5 rides me on one, we have a toddler so can't go together and she went on a couple on cbeebies.
If they are happy to ride as singles then will get on more.
I'd also recommend a picnic as there are lots of open spaces and food isn't very varied.

sniffle12 Wed 05-Apr-17 08:10:18

I'd avoid school holidays and go on a 'normal' weekend and get a fast pass if they can. Even if it's just the cheapest one that gets them fast tracked onto their top three rides or something.

There are 2 for 1 entry deals all over the place usually - on the Internet, was on cereal packets but not sure anymore? So if they can get 2 for 1 and a fast pass hopefully the cost will still be alright.

bookworm80 Wed 05-Apr-17 08:10:20

we went on a sunday last may and it was really quiet. queue times weren't bad at all. we got there as soon as it opened and it was definitely better in the morning.

Applebite Wed 05-Apr-17 08:11:00

www.altontowers.com/theme-park/extras/fastrack/

elodie2000 Wed 05-Apr-17 08:11:55

They're 14/13.
I've done both myself- I remember the days of staying on the ride for a second go or 10 min queues at AT. I've also queued for hours.
You're right, teens don't care as much...
Waiting for an hour nowadays would just not happen for me! (Old) grin

Fauchelevent Wed 05-Apr-17 08:12:33

If you can, go outside of the holidays and away from the time schools will be taking trips.

elodie2000 Wed 05-Apr-17 08:14:23

Thanks for all the Fast track tips. I'll have a look!

Joolsy Wed 05-Apr-17 08:14:45

I'd go on a weekend outside of school hols if I were you, and this time of year shouldn't be too busy

Only1scoop Wed 05-Apr-17 08:16:07

We are going today before other schools break up. Will let you know.

ginforall Wed 05-Apr-17 08:18:46

I went yesterday. It was not busy. The longest que time I sawas on the board was 30 mins for smiler. Everything else was much less. DH and DSS went on a couple of big rides (Rita and glaticia (though the vr wasn't working so really air)) with 10 mins ques. Then we spent quite a while in cbeebies as we also have a 4 year old DS. This week Derbyshire and a couple of other areas near by are still at school so guessing that is one of the reasons it was quieter. Though we have been during easter holidays the last couple of years and not had to que much at all. Think it may be different in the middle of the summer holidays.

Trifleorbust Wed 05-Apr-17 08:21:18

They'll love it.

MiaowTheCat Wed 05-Apr-17 08:26:58

They've got a phone app and website you can check the ride times on to give you some ideas of how it'll be. Like someone else mentioned the school holidays semi-locally are a bit skewed this time of year as well so you've got the week at the start/end of the glutt of holidays where at least some LEAs will be back at school (Nottinghamshire are off this week, Derbyshire aren't off till next week... I've got kids in both so this is bloody painful).

We went one year when it was raining and that kept the queues down no end as well.

And go watch the pirate show - it's bloody brilliant and an absolute hidden gem!

unicornsIlovethem Wed 05-Apr-17 08:28:36

There are also fast pass stands in a number of places so you can queue for a good ride, buy s fast pass within 15 minutes and be on again within 25 if you really want to.

Winetemptress Wed 05-Apr-17 08:33:07

Funny me dd and her bf are going tomorrow to celebrate their 18 th birthdays. and stopping at the hotel. She doesn't know but we have brought them the platinum fast passes as a surprise.

Teens don't mind queuing. They went last year and loved it. Me and dh can't stand up in a pub so not for us oldies grin

Don't put her off she will love it.

Applebite Wed 05-Apr-17 08:35:18

Omg now I want to go. Lovely clear sunny day at AT... instead I have a long day at a sweaty desk dealing with dickheads!!

SellFridges Wed 05-Apr-17 08:38:58

We went last summer, an August weekend. We didn't queue more than 15m for any of the big rides - longest queue all day was the Octonauts roller coaster in CBeebies Land!

We literally walked straight on to Nemesis, which took away some of the magic for me tbh. I like a bit of anticipation. And I remember when it first opened and it was a three hour queue every time. Perhaps I was a bit bitter!

Capricorn76 Wed 05-Apr-17 08:42:54

Just read an article in the Guardian where the head of Merlin Entertanments said he wants to get rid of 'red tape' following Brexit. Looks like more people will be losing their legs then. Avoid.

bignamechangeroonie Wed 05-Apr-17 08:55:09

I suspect it's really quiet because of that horrific accident a couple of years ago where people lost legs and were trapped in machinery for hours.

I think they're down over 60% since then.

MiaowTheCat Wed 05-Apr-17 09:13:07

We were there the day the park reopened after the Smiler crash (we'd had a few days booked in the hotel for those dates already). Was semi-quiet as a lot of people had rearranged bookings unsure if the park was going to be open or not, but not deathly so. Been a few times since then (they gave out so many free return tickets having one section of the park closed we ended up with a daft number and live nearby so we used them) and it's never been massively quiet - the one area of the park that is, is the little kids area that was there before Cbeebies Land took over. That part, inevitably is a ghost town most of the time.

Applebite Wed 05-Apr-17 09:22:22

There are many thousands of rollercoaster trips at AT in a year. over the last 30 years or more it must be millions.

There's been one serious accident. Caused by human error and they now have different protocols in place.

There's far more risk in crossing the road (esp with the way most drivers seem to think zebra crossings don't count for them!) or driving your car.

With those odds, you'd be daft not to go because of one accident, however tragic. If 60% of people have really stopped going, well, more rides for everyone else!

booitsme Wed 05-Apr-17 09:25:44

We went on the opening weekend 2 weeks ago for 2 days and were surprised how much better it was for queuing than Thorpe park. I can only comment on that time but it was well worth it. We had Merlin passes and they let people in with them an hour before park opened and kids loved it as went on oblivion 3 times in a row with no queues.

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