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ExhaustedAndHormonal Wed 21-Feb-18 01:20:15

So obviously it's wrong to lie about childs age to get them in free.

So what about when there are disabled people.. Going to. Use my cousin as an example. He's in one of the big electric chairs. Paralysed way could go in any rides of any kind. But he still. Pays entry fee to take his children.. He doesn't begrudge it. But to me I don't think he should have to pay..if.i remember correctly when Peppa pig World opened at paultons Park he took his kids and wife. He still had to pay full fee.

Or. Am I missing the point? ( probably am lol)

I go to theme parks with my family. I don't go on rides due to a medical reason ( but not disabled) but happy to pay to get in though.. Altho. It would be nice for maybe people who go on rides is to have a wrist band and those who don't maybe pay a bit less to spectate and enjoy the day still with family?

ExhaustedAndHormonal Wed 21-Feb-18 01:21:41

Excuse all the full stops. New phone and the space bar is small and keep knocking the full stop lol

BoomBoomsCousin Wed 21-Feb-18 01:24:13

Lots of parents who take kids don’t go for themselves at all and get nothing personally from the trip even if they don’t have medical conditions.

FastWindow Wed 21-Feb-18 01:29:33

See your point op but also boom point. I don't take the kids to Legoland because I want to go. The Nomad Balloons do not scare me. wink

ExhaustedAndHormonal Wed 21-Feb-18 01:30:46

Yeah I know that smile I didn't explain properly sorry x
I meant maybe a wristband or concessions things would be good for those who don't ride..
I think evening I could I wouldn't go on majority of the rides.. Too scared haha

Ladybirdbookworm Wed 21-Feb-18 01:39:42

I totally agree - I might be wrong but I think Blackpool Pleasure Beach now have a reduced rate for people who don't want to go on the rides - and about time too .
Everyone needs a family member or friend to hold the coats and bags as well as suss out the candy floss and seafood stalls.

FastWindow Wed 21-Feb-18 01:40:38

grin they don't make their money out of people who ride...

safariboot Wed 21-Feb-18 01:46:03

I thought most few theme parks do a high-priced "wristband" for going on the rides and a lower-priced entry-only ticket? Is that not very common after all then? Blackpool Pleasure Beach is one that does. (They actually used to let you in for free, I believe they introduced a £6 charge because they didn't want people coming in and loitering around.)

MrsDoyleFallingOutTheWindow Wed 21-Feb-18 01:46:56

Well yeah loads of people who pay for theme parks don't go on the rides because they're just paying to go in and supervise their kids. AFAIK a person accompanying a disabled person can get free entry as a carer for most places and the carer can be a child.

sobeyondthehills Wed 21-Feb-18 01:50:51

For a disabled person, they can a discounted price and a carer in for free. (Merlin Passes)

For myself, I got a discounted rate, my partner got in free and we had to pay for our child.

While I could go on rides, it might be considered we were getting a better deal, but we were restricted on when we could go

MrsDoyleFallingOutTheWindow Wed 21-Feb-18 01:58:55

Well yeah I guess people could argue that you were getting a better deal but it's not really a mad great deal to have a disability! smile

DreamyMcDreamy Wed 21-Feb-18 02:11:24

I totally agree - I might be wrong but I think Blackpool Pleasure Beach now have a reduced rate for people who don't want to go on the rides - and about time too.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach used to be completely free to wander around and you only paid for rides if you went on them, I'm sure of it!
Needs to all be like that again.
Anyway, as you were.....grin

BoomBoomsCousin Wed 21-Feb-18 02:54:42

Individual ride pricing or wristband systems are a different way of doing things that attract a different type of audience and require different staffing, marketing etc. There are advantages and disadvantages to both and companies adapt to the market demand. In general you tend to get more of the entry fee type places at destinations where people will have decided to go in advance because that’s what they’re looking for and then places with more variable pricing in amoung other attractions (e.g. Blackpool) or serving a more local audience where a high price would be much less attractive to people who might only want to stay a while or who are just passing and hadn’t already decided to go. But the destination places tend to spend more on ambiance and the experience of being in the park (because that’s part of their attraction and why lots of parents are prepared to take their kids for a full day).

StabbyBitchTheEvilWitch Wed 21-Feb-18 08:28:18

Peppa pig world don’t do a concessionary rate as it’s wheel chair friendly! Well that’s what the website said last time I looked.

OwlinaTree Wed 21-Feb-18 08:33:41

Drayton manor used to do the wrist bands. You paid a small amount to get in, then either for a wrist band for unlimited rides or you could buy tickets for a few rides.

I should imagine they make a lot less money with that system though.

Justwhenyouthink Wed 21-Feb-18 08:48:34

Paulton's park admits wheelchair/mobility scooter users free of charge according to their website.

CherryMaDeary Wed 21-Feb-18 08:51:07

For a disabled person, they can a discounted price and a carer in for free. (Merlin Passes)

This. So if another adult goes, you are getting one adult ticket for free.

Groovee Wed 21-Feb-18 08:54:32

I've sometimes bought a disabled rate as I have a disability. DH usually gets in free and then we pay for the teens. But it's usually because I need help on and off the rides.

When we were in Disney a few years ago they stopped a ride to wheel a wheelchair on to a specific car which was adapted. I thought that was great to allow families to ride together.

BikeRunSki Wed 21-Feb-18 09:20:16

I had a big falling out with Diggerland over something similar.

We had a voucher that said “Admit 2 adults, under 3s free”.

DH and I were the 2 adults.
DS was under 3 but they wanted to charge him because he was over 90cm. This was not mentioned on the voucher. It didn’t even refer to any T&Cs. OK, so DS is tall but he’s not so tall that it’s not feasible for his age. Despite charging him for being tall, DS was still considered to be under 3 and limited to a few rides only. (Seems like their age/height policy is very inconsistent here).
My PiL wanted to come along and watch DS having fun - full entry fee required.
I was very limited on what I could go on as I was pregnant - fair enough, I chose to go.

We ended up paying for 2 adults and 2 year old DS -£17 each!- basically so DH could have fun and DS and I could go on a handful of rides. The soft play and cafe were both closed.

7 years later I am still bitter.

Fair enough to have age/height/pregnancy restrictions on rides, but these should come with a cheaper wristband. Maybe also a “spectator” wristband.

AlbusPercival Wed 21-Feb-18 09:28:06

Blackpool used to be free. Grandparent came and bought a token if they fancied the carousel.

You wouldn't have got them on the big one for all the tea in China grin

Seemed like a sensible system

AlbusPercival Wed 21-Feb-18 09:29:37

Equally though went to Disney last year. Was restricted to small works and buzz light year as pregnant

Had to pay full entry.

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