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plannin to head to chessington next week but its easter hols anyone been during that time is it really busy?
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
plannin to head to chessington next week but its easter hols anyone been during that time is it really busy?
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
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banned#1
dont do it unless you really like queues
#2
+1, nightmare
#3
Haven't been in a while but it's really gone downhill compared to previous standards but all theme parks are busy during kids school holidays. :thumbsup:

TBH, Chessington will probably be the least busy out of all the major theme parks but it might be worth avoiding weekends (because more parents can take their kids) so midweek is probably your best bet to avoid queues/crowds. :thumbsup:
#4
realfriendlyman
Haven't been in a while but it's really gone downhill compared to previous standards but all theme parks are busy during kids school holidays. :thumbsup:

TBH, Chessington will probably be the least busy out of all the major theme parks but it might be worth avoiding weekends (because more parents can take their kids) so midweek is probably your best bet to avoid queues/crowds. :thumbsup:



goin on a wednesday but takin 3 kids and hols are pretty much the only option so figured easter has to be better than summer!
#5
been twice already this season, lucky enough (think lol) to live really close, was already quite busy, all of the parks are going to be horrendous during holidays so just be prepared to Q for everything.
banned#6
Just got annual Merlin Passes - and will kick them off next week.

Gonna Do the London Eye, Madame Tusauds and London Aquarium, followed by one of the parks the week after. (Either Thorpe Park, Chessington or Lego.) I know the kids would prefer Legoland (but theyve not been to the other 2 parks - and I hate Legoland anyway - so they aint going there!!!)

Dont think Ive been to Thorpe Park Myself - so it may be that one - if not it will be Chessington.
#7
he he he might see you there :)
#8
guv
Just got annual Merlin Passes - and will kick them off next week.

Gonna Do the London Eye, Madame Tusauds and London Aquarium, followed by one of the parks the week after. (Either Thorpe Park, Chessington or Lego.) I know the kids would prefer Legoland (but theyve not been to the other 2 parks - and I hate Legoland anyway - so they aint going there!!!)

Dont think Ive been to Thorpe Park Myself - so it may be that one - if not it will be Chessington.


snap! - doing london eye and madam tussauds next week
banned#9
loupomm
been twice already this season, lucky enough (think lol) to live really close, was already quite busy, all of the parks are going to be horrendous during holidays so just be prepared to Q for everything.


Luckily, I dont have that problem.... I just push to the front of the queue! :p (In reality we get the equvalent to a fast pass - the only joy in having an autistic son!) Didn't know we were entitled to it at first - but using it in Disney and Universal in the couple of years we went was a godsend.
banned#10
loupomm
snap! - doing london eye and madam tussauds next week


I'm taking 1/2 days on Tuesday and Wednesday for those. (Im an early starter - so the missus will meet me at Waterloo at 11.15.) Gotta make good use of those passes:p
#11
guv
Luckily, I dont have that problem.... I just push to the front of the queue! :p (In reality we get the equvalent to a fast pass - the only joy in having an autistic son!) Didn't know we were entitled to it at first - but using it in Disney and Universal in the couple of years we went was a godsend.


well tbh as i said we live really close, having annual passes too means we go in quite alot, so we wont stand in the Q's if they are too bad, its no biggy if we dont manage to do everything in one day :-D

disappointing that they had not yet got the pirahnahs (sp?) in as yet when we went last saturday, the all you can eat pizza/pasta was a bargain with the 20% off with the passes tho
#12
guv
I'm taking 1/2 days on Tuesday and Wednesday for those. (Im an early starter - so the missus will meet me at Waterloo at 11.15.) Gotta make good use of those passes:p


too right, dont forget the 20% off! im forever telling the kids that, and anyone who tags along lol, every bit helps!

we are doing the eye etc on monday :thumbsup:

dont forget to take a pic with someone cool at tussauds lol
#13
guv;4820422
Luckily, I dont have that problem.... I just push to the front of the queue! :p (In reality we get the equvalent to a fast pass - the only joy in having an autistic son!) Didn't know we were entitled to it at first - but using it in Disney and Universal in the couple of years we went was a godsend.

same here :thumbsup: we're supposed to be going to chessington on 11th/12th april (got family rooms booked at travelodge) just went to buy clubcard vouchers & you have to pay £9 in clubcard vouchers for 1 person :shock: which is extortionate when you look at disabled childrens prices ( £13) and carers prices (£20) so i don't know what we're gonna do now :-(
#14
cheerleader
same here :thumbsup: we're supposed to be going to chessington on 11th/12th april (got family rooms booked at travelodge) just went to buy clubcard vouchers & you have to pay £9 in clubcard vouchers for 1 person :shock: which is extortionate when you look at disabled childrens prices ( £13) and carers prices (£20) so i don't know what we're gonna do now :-(


2 for 1 tickets? which travelodge you staying at?
#15
loupomm;4820542
2 for 1 tickets? which travelodge you staying at?

chessington tolworth :) can you use 2 for 1 on disabled tickets & carers tickets though? i know you can't use clubcard deals for 2 for 1
#16
guv
Just got annual Merlin Passes - and will kick them off next week.

Gonna Do the London Eye, Madame Tusauds and London Aquarium, followed by one of the parks the week after. (Either Thorpe Park, Chessington or Lego.) I know the kids would prefer Legoland (but theyve not been to the other 2 parks - and I hate Legoland anyway - so they aint going there!!!)

Dont think Ive been to Thorpe Park Myself - so it may be that one - if not it will be Chessington.


I think you'll really enjoy Thorpe Park and your son will absolutely love the water rides, as the huge splash is a good start to the day. :thumbsup:

The London Eye is entertaining the first time but I wouldn't recommend it more than once...and this is coming from someone that has been on it 3 times....very smart. lol :roll:

Madame Tussauds regularly goes through updates but it's not as fun as I previously remembered going as a kid, so it's important that you have good company. :)

The London Acquirium is actually quite disappointing in comparison to Sea Life centres but they're doing a major refurbishment, so checkout the dates it'll be completed, as some of the acquirium is closed off.
Make sure you all pluck up the courage to stroke the stingrays though...everyone loves that and try and take a pic of there faces, as it took me ages to get a decent pic. lol

BTW, I know you always get a deal on whatever you do, so how much did you end up getting your annual pass?

guv
I'm taking 1/2 days on Tuesday and Wednesday for those. (Im an early starter - so the missus will meet me at Waterloo at 11.15.) Gotta make good use of those passes:p


See you at Waterloo at 11:15...that's what you get for hiding your pic for all this time. :giggle:
#17
cheerleader
chessington tolworth :) can you use 2 for 1 on disabled tickets & carers tickets though? i know you can't use clubcard deals for 2 for 1


ahhh i doubt it then, shame, maybe someone has one so could look at the terms and conditions?

Ask at reception at travelodge if they have any vouchers if you need them, we were told at work to offer them, not sure if this is every lodge tho
#18
guv
I'm taking 1/2 days on Tuesday and Wednesday for those. (Im an early starter - so the missus will meet me at Waterloo at 11.15.) Gotta make good use of those passes:p


You gonna risk using wild west trains Guv:-D
banned#19
loupomm

disappointing that they had not yet got the pirahnahs (sp?) in as yet when we went last saturday, the all you can eat pizza/pasta was a bargain with the 20% off with the passes tho


London Aquarium? haven't even looked up where it is - it's on the South Bank isnt it?

loupomm

dont forget to take a pic with someone cool at tussauds lol


They will...... Meeeee! :-D

realfriendlyman
I think you'll really enjoy Thorpe Park and your son will absolutely love the water rides, as the huge splash is a good start to the day.


Is it Thorpe Park that has the "Saw" ride? Dunno if I'll do that one. Looks a bit nasty - but if I do - it'll be arms up all the way - no whimping!

The London Eye is entertaining the first time but I wouldn't recommend it more than once...and this is coming from someone that has been on it 3 times....very smart. lol


Yeh, we've all been on it - it can be a bit boring, though I was thinking about setting up a tripod and time lapse from my camera to make a "faster" movie. It'll just be a fill in ride - worth it whenits free!

Madame Tussauds regularly goes through updates but it's not as fun as I previously remembered going as a kid, so it's important that you have good company.


Only been the once (when I was at school) i think I can safely say it will have changed!

The London Acquirium is actually quite disappointing in comparison to Sea Life centres but they're doing a major refurbishment, so checkout the dates it'll be completed, as some of the acquirium is closed off.
Make sure you all pluck up the courage to stroke the stingrays though...everyone loves that and try and take a pic of there faces, as it took me ages to get a decent pic. lol


Stingrays? Tell Steve Irwin about that one!

BTW, I know you always get a deal on whatever you do, so how much did you end up getting your annual pass?


For 2 adults and 2 kids, it was £320 - however, we can add another "free" adult pass to that tally for a carer - no name needs to be on it. So 5 passes in all.:thumbsup:



See you at Waterloo at 11:15...that's what you get for hiding your pic for all this time. :giggle:


Wow... Stalker alert!

Train Driver
You gonna risk using wild west trains Guv:-D


You gotta be kidding! Quicker by car! (And safer - I've heard they employ a few drunks at the controls!):whistling:
#20
guv
London Aquarium? haven't even looked up where it is - it's on the South Bank isnt it?


It's literally about 30 seconds away from the London Eye, just get off the London Eye and turn right (not too far to the right though :p) and walk towards the stairs leading to the bridge but it's before this.


guv
Is it Thorpe Park that has the "Saw" ride? Dunno if I'll do that one. Looks a bit nasty - but if I do - it'll be arms up all the way - no whimping!


Yeah, the Saw ride's there but I haven't been this year...I've been 3 times in the previous couple summers and we've always had a good time at Thorpe Park.
Definitely go on the Stealth, if you're man enough, you'll get an amazing rush as it twists towards the top and when it rushes down...despite it being the shortest ride ever, it's a great feeling.

guv
Yeh, we've all been on it - it can be a bit boring, though I was thinking about setting up a tripod and time lapse from my camera to make a "faster" movie. It'll just be a fill in ride - worth it whenits free!


It'll be even more boring this time around, I assure you. :giggle:

guv
Only been the once (when I was at school) i think I can safely say it will have changed!


Wow.....how long ago was that...that must of been an age ago? lol

guv
Stingrays? Tell Steve Irwin about that one!


So you make out you're brave enough for the scariest rides at Thorpe Park and then you're scared to touch a stingray...I hope you'll check to see where your balls are when you see all those 5 year olds stroking them. lol

guv
For 2 adults and 2 kids, it was £320 - however, we can add another "free" adult pass to that tally for a carer - no name needs to be on it. So 5 passes in all.:thumbsup:


Are you saying you're going to give me one as well.....that's so nice mate and I really appreciate this. :thumbsup:


guv
Wow... Stalker alert!


Coming to meet you is the least I could do when you're offering me free stuff to collect. :)
banned#21
realfriendlyman
It's literally about 30 seconds away from the London Eye, just get off the London Eye and turn right (not too far to the right though :p) and walk towards the stairs leading to the bridge but it's before this.


Yeh, its where I thought it was/

Yeah, the Saw ride's there but I haven't been this year...I've been 3 times in the previous couple summers and we've always had a good time at Thorpe Park.
Definitely go on the Stealth, if you're man enough, you'll get an amazing rush as it twists towards the top and when it rushes down...despite it being the shortest ride ever, it's a great feeling.


Twists and turns are fine. Have to admit, the worst ride i think Ive been on was the "Big One". The drops and stuff are fine - but when its on the way back, the car isnt level - evel though you're going in a straight line. Felt pretty insecure! Love stuff like The Hulk.

So you make out you're brave enough for the scariest rides at Thorpe Park and then you're scared to touch a stingray...I hope you'll check to see where your balls are when you see all those 5 year olds stroking them. lol


Do roller costers pierce you're heart?

Are you saying you're going to give me one as well.....that's so nice mate and I really appreciate this. :thumbsup:


Oh My. (Strong Homo!!!!!)
#22
guv;4820864

For 2 adults and 2 kids, it was £320 - however, we can add another "free" adult pass to that tally for a carer - no name needs to be on it. So 5 passes in all.:thumbsup:

where did you get the pass from for that price? can you get ones just for 2 kids & get 2 carers ones free? :?
#23
going to alton towers on our merlin pass tomorrow.

kids don't know it yet but we are getting up at 7.00. can't wait.
#24
cheerleader
where did you get the pass from for that price? can you get ones just for 2 kids & get 2 carers ones free? :?


merlin passes are from merlin website or use your tesco clubcard vouchers. its great to go and know its free - ish

i guess if there are two carers and two children that need carers you could do it as two seperate transactions. but are carers 1-1 anyway?
banned#25
cheerleader
where did you get the pass from for that price? can you get ones just for 2 kids & get 2 carers ones free? :?


Yes. The offer was on last weekend. Two Adults, two Kids and one carer. Since the missus would always be with the kids on any visit, I was going to add her as a carer and flog the other adult pass at cost (£80). Probably too much hassle though, even though i did check out with "Helen at Chessington" this was all OK. (IN fact I did mention in the thread, we were going to do 3 kids (2 of which are disabled) 1 adult and 2 carers. They confirmed that was fine also.
banned#26
blackpeppa
merlin passes are from merlin website or use your tesco clubcard vouchers. its great to go and know its free - ish

i guess if there are two carers and two children that need carers you could do it as two seperate transactions. but are carers 1-1 anyway?


Mine were done on a family membership. It was confirmed it was fine this way. (Otherwise it would actually be discrimination!!!!)

Here's the thread I got mine through.
#27
cheerleader
where did you get the pass from for that price? can you get ones just for 2 kids & get 2 carers ones free? :?


how old are your kids? or high? call them and haggle - i got my family of 4 = 2 adult (my eldest has adult @ 14) and 2 kids for £300.
banned#28
loupomm
how old are your kids? or high? call them and haggle - i got my family of 4 = 2 adult (my eldest has adult @ 14) and 2 kids for £300.


Now she tell's us! :w00t:

I did speak to them - they tried to charge full price - even though there was currently a 20% discount offer on!!!!
#29
my kids love it there despite the queues x
#30
loupomm;4822581
how old are your kids? or high? call them and haggle - i got my family of 4 = 2 adult (my eldest has adult @ 14) and 2 kids for £300.

my boys are 7 & the youngest will be 6 on sat 11th :)
i've used clubcard points to get a merlin pass & hubby is borrowing his twin brother's merlin pass so we'll just have to pay for the boys next weekend which will come to £52 for 2 disabled children for 2 days. i think this is the cheapest way for me to do it :?
#31
cheerleader;4827416
my boys are 7 & the youngest will be 6 on sat 11th
i've used clubcard points to get a merlin pass & hubby is borrowing his twin brother's merlin pass so we'll just have to pay for the boys next weekend which will come to £52 for 2 disabled children for 2 days. i think this is the cheapest way for me to do it :?

i'm back from my weekend at chessington and found out a better way for using my tesco's merlin pass voucher :) got told by the guy at the pass desk that i could get a merlin pass for my son who has asd & a carers pass for free :-D so managed to get 2 annual passes for one merlin tesco voucher :thumbsup: now got to save my clubcard points for my other son to get one & we're sorted :-D

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