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Merlin Annual Passes (Family Tickets) for £103.45 Each (Other Options Available)
OK guys, hope someone can benefit from this?
I'm taking my kids on a theme park tour of the UK later this month and was looking for the cheapest way to get my tickets and this turned out to be the best option for us.
Let's take the standard family pass as an example, but this works with all types of passes:
Currently, Merlin have reduced their MAP family tickets to £129 each, but you can get a further 20% off this price with an "over the phone" code.
There are a few codes floating around on the internet, but I wanted to be legit, so I signed up for the £1 3 month trial for the Gourmet Society card, which entitles you to 20% discount on the MAP (see below).
You can sign up here:
gourmetsociety.co.uk/
It only takes a minute and you get a membership number, which you aren't asked for on the phone by the way.
Once done, phone Merlin on 08444 77 44 44 and quote "Gourmet" at some point in the conversation, thus reducing the MAP from £129 to £103.20.
As mentioned above, this also works for both types of standard and premium passes.
I've seen people selling this code on eBay for £10!

Standard Individual MAP - £169 reduces to £135.20
Standard Family MAP - £129 reduces to £103.20
Premium Individual MAP - £209 reduces to £167.20
Premium Family MAP - £169 reduces to £135.20

It should be noted that a family can be 3, 4, 5 or 6 people (see below).
Family of 3 – consisting of either two individuals 12 years of age and over and one individual under 12 years of age, or one individual 12 years of age and over and two individuals under 12 years of age;
Family of 4 – consisting of either two individuals 12 years of age and over and two individuals under 12 years of age, or one individual 12 years of age and over and three individuals under 12 years of age;
Family of 5 – consisting of either two individuals 12 years of age and over and three individuals under 12 years of age, or one individual 12 years of age and over and four individuals under 12 years of age;
Family of 6 – consisting of either two individuals 12 years of age and over and four individuals under 12 years of age, or one individual 12 years of age and over and five individuals under 12 years of age.

If anyone doesn't know, the Merlin Annual Pass gets you a year's worth of free entry to Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures, LEGO Land, Sealife Centres, The Dungeons, Blackpool Tower, Madame Tussauds, Warwick Castle and more.
You also get exclusive pass holder benefits, such as 20% off Theme Park accommodation, discounts in the theme parks, discounts on entry for friends and family, discounts on food and drink and more.

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Bit late for me as I bought them for £109 each last month .. Hot though at nearly 100 quid

bought it for 109 last month and have used 400 worth attraction already. shame that we didnt make premium.

Been buying the premium pass for 6 years at £73 for a family of 5. Now it cost 109 to renew still a good value for money as every weekend we are in a them park. Plus you get free parking instead of £6
Edited by: "annazied" 10th Aug 2016

annazied

Been buying the premium pass for 6 years at £73 for a family of 5. Now it … Been buying the premium pass for 6 years at £73 for a family of 5. Now it cost 109 to renew still a good value for money as every weekend we are in a them park. Plus you get free parking instead of £6



​How did u get it for £73 and is that per person?
Thanks

With a merlin pass are you restricted to what days in the year you can attend the parks?

skhan123

With a merlin pass are you restricted to what days in the year you can … With a merlin pass are you restricted to what days in the year you can attend the parks?




Not if you get premium the basic has restrictions

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packard

Not if you get premium the basic has restrictions


Not strictly true. The restrictions are more on the London based attractions, such as Madame Tussaud's and The London Eye etc.

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packard

Not if you get premium the basic has restrictions


From the Terms & Conditions:
12. Restrictions and certain additional fees apply to the Standard Merlin Annual Pass only including, but not limited to, the following:
12.1 No entry into Madame Tussauds (London), the Coca-Cola London Eye, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, DreamWorks Tours Shrek’s Adventure! London and the London Dungeon during the whole of August;
12.2 No entry into Madame Tussauds (London), the Coca-Cola London Eye, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, DreamWorks Tours Shrek’s Adventure! London and the London Dungeon on 1 January 2016, 25 March 2016, 28 March 2016, 2 May 2016, 30 May 2016, 29 August 2016, 26 December 2016 and 27 December 2016 together with any further Bank Holidays added through the course of the year;
12.3 No entry to the Coca-Cola London Eye on 14 February;
12.4 No entry to the London Dungeon from 28 October to 29 October (inclusive);
12.5 Secondary attractions at Warwick Castle including, but not limited to, the Castle Dungeon will be subject to additional charges; and
12.6 Parking fees at the Attractions will be payable.

skhan123

With a merlin pass are you restricted to what days in the year you can … With a merlin pass are you restricted to what days in the year you can attend the parks?



​not many mostly central London attractions

STANDARD PASS EXCLUSIONS

No entry into Madame Tussauds (London), the Coca-Cola London Eye, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, DreamWorks Tours Shrek’s Adventure! London and the London Dungeon during the whole of August
No entry into Madame Tussauds (London), the Coca-Cola London Eye, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, DreamWorks Tours Shrek’s Adventure! London and the London Dungeon on UK Bank Holidays 1 January, 25 March, 28 March, 2 May, 30 May, 29 August, 26 December, 27 December
No entry to the Coca-Cola London Eye on 14 February
No entry to the London Dungeon from 28 October to 29 October (inclusive)
Secondary attractions at Warwick Castle including, but not limited to, the Castle Dungeon will be subject to additional charges
Secondary attractions at THORPE PARK Resort Theme Park including, but not limited to, Fright Nights, Summer Nights and Ministry of Sound
Parking not included for Standard Passes

remember get my first one quite a few years ago as an individual was only £72

We got 3 premium passes for the first time in the Jan sale for £357 used nearly 3k already....best thing we ever brought
Edited by: "ednaworthy" 10th Aug 2016

Is it worth getting the premium as we are a family of 3 so an extra £90? I also don't need to visit London in August.

Definitely get the premium, if only to avoid the parking charges at Thorpe and Alton. You can also see the fireworks special at Alton which is ridiculous. My wife and I had these last year and it was fantastic.

What age are child tickets required from?

so for a family pass 12 months is £103?

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arjun311

What age are child tickets required from?


Under 12 years old.

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kaykayrocks

so for a family pass 12 months is £103?


£103 each and at least one adult in the "family"

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jadedweasel

Definitely get the premium, if only to avoid the parking charges at … Definitely get the premium, if only to avoid the parking charges at Thorpe and Alton. You can also see the fireworks special at Alton which is ridiculous. My wife and I had these last year and it was fantastic.


I think parking's only £6, so you'd need to work out if it's worth the extra just for parking.

kaykayrocks

so for a family pass 12 months is £103?



That is how much it is per person ​

biscuits1

Is it worth getting the premium as we are a family of 3 so an extra £90? … Is it worth getting the premium as we are a family of 3 so an extra £90? I also don't need to visit London in August.



​Only get one premium pass and the rest as standard. That way you'll save on parking and still save money on passes

cutthroat_jake

I think parking's only £6, so you'd need to work out if it's worth the … I think parking's only £6, so you'd need to work out if it's worth the extra just for parking.



​And to remove the time spent mucking about with the ticket machines on the way out... we are quite local so visited little and often.

stainless77

​Only get one premium pass and the rest as standard. That way you'll save … ​Only get one premium pass and the rest as standard. That way you'll save on parking and still save money on passes


can you mix the passes up? didn't used to be able to

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markvickymax

can you mix the passes up? didn't used to be able to


The guy on the phone told me that I could buy one individual pass and then a family of 3 passes.
£169 discounted to £135.20 and £129 discounted to £103.20 x3. By my calculation, that would be £444.80, instead of £412.80, so you're paying an extra £32 for one Premium Pass.
Edited by: "cutthroat_jake" 10th Aug 2016

arjun311

What age are child tickets required from?


3+

Don't forget if anyone in your party claims DLA (disability living allowance) and buys an annual pass, a carer is allowed one free of charge.
Also you can "buy" them with Tesco points.

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jackiefarrell

Don't forget if anyone in your party claims DLA (disability living … Don't forget if anyone in your party claims DLA (disability living allowance) and buys an annual pass, a carer is allowed one free of charge. Also you can "buy" them with Tesco points.


£50 worth of Clubcard vouchers gets you a Standard Annual Pass.

Last year we bought them but only upgraded one to premium. Only benefit we wanted was the parking. We all travel as a family anyway so it didn't really matter who had the premium one.

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richardsimpson1234

Last year we bought them but only upgraded one to premium. Only benefit … Last year we bought them but only upgraded one to premium. Only benefit we wanted was the parking. We all travel as a family anyway so it didn't really matter who had the premium one.


If you decide later to upgrade from a Standard to a Premium pass, that can be done for £50.

skhan123

With a merlin pass are you restricted to what days in the year you can … With a merlin pass are you restricted to what days in the year you can attend the parks?



If you get the standard done restrictions are in place but mainly London. Get the premium with the free parking and no restrictions.

What are the benefits of the premium MAP?

Thanks opp really appreciate this got my family a pass today collecting from sealife centre today. God bless u
Edited by: "khalifazed" 11th Aug 2016

I take it these passes require you to show some ID when using them at the parks, to stop you from letting other relations/friends using them?

pc5020

I take it these passes require you to show some ID when using them at the … I take it these passes require you to show some ID when using them at the parks, to stop you from letting other relations/friends using them?


They don't but they have photos printed on them so sometimes (rarely) they check the photo with you(r face).

if you get a premium pass you also get 3 x vouchers per pass to take friends/family for £10 each which is great when most theme parks are £50, and you also get 3 x £5 fast track passes for Thorpe, Chessington and alton towers. well worth the extra money imo.

Best thing with premium passes is you get to be first for every ride - no waiting time lost at any attraction. Standard pass holders go into normal queue.

how do you get the £1 3 month trial for the Gourmet Society card

niks_b

Best thing with premium passes is you get to be first for every ride - no … Best thing with premium passes is you get to be first for every ride - no waiting time lost at any attraction. Standard pass holders go into normal queue.



Not true am a premium pass holder and I had to wait in que as everybody else at alton towers and thorpe park. London eye I didn't have to que due to having premium pass

cutthroat_jake

I'm taking my kids on a theme park tour of the UK later this month



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