Merlin Entertainment Annual Pass January sale
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Merlin Entertainment Annual Pass January sale

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A Merlin Annual Pass is the only ticket you need to unlock 12 months of FUN at the UK’s top attractions. Visit worlds such as Alton Towers Resort, SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, the Coca-Cola London Eye and many more!

Worlds bursting with astonishing sights, sensational rides and extraordinary adventures to thrill you, excite you and delight you, and fill your year with laughter, magic and FUN!

Family Standard Annual Pass (3+) £109pp (max adults 3)
Single Standard Annual Pass £129pp

Family Premium Annual Pass (3+) £139pp (max adults 3)
Single Premium Annual Pass £169pp

No discount son the VIP package which is still at £625 for a Family or £725 individually.

Some of the 32 attractions which these passes can be used at include; Alton Towers Resort.
Chessington World of Adventures Resort.
Legoland Windsor Resort.
Thorpe Park Resort.
The London Eye.
Shreks Adventure at DreamWorks.
Blackpool Tower.
Madame Tussaud’s.
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Standard passes can't be used at the Theme Parks in August on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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Should add that it gets you up to 20% off food and drink and discounts on stays at the hotels.

We purchased one last season and it paid for itself in just one visit.The discount at the Alton towers enchanted village using the merlin pass saved well over £160 as we booked 2 lodges and then all the food and drinks were discounted,which included 20% off at the rollercoaster restaurant.

So if there are a few of you that plan to stay at one of the resorts it may pay for one person to buy a Merlin pass to take advantage of all the discounts a merlin pass offers.
Sizzlestick1 h, 6 m ago

Are you saying you spent £160(20%) x 5 = £800 on food and drink during y …Are you saying you spent £160(20%) x 5 = £800 on food and drink during your stay.


No we saved £160 on 2 x lodges at the enchanted village (the accommodation),£80 saving per lodge and then 20% off all the food and drink we had during 1 night and 2 days in the park.

Also the discounts on accommodation isn't 20%,it's normally far higher than that.

Can i ask what made you think we saved £160 on just food and drink ?
Edited by: "Biggunspaul" 1st Jan
Sizzlestick2 h, 56 m ago

I would have thought to save 20% on the lodges for everyone staying it …I would have thought to save 20% on the lodges for everyone staying it would be that everyone would need a membership. Can understand if it was one person ordering and paying for food and drink and getting 20% off, Just surprised you don't need to input multiple memberships for the people staying at the lodges.


No they do not require each person staying to own an Merlin annual pass.

Here is an example of a accommodation ONLY (no park entry) booking of 4 adults and 2 young adults,sleeping in 2 lodges.

without Merlin -


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With merlin pass -


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The merlin pass holder must be the one who makes and pays for the booking and must show their pass on arrival.

Feel free to phone up and confirm this,as i get the impression you think I'm making it all up about what savings we made.
Edited by: "Biggunspaul" 1st Jan
It's worth noting that they've completely changed the restrictions on the standard pass this year. We've had passes for the last few years and loved them but based on the new restrictions we've decided it's probably not worth it this year for us.

Basically you can't use the pass during weekends in summer. That kind of defeats the point of it for me.
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I've been waiting for this...

Question:

I'll be looking for 2 passes, me and my 5 year old son.

What's the best combination to go for?

2 standard, 2 premium, 1 of each or just get 1 pass for myself?
Should add that it gets you up to 20% off food and drink and discounts on stays at the hotels.

We purchased one last season and it paid for itself in just one visit.The discount at the Alton towers enchanted village using the merlin pass saved well over £160 as we booked 2 lodges and then all the food and drinks were discounted,which included 20% off at the rollercoaster restaurant.

So if there are a few of you that plan to stay at one of the resorts it may pay for one person to buy a Merlin pass to take advantage of all the discounts a merlin pass offers.
Are you saying you spent £160(20%) x 5 = £800 on food and drink during your stay.
Sizzlestick1 h, 6 m ago

Are you saying you spent £160(20%) x 5 = £800 on food and drink during y …Are you saying you spent £160(20%) x 5 = £800 on food and drink during your stay.


No we saved £160 on 2 x lodges at the enchanted village (the accommodation),£80 saving per lodge and then 20% off all the food and drink we had during 1 night and 2 days in the park.

Also the discounts on accommodation isn't 20%,it's normally far higher than that.

Can i ask what made you think we saved £160 on just food and drink ?
Edited by: "Biggunspaul" 1st Jan
I would have thought to save 20% on the lodges for everyone staying it would be that everyone would need a membership. Can understand if it was one person ordering and paying for food and drink and getting 20% off, Just surprised you don't need to input multiple memberships for the people staying at the lodges.
Pretty sure you do need enter everyones membership number when booking hotels,
Sizzlestick2 h, 56 m ago

I would have thought to save 20% on the lodges for everyone staying it …I would have thought to save 20% on the lodges for everyone staying it would be that everyone would need a membership. Can understand if it was one person ordering and paying for food and drink and getting 20% off, Just surprised you don't need to input multiple memberships for the people staying at the lodges.


No they do not require each person staying to own an Merlin annual pass.

Here is an example of a accommodation ONLY (no park entry) booking of 4 adults and 2 young adults,sleeping in 2 lodges.

without Merlin -


32962168-5qeCr.jpg


With merlin pass -


32962168-fKVLJ.jpg



The merlin pass holder must be the one who makes and pays for the booking and must show their pass on arrival.

Feel free to phone up and confirm this,as i get the impression you think I'm making it all up about what savings we made.
Edited by: "Biggunspaul" 1st Jan
Battery3455 h, 15 m ago

I've been waiting for this...Question: I'll be looking for 2 passes, me …I've been waiting for this...Question: I'll be looking for 2 passes, me and my 5 year old son. What's the best combination to go for?2 standard, 2 premium, 1 of each or just get 1 pass for myself?


All depends where you are wanting to visit,what time of year and how many times.

But at a guess I would think 2 premium passes would be a waste unless you want to visit at peak times of the year that are restricted on a standard pass.
Battery3456 h, 28 m ago

I've been waiting for this...Question: I'll be looking for 2 passes, me …I've been waiting for this...Question: I'll be looking for 2 passes, me and my 5 year old son. What's the best combination to go for?2 standard, 2 premium, 1 of each or just get 1 pass for myself?


I would say premium. Only because most sites charge for parking which is free if you have premium so we saved the difference pretty quick. Also we made use of the discounted guest passes you get with premium.
luvsadeal14 m ago

I would say premium. Only because most sites charge for parking which is …I would say premium. Only because most sites charge for parking which is free if you have premium so we saved the difference pretty quick. Also we made use of the discounted guest passes you get with premium.


But maybe not worth buying 2 premium as you only need one to take advantage of the parking.
If I want one premium pass and the rest standard for a family of 4, do I have to buy the premium as an individual pass or can you get it at the family price? Can't seem to find a way to do it online.
I had (have) premium passes from 2017.
A) when do they expire this year?
B) Do they run a renewal discount scheme?
Just to be clear, I wasn't saying you cannot do what you said, just very surprised you can do that. Definite heat from me.
Battery3457 h, 3 m ago

I've been waiting for this...Question: I'll be looking for 2 passes, me …I've been waiting for this...Question: I'll be looking for 2 passes, me and my 5 year old son. What's the best combination to go for?2 standard, 2 premium, 1 of each or just get 1 pass for myself?


There are date restrictions on the standard passes so if the restriction dates don’t affect you, I’d go for one premium and one standard. That way you still get free parking but save on the second pass.
Biggunspaul21 m ago

But maybe not worth buying 2 premium as you only need one to take …But maybe not worth buying 2 premium as you only need one to take advantage of the parking.


But if you buy one you don’t get such a good discount. You’d have to guess how many times your going to go. We used all the discounted guest passes that came with it. It was just my personal opinion.
Rob_Deeley-102090239008267 m ago

I had (have) premium passes from 2017.A) when do they expire this year?B) …I had (have) premium passes from 2017.A) when do they expire this year?B) Do they run a renewal discount scheme?


Should have an expiry date on the card and I think they do usually try and retain you.
Rob_Deeley-102090239008269 m ago

I had (have) premium passes from 2017.A) when do they expire this year?B) …I had (have) premium passes from 2017.A) when do they expire this year?B) Do they run a renewal discount scheme?


The pass expires one year after you take it out. So if you purchased it on 1st March 2017, then it would expire on 1st March 2018. To renew the pass, it is cheaper than buying it for the first time. The expiry date will be shown on the card.
luvsadeal42 m ago

I would say premium. Only because most sites charge for parking which is …I would say premium. Only because most sites charge for parking which is free if you have premium so we saved the difference pretty quick. Also we made use of the discounted guest passes you get with premium.


The other good thing about the premium is you get £5 vouchers for fast rack, you can go on the Express queues for places like london eye and as mentioned earlier, 20% off food, gifts etc.
Biggunspaul2 h, 24 m ago

No they do not require each person staying to own an Merlin annual …No they do not require each person staying to own an Merlin annual pass.Here is an example of a accommodation ONLY (no park entry) booking of 4 adults and 2 young adults,sleeping in 2 lodges.without Merlin -[Image] With merlin pass -[Image] The merlin pass holder must be the one who makes and pays for the booking and must show their pass on arrival.Feel free to phone up and confirm this,as i get the impression you think I'm making it all up about what savings we made.


Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Good to know for future.
wmian7863 m ago

Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Good to know for future.


No problem

One thing i will say is that i guess there will be some sort of limit to how many people you can book on one booking,but we managed to book 8 of us with no problems at all.
Rob_Deeley-1020902390082618 m ago

I had (have) premium passes from 2017.A) when do they expire this year?B) …I had (have) premium passes from 2017.A) when do they expire this year?B) Do they run a renewal discount scheme?


This depends when you purchased and how you got your pass (by post or collection from an attraction). Expiry date is printed on the pass.
We bought in the January sale last year and opted to collect from attraction (You need to choose a home attraction when purchasing where you will collect from. This will then be the attraction you deal with should you lose your pass) You then have 6 months from the purchase date to collect the passes. We collected ours in the May half term and they expire a year and one week after the date we got them.
luvsadeal21 m ago

But if you buy one you don’t get such a good discount. You’d have to guess …But if you buy one you don’t get such a good discount. You’d have to guess how many times your going to go. We used all the discounted guest passes that came with it. It was just my personal opinion.


There is no single right way to do it as it is all depending on how many people need passes and how many visits people plan on going and times of the year.

Some big savings can be made if you play the system right

We decided to just get the 1 premium pass so we could take advantage of the reduced accommodation,food and drinks and me getting in free,I also then used the guest passes with my daughter at Alton towers and Thorpe park,the rest of the time it payed to just use 2 for 1 tickets and me get in free.
You can also use it to get upto 50% off ticket prices for friends,but they have to be booked in advance.

merlinannualpass.co.uk/pas…ily

In addition to this the Merlin pass also gets you 20% of the scare mazes on scarefest season.

Again just 1 pass holder can book tickets for a group.I managed to book scare maze tickets for 4 adults by just using my premium pass.
Edited by: "Biggunspaul" 1st Jan
Gemski_8411 m ago

This depends when you purchased and how you got your pass (by post or …This depends when you purchased and how you got your pass (by post or collection from an attraction). Expiry date is printed on the pass.We bought in the January sale last year and opted to collect from attraction (You need to choose a home attraction when purchasing where you will collect from. This will then be the attraction you deal with should you lose your pass) You then have 6 months from the purchase date to collect the passes. We collected ours in the May half term and they expire a year and one week after the date we got them.


Thanks for the information.
Have you renewed and what is the discount comparable to buying in the sale?
I have a family of 4 but only had to pay for 2 adults & 1 child last year as my daughter was only 2.
She's 3 in Jan so will need to be paid for this year.
Is it best to renew my current membership & buy a new single ticket or can I add an extra ticket to renewal?
The site appears to be down at the moment.
Rob_Deeley-1020902390082620 m ago

Thanks for the information.Have you renewed and what is the discount …Thanks for the information.Have you renewed and what is the discount comparable to buying in the sale?I have a family of 4 but only had to pay for 2 adults & 1 child last year as my daughter was only 2.She's 3 in Jan so will need to be paid for this year.Is it best to renew my current membership & buy a new single ticket or can I add an extra ticket to renewal?


The renewal price for premium is £129 and for families it is £159.
Wow that's still dear when You think about it....nearly 3/4 of your time is spent in a queue....had one for a year and cancelled it....worth it for zoos etc I guess...m
wmian7868 m ago

The renewal price for premium is £129 and for families it is £159.


Renewal on families is more expensive per person than a straight up new purchase?
We have bought ours via QUIDCO through the sea life site previously and got around 7% cashback. Actually says cashback will not be paid on annual passes but we have had it paid for the last 3 years so worth doing
It's worth noting that they've completely changed the restrictions on the standard pass this year. We've had passes for the last few years and loved them but based on the new restrictions we've decided it's probably not worth it this year for us.

Basically you can't use the pass during weekends in summer. That kind of defeats the point of it for me.
samdygray1 h, 38 m ago

If I want one premium pass and the rest standard for a family of 4, do I …If I want one premium pass and the rest standard for a family of 4, do I have to buy the premium as an individual pass or can you get it at the family price? Can't seem to find a way to do it online.


You have to get the same passes on the family rate. You can get all standard and pay £50 to upgrade one to premium but at the sale price its not much more to have all standard and not have the restrictions the standard pass brings.
Rob_Deeley-102090239008261 h, 31 m ago

I had (have) premium passes from 2017.A) when do they expire this year?B) …I had (have) premium passes from 2017.A) when do they expire this year?B) Do they run a renewal discount scheme?


A, you tell me when they expire....
B, yes there is a renewal discount but you must renew within 8 weeks of your pass expiring
Can anyone find the link for an Alton Towers Only Annual Pass please?
Rob_Deeley-102090239008261 h, 34 m ago

I had (have) premium passes from 2017.A) when do they expire this year?B) …I had (have) premium passes from 2017.A) when do they expire this year?B) Do they run a renewal discount scheme?


The expiry date is on the card itself, its a year from when u purchased it.
Yes they do run a renewal discount, in 2027 i renewed and it cost me £99
Does a renewal start from date of purchase or carry on from previous pass expiry date?
Biggunspaul1 h, 8 m ago

There is no single right way to do it as it is all depending on how many …There is no single right way to do it as it is all depending on how many people need passes and how many visits people plan on going and times of the year.Some big savings can be made if you play the system rightWe decided to just get the 1 premium pass so we could take advantage of the reduced accommodation,food and drinks and me getting in free,I also then used the guest passes with my daughter at Alton towers and Thorpe park,the rest of the time it payed to just use 2 for 1 tickets and me get in free.


Standard passes get the same discount as premium....
tappy14 m ago

It's worth noting that they've completely changed the restrictions on the …It's worth noting that they've completely changed the restrictions on the standard pass this year. We've had passes for the last few years and loved them but based on the new restrictions we've decided it's probably not worth it this year for us.Basically you can't use the pass during weekends in summer. That kind of defeats the point of it for me.


Really? I didn't know this, I renewed in summer 2017 but didn't know about these restrictions. Do u have a link to these new restrictions. As previously it was just that u can't go to anything on bank holidays and u can't go to the central London attractions in August.
doggboy101 m ago

Does a renewal start from date of purchase or carry on from previous pass …Does a renewal start from date of purchase or carry on from previous pass expiry date?


Renewals have to be collected and start from the day of collection, that said you do not need to collect for up to 6 months but within 8 weeks of your current pass expiring
giggs806 m ago

The expiry date is on the card itself, its a year from when u purchased …The expiry date is on the card itself, its a year from when u purchased it.Yes they do run a renewal discount, in 2027 i renewed and it cost me £99



Can I borrow your time machine?
giggs804 m ago

Really? I didn't know this, I renewed in summer 2017 but didn't know about …Really? I didn't know this, I renewed in summer 2017 but didn't know about these restrictions. Do u have a link to these new restrictions. As previously it was just that u can't go to anything on bank holidays and u can't go to the central London attractions in August.


Yes really
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