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The Merlin Big new year sale starts New Year's Day at 10am - Now live
The Merlin Big new year sale starts New Year's Day at 10am - Now live

The Merlin Big new year sale starts New Year's Day at 10am - Now live

The merlin New Years sale starts on January 1st 2017

Update - Merlin Annual Pass sale £129 each - £109.00 each family - £99 renewal

The prices haven't been released but based on the sale 6 months ago it's likely to be around £109 per person when purchasing as a family.

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The January prices won't be as low as June. They will be the "sale" discounts on the 2017 prices. They do this every year but people kept complaining when the Boxing Day Sale started with "discounted" 2017 prices and not 2016 prices!

Expect a price hike which will be higher than the previous summer sale!
Edited by: "tweek_k80" 28th Dec 2016

Thanks for that.

Will have a look when they are released and hopefully the renewal prices are even cheaper.

I want this offer personally but it's only me and my wife with a 1yr old. It never works out anywhere near £109pp.

It's not a deal yet as it isn't live

The prices already went up in October time I believe. Always worth looking into using clubcard vouchers or Nectar points too

When you buy a pass can you put a start date on it, or is it valid from when you purchase it?

sound1uk

When you buy a pass can you put a start date on it, or is it valid from … When you buy a pass can you put a start date on it, or is it valid from when you purchase it?


It's valid from whenever you collect it from an attraction or it gets dispatched via postal application.

tweek_k80

It's valid from whenever you collect it from an attraction or it gets … It's valid from whenever you collect it from an attraction or it gets dispatched via postal application.



​fantastic. that's great. we can use it Easter this year and next Easter as well, as Easter is earlier in 2018 lol. ta for your help.

tweek_k80

It's valid from whenever you collect it from an attraction or it gets … It's valid from whenever you collect it from an attraction or it gets dispatched via postal application.



​thanks that's great

You can usually get cashback if you buy via the London Dungeon website. Think it's the only one that works.

farmergiles

You can usually get cashback if you buy via the London Dungeon website. … You can usually get cashback if you buy via the London Dungeon website. Think it's the only one that works.



​I do it every year through the SeaLife website and always get the full TCB.

it is going to be £99 for standard or £119 for premium

MonkeyMan90

it is going to be £99 for standard or £119 for premium


Great if it is...source?

Do you know if there are any deals on family tickets? Will I need to buy 5 premium passes at £119 or a family deal? Is it the merlin website I go to on 1st January? T
Thanks in advance :-)

If i want to purchase one for just me and my son would anyone know if there is a deal for just two people instead of family members

nicolasmith85

If i want to purchase one for just me and my son would anyone know if … If i want to purchase one for just me and my son would anyone know if there is a deal for just two people instead of family members



Afraid not.

Sale is now on. Standard pass 109pp and premium pass 129pp for a family.

Can you defer the start date on these? e.g. buy today, let it start in April?

chookaroo

Can you defer the start date on these? e.g. buy today, let it start in … Can you defer the start date on these? e.g. buy today, let it start in April?



​Yes, that is what I'm going to do

Yes if you choose collection it activates on day of collection.

Does Sea Life cashback work with these?

jpisani1986

Does Sea Life cashback work with these?


Think its only Sealife London which usually does. Not living in London anymore I've tried doing mine through Chessington at 3.45% TCB.

£436 for two adults and two children. Seems crazy expensive

buckfast67uk

£436 for two adults and two children. Seems crazy expensive


We just bought the premium for 3 adults and 1 child, how we looked at it was:
Chessington - 4 visits + 1 zoo visit (winter)
Thorpe Park - 2 visits
Legoland - 4 visits
Alton Towers - 2 visits
Sea Life centres - 3 visits
Warwick Castle - 1 visit
London Eye - 1 visit (maybe)
Shrek Tour - 1 visit
Anything else a bonus
That's 18/19 visits so under £30 per family visit, plus includes parking, can take other family members for £15 (3 times) or half price otherwise and 3 x £5 fast track vouchers each etc. Likewise this is the sort of minimum number of visits we expect to do, but trying to be realistic too.
I think that is quite good value! Dinner for the 4 of us cost more than that out!

We did Premium passes last year for the first time, family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 children aged 6 & 7. We definitely got our monies worth but you do find you use it just because you can and if your not careful that cheap day out can get expensive when factoring in hotels, travel, food and extras like fast track, photos etc.

If you use it mostly during peak times like school holidays you will most likely be very tempted to spend extra on fast track.

Not sure why anyone would pick the standard over premium though, the parking alone makes it worth it if you plan to get your monies worth throughout the year.

If you have kids think about the height restrictions and if that will restrict your use.

The firework display at Legoland was ok this year but Alton Towers display was excellent. All the usual 2for1 tickets etc exclude special events like fireworks so taking other family members for £10 to those was a bonus otherwise it would have cost them a lot more.

You get some discount going in to splash landings also which is useful.

Not sure if I will renew yet, the height restrictions were one of the biggest problems for us but will definitely do it again in the future.

tweek_k80

The January prices won't be as low as June. They will be the "sale" … The January prices won't be as low as June. They will be the "sale" discounts on the 2017 prices. They do this every year but people kept complaining when the Boxing Day Sale started with "discounted" 2017 prices and not 2016 prices!Expect a price hike which will be higher than the previous summer sale!


Well that's tosh because traditionally the Jan sale is the cheapest and it was only last year that the May sale (not July) matched that of the usual lower January sale.

Edited by: "PAULTRD" 1st Jan

you can get 5.5% casback on legoland through tcb

Does the gourmet society 20% discount combine?

dean6

We did Premium passes last year for the first time, family of 4 with 2 … We did Premium passes last year for the first time, family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 children aged 6 & 7. We definitely got our monies worth but you do find you use it just because you can and if your not careful that cheap day out can get expensive when factoring in hotels, travel, food and extras like fast track, photos etc.If you use it mostly during peak times like school holidays you will most likely be very tempted to spend extra on fast track.Not sure why anyone would pick the standard over premium though, the parking alone makes it worth it if you plan to get your monies worth throughout the year.If you have kids think about the height restrictions and if that will restrict your use.The firework display at Legoland was ok this year but Alton Towers display was excellent. All the usual 2for1 tickets etc exclude special events like fireworks so taking other family members for £10 to those was a bonus otherwise it would have cost them a lot more.You get some discount going in to splash landings also which is useful.Not sure if I will renew yet, the height restrictions were one of the biggest problems for us but will definitely do it again in the future.



I'm having the same issue. Have gone most places apart from a few down south. I would never have dreamt of going Warwick Castle if I hadn't bought the passes last year and the kids loved it too!

Now in two minds whether to renew. Have two trips planned to Alton Towers already and probably Legoland discovery centre, but the thought of planning to go to Legoland Windsor/ Chessington is a headache!!




germainsophie

I'm having the same issue. Have gone most places apart from a few down … I'm having the same issue. Have gone most places apart from a few down south. I would never have dreamt of going Warwick Castle if I hadn't bought the passes last year and the kids loved it too!Now in two minds whether to renew. Have two trips planned to Alton Towers already and probably Legoland discovery centre, but the thought of planning to go to Legoland Windsor/ Chessington is a headache!!



what headache?

ive gone for the 11% tcb cashback via york dungeons. will let you know if it tracks for the annual pass purchases.

cheapaschipstraveladvisor

what headache?



​Well the plan is to book a hotel around Heathrow, which is central to both parks. But since my little one is now >2, hotels etc are more expensive, especially for 2 or 3 nights.

And last time we went to Windsor we only managed to sit on about 4/5 rides in one day, which was quite annoying, especially after a 3.5hr drive down!!

I was planning on driving down the night before this time, but that adds an extra night, another expense. Sigh.

Main headache is the additional costs of overnight stays/ food, and we can't predict how busy it will be!

(I really want to go again but my OH is firmly against going to Legoland Windsor again. )

If I buy a family pass, can my 8 year old use it without me or her dad? If she was to go with family who don't have e a pass, could she use hers or would we have to go to?

germainsophie

​Well the plan is to book a hotel around Heathrow, which is central to b … ​Well the plan is to book a hotel around Heathrow, which is central to both parks. But since my little one is now >2, hotels etc are more expensive, especially for 2 or 3 nights.And last time we went to Windsor we only managed to sit on about 4/5 rides in one day, which was quite annoying, especially after a 3.5hr drive down!! I was planning on driving down the night before this time, but that adds an extra night, another expense. Sigh.Main headache is the additional costs of overnight stays/ food, and we can't predict how busy it will be! (I really want to go again but my OH is firmly against going to Legoland Windsor again. )



from midnight every Sunday till midnight Tuesday you can go to
http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/united-kingdom/index.shtml
use Monday in PREFERENTIAL CODE - you should be able to find £25 per night family room around heathrow for Friday through to Monday (works for the next weekend and the weekend after that) maybe £40 in London if you want to do some of those attractions (this trick works every week for the next fortnight)

Helsbels1

If I buy a family pass, can my 8 year old use it without me or her dad? … If I buy a family pass, can my 8 year old use it without me or her dad? If she was to go with family who don't have e a pass, could she use hers or would we have to go to?



​Yes, everybody has their own pass. We have a family pass and sometimes the kids go with their aunts and uncles

germainsophie

​Well the plan is to book a hotel around Heathrow, which is central to b … ​Well the plan is to book a hotel around Heathrow, which is central to both parks. But since my little one is now >2, hotels etc are more expensive, especially for 2 or 3 nights.And last time we went to Windsor we only managed to sit on about 4/5 rides in one day, which was quite annoying, especially after a 3.5hr drive down!! I was planning on driving down the night before this time, but that adds an extra night, another expense. Sigh.Main headache is the additional costs of overnight stays/ food, and we can't predict how busy it will be! (I really want to go again but my OH is firmly against going to Legoland Windsor again. )[/quot​Well the plan is to book a hotel around Heathrow, which is central to both parks. But since my little one is now >2, hotels etc are more expensive, especially for 2 or 3 nights.And last time we went to Windsor we only managed to sit on about 4/5 rides in one day, which was quite annoying, especially after a 3.5hr drive down!! I was planning on driving down the night before this time, but that adds an extra night, another expense. Sigh.Main headache is the additional costs of overnight stays/ food, and we can't predict how busy it will be! (I really want to go again but my OH is firmly against going to Legoland Windsor again. )


We used to stay at travelodgeT5
just looked and its £21 for a friday night 19/05/16
I found the secret was to get there early about 9.00am
and at legoland turn right and go to The beginning (new to me now)there are toilets in there so great for kids...
Also try to go on inset days if you have school age kids.
plan to get on the BIG rides first and then watch the shows and mini land later.
in the first hour we could do a least 4 rides if not more and some days even better.
LEGOLAND gets very busy as we all know but some people only get there in the afternoon
and waste half the day , also they used to open at 9.30 sometimes.
at alton towers you can get in at 9.00am and ride on a few rides

Heat given. I got 10% cashback from quidco purchasing from York Dungeons. Tracked within 5 mins

Also 10% Quidco from Sea-life which gives more locations as I live near Blackpool. Is there are update on the Gourmet society 20% discount?

Can just one of your party buy the premium pass to get car parking free? and the rest buy the standard.
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