Thorpe park annual pass £49!
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Thorpe park annual pass £49!

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Found 24th Mar
Found this on their website and couldn't miss out! Get discounts on food and for friends without passes ect.
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Noticed the same thing with Chessington. On the day single entry costs £50 or you can have a yearly pass for £50!
Was free yesterday when booking a hotel stay before midnight, valid for any stay in the 2018 season and annual pass for all guests. Just a shame the hotel is a load if shipping containers.
Thanks. The one year starts on the day you collect the pass, not when you order, in case anyone was wondering.
Be aware of parking charges at Thorpe Park, and you will be charge extra in August on Fridays, Saturdays or Sunday... Nice.

7. A THORPE PARK Annual Pass is subject to some restrictions in usage dates. Should passholders wish to visit during a restricted usage date, additional charges at a special rate will be available. Restricted usage dates include, but are not limited to, the following:
7.1 Any concerts taking place at THORPE PARK Resort
7.2 Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s in August 2018 (including 1st and 2nd September)
7.3 Any themed and/or special events taking place at THORPE PARK Resort
7.4 Any ‘special dates’ featured on the THORPE PARK Resort calendar
7.5 Fright Nights dates regardless of the time of entry or departure
7.6 All Christmas event openings;
7.7 Any other event as determined by The Merlin Entertainments Group from time to time.
8. Additional fees apply to the THORPE PARK Pass including, but not being limited to the following;
8.1 Parking fees at THORPE PARK;
8.2 Fastrack tickets
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Edited by: "anthony69" 24th Mar
anthony691 h, 6 m ago

Be aware of parking charges at Thorpe Park, and you will be charge extra …Be aware of parking charges at Thorpe Park, and you will be charge extra in August on Fridays, Saturdays or Sunday... Nice.7. A THORPE PARK Annual Pass is subject to some restrictions in usage dates. Should passholders wish to visit during a restricted usage date, additional charges at a special rate will be available. Restricted usage dates include, but are not limited to, the following:7.1 Any concerts taking place at THORPE PARK Resort7.2 Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s in August 2018 (including 1st and 2nd September)7.3 Any themed and/or special events taking place at THORPE PARK Resort7.4 Any ‘special dates’ featured on the THORPE PARK Resort calendar7.5 Fright Nights dates regardless of the time of entry or departure7.6 All Christmas event openings;7.7 Any other event as determined by The Merlin Entertainments Group from time to time.8. Additional fees apply to the THORPE PARK Pass including, but not being limited to the following;8.1 Parking fees at THORPE PARK;8.2 Fastrack tickets.....


What a joke! I'd already put off buying one in the past because of the ridiculous £5 parking fee, but not being able to attend in August?!
commenter142 h, 5 m ago

What a joke! I'd already put off buying one in the past because of the …What a joke! I'd already put off buying one in the past because of the ridiculous £5 parking fee, but not being able to attend in August?!


Worse still, even if you want to avoid peak periods, they seem to have taken to shutting stuff down or running far too few staff. Or atleast that was our experience at Lego Land/Chessington, imagine Thorpe Park will be the same as their rides are more demanding to manage.

Haven't had passes for a few years, but got them again last year as our daughter was now old enough to enjoy some of the rides/attractions. London attractions were fine. Legoland was either so full we walked out or they shut parts down. Chessington a little better, but again if you went off peak you'd encounter lack of staff, parts shutdown, food running out, etc. Needless to say we didn't renew last month
Edited by: "Mentos" 24th Mar
thanks i just got one for chessington for my daughter and i
Mentos46 m ago

Worse still, even if you want to avoid peak periods, they seem to have …Worse still, even if you want to avoid peak periods, they seem to have taken to shutting stuff down or running far too few staff. Or atleast that was our experience at Lego Land/Chessington, imagine Thorpe Park will be the same as their rides are more demanding to manage.Haven't had passes for a few years, but got them again last year as our daughter was now old enough to enjoy some of the rides/attractions. London attractions were fine. Legoland was either so full we walked out or they shut parts down. Chessington a little better, but again if you went off peak you'd encounter lack of staff, parts shutdown, food running out, etc. Needless to say we didn't renew last month


We have renewed merlin passes for several years and find they still present very good value for money if you live close. I would personally skip summer holidays as the parks are too busy and there is no point queuing up for hours when you can visit at other times during the year, when the parks are empty. After School and rainy days are fantastic, you can go on all the rides many times in one afternoon. I have not personally experienced parts shut down, yes the odd ride might be closed but that can happen during peak months too.

Re; Parking charges, we upgrade one of our passes which then gets us free parking.
Heat.Sink36 m ago

We have renewed merlin passes for several years and find they still …We have renewed merlin passes for several years and find they still present very good value for money if you live close. I would personally skip summer holidays as the parks are too busy and there is no point queuing up for hours when you can visit at other times during the year, when the parks are empty. After School and rainy days are fantastic, you can go on all the rides many times in one afternoon. I have not personally experienced parts shut down, yes the odd ride might be closed but that can happen during peak months too. Re; Parking charges, we upgrade one of our passes which then gets us free parking.



We live within 30 minutes of all 3 of the SE parks. Outside of rush hour can reach Lego Land in half that. My wife works part time and I run my own business, so can visit off peak. I also got passes for my retired parents so they could take my daughter. My daughter is still under school age. Frankly we should be ideal candidates to take advantage of the passes.

Despite having free entry and parking (Premium passes) we gave up on Lego Land in short order, having visited and walked out several times. My parents reported the same. Even what you'd expect to be off peak it was packed. On one occasion we decided to give up but get some food before leaving and the queues were so big we had to give up on that as well. One shouldn't have to contemplate if q-bots would work for food outlets. My parents persevered a little longer and finally found some quieter days, but reported parts of the park were shutdown, so they then gave up as well.

Chessington was better. But again quite frankly taking the proverbial. We visited on my daughters birthday staying at the hotel. The next morning we fancied some doughnuts whilst exploring the park. I wasted an hour, sent from kiosk to kiosk, waiting in huge queues only to eventually find the machine was broken or the staff member didn't know how to use it and be directed to the next kiosk This anecdote may seem trivial but succinctly conveys the experience. Food running out, often only finding out after queuing. Rides not well maintained. Even the zoo days they skimp on, largely its toddlers visiting so why can't they run a few of the smaller rides.

Our experience was similar at Thorpe Park, but we only visited a couple of times because our daughter is too young for the rides.

The key USP of the passes is to be able to visit the parks off peak, avoiding the masses. But whats the point if they then don't staff properly and don't run all the attractions.

NB: After the doughnut day I wrote a Trip Advisor review, got a response asking me to share my details. Heard nothing afterwards. Can't say i'm surprised, seems to be in keeping with the way they run the parks
Edited by: "Mentos" 24th Mar
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