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    has anyone been to chessington during easter hols

    plannin to head to chessington next week but its easter hols anyone been during that time is it really busy?

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    dont do it unless you really like queues

    +1, nightmare

    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:

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    realfriendlyman;4820352

    Haven't been in a while but it's really gone downhill compared to … 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!

    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.

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    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.

    he he he might see you there

    guv;4820392

    Just got annual Merlin Passes - and will kick them off next week.Gonna Do … 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

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    loupomm;4820385

    been twice already this season, lucky enough (think lol) to live really … 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! (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.

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    loupomm;4820398

    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

    guv;4820422

    Luckily, I dont have that problem.... I just push to the front of the … Luckily, I dont have that problem.... I just push to the front of the queue! (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

    guv;4820435

    I'm taking 1/2 days on Tuesday and Wednesday for those. (Im an early … 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

    guv;4820422

    Luckily, I dont have that problem.... I just push to the front of the … Luckily, I dont have that problem.... I just push to the front of the queue! (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 :-(

    cheerleader;4820528

    same here :thumbsup: we're supposed to be going to chessington on … 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?

    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

    guv;4820392

    Just got annual Merlin Passes - and will kick them off next week.Gonna Do … 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;4820435

    I'm taking 1/2 days on Tuesday and Wednesday for those. (Im an early … 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:

    cheerleader;4820563

    chessington tolworth can you use 2 for 1 on disabled tickets & carers … 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

    guv;4820435

    I'm taking 1/2 days on Tuesday and Wednesday for those. (Im an early … 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

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    loupomm;4820468

    disappointing that they had not yet got the pirahnahs (sp?) in as yet … 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;4820487

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



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

    realfriendlyman;4820575

    I think you'll really enjoy Thorpe Park and your son will absolutely love … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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;4820709

    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:

    guv;4820864

    London Aquarium? haven't even looked up where it is - it's on the South … 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;4820864

    Is it Thorpe Park that has the "Saw" ride? Dunno if I'll do that one. … 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;4820864

    Yeh, we've all been on it - it can be a bit boring, though I was thinking … 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;4820864

    Only been the once (when I was at school) i think I can safely say it … 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;4820864

    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;4820864

    For 2 adults and 2 kids, it was £320 - however, we can add another "free" … 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;4820864

    Wow... Stalker alert!



    Coming to meet you is the least I could do when you're offering me free stuff to collect.

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    realfriendlyman;4820992

    It's literally about 30 seconds away from the London Eye, just get off … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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!!!!!)

    guv;4820864

    For 2 adults and 2 kids, it was £320 - however, we can add another … 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? :?

    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.

    cheerleader;4822534

    where did you get the pass from for that price? can you get ones just for … 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?

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    cheerleader;4822534

    where did you get the pass from for that price? can you get ones just for … 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.

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    blackpeppa;4822547

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

    cheerleader;4822534

    where did you get the pass from for that price? can you get ones just for … 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.

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    loupomm;4822581

    how old are your kids? or high? call them and haggle - i got my family of … 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!!!!

    my kids love it there despite the queues x

    loupomm;4822581

    how old are your kids? or high? call them and haggle - i got my family of … 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 :?

    cheerleader;4827416

    my boys are 7 & the youngest will be 6 on sat 11th i've used clubcard … 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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