Staffordshire Theme Parks; What's New for 2017 & How To Make The Most From Your Day
Liz Walsh from Topdogdays has taken a look at what's in store for us this year plus a few handy hints to help you make the most from your visit.
Alton Towers Resort: What's New?
Alton Towers Resort has two new attractions in place for 2017 that are bound to be popular with young families.
Joining the 12 current Cbeebies Land rides and attractions is the new Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom Ride, complete with interactive controls, and the Furchester Hotel Live show packed with familiar characters.
Keep an eye out for the new Cbeebies Land Hotel opening from 8 July too.
Drayton Manor Park: What's New?
Following on from their recent £2.5 million expansion of Thomas Land, Drayton Manor Park has added a new themed ride for 2017.
James & the Red Balloon joins 19 other Thomas Land rides and attractions to offer added value to young theme park customers.
1. Extend Your Stay
Extend your stay with a Staffordshire Short Break that includes hotel accommodation, theme park tickets plus family entry to 2 other top visitor attractions in the area.
Opt for family tickets for either Alton Towers or Drayton Manor as part of your package with prices starting from £170 for a family of 4.
More details available at Staffordsheer Escapes.
2. Parent Queue Share Passes/Infant Rider Swap
These offer parents & carers with children under specific height ride requirements a chance to enjoy the rides without having to queue twice. Ask at guest services at either theme park for more details on this free service.
3. Invest in a Thrill Hopper
Invest in a Thrill Hopper Ticket that offers 1 entry to all four of the following attractions; Alton Towers, Drayton Manor, WaterWorld & SnowDome.
Opt to pack all your four attractions into one week or space out your visits over the season.
Tickets are priced at £60pp or £170 for a family of 4 that offers substantial savings off single price entry.
4. Pack a picnic
Enjoy some easy savings on your theme park day out.
Both Alton Towers & Drayton Manor have on-site storage facilities available for their guests (small charges can apply).
5. Try some non-queue attractions
Particularly at busy times, intersperse non-queue attractions with stand in line rides to achieve a good balance during your day.
At Drayton Manor you can explore the 15-acre zoo, get busy within Spencer's Outdoor Activity Park or go wild on the Dino Trail.
Mix up your day at Alton Towers with a visit to their SEA LIFE centre, get active in their Tree Fu Tom Training Camp playground or enjoy a show within CBeebies Land.
6. Look for two-day ticket offers
Look out for attractive 2 day ticket offers running at both Drayton Manor & Alton Towers.
These next day tickets offer substantial discounts on a second day at the park for those left wanting more.