10 Top Tips on Surviving a British Theme Park on a Bank Holiday…..
Most of you know that here at Team Lloyd Towers we are huge Lego Fans and spend most of our summer days exploring the wonderful world of Legoland, so when we were asked to look at the #Sunfessions competition that the Sun+ Newspaper are running we jumped at the chance to visit a different theme park. Head over there to join up for a £1 and bag yourself two free adult tickets to a Merlin Attraction.
So having chosen to go on a Bank Holiday we decided what other better write up than a 10 Top Tips to get the most out of your day,
1) Pre book your tickets
Chessington World of Adventures actually gives some really good online offers if you prebook your tickets in advance, and actually what is even better if you select a day that ends up raining, they will reissue your ticket if it rains for more than 60 mins during your visit…so you get to go on another day!
By being organised and prebooking your tickets you get to be one of those smug people that just walks past all the queues for tickets and head straight into the park to start your fun!
2) Pre Order Fast Pass Tickets
If you do insist on going on a public bank holiday day you have to be prepared to queue. There is a great little app you can download that gives you the real time queue times of each ride but we were seeing queue times of 130 mins so fast passes were a god send! We pre ordered ours and when we went to collect them we were told that they had been selling out all week by 30 mins after opening, so we had done well to pre order!
3) Eat Early
When you have little people with you, its not that inconvenient to eat early! And it saved us another massive wait time! We went to the Pizza Pasta Buffet Bar in the Market Square at 11.30am and got a table immediately, by the time we had been to the loo and washed our hands we were eating by 11.45 and watching as the restaurant filled up. By 12.05 the queue was around the Market Square and we were happily tucking into another slice of pizza!
4) Plan Your Day
Now here at Team Lloyd Towers we are probably the most laid back go with the flow family when it comes to our adventures, we like to see where the day takes us and we will go with it – BUT to survive a busy day we sat and worked out our plan of action and which rides we most definitely wanted to fit into our day.
5) Visit The Zoo
Now Daddy Lloyd is not the keenest on Zoo’s and often will avoid such places but B Lloyd was extremely excited to learn that Chessington World of Adventures also had a zoo alongside all the rides. We headed here in the afternoon and it was a perfect break from all the queues and noise of the rest of the park. The penguins were the biggest hit with us and we sat and watched them for ages!
6) Take Regular Breaks
This tip is particularly good for those families with smaller children as well, we found that even though it wasn’t a particularly hot day standing in the queues and getting squashed whilst waiting to go on the rides makes everyone a bit hot and thirsty. We scheduled in plenty of loo breaks, drinks breaks and most importantly…… doughnut breaks!
7) Find The Alternative Doughnut Huts….
Being regulars at Legoland also does have it’s advantages, we knew that the mini doughnuts are to die for so we planned early we would have a doughnut stop! But again with it being such a busy day we avoided the main doughnut stand in the Market Square and headed back to the main entrance where there is a smaller doughnut stand but by the middle of the afternoon is almost not used so within minutes we were sat with our *coughs* 10 mini doughnuts, strawberry, chocolate and caramel dipping sauces and watching the penguins!
8) Pick The Ride You Most Want To Go On
This may sound silly but when you are faced with long queue times for every ride you may need to prioritise and agree amongst you all which is the biggest, fasted ride you ALL want to go on. If you can agree on that then you are all more likely to not minding waiting in that queue line. For us the one ride we all wanted to go on was the brand new ride Scorpion Express and it was worth the wait!
9) Agree On A Time To Leave
We have always felt that once we have had our fun for the day it is nice to relax and head home as soon as you feel ready, waiting till the park closes can be fun but you are very likely to get stuck in traffic leaving the park, so we always tend to head home late afternoon. B Lloyd is always given plenty of warning and is usually more than happy to fall into the car happy and tired!
10) Remember Where You Parked
We learnt the best trick in Disney last year and we always note down where we left the car at the start of the day – Chessington World of Adventures has SO many green fields it could get very confusing, they have helpfully named each field after a bird, and a quick and easy way of knowing which one you need to head back to is taking a snap on your phone as you walk into the park first thing in the morning!
Come and join in the fun! The Sun is running its ever popular Sun Superdays as well as a great competition whereby using the hashtag #Sunfessions you can enter to win £250 towards a day out at one of the Merlin Attractions. All you have to do share a cringeworthy or funny parental confession on Twitter and Instagram, along with the hashtag #Sunfession. This could be anything from embarrassing your kids in front of their friends, telling them a little white lie to get you out of a tough spot, or accidentally destroying their Lego masterpiece whilst clearing up. So what are you waiting for?
Here is our #sunfession We told a toddler B Lloyd that it was “dangerous” to get out of bed by herself in the night time when she first went into a big girl bed – it worked we never had any nighttime visits 🙂
Disclaimer We were sent two free adult passes into Chessington World of Adventures and a monetary contribution to our day, all opinions and thoughts are Team Lloyd’s own.