Alton Towers Family Day Out
A chilling & thrilling day out!
(a unique blend of serenity & excitement)
July 2019 Update
A few weekends ago we took our son to a place that I’ve been to many times before but under very different circumstances. I have a bit of a thing for Theme Parks and I’m no stranger to Alton Towers, however having a two year old son in tow provided us with a completely different day out experience. Read on to find out how our day went, how I managed to get through a day where riding all of the thrill attractions was not an option, tips and tricks when having a toddler with you, plus the all important Charlie’s Ice Cream Rating. But before all of that, let’s start with the basics.
What is it?
The Furchester Hotel Live Show
The Octonauts Roller Coaster
Postman Pat Ride
In The Night Garden Boat Ride
CBeebies Live Shows
The Ruined Towers
We finished the day in the Rollercoaster Restaurant – situated in what used to be the Air retail shop in Forbidden Valley. I’ll write a more detailed review at a later date, but for those of you that don’t how what this is – it is a restaurant where your food travels from the kitchen direct to your table via mini rollercoaster tracks – complete with loops!
There was a surprisingly varied selection of food – typical pub menu such as nacho’s, burgers, curry, pasta, salads, and grills (salmon, steak, chicken). The prices were slightly higher than other outlets in the park, but you were paying for the experience as well as food, however, in terms of quality, we were pleasantly surprised – far better than we were expecting and we will certainly go back. Charlie (and Dad!) thought it was amazing and whilst waiting for our food, we loved watching the various plates whizzing and spinning in the air.
We were told that you don’t need to book at table in the day, but it is recommended for the evening (as they open up the restaurant to the general public (non-park guests) after the rides close).
The decor around the room was interesting if you like your theme parks and contained concept art, models, blueprint drawings and construction photos from some of the major ride projects in the park’s history.
Money Saving Tip for Alton Towers
Walkup Adult (12+): £56
Walkup Child (3-11): £48
(note these online saver prices go up the closer to your arrival data – so you need to book at least five days in advance)
1.CBeebies Land was great fun and Charlie loved to seeing his favourite characters brought to life.
1. Queue times has to be one of the biggest problems at Alton Towers. If you visit out of season, mid-week in particular, then this is not an issue, however if you visit on a summer weekend you’ll find wait times of nearly an hour+ for most popular rides – even those in CBeebies Land.
Charlie’s Ice Cream Rating
We had an amazing ice cream at the Nitrogenie kiosk near the Gloomy Wood ghost train ride (Duel). The ice cream is made with liquid nitrogen and the result is a really creamy texture, with some accompanying great flavours and ingredients. It’s quite expensive for what you get (£4+ per ice cream) but the quality is fantastic – my favourite being the lemon meringue – complete with a blowtorched finish!
Is it worth visiting if you hate roller coasters?...
How to get there
Want to go to Alton Towers right now?!
Then check out the Google Street View of the entire park and gardens!*
*Note at the time of writing the images here are quite old (pre 2014) and so do not feature CBeebies Land (thees images show the former Storybook Land themeing)