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Staying At The Drayton Manor Hotel

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We recently planned a trip to Drayton Manor and with it being over two hours drive from home we decided to extend our trip and stay at the Drayton Manor hotel. It was the first time we have stayed at the hotel and we would definitely stay again. If you are planning a trip to Drayton Manor here is what you can expect if you stay over at the Drayton Manor Hotel.

Drayton Manor Hotel Exterior


The Drayton Manor Hotel, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3TW
The Drayton Manor Hotel is just a few minutes walk to the main entrance to the Drayton Manor Theme Park. Drayton Manor Theme Park is home to over 100 rides and attractions including a 15 acre zoo and Thomas Land. 

Although Drayton Manor is probably best known for Thomas Land the hotel hasn't really picked up on this apart from a very small Thomas and Friends gift shop and a small carousel moving display in the reception area.

Triple Room at Drayton Manor Hotel

Bathroom at Drayton Manor Hotel

Bathroom at Drayton Manor Hotel


Rooms
The hotel has a variety of bedrooms to meet all needs including

Thomas and Friends Themed Room
Rooms are spacious and include a double bed and Thomas theme bunk beds. Adults can relax in front of their own TV, whilst the children watch a DVD in theirs. 

Family Room
Family rooms are spacious enough for two adults and two children or a maximum of three adults. Each room has a double bed and a sofa bed.

Family Deluxe Room
Family Deluxe Rooms have 2 double beds giving you extra space for the little ones. 

Presidential Room
A separate staircase leads up to the Presidential Room which offers a queen size bed and lounge area. 

Executive Room
An Executive room can accommodate two adults and one child when adding a single bed or cot.

Accessible Room
A spacious room with all areas accessible by wheelchair. 

Triple Room
The Triple room can accommodate two adults in single beds and one child in a pull out trundle bed.

We stayed in a Triple room and you if you want to take a look click our triple room tour at Drayton Manor hotel

Stay and Play
The Drayton Manor Hotel offer a Stay and Play package. The package includes a stay in one of the rooms at the hotel, a full english breakfast and tickets for Drayton Manor Theme Park for each member of your party.

reception at drayton manor


Meetings
One of the reasons I think the hotel hasn't gone for a Thomas and Friends decor throughout is that the hotel is very popular for meetings, conferences and events. There was an event on while we stayed and it was very popular. 

fish and chips

pizza and chips


Restaurant and Bar
The Parklands Restaurant and Bar offers a wide variety of meals including steaks, grills, pastas and risotto. They do offer a children's menu too.

If the restaurant and bar isn't for you then you can head to the park for Fish N Chips or Safari Pizza and Pasta with both restaurants staying open till 7:30pm after rides close. All you need to do is show your room card. You can also order Fish N Chips to your room. 

Arcade at the Drayton Manor Hotel

Arcade at the Drayton Manor Hotel

Arcade at the Drayton Manor Hotel

outside seating area Drayton Manor Hotel

gift shop at Drayton manor hotel


Anything Else?
There is a small arcade on the ground floor close to reception. It has a selection of games and machines for the chance to win.

The Thomas and Friends Gift Shop is also situated close to reception and is stocked with lots of Thomas  goodies. 

Outside at the back of the hotel is an outside patio with a selection of table and chairs.

There is also a small woodland play area for children. 

There are plenty of car parking spaces situated at the front of the hotel and an overflow to the side. 

If booking a Stay and Play trip you can use your tickets on the day of your arrival or on your departure day, the choice is yours. 

There is no pool, gym, sauna or steam room at the hotel which is a shame as I think this would be a great addition. 

When leaving the hotel on foot you can follow the yellow path marked PE (park entrance) this will take you to the back of the theme park within a few minutes. 

We booked our room quite late so there where limited rooms available. We chose a triple room which suited our needs. We did think we would be able to push two of the single beds together however this wasn't possible as there was a nightstand between the beds which was fixed to the wall. 

The rooms all come with tv, free wifi, toiletries and tea making facilities. 

Our room had an interconnecting door. I am not sure how many rooms are available with this choice but if required I would contact the hotel directly as I did not see an option when booking.  

If you would like to see our full room tour video you can see it here. Like I said earlier we stayed in a triple room however I think the room size, layout and features in the room are all very similar unless staying in the Presidential or Executive room. 

Would We Stay Again?
If the price was right we would definitely use the Stay and Play offer again when visiting Drayton Manor. Although the hotel is situated just 5 minutes away from the park, it was the school holidays and there was an event taking place it was extremely quiet. 

The rooms were spacious and breakfast set us up for the day with a full english available, cereals, croissants and fruit.

The Theme Park has a great mixture of rides and attractions and makes for a great day out. 

To find out more information about the hotel and to check out the special offers visit The Drayton Manor Hotel website.

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Mardi Gras At Alton Towers

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The first of five events this year at Alton Towers Resort is happening right now and till June 22nd and it is Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras also known as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday happens the day before Ash Wednesday or 47 days before Easter. It’s a carnival celebration which highlights and celebrates the last day of eating rich fatty food and therefore giving up a certain type of food for lent.

Mardi Gras sign at Alton Towers
Alton Towers have transformed Towers Street into a carnival celebration with lots of themed stages reflecting different areas of the park. The main stage on the front lawn has entertainment throughout the day and you can watch from one of the many picnic benches. For those that would like to sample foods of the world 'food street' is also just under the walkway alongside the towers. You can enjoy Chinese, Greek or Italian food or our favourite a king donut.


Mardi Gras sign at Alton Towers

Mardi Gras sign at Alton Towers

Mardi Gras sign at Alton Towers



Mardi Gras sign at Alton Towers


Whilst walking around the park be prepared to see stilt walkers, dancers, musicians and lots of other family themed entertainment.

The Mardi Gras celebrations are included in your ticket so you can enjoy everything Mardi Gras has to offer at no extra cost.

You will also find some Mardi Gras souvenirs in Tower Street shop including hats, beads and T-shirts.

Alton Towers can be so busy, rushing from ride to ride so it’s nice to just sit back and enjoy the entertainment provided.

Mardi Gras sign at Alton Towers

Mardi Gras sign at Alton Towers

Mardi Gras sign at Alton Towers


As I said earlier this is the first of five events happening at Alton Towers Resort this year. Next is in September when Alton Towers will be transformed for Oktoberfest. Prepare for spooks, chills and family fun in October when Alton Towers is transformed for Scarefest. Another personal favourite of ours is the fireworks display that happens in November and then a nice way to finish off the year is celebrating Christmas time at Alton Towers.

As well as Mardi Gras there are lots of new things to enjoy at Alton Towers Resort including David Walliams World featuring the Gangsta Granny Ride and the four Retro Squad Rides. 

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What's New At Merlin Attractions In 2021

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Today is the day that we begin the second step of the Roadmap out of lockdown and restrictions. All non essential shops will open, as well as hairdressers and beer gardens to name a few. I think the one thing we have been looking forward to the most is the opening of the Theme Parks. Visiting theme parks is our favourite day out and we can't wait till we can visit our favourites this year. 

Merlin Standard Annual Pass


We are Merlin Pass holders so their attractions will be top of our visit list this year. They have been working hard behind the scenes during lockdown to bring lots of new and exciting updates to their parks and attractions in 2021. Here is what we can look forward to.



    Alton Towers

    Due to Covid-19 the opening of David Walliams land was delayed but it now looks set to open this year with the 'land' being added to the park map and features new rides. 

    Gangsta Granny: The Ride
    This dark ride will take you on a journey based on the popular David Walliams book, Gangsta Granny. 

    You must be 0.9m or over to ride, and 1.2m or over to ride without an adult. All riders aged 11+ must wear a face mask. 

    Royal Carousel
    Hop on board the Queens horses or sit on the throne as you spin round and round. 

    If you are under 1.3m you must be with an adult (18+). All riders aged 11+ must wear a face mask. 

    Raj's Bouncy Bottom Burp
    Bounce up and down on Raj's Bouncy Bottom Burp Ride. 

    You must be at least 0.9m to ride Raj's Bouncy Bottom Burp. If you are under 1.1m you must be with an adult (18+). All riders aged 11+ must wear a face mask. 

    If you are familiar with Alton Towers you may know David Walliams land will take over the former land Cloud Cuckoo Land. 

    Although the location has not been confirmed yet I can only assume that Gangsta Granny The Ride will either be in the Charlie and The Chocolate Factory ride which closed in 2015 or the old Wobble World play area. 

    The Royal Carousel and Raj's Bouncy Bottom Burp sound very familiar to the Carousel and Frog Hopper which were located in Cloud Cuckoo Land so may not be new rides as such, maybe just rebranded. 

    Alton made a very exciting announcement recently on their social media that they have added three 'pop up' type rides to the park called The Retro Squad. 

    We don't know a lot about these rides other than they are old school rides called Mixtape, Funk'n'Fly and Roller Disco. 

    The locations of the rides have been shared with a brief description.

    Roller Disco 
    Located in The Dark Forest and is a spinning ride.

    Mix Tape 
    Located in X Sector and seems to be a 'bouncy' type of ride. 

    Funk'n'Fly 
    Located in Forbidden Valley and says we will soar to heights.

    All three rides require you to be a minimum of 1.2m and all riders aged 11+ must wear a face mask. 

    All the above rides may not open on the 12th April 2021. Further updates will be made with opening dates once released.

    Chessington World Of Adventures

    It looks like there is just one new addition to Chessington World of Adventures in 2021. 

    Croc Drop
    Jump on board and reach great heights before being plunge 25m in to the Crocs Jaw.

    Croc Drop is a fun and exciting 'drop tower' type of ride which requires all riders to be a minimum of 1.2m. If you are between 1.2-1.3 you must ride with an adult over the age of 16. All riders over 1.3 can ride alone. 

    There is no update about face masks for this ride however I assume it will be similar to Alton Towers. 

    Legoland Windsor Resort

    Opening on the 29th May Lego Mythica is a new land coming to Legoland Windsor Resort. Mythica is a parallel universe where all the lego creatures we create go so they can come to life. 

    There are three new rides opening in the land of Lego Mythica and includes the UK's first ever flying theatre ride. 

    Flight Of The Sky Lion
    Take a ride with Maximus through Lego Mythica and explore the realms facing some of the rarest and scariest creatures.

    Fire and Ice Free Fall
    Two spinning top tower rides.

    Hydra's Challenge.
    An interactive water ride with twists and turns.

    Again there isn't much information about the new land and the three exciting new rides. As soon as information is released I will update minimum height restrictions and other updates. 

    Thorpe Park 

    Just one new attraction heading to Thorpe Park this spring and it is a UK first.

    Black Mirror Labyrinth
    Opening on May 21st The UK's first ever Black Mirror Experience attraction. Described as a twisted and sensory defying maze it will lead you in to the core of the Black Mirror Universe. 

    Based on the description I will assume this will be adults only however will update as soon as more information is released. 

    Warwick Castle

    A new activity trail to follow.

    Zog and The Quest For The Golden Star
    Included in the price of your ticket and available until 5th September 2021, the Zog activity trail will keep you busy. Learn how to become a true dragon, rescue a princess and collect stamps along the way. 

    Zog will be there to pose for a photograph and hand out some golden stars too. 

    All these new rides and attractions should keep us busy this year. What are you looking forward to most?

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    Disneyland Paris At Christmas - Ten Things I Missed in 2020

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    Yesterday Disneyland Paris announced they are to remain closed until February. When I read Disney's announcement of the closure it brought tears to my eyes as this time of year is usually when we head to Paris for a Disney break and it's sad that this year we can't. Disneyland Paris at Christmas time has become a little bit of a tradition and I then got more upset thinking of all the things I will miss because we are unable to go. 

    Disneyland Paris at Christmas Time


    Watching Big and Little J's face when we tell them we are going to Disney that night
    John and I are very good at keeping secrets and we manage to make it right up till before the journey to the airport before we tell the boys we are going. We usually get an early evening flight so we always have the suitcases packed and in the car, pick them up from school for a quick change of clothes and head to the airport. Their faces are priceless even though we usually go every year they never know when so are always surprised. 

    Arriving At The Hotel
    Again we usually keep the hotel a secret until we are almost there. We have stayed in all the hotels over the years except for Cheyenne and I love watching them guess which one we are staying in based on little clues we give them. I love walking through the hotel doors knowing we all wake up in Disney the next day.

    Disneyland Paris at Christmas Time

    Disneyland Paris at Christmas Time


    Walking down Main Street from the Christmas tree to the Castle. 
    The Tree and Castle take my breath away every year. Seeing the tree as you enter the Disneyland Park never gets old, it's my favourite. I love walking down Main Street with the castle in the distance, Christmas decorations all around and the Christmas songs playing. It's just the best feeling ever. 

    Disneyland Paris at Christmas Time

    Disneyland Paris at Christmas Time


    Planning Our Days
    Christmas time at Disneyland Paris is fairly quiet compared to other times of the year so we usually head there for 3 full days and that is more than enough time to do everything we want to. I don't usually plan the days beforehand however we usually spend a day in each park and then do half a day in each park on the last day. I love watching little J as he gets out the park maps and starts planning where we are heading to first and what rides to go on. 

    Our Little Thrillseeker
    Although he is only seven little J has been riding some of the bigger rides in theme parks for a few years now as he is very tall for his age so is over the minimum height required. Every year he chooses a new ride and is more than happy to push himself out of his comfort zone. Although a family ride his first thrill coaster at Disneyland Paris was Big Thunder Mountain, then he moved on to Crushes Coaster and last year it was RC. I think this year he would have chose Indiana Jones Coaster or Tower of Terror. Maybe if we get to go next year he will choose both. 

    big thunder mountain at night time


    Big Thunder Mountain In The Dark
    This has been one of our favourite things to do at Disneyland Paris for as long as I can remember. There comes a time in the late evening where Frontierland goes completely quiet. Big Thunder has almost no queue so we keep going round and round riding again and again and it's just one of those small things that we do and it makes us happy.

    frozen show at Disneyland Paris


    Meeting the Characters in their Christmas clothes
    Like all the other seasons the Characters dress in their best for the Christmas season and we love meeting Christmas Winnie, Christmas Stitch and a personal favourite Christmas Jack Skellington. Again the queues are always pretty quiet so we never have a problem meeting them and I find they spend lots of time with the boys than they do at other times in the year. 

    disneyland paris christmas parade


    Choosing A Christmas Decoration
    Our Christmas tree is filled with Disneyland Paris decorations that we have bought over the years. Some have the year on, others don't. It will be really sad not adding a Disneyland Paris Christmas decoration to the tree this year. 

    Watching The Tree Lighting Ceremony
    Every evening Mickey and Friends gather at the bottom of the huge Christmas tree and put on a show for everyone which ends in the whole of Main Street going dark whilst we then watch the tree light up as Christmas carols play in the background

    Spending Time Together
    Although we have spent more time together as a family than usual this year it is always nice to spend quality time together especially on holiday away from screens and distractions. It's nice to chat, laugh and watch the boys enjoy the magic of Disney together.

    disneyland paris christmas parade


    Disneyland Paris is so magical especially at Christmas time and there are so many more things that I will miss but I know it's for the best and I really do hope that everyone stays safe and well. 

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    Visiting Disneyland Paris During Halloween Season

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    This post has been updated for 2021 including all the attractions for the 2021 Halloween Festival. 

    Halloween season is lots of fun and even more special if you are heading to Disneyland Paris. We really enjoyed visiting during Halloween and there are lots of tricks and treats to enjoy at the hotels and the parks to keep you busy. If you are planning a trip this Halloween season then I've gathered some information to make the most of your visit. 

    Happy Halloween Sign at Disneyland Paris

    Disney's Halloween festival is back in 2021 and begins on the 1st October right up until 7th November. 

    Disneyland Park

    I'm Walking Right Down The Middle Of Main Street, USA
    From the moment you head in to the park you will be greeted with pumpkins and Halloween decorations as they line the streets with tricks and treats ready to pop up anywhere to give you a spooky surprise.

    Main Street is one of our favourite places to take photographs as it is always decorated perfectly for the Halloween season. There will be lots of Mickey pumpkins, ghosts and ghouls ready to be snapped. 

    The decorations and music at Disneyland Paris really add to your whole experience and they do it so well.

    Disneyland Paris



    Pumpkin at Disneyland Paris
    Maleficent at Disneyland Paris
    Spot A Villain
    Halloween brings out the villains and you will definitely spot a few of your favourites. Halloween season is the only time you can spot some of the villains so you won't want to miss them.

    Maleficent will be lurking around Sleeping Beauty's Castle so make sure you check out Fantasyland.

    If you fancy seeing Captain Hook head to Adventureland and look out for the Jolly Roger.

    Make sure you have your phones ready for a villain selfie. 

    pumpkins at Disneyland Paris

    Jack Skellington at Disneyland Paris
    Spooky Selfies
    Spotting your favourite character in their Halloween costume is such a good feeling. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy will be ready to have a selfie with you.

    Little boy with Mickey at Disneyland Paris



    Hollywood Studios

    Who's Lurking At Hollywood Studios?
    From 1 October, evil villains and other mischievous characters are invading Studio Theatre for your goosebump-inducing pleasure. A screamingly good time awaits those courageous enough to spend time in the presence of these rebellious rapscallions.

    tower of terror at  Disneyland Paris


    The Tower Of Terror
    Welcome to the dusty remnants of the once-glamourous Hollywood Tower Hotel. Going up? Hop inside the service elevator and discover the surprises that lie on the upper floors - we’re sure you’ll fall quickly for this old Hotel’s quirky charms. Oh, and make sure you strap in, you never know what can happen in a rickety old lift.

    As well as all the spooky shenanigans you can enjoy all your favourite rides. 

    Opening times and ride closures are updated on the Disneyland Paris website under plan your visit so make sure you check that out before your visit so you can plan your days. 

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    Scarefest At Alton Towers

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    Beginning on the 8th-10th and then the 15th - 31st October, Alton Towers will transform the resort in to a Halloween haven of all things spooky for its Halloween event, Scarefest. We visit every year and in our opinion it keeps getting better and better and we couldn't wait to see what was in store for us this year. 

    Alton Towers have promised that this year it will be as spooktacular as ever with lots of thrills and chills planned. The one thing we love at Alton Towers is they provide Halloween fun for all the family. 

    Scarefest sign at Alton Towers
    What To Expect When Visiting Scarefest, Alton Towers 
    Alton Towers really do get their spook on when it comes to the Halloween event and you can expect all kinds of tricks and treats. 

    Open till 9pm every night you can experience your favourite rides in the dark, 4 scare mazes, family fun and lots more. 

    Scarefest at Alton Towers


    NEW FOR 2021 - Trick O'Treat Town
    Suitable for all ages Trick O'Treat Town is an interactive walkthrough where you must pluck up the courage to knock on doors. The residents of Spooky Avenue up to Witchy Woods love Trick or Treating so be prepared for plenty of treats and tricks too.

    Adults (12+) must purchase a bag (£10) to gain entrance to Trick O'Treat Town. An adult can share a bag with up to 2 children aged 11 and under.

    Alton Ancestors
    On Arrival you will usually bump in to the Alton Ancestors. They have left their gravestones behind and are back from the dead. One thing you should know about the Ancestors is they love to dance so make sure you check them out and even join in.

    CBeebies Land Monster Ball
    Join the CBeebies characters live in Big Fun ShowTime as they dance and play games. the show features Bing, Ubercorn, Peter Rabbit and many more of your favourite CBeebies friends, you can even dress up in your favourite costume.

    Garden Lights Walk: Whispering Souls
    We visited the Alton Towers gardens for this first time last year just as lockdown eased and I have said ever since that I hope we visit again. This year the Gardens has its own event during Scarefest. View the gardens as never before and witness them come to life in a whole new spooktacular…LIGHT! This is a free attraction and not a live scare maze.

    scarefest at alton towers


    Freaky Fun Zone
    You won't want to miss the Freaky Fun Zone on the front lawns.  The five super-freaky Halloween characters put on the most spook-tacular shows, with meet and greets and photo opportunities. Little ones will love this as the characters are so much fun and very colourful. 

    Thrilling Frights

    scarefest at alton towers


    Freak Show: Toxic Junkyard
    New for 2020 the Freak Show: Toxic Junkyard is an outdoor maze inviting you to venture into the Freak Show hidden den to discover the secret of the psycho clowns’ next big show.

    Altonville Mine Tours
    The ‘Skin Snatchers’ are the outcasts of their whole family. Rumours are they lived in that old mine. It’s deep, dark and the damp inside gives you the proper shivers. Just recently some fool reopened it – for tours! Be careful: they say those Skin Snatchers have a secret, too horrifying for words. 

    The Attic: Terror of the Towers
    In Alton people talk of the Governess – how she’s haunted by the death of young children. She wants revenge, and she will do it by seizing the spirits of the living in retribution. They say her ghost haunts The Attic and that’s where you’re headed.

    Alton's scare mazes are award winning and definitely not for the faint hearted. Recommended for those aged 15+ and make sure you are prepared for anything. The scare mazes are an extra charge which can be pre booked online. 

    We have done a few scare attractions over the years with The Attic our most recent and I can confirm they are very scary.

    scarefest at alton towers


    There are also many other reasons to visit Alton Towers during Scarefest including the Alton Towers Dungeon and Darkest Depths

    Darkest Depths
    Enjoy some extra-spooky swashbuckling aboard ‘The Mutiny’, a notoriously spine-chilling ghost ship. You’ll truly earn your golden Piece of Eight by venturing into the darkest depths, avoiding the hazardous calls of the treacherous Sirens, dodging the swords of terrifyingly ghoulish pirate mutineers and coming face to face with the Kraken – the legendary monster of the seas!

    Alton Towers Dungeon
    As Scarefest descends on the Towers, enter The Alton Towers Dungeon for a little less laughing… and a lot more screaming! Will you be found guilty by the Bishop of Stafford, survive a visit to the Plague Doctor and make it out of The Witch of Burslem’s Cottage? Enter The Alton Towers Dungeon this Halloween, as we celebrate the most hideously horrible time of year with your delightful peasant screams… If you dare!

    Both attractions are recommended for guests age 10+ and a charge is applicable. Pre booking is advised. 
    scarefest at alton towers
    scarefest at alton towers


    As well as as this scary fun you can enjoy your favourite rides in the dark as the theme park is open till 9pm every night during Scarefest. 

    Also if you want to make the most of your visit to Scarefest you can stay over at the resort where the spooky fun continues. 


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    What To Expect When Visiting Alton Towers After Lockdown

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    After our visit to the Alton Towers Gardens back in June we couldn't wait to get back to the theme park and ride the coasters. We decided to visit last week after we renewed our Merlin Passes at the Legoland Centre in Manchester. We pre booked our tickets and also booked a night at the Alton Towers hotel. We were keen to visit but also a little anxious how social distancing would work both in the park and hotel. 

    boy looking at an Alton Towers map

    After our visit to the Alton Towers Gardens back in June we couldn't wait to get back to the theme park and ride the coasters. We decided to visit last week after we renewed our Merlin Passes at the Legoland Centre in Manchester. We pre booked our tickets and also booked a night at the Alton Towers hotel. We were keen to visit but also a little anxious how social distancing would work both in the park and hotel. 

    Entering The Park
    The entrance was extremely busy and there were huge queues. The monorail was off so the queues were backing up as people walked from the car parks. 

    Temperature and bag checks first and also we were checked with a handheld metal detector scanner too. 

    There was no social distancing taking place getting in to the park. Although there are guidelines on the floor as to where you should stand, most people just ignored this and huddled together. 

    Towers Street
    Towers Street was extremely busy. As everyone is entering the park at the same time it was very overcrowded in places as people were deciding which way to go, heading to guest services or just stopping to take pictures. 

    The Rides
    We managed quite a few rides so I will tell you about individual rides and how the socially distancing works. The queues were very busy for most rides which you would expect during Summer. There are chevrons in place within the queue lines but again most people just ignored these despite announcements every few minutes from staff reminding guests to socially distance from the guests in front and behind. 

    Spinball Whizzer
    Each ride seats 4 guests however they will only fill the ride with members from your own party. If you are a 'two' then the seats behind you are left empty. 

    There is no single rider queue. 

    This ride does not require you to wear a mask.

    The ride access pass / disabled queue was really big for this ride. We heard a family saying they had queued for 1 hour. They will only allow one ride access pass family on at a time so you have to wait for the guests using their passes to finish the ride before you can go on. 

    Heave Ho
    There are 6 rows on Heave Ho however they are only using the two back rows and one of the middle rows to ensure social distancing takes place on the ride. Only one family can sit per row. You will not be allowed to sit by other guests to fill up a row. 

    This ride does not require you to wear a mask.

    The ride access pass / disabled queue runs as normal.

    wearing mask on ride at Alton Towers

    Marauders Mayhem
    This ride runs as it did previously with each barrel being used. 

    This ride does require anyone over the age of 6 to wear a mask.

    The ride access pass / disabled queue runs as normal.

    Wicker Man
    If you have experienced Wicker Man before you will know that just before you reach the ride you are enclosed in a room with other guests and you watch a short video. This has been removed. You are kept outside until it's your turn then you walk straight through the room and on to the ride. 

    Every other row is kept free to ensure social distancing from other guests. 

    There is no single rider queue.

    This ride does require anyone over the age of 6 to wear a mask.

    The ride access pass / disabled queue runs as normal.

    The Runaway Mine Train
    Every other row is kept free to ensure social distancing from other guests.

    This was the only ride we saw being cleaned. They stopped the ride quite frequently and cleaned all the seats and bars. 

    This ride does require anyone over the age of 6 to wear a mask.

    The ride access pass / disabled queue runs as normal. They will let up to two ride access pass parties on the ride at any one time. 

    Duel
    Each cart seats 5 people however if your party is less you will not share a cart with anyone else. 

    This ride does require anyone over the age of 6 to wear a mask.

    There is no ride access pass / disabled queue for this ride. It has been removed. 

    Congo River Rapids
    Each boat seats 8 people however if your party is less you will not share a boat with anyone else. 

    This ride does not require you to wear a mask.

    The ride access pass / disabled queue runs as normal however the entrance has moved. It is now down a pathway that is opposite Duel.  

    The Blade ride at Alton Towers

    The Blade
    The blade has 10 rows available however only half are being used to allow social distancing. 

    Both back rows are used as are rows 3 on each side. Another party will fill up one of the middle rows (row 5) on one side.

    This ride does require anyone over the age of 6 to wear a mask.

    The ride access pass / disabled queue runs as normal. They will let one ride access pass party on the ride at any one time. 

    Nemesis
    Every row is being used as normal, however if you have less than 4 in your party then you won't share your row.  

    There is no single rider queue.

    This ride does require anyone over the age of 6 to wear a mask.

    The ride access pass / disabled queue runs as normal. They will let one ride access pass party on the ride at any one time. 

    Galactica
    Every row is being used as normal, however if you have less than 4 in your party then you won't share your row.  

    There is no single rider queue.

    This ride does require anyone over the age of 6 to wear a mask.

    The ride access pass / disabled queue has been moved. It is now next to the main entrance. They will let one ride access pass party on the ride at any one time. 

    Thirteen
    The rows at the back of the Thirteen train are filled with mannequins so are out of use. This is to ensure enough weight is on the train to allow it to go. Depending on party sizes they were only allowing 2-3 parties on at any one time to allow for social distancing. 

    There is no single rider queue. 

    This ride does require anyone over the age of 6 to wear a mask.

    The ride access pass / disabled queue runs as normal. They will let one ride access pass party on the ride at any one time. 

    Rita
    Every other row is kept free to ensure social distancing from other guests.

    There is no single rider queue. 

    This ride does require anyone over the age of 6 to wear a mask.

    The ride access pass / disabled queue runs as normal. They will let one ride access pass party on the ride at any one time. 

    Smiler
    Every row is being used as normal, however if you have less than 4 in your party then you won't share your row.  

    There is no single rider queue.

    This ride does require anyone over the age of 6 to wear a mask.

    The ride access pass / disabled queue runs as normal. Once at the lower staircase you are in with the main queue from this point on. 

    Unfortunately we did not go on Hex, Oblivion or Enterprise so I am unable to update on these rides.

    freestyle machines

    Around The Park
    There are hand sanitisers everywhere. 

    There are keep left / keep right guides for you to follow ensuring you stay on your own side of the path.

    Toilets were very clean and every time we went in there was a cleaner in there. If the sinks were in rows of three the middle one was the only one in use. All toilet cubicles were open which wasn't great if you open the door at  the same time as the person next to you. 

    The FreeStyle drinks machines were open. I thought they wouldn't be available but it was. There were hand sanitisers close by to clean your hands both before and after.

    We had a great few days at Alton Towers although even though we have our passes we still had to pre book our tickets. Pre booking your tickets online before you go guarantees entry and also lets Alton Towers know how many guests to expect. 

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