I am not far from an expert when it comes to staying in the hotels, as after this season i would have had my 25th saty in the resort! Bloody Love It!
Anyway, here is how i understand things (i booked a stay only a few weeks ago for me and some mates, so what i am saying is porbably up to date):
1) If you book a 1 night stay, you get 1 days theme park tickets included. These theme park tickets can be used EITHER on the day you arrive (so you go to the park during the day, and stop at the hotels the night after, and you can then do the waterpark and other hotel facilities the day after) or can be used the day you leave (so you arrive at hotels in the afternoon about 1 or 2pm is best, do waterpark etc that day and then go to theme pak the day after)
2) Waterpark entry is an OPTIONAL extra that you can include if you wish. If you include waterpark entry, you are given a special wristband thing and can enter the waterpark an UNLIMITED amount of times during your stay (which is 2 days for a 1 night stay, 3 days for a 2 night stay etc) If you dont include waterpark entry in your package, you CAN still use the waterpark during your stay, but you will have to pay £6.50 per person to get in (if your pacage is pe-booked). If you package is booked on the day, it will be £12.00 per person to enter cariba creek.
If is helps you out, here is how i run my 1 night stays in the resort:
Arrive at aprox 1 or 2pm in the afternoon.
Check in between 2 or 3pm (check in isnt officialy till 3, but if your room is ready you can check in earlier).
Enter room and spend about 30 mins just putting stuff where you want it, and playing with the games on the hotels TV service!
Go to restaurant and book place for evening meal and also for breakfast the morning after. ONLY REQUIRED ON BUSIER DAYS (for evening meal, you can eat in any of the restaurants, no matter what hotel you are staying in. However for breakfast, you have to eat breakfast in the hotel in which your room is.
Head For Waterpark! Explore waterpark and have fun until approx 6-7.30pm (obviously depending on what time your evening meal is and how long it takes you to get ready etc)
Go back to room and get ready for evening, shower, do hair etc lol
Explore hotels, games rooms, arcades, bars, a nice stroll around the gardens with a pint of strongbow! Lovely.
Go back to room to sleep around 11pm (again, depending on who you are staying with, familysm friends etc)
Wake up in morning around 6.45am
Get ready for park and breakfast. Tidy up stuff a little.
Head to breakfast (which i normally book for around 7.30)
Eat breakfast and leave at around 8.15ish
Go back to room, collect bags and belongings and either leave them in the backage storage for you to collect when you go home after the park (if you have no car) or put them in the car (if you have a car lol). If you are stopping fr 2 or more night, obviously there is no need to do this. Just leave stuff in your room.
Start to head to park around 8.40ish for early ride time. I normally catch the monorail to the main entrance.
Enjoy day in the park!
Return to hotels after day in the park, and get in car and go home!
I hope this increadibly long post helped you all out! If you have any more queries then just ask! :)