I know I'm a bit late to the party and I'm very aware that my disappointment towards the new opening times has been reflected in others' posts above, but I thought I'd share this:
In response to growing prices and shorter hours, I've made a spreadsheet which shows the amount a family (in this case, 2 adults and 2 under 12s) spends just for them to go on a single ride. It's very much a "worse case scenario" in places, assuming that the family buys their tickets on the day, takes a full half hour to eat lunch (although I have not included the cost of eating at an on-site restaurant) and pays a £6 parking fee. As the spreadsheet details below, the charges now seem to be more than a pay-per-ride system at what we would otherwise consider a pricey funfair (depending on which rides the family actually go on). The results are shown below. The bits in bold (note that rides per hour is a guess of mine based on how busy the park will be on these days) represent the variables which change depending on the type of day.Standard weekday:Standard weekend:Peak day:
Really rather ridiculous in my opinion, especially as a load of rides will almost definitely still be unavailable at the start of the season.
Burniel | Great at theme park knowledge, not so great at designing signatures.