I respect your opinions and if your happy to pay, but when I have to pay for 4 people it is very expensive. If your only paying for yourself, then £50 is good value for money. For most people they will only be paying for them self.
For me it is too expensive, call me tight but I want my money to go further, hence I have an MAP. Add on top I have 8 birthdays and Christmas to deal with at the same time, this is expense for me which I can do with out. Its a nice idea. Even my work is offering half price tickets through the social club, but as I am only a member, I still have to pay for 3 others and I go half price.
For £80 I can get my nieces two annual Sealife passes, which gives 1 years entry to the Sealife centres, which will be great on days out at the beach and as a bonus 1 free entry to either Thorpe, Chessie, Lego or Alton, now that is value for money.
I know London is more expensive, hence I don't live in London, for me what you get and what you pay doesn't add up. It is a shame as it looks great, but I'm not prepared to pay £175-£200 and when you have two children asking to do ice skating or go on rides at one of these places, if you say no, there is no point in going, hence I calculated 2 big rides and 2 small rides and some other spend.
As for the rides coming from Germany, yes the ride owners need to make money, but if the ride was not at Hyde Park, would it be in use elsewhere at such a busy location, I don't think so. I would like to do the calculation on how much it costs to rent/buy the ride and transport it compared to the amount of money they are making, I'm sure they have paid their mortgage off in only a few years.
Enough from me, the event looks great, it would be good if Alton or Thorpe did something like that. Just imagine Alton freezing the lake for ice skating and opening the park with a Christmas theme, I could see that really working there.
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