UK theme parks from another point of view!

 
Craig

Sun Sep 07, 2008 11:07 am

It's worth remembering too that the recent survey sent to AP holders was gauging a reaction to what people would think about paying monthly for a pass.

If a pass is advertised as such, I reckon the popularity would sky rocket. As Kaycee mentioned, the large upfront cost of purchasing a pass puts a lot of people off, and creates that illusion that a pass isn't value for money. However, giving the option of unlimited attractions at say £12.50 a month (I reckon we're going to see a £150 pass in the not too distant future) would tempt far more people to sign up.
 
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 2:16 pm

I agree Craig, however I think that they'd have to have say a 6 month minimum term, otherwise people will just buy a one month pass for one visit - it would basically mean £12.50 entry for any attraction :).
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 3:38 pm

I would, but I don’t have the cash atm, so will probably not. I still think it is amazing value, especially in comparison to some other parks passes.

I will probably get one next year though.
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:19 pm

Yeah i suppose it does work out as saving a heck of alot of money if you visit the parks alot and when you consider the added benefits, but from the general public's point of veiw (bearing in mind the public aren't going to visit as frequently as members of this forum) it doesn't seem good value any more. The potential savings however, are very good
 
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:31 pm

I had an annual pass in 2006 & 2007 - i didnt bother this year.

The Merlin Pass is useless to me, the only big attraction on there within 2hours of driving is Alton Towers. It would cost so much more to go to thorpe or chessington with petrol, or trains and more than likely a hotel ontop of that.
I think if you live north of Alton Towers it doesnt represent value for money because you really have to go out of your way to visit the other parks, and ive got no massive interest in them either.

Ive made 3 trips to Alton so far this year, I had a sainsbury £16 ticket for the first visit and have bought 2 x Towers2 tickets at £13 each. Making my total £42, still cheaper than the £66 annual pass.
I might look at the family one next year - because with 4 of us it works out £50 each and we will probably be making more visits next year.
 
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:25 pm

"MikeW" wrote:
I agree Craig, however I think that they'd have to have say a 6 month minimum term, otherwise people will just buy a one month pass for one visit - it would basically mean £12.50 entry for any attraction :).


I think if the monthly payment option was introduced the passes would still be valid for a full year. I.E, you couldn't buy a Pass valid for just one month. The monthly option would be there, only to help the pass appeal to a wider audience by making payment easier. You'd still be tied into a full 12 month contract of payments and the cost would still be a minimum of £125.00.
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Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:05 pm

Of course! it's amazing value for the money and even more value the way I get it. I just buy my dads Clubcard vouchers and get it for less than the admission price for one day. :)
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Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:01 pm

Completely definatley absolutley 100% getting one for me and the other half ... though again it will be compliments of those kind people at Tesc0 :P

It's saved me a fortune this year although i've not had the full merlin pass as I got mine a few days before the price went up ...

Just in Alton visits this year my visits would have totaled over £500 at full price not to mention a trip to thorpe a few goes on the london eye and a trip to warwick castle .... i've also visited 2 of the merlin dungeons which would have saved me even more.

Next year i'll be planning on visiting a couple of sealife centres (even though i'm not a huge fan of aquariums ... they're just not my thing) its something to do on a Sunday afternoon when there's nothing happening and it'll only cost a bit of petrol money :)
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Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:36 pm

Ours are still valid until August 09.... 8)
We will of course re-new them when they expire..
Excellent value for money.... :wink:
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Sat Sep 13, 2008 9:59 am

Not sure if this has been posted before, but Merlin Annual Passholders can now get a 20% discount on their website on all purchasesn from buyagift.com

In order to get 20% off gift experiences process your order and enter the discount code 551155 in the promotional code section at the checkout.

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Mon Sep 15, 2008 5:49 pm

Not heard this mentioned before and thought it was a pretty strange thing to happen.....

Was at the towers last weekend and tried to get in using my AP in the barcode scanner thing, said card cancelled - I was like :shock:

Had to go and get it re-printed and all was fine, no one could really explain why :?
 
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Mon Sep 15, 2008 5:56 pm

Will certainly be getting another when mine expires in April - I think £125 is still pretty good value for money. Despite living around 4 hours away from AT I've managed two trips so far and have a hotel stay booked for scare fest, so if you add up all the 20% off's here and there on food, drink, CC etc I think I've come out of it pretty well. Not to mention the odd jolly off for the London area parks etc. Money well spent IMHO :)
 
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Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:42 pm

Seen this happen a few times...
 
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Thu Sep 18, 2008 8:48 am

How strange, I was thinking about this earlier at work. I will most probably renew my pass being the sucker I am. But, I don't know if I really want to or not :cry:! I think it’s still reasonable value for money, but I have a different dilemma!

Last year was mega :D, I visited every attraction listed on my old Tussauds pass at least twice with the exception of only visiting Warwick Castle once. This year however, I feel as though I really have over killed it. I just can't seem to motivate myself to want to go and visit Chessington, Or legoland and co anymore. As per usual, I've totally over killed Alton Towers too, what with it only being a short drive away.

I feel as though now, I'm only visiting these places because I can, not because I really want to. Don't get me wrong, I don't find it boring visiting Merlin’s Attractions. It's just I suppose I've been there, done that and got the tee-shirt and I can't justify having another of the same tee-shirt?! Analogy or what, eh?! 8)

I'm thinking now, perhaps it would be nice just to go back to being Joe Blogs and visiting Towers, Thorpe and Chessington etc once in a blue moon or annually like the majority! My thinking is that it would restore that 'amazing day out' feeling as opposed to that 'I’m here again' feeling. It probably wouldn't bother me that much either, because in a very big headed sort of way :shock:, I've done it and done it again! Doing it again and again is just too much and would probably make whatever it is I'm doing again loose that certain sparkle, which wouldn't make me very motivated to do it anymore! :W

Not to worry too much though (like you really was anyway), come March I will have a new shiny updated Merlin pass, because I am a crazy ass mofo...
 
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Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:24 am

"Spike" wrote:
Of course! it's amazing value for the money and even more value the way I get it. I just buy my dads Clubcard vouchers and get it for less than the admission price for one day. :)

Same thing for us as well.

Cheap as chips with Clubcard :D

Really amazing value for money, all the discounts you get plus the ert as well.

Think about it this way, if you went with a coaster club to Alton you would pay about £10 per ert, work that benefit out that way and it adds up to an amazing saving.
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Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:33 pm

I was browsing the Merlin pass site to see which pass to get when mine runs out in a couple of weeks, £125 seemed a bit steep for the merlin one as I was not sure I would get value for money as I tend to only really do Alton.

However I did notice that the renewal price is £100 for existing pass holders. So I may just be tempted to go for the Merlin one.

Contrast that to BPB who have put up the season pass price by £26 to £125 for one park and no benefits!!
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AstroDan

Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:37 pm

I thought the BPB one was £189.60? Or that the renewal rate you speak of?
 
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Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:45 pm

"AstroDan" wrote:
I thought the BPB one was £189.60? Or that the renewal rate you speak of?

Dan at this moment in time nobody has a clue what the renewal is, not even staff at ticket sales :evil:

There has been flyers printed on the park that state if you buy your pass before 30th September then it will be £125, after that it will be £189.60.

But it is not on the BPB site, present season pass holders have had no renewal invite, to add to that someone has contacted BPB and was told that the price after 30th Sept will be £189.

Total confusion all round that BPB seem to specialise in.
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Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:50 pm

Anyone who pays £189.60 for a BPB annual pass, when an Alton Towers one is £66.00 frankly needs their head looking at. Then again, enthusiasm is a hard act to curb!

:shock: Blackpool's is almost THREE TIMES the price of Alton's!
 
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Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:56 pm

"AstroDan" wrote:
Anyone who pays £189.60 for a BPB annual pass, when an Alton Towers one is £66.00 frankly needs their head looking at. Then again, enthusiasm is a hard act to curb!

:shock: Blackpool's is almost THREE TIMES the price of Alton's!

There is absolutely no way BPB will get £189 out of me.

I am not happy about £125, but I am going to hold fire and see if the offer is continued or extended at the very least.

Like you say Alton pass £66, Merlin pass £125, far better value than BPB.

But best value for me has been the £75 for the Cedar Point platinum pass that we paid when there in June
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