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How To Beat The Queues At Theme Parks

Theme park season is now upon us so we’ve asked Liz Walsh from Topdogdays to put together a few handy tips & tricks to help you get ahead of the queues.

1. Early Access

A number of theme parks now offer early access to select guests.  This can provide you with the chance to enjoy a number of rides & attractions before the park even opens to the public. When searching for Alton Towers Tickets and Deals look out for early ride time available to some ticket holders or check out the early access perk available to hotel guests at both LEGOLAND Windsor & Chessington.

2. Early Bird

The quietest time at any theme park tends to be the first 60/90 minutes of the day.  The car parks & ticket booths are generally open in advance of the park so ensure you are ready to go as the gates open for the day.  Look out for any information on ride closures and head directly for an attraction where queues are likely to build throughout the day.

3. Parent Swap Passes

Parent Swap Passes allow parent/carers with young children a chance to enjoy the thrill rides without have to queue twice through the use of a priority entrance, (parent 1 will still need to use the standard queue).  This free pass is now available at a number of theme parks including Drayton Manor & Thorpe Park and helps you to fit more into the day.

4. Fastrack Tickets

A fastrack ticket is a paid method to bypass the queues and is in addition to your entrance charges.  There are a range of packages available but look out for single fastrack passes that are often available for just a few £’s allowing you to get a couple of more popular rides under your belt.

5. Queue Checker

Plenty of theme parks now provide apps/electronic boards that offer information on real-time queues around the park.  Use this information to plan your day, bypassing the worst of the queues at popular attractions.

6. Non Queue Attractions

As crowds begin to build, intersperse rides with non-queue attractions for some light relief.  Most parks today have a good range of playgrounds, themed shows or even zoo & aquarium experiences away from the crowds that can offer you all a much earned break.

Happy theme-parking!

9 thoughts on “How To Beat The Queues At Theme Parks

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  2. Really nice to see your blog, it is very useful when we to to the theme parks. It helps us to save some times and know how to beat the queues at theme parks. Thanks and expect to see more of your updates.

  3. Great posts, theme park always attract many people to crowd, your tips are useful to help people travelling out and have fun, thanks.

  4. Great work !
    As we know, being the Early Bird is quite important no matter what we do in our common life. Your tips are great and useful! Thanks.

  5. It’s great being rich, I enjoy watching ordinary people queue, their children sometimes getting upset and crying while I slip past all that and get straight on the ride. I love this country.

  6. I am always worried about there are too many visitors in the theme park but is can not be avoided! It is really annoying!
    Now, you great tips/useful lists just solve it!
    Thanks, Liz Walsh! 🙂

  7. Yes, there are so many people in the theme parks everyday, especially at weekends!
    Waiting in the queue will waste a lot of time and make our journey boring!
    Your useful tips just help us a lot!
    Great posts! 🙂

  8. Thanks very much, Liz Walsh!
    Your tips are great and useful!
    It helps me a lot! Because I always go to different theme parks to have fun!
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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