We’ve been to Alton Towers lots of times over the last couple of years, since I became a Merlin Annual Pass Ambassador – we’re lucky to have it relatively close to us so a day trip is pretty easy.
As we’ve (so far) been with Ava every time we have spent the majority of our time at CBeebies Land within Alton Towers and we love it! A always has an amazing time and that makes it pretty fun for us too (that and the fact we love the kiddy rides too!).
I’ve written about Alton Towers a couple of times, but thought this time I would write about CBeebies Land in particular, and share 5 reasons why we love it!
Why We Love CBeebies Land at Alton Towers
The Big Fun Showtime Area
This is a really great area to have a little picnic or a chill-out and sit down for a bit after being on your feet for hours. But it’s also where you can meet some of the CBeebies characters and be entertained with shows with Hey Duggee, The Funsters, and Tree Fu Tom, which vary from time to time. The kids always love it, and there’s plenty of space for them to run about safely for a bit, especially if younger kiddos have been sat in pushchairs for a bit.
Ava and her cousin have loved meeting and giving cuddles to their favourite characters a few times – including those from Octonauts, In the Night Garden, and Tree Fu Tom!
The Octonauts Rollercoaster
We love this kids rollercoaster. Ava still gets a bit nervous about going on it but then enjoys it lots. It does two loops of the smallish track so it’s over pretty quickly, but we’ve never had to queue for too long and it’s good fun. There is one pretty fast bit so it’s not boring for older ones and it sprays you with a bit of water at one point.
It sounds lame as hell (because it is), but I hadn’t been on a rollercoaster for ages when I went on the Octonauts rollercoaster for the first time last year, and it was a good introduction to them again for me! It’s a good first rollercoaster for kids too, not just lame adults. And I think it helped Ava to go on a bigger one, Scorpian Express at Chessington World of adventures.
Rides for all ages
There are a really good range of rides for all different ages at CBeebies Land. We have been with Ava’s younger cousin, who was almost two at the time, and there was loads for him to enjoy, that Ava (and the adults!) could go on and enjoy too.
Ava can go on everything now that she is a bit taller and so in the last year there have been a couple of new, to her, rides to try, which is nice.
Some of the rides or attractions are obviously a bit slow for adults, but I never get bored and the kids are so excited that it doesn’t matter. There have also been two new attractions this year – the Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom ride and The Furchester Live Show which Ava has really loved. The Furchester Live Show is great for the kids to have a little sit down (and go inside if it’s chilly) for a few minutes as well as for all ages to have a little dance about and get involved with the show.
I think CBeebies Land will still entertain Ava for a couple of years yet, and as it’s in the main park, she can do a bit of that as well as starting to do some bigger rides in the future.
The playground – Tree Fu Tom Training Camp
This adventure playground is great for kids to have a little run around whilst we sit down, especially if there are big queues that you need a break from. Ava loves running around and climbing up into the treehouse to go on the slide. It’s all nicely spread out so it never feels too busy and it’s just a really good addition to CBeebies Land for some free play.
The cafe – Little Explorers Lunch Box
This is located in CBeebies Land and serves hot and cold food. There aren’t loads of places at Alton Towers where you can sit indoors to eat, so it’s nice to come here if you want to get inside for a bit. They have pick and mix picnics (like a meal deal for kids in a fun box), which are great, and you also get free baby food when you buy an adult meal.
Or if you’d prefer to eat outside, you can grab a lunch box and take it outside with you, to the Big Fun Showtime Tent. It’s a nice (and healthier) break from all the standard chips, doughnuts and other often greasy food you get at theme parks.
Of course you can always take your own picnic with you for your day out, eat a bit more healthily and save some money too, and the tent area is perfect for that too.
A couple of quick tips for CBeebies Land with kids…
- There are a few reserved car parking spaces for parents and toddlers, next to the Splash Landing Hotel.
- If you take the monorail from the car park to the theme park, all of the monorail carriages are big enough for pushchairs. The carriages at the far end are slightly bigger, for those with larger pushchairs or double buggies.
- There are toilets and baby changing facilities at both the monorail station and at the admissions plaza.
- You can get free ID wrist bands for children from the resort box office (as you enter the park), in case they disappear on you.
- Under 3’s are free at CBeebies Land, but the rest of your family can save over £20 per person when tickets are booked in advance here.
The CBeebies Land hotel opened in 2017 and it looks brilliant. It’s certainly not cheap but I think kids would love it so much and it would be worth it for a special occasion. We can’t wait to go.
We love CBeebies Land at Alton Towers, and have spent many happy hours there over the last couple of years. We can’t wait to go again next year when the park re-opens in March with our Merlin Annual Passes! Get yours here.
Have you ever been to CBeebies Land – if so what was your favourite thing about it? I’d love to know!
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