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jump the massive queues at theme parks this summer

Posted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:11 am
by falkor
Theme parks have come under attack for encouraging families to spend as much as £350 to buy special tickets to allow them to jump the queues.
By Harry Wallop, Consumer Affairs Editor
Published: 8:00AM BST 12 Jun 2010
ImageLocationAdult ticketFamily ticketQueue jump
per person
Alton Towers£38£108£80
Chessington World
of Adventures
£36£98£40
Drayton Manor£28£92N / A
Flamingoland£25£90N / A
Legoland£38£100£30
Thorpe Park£38£96£60
The cost of entrance tickets has shot up by more than 20 per cent at most leading parks over the last three years. But they also introduced many extra charges, which can send the cost of a day out for a family to as much as £500.

Most of the extra charges are voluntary, but the one that has upset most parents is the new idea of buying a special ticket that allows queue jumping. They usually take the form of a little machine which clips onto the person's belt. Tap in the ride you want to go on and it will bleep when you are allowed to go to a separate queue, which is considerably shorter than the main queue.

At Alton Towers, on top of the £38 entrance fee for an adult, the priority tickets range between £6 per person to £80 per person, if you want to queue jump all the rides.

The entrance price for Thorpe Park is also £38, but adults and children will need to spend £60 per person if they want to buy an Ultimate Fast Track machine. Legoland, which calls its machine a "queuebot" sells them for £10 per person, or £30 for a machine that gets you to the front of more rides quicker.

With family tickets – two adults and two children – costing between £90 and £108 at the leading parks, this means that it is easy to spend, £428 on the park, before any money spent on food, drink, priority parking and souvenirs.

Re: jump the massive queues at theme parks this summer

Posted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 6:33 pm
by mj12cz
That seems just wrong to me.