By Harry Wallop, Consumer Affairs Editor
Published: 8:00AM BST 12 Jun 2010
|Location||Adult ticket||Family ticket||Queue jump|
|Drayton Manor||£28||£92||N / A|
|Flamingoland||£25||£90||N / A|
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.