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Old 12th Jun 2008, 10:48   #1
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Cool Alton towers - Best to get fast track tickets?

My college has arranged a trip to Alton Towers on the 25th of June.

Do you think its a good idea to get fast track tickets? I've never been before so I dont know what its like.

The schools havnt broke up yet so hopefully theres not to many kids around, but it is summer so it might be busy.

Anyone here been before? Any tips to spend the day there?
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Old 12th Jun 2008, 10:55   #2
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if you go on a busy day then yes it would be worth it. waiting for near on 2 hours is not unusual!


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Old 12th Jun 2008, 10:58   #3
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I've been to Alton Towers twice and never queued for more than 10 minutes for a ride.

Just don't go when there are holidays.
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Old 12th Jun 2008, 10:59   #4
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I went last Wednesday, so no kids. It was full of student slackers like me and plenty of chavs! We got in about 10am I believe and went to Nemesis. There were no queues whatsoever. Towards mid day it got very busy. They closed a number of rides to anyone else queuing as the queues were so huge. Go on the big rides first thing. We did Oblivion several times too, somehow the queue system was screwed. We started in the single rider queue but instead this just somehow turned into the other queue for the rear car so we got straight on when there was supposed to be an hour queue!

All in all a good day - but even if it's dull take some sunglasses. Weather changes easily!

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Old 12th Jun 2008, 12:03   #5
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Its best to go at the time of year when it just opens I have found. I went this year when it opend and got on around 20 rides (Oblivion like 6 times ). And I didn't que for no longer than 5minutes a ride. However when I go mid season I tend to get on around 6 rides max. And I've been well over 10 times :O. I found getting there early and going to the ticket offic near where the gates are in the theme park is your best chance of getting them. That, or buying the fast track tickets online.


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Old 12th Jun 2008, 12:14   #6
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If it's school holidays, get a fast pass. Any other time you should be fine.

If I go to Alton Towers, I tend to go early march - never any queues.

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Old 12th Jun 2008, 12:17   #7
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I'll be going on the 26th and will be getting the fast track. Not taking any chances!

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Old 12th Jun 2008, 12:42   #8
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The trip has been booked through college, me and the lads where just wondering if we should get some fast track tickets, it looks like we might get some

Dont want to take any chances!
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Old 12th Jun 2008, 13:02   #9
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Sad thing is, during the busy times the fast track queues are longer than the normal ones.
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Old 12th Jun 2008, 13:20   #10
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you choose to go in the holidays, it's like hell. Should go mid week when all the schools are on term time.

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Old 12th Jun 2008, 13:22   #11
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Its June 25th we are going, i thought all the schools break up mid julyish? Also the 25th is a wednesday.
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Old 12th Jun 2008, 13:24   #12
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Its June 25th we are going, i thought all the schools break up mid julyish? Also the 25th is a wednesday.
all uni students, gcs and A level students will of finished by then. So will be going before they get summer jobs.

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Old 21st Sep 2010, 16:15   #13
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Way to go on reawakening a 2 year old thread.
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Old 21st Sep 2010, 16:37   #14
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member is an advertising account. 2 posts, all about buying theme park tickets!

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Old 21st Sep 2010, 17:07   #16
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I'm going tomorrow, think it will be busy?
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Old 21st Sep 2010, 17:16   #17
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It depends whether you want to always go on the rides with your mates, if you're not that bothered then the single rider queue for the big rides is only a half hour wait at max on the busiest days (in my experience). Otherwise come on opening time on calm day and leg it to the big rides

Or fast track, your choice
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Old 21st Sep 2010, 17:31   #18
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I'm going tomorrow, think it will be busy?
I went today

There were zero queues at all and we had done all the big rides with no more than a 5-10 min wait.

And 13 was amazing!!

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Old 21st Sep 2010, 17:44   #19
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I'm going tomorrow, think it will be busy?
End of september , kids jst gone back to school, and its mid week. there will be no queues really. 10-15 min max at its busiest point.
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Old 21st Sep 2010, 17:57   #20
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I've always found fast pass tickets in UK theme parks... well slow

In America when i went 8 years ago it was a 5 min wait max with a fast pass
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Old 21st Sep 2010, 18:53   #21
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How much extra are the fast track tickets?

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Old 21st Sep 2010, 21:58   #22
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Err, i'm guessing the OP has been by now. Unless he meant 25th June 2011?
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Old 21st Sep 2010, 22:15   #23
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Nope I went, seem to remember it was pretty busy too! Fast track tickets worked a treat on the bigger rides.
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Old 21st Sep 2010, 22:26   #24
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I'm due to go to Thorpe Park on Thursday. Is that one normally quiet during school term times or should I expect long waits?


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Old 21st Sep 2010, 22:30   #25
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I remember a few years ago I went to Alton Towers with High School. Queues lasted forever and we only got on a few of the big rides. My younger brother and his year went the next day. No queues at all and they got on all the rides like 10 times!

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