Tuesday, 27 May 2014

CBeebies Land. Worth the Hype?

This is not a sponsored post. This is not a free tickets review (and believe you me I bloody tried!) this is an honest piece all about the very much hyped 'CBeebies Land' at Alton Towers. The ads have been on for months. Twitter has been alight with eager parents rabid to take their little ones to see IgglePiggle or Mums going to have a perv over Mr Bloom (or is that just me?). On Bank Holiday Monday. We packed the kids up (three and one) and took a trip to the promised land. We didn't tell the girl where we were going and when we arrived. She screamed. Actually screamed with glee. I can only compare it to when I was 14 and got front row Take That tickets.


Anyway. It was rammed. I mean I have never been to such a busy place but we did pick a particularly stupid day to attend. Bank Holiday Monday on its opening weekend? What the hell where we thinking? On first arrival all I can say that it is very slick. Think more Disneyland than Thomas Land. It is clean and sparkly and very, very mmmm CBeebiesfied (that is a proper term that is). Theme songs are playing. Stilt walkers are walking and bubbles are blowing. And there is bunting and you KNOW I love bunting.


There are rides from pretty much every single programme going. Alas we did not get on half of them as there were 90 minute queues for some rides which was a nightmare with two tiny tots. I stayed in a queue for a couple of things whilst the hub took the kiddies on the smaller queue rides. Also there are some places that you can enjoy with no rides. Like the Tree Fu Tom Training Camp adventure playground bit or the Big Fun Showtime area which has regular shows on from Mike the Night, Nina and the Neurons and also the Zingzillas (who when driving through the theme park actually made me scream with excitement. I was alone queueing for the 'In the Night Garden' ride holding a cuddly IgglePiggle. I looked insane or a bit simple).


Below I will give some pointers to make your day run smoothly. We do plan to go again on a mid week day so have learnt a few lessons. But I am going to touch in detail on the big draw. The big dog. The 'In the Night Garden' ride. Ok. So the ad on the tele? Made it seem a magical ride with actual 'real life' characters waving. This is not the case. I'll be honest? I was a bit disappointed. After an hour of queueing. It weren't all that. If this is the sole reason you are going? Then save your money and go and see 'In the Night Garden' live which really is amazing. It made me weep that did. Yeah the ride is cute but it isn't as wow as we thought it would be. However in the Big Fun Tent there are chances to meet Upsy Daisy and Igglepiggle so definitely go and stand in that relatively short queue.


Overall CBeebies Land. Is great it had a lot of hype and lived up to it (bar the 'In the Night Garden' ride). It is fun and exciting. There are lots of things to do for the little ones and they really did love it. Despite going on like four bloody rides. But that's our stupid fault. Daft day to go really. And the rides do have queue times on (however I would take them with a pinch of salt - 10 mins for Justin's House? Make that an hour grrr). We will defo go again but will tweak what we do when we get there.


So behold here are my tips for making the most of your day at the joy that is CBeebies Land:

Do get vouchers. At £48 a head for adults it is v pricey. But there are loads of 241 offers around or exchange your clubcard vouchers. Also bear in mind that you have to pay £6 for parking. Under 4s are free and you can buy cheap return tickets.

Do try and stay the night. If I could do it over again I would defo stay over somewhere. You can come back the next for £6 and we didn't even touch half of the theme park. We also felt a bit rushed so didn't do all the rides and also? Me and the hub were a bit strained with the pressure of 'having fun'.

Do not think oh we don't need the buggy/buggy board. You will! The car park is miles away and Alton Towers is a vast place. The walk from the car park alone was ridiculous. There are loads of places to keep your buggy there.


Do take your own food. There are plenty of nice places to eat your picnics especially in the Big Fun Showtime area. You can also watch the free shows whilst you eat. Outside of CBeebies land there is a large patch of grass by a lake which is nice and not so busy. The grass in CBeebies is fake which is lovely. But take a picnic blanket as you may get a wet bum!

Do hit the more popular rides later on. When we arrived the 'In the Night Garden' ride queue was 90 mins long!! Seriously. So go a bit later when it has quietened down. Or there is an app which tells you queue times. Or if you are feeling super flush? Pay extra for a queue jumper pass. May be worth it if you can only go in school holidays.

Do not miss out on meeting the characters. You are allowed to take your own pictures with them. And you are not forced into buying one. This was really nice and one of the highlights of the day.

Your tiny one is only tiny for so long and I felt my girl being three and a half was at the perfect age for CBeebies land. She had a fab time. Didn't really know that she was missing out on some rides. She loved it. Just make sure you know you could be in for some long waits and plan accordingly. By that I obviously mean shove a few packs of Smarties or Fruit Shoots in your bag! Enjoy!


    
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

38 comments:

  1. Sounds like despite the queues, everyone had a good time. I can't wait to take our little man. He is going to love it. Great review!

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    1. Hope it helped! he will love it. Overall it is a great day out xxx

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  2. Looks like you all had a fab time! I despise theme parks on uber busy days and tend to avoid them. Mine are too old for Cbeebies Land now....shucks!!

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    1. Boooo. But at least you would get the chance to go on the bigger rides I suppose! xxx

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  3. Sounds like you had a wonderful tickets, and I love your dos & don'ts! We've been umming & ahhing over Peppa Pig World, but this sounds more appealing.

    I camped overnight for Take That tic when i was 14 too. Best show ever :-)

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    1. Wonderful time, not wonderful tickets. Durrrrr

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    2. You can't beat Take That! It was fab. And Peppa is fab. And Thomas is! But CBeebies is a bit slicker and well better xxx

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  4. Oh wow! It sounds fantastic....Well apart from the queues!
    I want to go....I wish my girls were younger....hehehe

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    1. You can still go alone! Well you may look a bit crackers! xxx

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  5. Sounds amazing, wish it had been around when we were in the UK, and my boys were younger! Too old for it now :) When they were little they would have been in heaven! #LetKidsBeKids

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    1. Yes i think this time next year? My girl will not be so excited by it all. Bless her. Time goes so fast doesn't it? xxx

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  6. It does sound really good, my boy is five now and more into Paw Patrol and Sooty, but still think he would love this.
    #MagicMoments

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    1. My girl LOVES Paw Patrol! Daft programme that it is xxx

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  7. Loving all the Dos and Dont's emma - so very handy and if we decide to go at some point I will definitely come back for a refresher! Glad you had a lovely time, though going mid week sounds like a fab idea to me! xx

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    1. Mid week is the way forward. I reckon after the summer it will all have died down a bit xxx

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  8. I can only imagine how rammed it's gonna be… that's prob the only thing putting me off! But it does sound like an amazing day :))) x Must treat the toddler x

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    1. God bab. I mean it was proper proper rammed. Grrrrr xxx

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  9. This is what my son wants for his birthday next month. Thsi post is really helpful. We are not going there on peak days and on holidays I promise. I got this discount vouceher from Tesco so I will use that for the entrance fee. Thanks for posting this =) #whatsthestory

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    1. Glad it helped! Tesco vouchers really help don't they? It is so so pricey. But really good xxx

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  10. It does look like a lovely day out despite the waiting times. That's always the down side to theme parks. Great tips.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsbeKids

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    1. It really is. Especially here and Eurodisney. Curse popular attractions! xxx

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  11. Lovely to read your review and sensible practical tips, it does remind me of my experience of LegoLand, we went in August and to be fair the place was awesome but I really didn't enjoy it, just too busy and too long to queue. Sounds like you just how to make the most of it next time and avoid those busy days. The characters look amazing, thank you for sharing on Country Kids.

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    1. Defo go on a week day as I reckon it is brill just stupid long bloody queues! xxx

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  12. You posts do crack me up! A great review though, sounds like you all had an awesome time despite the queues, presume that was a super busy day. Great photos, that last one is great! POD would love it here, bit of a schlep for us so we'd have to stay. Great post, thanks for sharing #whatsthestory

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    1. Good god and don't be staying on the actual site if you got it's like £400!! Ridic. Glad you liked the piccys xxx

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  13. will link up to you when I do my post this weekend :) the queues were horrendous (and agree the 'waits' were very wrong (0 mins for one that we waited half hour for) however in the case of Postman Pat it was down to poor queue management. we got on quite a bit tho and heading back later in the year on our Merlin passes. :) Upsey Daisy wasn't around but we got Iggle Piggle Cuddles (and yes the live show made me cry too :) ) and on your advice we did Justins House instead of Night Garden.

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    1. Oh yay can't wait to read you review to! The queues were so long. I was livid waiting ten minutes or rather AN HOUR for Justin!!! I am glad I am not the only loon that wept at in the night garden live! xxx

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  14. Thanks for sharing we were going to try on Saturday but think we might wait for mid week during term time! #magicmoments

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  15. Thanks for sharing your experiences. I'm really looking forward to taking the children. It must be one of the only places where our children, ranging in age from 25 to 2 years old, will all enjoy themselves.

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    1. Oh yes that is ideal for everyone! My hub is like a big kid so he especially loved it xxx

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  16. Glad you had fun despite the long queuing time. Hope next time is more fun for you x#whatsthestory

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    1. Yeah hopefully next time it will be a bit better! xxx

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  17. my little guy is raving about cbeebies land and wanting to go .. think we might leave it for a week day when some of the hype has died down a little first though

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

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    1. Yes defo wait. We have got some free tickets come through for November so hopefully it will be a bit less busy then! xxx

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  18. Thanks for the great tips! We will definitely try to get up there some time... #CountryKids
    (Bumps & Grind) x

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    1. Glad you liked them! You will have a fab time when you go xxx

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  19. So glad I saw this post! We are taking Lamb there for his 2nd birthday in March so this has been really useful to me! If Lamb is free because he's under 4, do you only need 2 tickets? We have been sent 3 for a review, but I'm assuming I could use the third ticket for another adult? xx

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