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!