The Swarm at Thorpe Park - Theme Parks owned by Merlin EntertainmentsUK’s Top Theme Parks Get Ready To Open For 2019!

It’s almost time for the 4 major theme parks in the UK to reopen their doors ready for the 2019 season. Merlin Entertainment, Europe’s largest entertainment company, not only owns the UK’s top 4 theme parks but also operate 120 attractions in over 25 countries, spanning 4 continents!

Here are our top 4 theme parks in the UK and what you can expect for this year:

Alton Towers 

Season starts: 23rd March 2019

Alton Towers, the UK’s favourite theme park which last year saw over 2.3 million visitors. 2019 will see the expansion of the Alton Towers Resort with new stargazing pods. These minimalist pods are perfect for families, couples and friends wanting to experience a night under the stars.

Alton Towers Dungeon is the newest ride, opening this year. The ride will take you on a  journey into Staffordshire’s darkest history. You’ll be sentenced by the Bishop of Stafford, fight against the plague and come face-to-face with the Witch of Burslem’s ghost! Spooky!

Alton Towers has something to suit everyone. If the new Dungeon is too scary, there’s plenty of other exciting rides that will have you screaming with joy. For the thrill seekers you’ve got last year’s ride Wicker Man, the UK’s first new wooden coaster built in over 20 years, along with the classic thrill rides such as Oblivion, Nemesis and Rita. For some family fun there is; the Runaway Mine Train which twists and turns, getting faster and faster, the Frog Hopper and the good old family favourite, Congo River Rapids. For the little ones, they will have lots of fun in CBeebies Land. They can enjoy a magical boat ride with In The Night Garden, help Postman Pat with his Parcel Post ride and cause lots of chaos in Justin’s House Pie-O-Matic Factory.

Chessington World of Adventures

Seasons starts: 10th March 2019

Explore Britain’s wildest adventure, Chessington World of Adventures. The resort saw more than 1.5 million visitors last year. Chessington is home to an exciting theme park, exotic zoo, 2 fantastic on-site hotels and a high ropes course.

Chessington’s Theme Park was one of the first themed amusement parks in Britain. With 10 themed lands ranging from Mexicana and Wild Asia to the Forbidden Kingdom and Land of the Tiger, and over 40 rides and attractions, it’s no wonder Chessington World of Adventures is a firm family favourite. The Vampire ride and The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure are the park’s most popular family rides, they’ll see you soaring above the treetops or floating down a magical lazy river.

Chessington Zoo is the original attraction at Chessington World of Adventures. With over 1,000 exotic animals, you’ll have the chance to come face-to-face with Lions, Monkeys, Penguins, Gorillas and much more. Make your wildest dreams come true by going VIP, meet and greet with some incredible animals, or become a zoo keeper for a day!

At the end of your fun-filled family day out, you’ll be able to relax in one of the on-site hotels, the Azteca or Safari Hotel. Each hotel has unique and interactive restaurants, access to the Savannah Splash Pool and exclusive hotel benefits such as Early Ride Time.

Thorpe Park

Season starts: 29th March 2019

As one of the UK’s leading amusement parks, Thorpe Park is home to over 30 thrilling rides, attractions and live events. Thorpe Park Resort is the perfect place for thrill seekers and features some of the UK’s most popular roller coasters.

With 5 of the UK’s top roller coasters on its island, Thorpe Park is known for its record-breaking rides. Launch yourself from 0-80mph in 1.8 seconds to a height of 205ft on Stealth, a coaster which has the fastest acceleration in Europe. Take flight on The Swarm, the UK’s first winged coaster. Face one of Jigsaw’s most twisted traps in SAW – The Ride, the world’s first horror themed roller coaster featuring a 100ft ‘beyond-vertical’ drop. Ride Thorpe Park’s first major attraction, Colossus, the world’s first ten looping rollercoaster. With so many ‘firsts’ and record-breaking rides, Thorpe Park is not for the faint hearted.

If you’ve had too much excitement for one day, head to the Thorpe Shark Hotel, the park’s on-site hotel. The hotel features air-con, shower en-suites and television in every room, as well as unlimited WiFi throughout the hotel and unlimited Fastrack until 11am!

LEGOLAND

Season starts: 15th March 2019

LEGOLAND Windsor Resort is a unique family theme park, themed around the LEGO toy. It is the second LEGOLAND in the world, after LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark. Seeing as the LEGO brand is a formidable force in the toy industry, it’s no surprise that LEGOLAND Windsor saw more than 2.2 million visitors last year.

2019 will see the opening of a brand new ride, The Haunted House Monster Party, which opens on Saturday 13th April. This spook-tacular ride is fun for the whole family as Lord Vampyre turns the house upside down for a Monster Party. For limited dates throughout March you’ll be able to join in the celebrations of the new THE LEGO MOVIE 2. See the Apocolypsburg film set, meet Emmet, Wyldstyle and Sweet Mayhem, and explore MINILAND to help Emmet find his friends. It’s going to be awesome! In addition to the new ride The Haunted House Monster Party, is an exclusive 4D movie that will have the whole family laughing out loud, LEGO City 4D – Officer in Pursuit!

Save between 20 – 35% off your ticket price when you book an attraction package through Clarkes of London. Attraction packages include park entry and coach hire. For additional extras such as VIP experiences, hotel stays and more, contact our sales team for the best price.

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