Alton Towers made it to the list of the top ten family theme parks in the UK, it was announced in a new consumer poll.
The poll, carried out by travel website TripAdvisor, asked the UK public about their favourite theme parks to take the family to during the summer or on a weekend. Whilst Alton Towers made the top ten short list, it was beaten to the top spot by Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which came out as the nation’s favourite.
The park was voted the best in terms of price, fun factor, and overall value for money.
TripAdvisor spokesman James Kay said:
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is not just the country’s best rated amusement park. It is also one of the cheapest for a family day out among the UK top 10, proving that great value often trumps bigger rides in the eyes of consumers.”
Parks like Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Warwick Castle have been criticised in the public eye recently for how much it would cost a simple family of four to go.
Accordiong to research by the Sunday Times, a day out at Alton Towers for a family of four, including parking, two children’s meals, two cheeseburgers, four ice creams and queue jump tickets, would come out an eye-watering £573. Meanwhile, a day at Thorpe Park in Surrey for the average family is calculated to cost £179.98.
Family tickets for Alton Towers are said to have jumped by £40 in the last two years, while the price of family entrance to Warwick Castle has risen from £36 to £96 in the last ten years. One man, a retired postal worker who took his three grandchildren to Legoland Windsor, spent £157 on the tickets plus £7 on parking.
He said despite the steep price, their experience wasn’t up to expectations, and that the park was “packed”.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach, on the other hand, costs just £94 for a family day out. As well being voted the number one theme park in the UK, it was also rated one of the best 10 roller coaster centres in Europe.
Other parks to make the European top ten list was Alton Towers, Drayton Manor Park, Thorpe Park and Paultons Park, Home of Peppa Pig World.
Unfortunately no British resorts managed to make it to the global top ten, where Swimming with Dolphins at Discovery Cove in Orlando was rated the world’s favourite theme park. This was later followed by, in no specific order, Universal Islands of Adventure and Disney’s Magic Kingdom – both also in Orlando.