Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Alton Towers - CBeebies Land and Half Term Scarefest

Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land

Back in July, I was given a family ticket to Alton Towers as we couldn't make it to CBeebies Magazine Kids Go Free bloggers event at CBeebies Land. There was so much going on that we couldn't visit until last Saturday, but we were so glad that we went on that day, as Alton Towers has started their annual #Scarefest Half Term/ Halloween event (CBeebies Land was spared from the spooky decorations hehe)!

I was also lucky to have won a £100 Alton Towers trip spending money from Jungle Dog's blogger's competition, so our trip was like a treat that we really needed during this busy time of the year.

Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land

Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Bottom left: Alton Towers at Night. Spooky!
The last time me and hubby went to Alton Towers was when we were still in University. Now that we have children and CBeebies Land has just opened this Summer, it was definitely time to visit again. So much has changed, and each section of the theme park now have their own fun themes, including pirates' Mutany Bay, Dark Forest where the Th13teen ride is (I still remember that scary advert on TV!) and Cloud Cuckoo Land where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Ice Age 4D Experience (the best 4D show we've experienced!) is, it's like we've never been here before!

As we have young children, we had to avoid the spooky rides such as Hex (we did take the Villa Volta ride in Holland Efteling theme park, which is the same Madhouse ride with a different story) and Scary Tales, which looked like a very spooky forest from the outside. Anyone fancy re-telling the stories to me??

Anyway, we did enjoy all the spookiness at Alton Towers, and there were even some Halloween fun for younger children, including Trick or Treating at each gift shop. So even though we couldn't go on most of the rides, we have enjoyed our 8 hours stay with plenty of family fun!

Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
The sign is so big and the kids are so small!
Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Left: Where shall we go first?
Right: CBeebies' presenters has marked CBeebies Land!
Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
The first place to go to in CBeebies Land, to see everything in the Tree Top ride!
Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Left: Mike the Knight castle building and other activities
Right: Big Fun Show Time showing different CBeebies show throughout the day
Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Left: Nina and the Neuron science exploration lab
Right: Numtums Number-Go-Round ride
Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Left: Something Special Sensory Garden
Right: Justin House Pie-O-Matic Factory
Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Left: In the Night Garden Boat Ride
Right: Charlie and Lola's Moonsquirters and Green Drops indoor play
Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
CBeebies Land Gift Shop
We started our Alton Towers tour with CBeebies Land and ended it with CBeebies Land as well. It wasn't really planned but it turned out to be perfect as In the Night Garden boat ride was beautiful when taken at night.

Abby's favourite was the Get Set Go Tree Top Adventure ride, as she was allowed to go on the ride on her own. She was very proud and couldn't stop talking about it. Clay was happy with everything and didn't want to leave any of the attractions. We really enjoyed our time spent at CBeebies Land, especially when the queues were shorter after dark. 

The only attraction inside CBeebies Land I wasn't happy about was Justin's House: Pie-O-Metic Factory. I understand the madhouse fun (foam balls shooting at high velocity across the room), but that place is way too dangerous for Justin's fans (toddlers and preschoolers), and adults like me who didn't expect (hence not prepared to protect one self) an attraction inside CBeebies Land requires head and face protection. Within the 5 minutes we were there, I got shot in the eye (the boy who shot me had the cheek to hide), Clay on the head and another boy in the face. The fact that both boys were crying said something about the firmness of the foam balls. I was seeing stars and because I got hit directly in the eye (I should have bought Lotto!), my tears kept streaming down (of course it hurts). I spoke to the staff there, and she told me that people do get shot on the head/ face a lot. She was a lovely girl but I think that Justin House is not really suitable for children under 1.1metres tall at all (assuming that children above that height are stronger than those under), and for those above, they just have to be aware that they might get shot in the face. 

Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Left: One of the monorail De Pirate Style
Right: Mutany Bay section
Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Really funny Save Lady Victoria Sponge pirate show, great singing, acting and dancing too!
Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Right: Shark!!
Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land

Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Pirate themed Sea Life centre - Sharkbait Reef in Mutany Bay
Using fibre optic lights as fish tank decoration, how clever! #isInspired

We went to Mutany Bay for lunch, and noticed that the live pirate show was about to begin! It was perfect timing as we could eat in the Courtyard and watch the show, but then they started making farting noises and spraying water everywhere haha! Lady Victoria Sponge's singing was fantastic and we really love her! We would have taken a picture with the actors if we haven't had greasy fingers.

We walked passed Battle Galleons and we were all tempted to join in (fire water jets at opponents. It's so much safer than foam balls) until we started seeing completely drenched kids walking past. Someone's thick coat was even dripping with water like she went for a shower in it! Next time when we come back, we'll have to bring spare clothes just for this!

Alton Towers Scarefest, Halloween, CBeebies Land
Left: Cloud Cuckoo Land   Right: Inside Ice Age 4D Experience

We then moved on to the last young children friendly place - Cloud Cuckoo Land. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was slightly disappointing at the beginning, until we took the lift ride. We came out with wobbly legs!

The Ice Age 4D Experience was absolutely fantastic. Not only did we get snow and wind, all at the right moments, we get whipped as well! It was really funny watching everyone whimper every time we get smacked. This was definitely an amazing 4D experience, and the 3D glasses worked really really well with the film.

Before we went to Alton Towers, we assumed that there was nothing else suitable for families with young children apart from CBeebies Land. Alton Towers in our memory has always been rides for young adults and above, so we were really surprised that we got so much fun out of Mutany Bay and Cloud Cuckoo Land as well. If we were prepared for wet play, we could even have fun at their Waterpark too.

As mentioned above, Alton Towers has started their #Scarefest event last Saturday, which will continue throughout half term until a week after Halloween. They made sure that the Halloween event is suitable for visitors of all ages, and have created plenty of spooky fun for young children too. And if you visit them during the last Scarefest weekend, you'll be able to enjoy the Bonfire Night fireworks as well.

I'm now wondering what their Winter Wonderland for Christmas is like!

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