I am very proud to be starting 2016 off with two new blogging collaborations and today we can announce the first of them… This year we are going to be Merlin Annual Pass Ambassadors. Over the coming months we will be visiting at least six of the attractions and sharing our experiences on social media and this blog.
As you can imagine Theo is extremely excited (especially about Legoland) and we are also hoping his teenage cousin Millie will be joining us on a few of the outings to give us her perspective on the parks and attractions.
Although we visited the SEA LIFE Centre in London only a few months ago, it has been a long time since I last went to some of the other Merlin sites. In fact I last visited Thorpe Park when I was at primary school, I still remember being unable to sleep the night before because of the excitement!
Fortunately we have good friends who had passes last year and they filled their Christmas card with stories of the great experiences they had, so I decided to ask them a few questions about what it’s been like having an annual pass.
Pam & Damian are the parents to Olivia 7 and Alexis 6 and live in Wiltshire
Was last year the first time you have had a Merlin pass?
Yes, we have been living abroad for a number of years so this is the first opportunity we have had to enjoy the benefits that the Merlin pass is giving us.
Why did you decide to get one now?
We bought our first passes in April 2015 as we decided that we wanted to have some fun together as a family and we are within easy reach of 3 of the largest parks. we felt our children are at the perfect age to enjoy the rides that the parks have to offer and it’s great for us to spend family time together.
Which pass did you choose and why?
We bought 4 standard passes (3 with our Tesco clubcard points!).
How many trips did you do with it?
We honestly can’t remember the exact number but we have spent 4 days at Alton Towers, 10 trips to Chessington World of Adventures, 5 trips to legoland Windsor, 2 trips to Thorpe Park, one trip to Warwick castle, one to Weymouth sealife centre and one to Birmingham Sealife centre. We have a trip planned for February to visit all the London attractions for a long weekend.
Which was your favourite trip?
The family favourite has been Chessington World of adventures by far for day trips. However our favourite park is Alton Towers.
Is there anything you would have done differently and would you consider buying a pass again?
We will definitely be renewing our passes next year but instead of 4 standard passes we will make sure we get one premium pass to get the added benefit of free parking at the parks which has added up to more than we expected purely because we have made such good use of the passes. We will also get the benefit of taking our daughters friends to the parks for a much reduced entry fee for her birthday.
More questions? Leave them in the comments and I’ll get Pam & Damian to answer or check myself with the Merlin Annual Pass team.
The Merlin Annual pass sale started yesterday and runs until 15th February. Passes are available from just £99 per person and give you access to some of the UK’s biggest and best attractions, including the Coca-Cola London Eye, THORPE PARK Resort, Dream Works Tours Shrek’s Adventure! London, Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Cbeebies Land at Alton Towers Resort, LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort, The National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham and more
To find out more visit merlinannualpass.co.uk