Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Waterpark At Alton Towers Resort

Last weekend we visited the Alton Towers Resort. We had been invited to a special In The Night Garden Party but we decided to arrive a few days earlier and enjoy some family time together. We stayed at the Alton Towers Hotel but when we arrived our room wasn't ready even though check in time is 3pm and it was later so we decided to head to the Waterpark. The tropical indoor and outdoor waterpark is filled with pools, lazy river, slides and an outdoor pool and jacuzzi. This was little J's first time at the Waterpark as when we visited at Christmas he wasn't very well so we didn't go in. Its £15 for a visit to the Waterpark and under 4's go free. I do have to mention that up until this year you have never been charged to spectate, but they now charge the full £15 even if you are just watching. I'm not sure why this has happened as I have watched a few times from the sun loungers and never been charged. You can hire a towel for a non-refundable cost of £2 and lockers are just 20p.

Little J ready for a swim - To Infinity And Beyond

When we entered the changing rooms they had been refurbished so looked shiny and new again. There is a variety of changing rooms including single, twins and family rooms. The family changing rooms have a baby change table.

The heat inside the pool area is really warm so if you do choose to spectate just wear something cool and you can take in flip flops if you wish but no outdoor shoes can be worn. I just had leggings and a T-shirt on as I wasn't swimming this time and I was still hot.

Managed to sneak a photo as they walked past

Big and Little J both love the water and got straight in the main pool while I found a seat. There are signs to say no towels are permitted on the benches or loungers if no-one is sitting there but there were towels spread out on seats but it wasn't busy and I found a seat just next to the baby pool.

Big J went on the Master Blaster slide a few times and also the outdoor slide before he joined little J in the baby pool. The Master Blaster is a huge slide in the waterpark and first you need to queue for a rubber ring before you can go in the queue for the ride. Big J loves the Master Blaster slide and is confident to go on it alone but you can get double rubber ring if you want to go on in 2's.

Little J filling up the bucket only to empty it again

The baby pool is very shallow and has lots of toys and equipment for the children to play with. Lots of pulley strings which tip out water and there is also a slide too. Little J wouldn't go down it alone so it was lucky he has a very kind big brother who took him down.

The outdoor pool area was open and includes a jacuzzi and three outdoor slides. Daddy took little J on one of the slides and he loved it.

Little J drinking his Ice Cream?

When it was time for a rest and some dinner we grabbed a highchair and visited the snack bar. There is actually two places inside which serves food. There is a coffee shop which serves salads, subs and sandwiches and next door serves hotdogs, chips and ice cream.

Big J got a tuna sub and little J got a hotdog. If you have a Merlin Pass you can use it in either to get 20% discount. This does help when you are feeding a family of four.

If you are visiting the resort I would definitely recommend a visit. It wasn't very busy when we arrived but I think maybe it was because it was a Friday evening. It does tend to get busier on a weekend or special events such as Santa's Sleepover or Scarefest. As always big J enjoyed the Waterpark and little J is now a huge fan too.

The Alton Towers Hotel

I wasn't going to blog about our recent visit to Alton Towers as I have blogged so many times already about Alton Towers but we did so much over the three days we were there so I wanted to give it a mention. We only decided to stay over very last minute and we managed to get a really good deal on the Alton Towers Hotel. We originally booked for just Saturday but later extended it to Friday and Saturday.

Big J and Little J Outside The Alton Towers Hotel

The Crazy People Have Arrived

If you haven't stayed at the Alton Towers Resort before there are two hotels to choose from and the new Enchanted Village. We have stayed in both hotels over the years, Splash Landing and The Alton Towers hotel. The hotels are next door to each other and are connected inside through a walkway. They are very much the same although we do prefer the Alton Towers hotel. Its usually slightly more expensive but the room is bigger and its nicely decorated too.

Check in time is 3pm but our room wasn't ready so we headed over to the Waterpark. The boys had some dinner in the Waterpark but if you do wish to dine in one of the restaurants in the hotels I would recommend booking a table on arrival as they are very popular.

Our room was on the first floor just by The Spa. The Family Room consists of a double bed and bunk beds. We didn't book a travel cot because little J is too big for a cot now as he sleeps in a toddler bed at home but we were not sure how he would be in a bunk bed.

Little J Checking Out His Bed

When we showed him his bed he climbed up and was quite excited. Big J had to sleep on the top bunk which he has never done before but was happy to give it a go.

The room is very basic but its just what you need as you are busy out and about all day anyway so its just a place to sleep really. There is tea and coffee making facilities in the room and small toiletries are provided in the bathroom.

Cbeebies Land Disco

Meeting Tree Fu Tom

As it was half term there was a Cbeebies Land Disco in the hotel which was open until 10pm every night. The room was decorated in purple and yellow and lots of characters made an appearance. Little J met Postman Pat, Mike The Knight and Tree Fu Tom. There was huge dance floor so the children could dance along to the songs,

Daddy and Big J enjoying a Game Of Fifa

Little J Chilling On The Xbox

In the centre of the room there was a huge XBOX ONE station which had about ten XBOX consoles. Perfect for big J who played Fifa and Forza with some other boys. He was chuffed. Little J had a go too.

There was a bar in the CBeebies Land Disco so Mummy and Daddy had a sneaky drink or two while the boys played.

After the disco we headed over to the arcades and had a few goes on the grab machines and both Daddy and Big J won a teddy each. They were so lucky.

Bunk Beds

Night Night

After we returned to the room it wasn't long before we were all in bed. Little J passed out instantly and slept right through the night in the bunk bed.

After a good nights sleep we woke to two little visitors sitting on our window. 

Breakfast was included in the room rate and as we were staying in Alton Towers Hotel our breakfast is served in the secret garden restaurant.

There is a huge choice of hot and cold breakfast and we all had a little bit of both. It filled us up so we could enjoy Day 2 of our 3 days in Alton Towers.

After breakfast we headed over to the theme park were we met up with Uncle K, Uncle P, Cousin J and Aunty L.