Boo is a big fan of theme parks. Has been since she was about 18 months old, so we visit them fairly often. It seems Little Man is now taking after his big sister, too, as he does love a ride! So I’m sure you can imagine that the opening of Cbeebies Land was something eagerly anticipated here!
We visited a couple of weeks ago and I have mixed feelings about it. It looks fabulous, features many of the most popular characters and has plenty to see and do. But the queues!!! Now, we were there at the weekend, only a week after it had opened. I can only assume we were seeing it as it’s peak, so maybe if (when!) we go again, it will be better. The shortest queue we found had a 45 minute wait time, and the In The Night Garden ride and Postman Pat ride looked to be the most popular, both with wait times of 70 minutes. We did pop back at the end of the day in case it was improved, and it was – 60 minutes! Fortunately, the layout is such that you can see most of the rides and characters which kept the kids happy..
So, what can we do other than queue?! Well, there’s the shop to explore..
The fun and exciting Charlie and Lola’s Moonsquirters and Green Drops..
A play kitchen where you can open cupboard doors repeatedly? Perfect for Little Man! And Boo loved the magnetic dress up in there.
And then there is Tree Fu Tom’s Training Camp….
We spent a lot of time in that camp! I think this was their favourite thing.
Various characters can be met whilst strolling, and Boo was happy to hold a baby veggie!
We also strolled round the rest of Alton Towers, took in the fab aquarium that they had there and the kids walked and ran about. They loved their day out, and to be honest, seemed oblivious to the fact that they’d not been on a CBeebies Land ride! We are fortunate enough to live relatively close to it, so we will go back on a quieter day…!