Alton Towers with Under threes: Ride hacks to make your visit stress free!

 A few weeks ago my boy and I took a three day trip to Alton Towers and we managed to cram in an afternoon at the waterpark and two full days at the theme park. We were lucky enough to be able to stay in the Alton Towers Hotel and saved over £80 in the process using this simple hack! But what is Alton Towers like for under threes? 

I’d say that the majority of our time was spent in CBeebies Land mainly because Alton Towers is just so damn big! I actually started to get a bit bored as I thought CBeebies Land would've had a lot more to offer and truth be told I didn’t actually realise how much my two year old could go on until I got home and started writing this. So instead of just doing a super long review of all the rides I thought I’d do something different and share some tips and tricks for visiting Alton Towers with 2-3 year olds.
Top tip: if you stay at on of the Alton Towers Resort hotels you get early access into the park. The monorail opens at 9am and the park at 9.30am (10am if you’re not a guest).

Toddlers over 0.9 meters can experience the following rides and attractions:
ü Battle Galleons
ü Big Fun Showtime
ü CBeebies Land Photo Studio
ü Charlie and Lola Moonsquirters and Green Drops
ü Congo River Rapids
ü Duel: The Haunted House Strikes Back
ü Enterprise
ü Frog Hopper
ü Gallopers Carousel
ü Get! Set! Go! Tree Top Adventure
ü Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom Ride
ü Heave Ho
ü In The Night Garden Magical Boat Ride
ü Justin’s House Pie-O-Matic Factory
ü Mr Blooms Allotment
ü Nina’s Science Lab
ü Numtums Number-Go-Round
ü Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure
ü Postman Pat Parcel Post
ü Runaway Mile Train
ü Sharkbait Reef by SEALIFE
ü Skyride
ü Something Special Sensory Garden
ü Tree Fu Tom Training Camp

A complete list of height restrictions can be found here. I also put together this map for those of you travelling with toddlers over 0.9 meters. Top tip: make sure you get your child measured and that they’re given a wristband to prove that they are over 0.9 meters – it saves having to be measured before they hop onto every ride. 

The Rollercoaster Restaurant is worth a visit if you’re up for the trek (and yes, you’ll be hiking up and down sloped paths for about 20 minutes)! Watching your food be served to you via rollercoaster is certainly entertaining for all of the family.. Top tip: book your table in advanced here as the restaurant fills up quickly during peak times. If you’re travelling with young ones its better to use the accessible route and keep in mind that the Rollercoaster Restaurant is at the opposite end of the theme park.
Alton Towers has an app which allows you to plan your day by selecting the rides you wish to go on, gives live updates on queue times and includes an interactive map giving you directions to the rides you’re trying to reach. Please note that the app requires internet access and Bluetooth to be enabled for accuracy. Top tip: don’t rely solely on the app directions as it doesn’t always give the most accurate fastest route when the Skyride is shut – double check by asking staff members along the way.

I hope these tips and tricks make your visit that much easier! Remember to check precise opening times before your visit, get there early and that it’s usually better to start towards the back and work your way towards the entrance. If you're considering staying at the Alton Towers Resort then check out my review of the Alton Towers Hotel here.

***** All information was correct at the time of publishing.

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