Theme park breaks & packages

THEME PARK HOLIDAYS DIRECTORY

 

uk flagAlton Towers
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This is the official Alton Towers Breaks site, specialising in ticket and hotel packages to the resort using either on-site or off-site accommodation. Alton Towers Theme Park entry tickets are included as part of the package and often there will be offers and deals available.

| theme park | England |

 

uk flagDiggerland & Campsite

based: Devon, UK
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A unique theme park where kids and grown ups can drive actual full size diggers and construction machinery; with no driving licence needed (under the watchful eye of trained staff). The Devon site also operates its own campsite so you can easily create your own theme park package. Diggerland also has sites in Kent, Durham and Yorkshire, but you'll need to find your own local accommodation for these. There's one coming soon in New Jersey in the US too!

| theme park | UK | USA |

 

Efteling

based: Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, Neatherlands

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The Netherlands biggest theme park and one of the oldest in the world, Efteling is styled on ancient myth, legend, fairy tale and folklore and is split in to themed realms. To create a Efteling theme park break there is the Efteling Hotel just outside the gates, or holiday bungalows in Efteling Village Bosrijk next door to the park.

| theme park | Neatherlands |

 

uk flagEurocamp five star Featured Site

based: UK

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EurocampEurocamp holiday parcs for theme park holidays, situated within easy reach of various European theme parks, including Disneyland® Resort Paris, Futuroscope, Parc Astérix Paris, Duinrell Theme Park, Movieland, Puy du Fou, Gardaland and PortAventura; some with discounts for Eurocamp customers.

| theme park | Europe |

 

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

based: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Ferrari theme park, with a roof in the style of a classic double-curve Ferrari GT body. With unique attractions tailored to all aspects of driving, racing and building a Ferrari. Also the world's fastest roller coaster, racing simulators, educational attractions, an interactive museum, rides for children of all ages and a wide range of hotels.

| motor racing | theme park | Europe |

 

uk flagFlamingo Land Theme Park & Zoo

based: North Yorkshire, UK
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Theme park with seven unique themed areas, a fantastic zoo and a holiday 'Resort Village' right next door, offering a choice of short breaks and longer stays in holiday homes, log cabins and luxury lodges.

| theme park | Europe |

 

uk flagPaultons Park Short Breaks

based: Hampshire, UK
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This is the official site for hotel and ticket packages for Paultons Theme Park, which is also home to Peppa Pig World from the popular children's TV series. Paultons is located, within 140 acres of parkland, in the Hampshire New Forest and offers over 60 rides and attractions.

| theme park | England |

 

uk flagShortBreaks five star Featured Site

based: Kent, UK

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ShortBreaksFor short theme park breaks to Disneyland Resort Paris by Eurostar, ShortBreaks are specialists and have a regular offering of deals, discounts and special offers. It's also a great place to find other European and city breaks! ShortBreaks are an ABTA and ATOL bonded tour operator.

| theme park | France |

 

uk flagSuperbreak five star Featured Site

based: UK

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SuperbreakTheme park holidays in Europe and the UK, with a selection that includes the most popular theme parks and attractions, packaged together with a hotel stay. Theme parks including Legoland, Disneyland Paris, Alton Towers, Sea Life Centres, Eden Project, Chessington World of Adventure, Beatles Story, Blackpool Pleasure Beach... You can also add on tickets for other attractions such as the London Eye or Warwick Castle.

| theme park | UK | Europe |

 

uk flagWoodlands Family Theme Park

based: Devon, UK
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A family amusement park in Dartmouth, with 16 rides, indoor play centres, a Picnic Barn and over 500 birds and animals in its Zoo Farm. A particular feature is the Falconry Centre with over 50 birds of prey on display. The adjoining 5-star Woodlands Grove Caravan & Camping Park provides campsite accommodation and offers free entry to the theme park.

| theme park | England |

 

US flagDollywood

based: Tennessee, USA

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A Dolly Parton themed park with attractions and rides themed around a southern lifestyle and country music. It offers cabin and hotel packages.

| theme park | USA |

 

Europa Park

based: Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

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One of the top German theme parks, describes itself as the largest seasonal amusement park in the World, with over 100 rides and attractions. Offers package deals with on-site hotels.

| theme park | Germany |

 

uk flagPortAventura Theme Park Holidays

based: West Midlands, UK

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PortAventura theme park holidays in Spain, offering cheap hotel and airport transfers deals and free theme park tickets.

| theme park | Spain |

 

Theme Park Holidays

based: NSW, Australia

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Excellent value theme park packages and admission tickets to Australia's top parks and attractions.

| theme park | Australia |

 

FEATURED THEME PARK BREAKS

 

ARTICLE:

Advantages of a theme park package

What are the advantages of a theme park package over a day visit?

• Spreading the visit over more than one day is less exhausting, particularly for younger children (and their parents!). Packages often let you have a reduced price for the 2nd day and sometimes it's free!

• It allows you to make use of the quieter times, early mornings, late afternoons, early evening. Use the middle of day to escape to your hotel and relax, take a nap, use the pool, and have a picnic lunch or a sit-down meal.

• A package is good for mixed ages, younger children can get their afternoon nap back at the hotel with one parent, while older siblings can carry on riding the rides with the other.

• The accommodation used in packaged deals is often themed itself, particularly when it's on-site, making the whole stay more special – more of an adventure.

• You can often park your car away from the congestion of the day-trippers car park.

• Sometimes you'll get special perks for booking a package, for example at Universal Studios Florida you'll get a complimentary 'Express Plus Pass' if you stay on-site, this allows you jump the queue for some attractions and rides.

• Many of the agents listed here on Travel-Quest can arrange a multi-park trip taking in several theme parks in one package – particularly relevant for trips to the US.

 

 

 

THEME PARK TIPS:

General theme park visit tips:

rollercoster• Different parks suit different age groups, so get it right from the start, for example (in the UK) Legoland Windsor and Chessington World of Adventures suit younger children (under 10), while Alton Towers and Thorpe Park cater more for teenagers and young adults.

• Go hands free and take a backpack or small rucksack for anything you want to carry around with you.

• Measure your children (with shoes on) before you go as height restrictions are generally strictly adhered to, it's no fun in queuing only to find they're too short for the ride.

• Don't loose the children! Write your mobile number on their wrist or pin it on the inside of their clothes. If they're relying on a mobile phone to keep in touch with you if they get lost, and you're at an overseas park, remember to set the number up correctly for them in advance.

• Closed-toed and secure footwear is a good idea, you don't want shoes flying off on the rides.

• Remember where you parked! Make a note of the number of your parking spot or take a photo of the nearest parking sign with your phone!

• At the start of the day head the opposite way to everyone else, to the back of the park or circling the opposite way.

• If the park has animals remember that they are usually more active in the mornings. Check the park website for any special events and feeding times too.

• If you're on your own look for single riders queues. You can use these anyway if you don't mind riding without your mates/family etc.

• Leave the headline rides until lunch time when more people are eating and the queues are shorter.

• At the end of the day leave the park early to avoid traffic queues out of the car park.

 

Some specific tips for water rides and attractions:

• Spending the day in damp clothes is no fun, so go on water rides at the end of the day.

• Or take cheap rain ponchos, or even rubbish bags, to wear to avoid getting too wet.

• Bring plastic ziplock/sealable bags to protect your phones.

• Swimming costumes might be appropriate for the kids for some water attractions, check with the parks website before you go (and don't forget towels).

• Some dry clothes and towels in the car might be a good idea too.

 

And on eating and drinking:

• Go to lunch after 2pm to avoid the rush and restaurant queues.

• If available, buy the refillable drinks cups that you can keep re-filling for free all day, saves having to carry drinks around with you.

• Take a picnic, in the UK most theme parks will have picnic areas, but in the US you may find parks don't allow you to take in your own food, or only have picnic areas outside of the park.

• At a few theme parks kids eat free at the restaurants after the lunchtime rush.