An Alton Towers Festive Break – Part Two
We recently stayed at the Alton Towers Resort for a Festive Break. We arrived on New Years Day and spent our first day of 2017 exploring the Alton Towers Hotel and the interconnecting Splash Landings Hotel. We had a great time splashing around at the Alton Towers Waterpark, and attempted a trip to the panto… (Oh no we didn’t – thanks to our 2 year old doing his best screeching plank rendition!)
Anyway, after so much adventuring we were ready for food…
The Rollercoaster Restaurant:
We had booked to try out the new Rollercoaster Restaurant, which is actually in The Forbidden Valley area of the main theme park itself, and so around a 10 minute walk from the hotel down the “Golden Pathway”. It was a beautiful clear night and the sky was full of stars as we all wrapped up and strolled into the park. There was something exciting about being there and seeing the huge rollercoasters lit up at night. Both kids loved it! The Rollercoaster Restaurant is the UK’s first. You order your food from a tablet at your table, and instead of it being brought to you by a waiter or waitress, it is sent to you on a rollercoaster track directly to your table!
This was definitely something new and exciting! The food all came strapped into small stainless steel pots, and arrives with a label with the diner’s place number so that you know which meal is for whom. There were a couple of minor issues with timings in that our starter arrived after our mains, but in fairness we had been warned not to order our mains until we were ready for them, as the food is pretty much sent as soon as it is ready. (We obviously ignored this advice because Daddy Pig does not like to wait for food!) We all really enjoyed the novelty factor, and the food was beautiful. I had a festive turkey roast with all the trimmings which was absolutely delicious, and Daddy Pig had a balti which he said was really tasty. I had expected the food to all be stew type dishes – especially as some of the dishes literally do a corkscrew loop before arriving at the table, but we were pleasantly surprised at the menu and the quality of the food!
We had full intentions of heading back to enjoy the festive family entertainment, but by this point both of the tots were shattered and ready for bed, so we followed the golden pathway and the stars back to our room and tucked the kids into their bunk bed, before collapsing into a small coma ourselves about 15 minutes later.
The Next Morning:
We woke up at 6am
due to a 2 year old shouting “MUMMY DUDDLE NOW!!” ready for more action, and soon found ourselves tucking into yet more food with a hearty buffet breakfast at Flambos family restaurant on-site in the Splash Landings hotel. The Boy inhaled sausages, The Girl inhaled pancakes, Daddy Pig inhaled all of the things, and I had a latte the size of my head and then vibrated back to our room to pack.
Our second day was all about the theme park itself. A number of the smaller rides, including CBeebies Land were open, exclusively for hotel guests.
Alton Towers and CBeebies Land:
Despite it being a festive break, I really wasn’t expecting the park to be all that Christmassy with it mostly being closed, but it really didn’t disappoint and even though it was now the 2nd Jan, it delivered all of the festiveness with a side of twinkles and an extra helping of Christmas songs.
My inner elf was suitably impressed! We of course headed straight for the parental utopia that is CBeebies Land…
We were welcomed in with themes from the kids’ favourite shows, a few of their beloved characters were there to greet us too. Not one for pleasantries though the kids were off in search of adrenaline fuelled action and so we headed straight for a trip around Greendale in one of Postman Pat’s vans…
From there we managed to get around all of CBeebies land with next to no queues, including a boat ride around “In The Night Garden”, a spin on the Numtums Number Go Round and a blast on the Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure. A whole heap of fun was had by all – even Daddy Pig – who apparently took command in Justin’s Pie-O-Matic Factory and fired numerous spongy missiles at numerous unsuspecting parents. (I was shopping at this point – because shops.)
All in all we have had a fantastic New Year break and definitely one that we will all be able to look back on all year and smile. We have waved a fond farewell to 2016…
…But if this is what 2017 is going to look like then bring it on!
Wishing you all a brilliant new year!
Disclosure: This is not a collaborative post (and it definitely doesn’t rhyme!) But we just had a fab time and in the spirit of using my blog to capture our adventures as a family it seemed fitting to include it. Thanks for reading.