The last month or so, we’ve been enjoying the fruits of a deliberate large expenditure that is now saving us huge amounts of money. We’re saving like mad for the honeymoon, true, but we’ve also been talking for a couple of years about investing in a Merlin Pass for when we’re out and about with Small. Last month we bit the bullet and finally got some as a family while out at Legoland.
To say that we’re getting our money’s worth is something of an understatement. We’re situated roughly smack bang in the middle of a number of major attractions like Thorpe Park, Chessington and the above-mentioned Legoland, all about 20-30 minutes away, so our weekends are now allowing us to rediscover rollercoasters and rides of various shapes and sizes.
The number one advantage has been the discovery that being able to wander in past all the queues at the entrance really does take away all the stresses about time that we’d usually have. By this I mean that before getting the tickets we’d have been stressing about getting there early, the amount of time spent in queues for popular rides – not to mention the general expense of heading out as a family.
Now, we joke about wandering over to Thorpe Park to jump on one ride before heading out to somewhere else. It has transformed the weekends that we have Small over to stay with us, if nothing else. In theory, going to each of the local parks once each would see us breaking even on the costs. Today was our seventh park trip so we’re well ahead of the game. When you factor in a twenty percent discount on food and drink there… well we really can’t complain.
Especially when we effectively get to fling ourselves down rides like this more or less at will (well, okay, barring a bit of queueing…)