Our toddler turned 2 not long ago and as a birthday treat we went and stayed at Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire so we could visit Cbeebies Land.
We don’t live that far away from Alton Towers so both myself and my partner have been a number of times in the past. Every time we go there is something new to do! Neither of us had stayed over before so we decided to brave it and book an Enchanted Village Woodland Lodge for the night.
The Enchanted Village was very easy to find. It is situated near to the Alton Towers Resort Hotel and the new Cbeebies Land Hotel. We were able to park in a grassed area less than 2 minutes away which was great when carrying in the huge amount of toddler related things we brought with us.
After checking in we were given a map with directions to our lodge. I felt like I had fallen into The Lord Of The Rings.
The setting was perfect – it really did feel magical and wild. Each group of lodges were arranged in a semi circle with a small play ground in the centre. Although there were roughly 12 lodges in each group we didn’t feel cramped or over looked by our lodge neighbours. The small playgrounds in the centre were perfect for children, however a little too big for my toddler to play on.
The lodge itself consisted of 3 rooms. A double bedroom, a children’s room and a bathroom.
The attention to detail was fantastic. From the wooden stump style pillow on our bed to the small fairy door on the wall. We even had a storybook about the enchanted village left on our pillow (We brought it home as we assumed it was a gift!).
The Children’s bedroom included a bunkbed and a pull out toddler bed. The floor was designed to look like a forest floor with stray leaves and even a picnic set up. This confused our toddler a little as she tried to pick up and eat the picnic food!
We left booking our evening meal until the last minute as we didn’t realise we should have booked it in advance. They operate on a time slot basis so it has to be booked in advance, you can’t just show up. We had to eat quite early on in the evening which meant that most restaurants were already full when we wanted to go. We managed to get a space in the Secret Garden Restaurant that is within the Alton Towers Resort Hotel itself. The food was lovely and we had some great service. Next time I would be more organised and book a table in the new Rollercoaster restaurant.
CBeebies is on our tv everyday at home so I don’t know who was more star stuck – us or our toddler!
We checked out of our lodge and walked up to the monorail which was a short 10 minute walk away. We decided to take our buggy with us however you can hire them if needed once you are within the park. CBeebies land is situated near to the park entrance so it took hardly any time at all to get there once we had gone through the ticket gates.
CBeebies land has 14 different attractions ranging from mini rollercoasters to sit down shows.
As our toddler was under the minimum height requirement of 0.9 meters we had to miss out of some of the bigger attractions such as the Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom ride and the Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure which was a shame. I’m not sure who was more upset – me or my partner (We love the Octonauts!).
As we stayed over in the resort we could enter the park an hour earlier than the general public. We used this extra hour to go on some of the more popular rides so we didn’t have to queue with a grumpy toddler later in the day. We used this time to go on the Postman Pat Parcel Post ride and the In The Night Garden Magical Boat Ride as they are some of the most popular rides in the area.
Before queuing, we parked our buggy in one of the many buggy parks. They are located throughout CBeebies Land so you can leave your buggy parked up safely whilst you go on the rides. This was fantastic as queuing with a buggy would have been a nightmare!
Postman Pat Parcel Post
We queued for less than 5 minutes for this ride. We sat in our very own postman pat van as we travelled around Greendale to help deliver the post. The characters that lined the route were so lifelike and our toddler recognised them instantly.
In The Night Garden Magical Boat Ride
This is probably one of the most popular shows on CBeebies! We queued for roughly 20 minutes which seemed a lot longer with an excited toddler. The ride consisted of a boat ride around the night garden meeting the different characters as you went. The only downside with this ride was that the music and narration was not in time with the ride. So, we were listening to Makka Pakka was we floated past Upsy Daisy. Our toddler didn’t notice but we did.
Both rides were lovely although after seeing the queue for them later on in the day we were glad we went on them earlier!
Something Special Sensory Garden
Attractions such as the Something Special Sensory Garden broke up our day. Our toddler enjoyed trying to find the items Justin and Mr Tumble were looking for. There were different plants throughout the garden that children are encourages to touch and smell, as well as interactive exhibits.
The Furchester Live
The Furchester Hotel Live show was excellent! It lasted roughly 20 minutes and is an interactive show featuring characters from The Furchester Hotel show as well as an actor.
Children were encouraged to get involved by helping cookie monster find his cookies as well as joining in singing and dancing with Phoebe and Elmo. Our toddler was completely engrossed throughout – her eyes lit up when Funella burst through the doors!
Hey Duggee Live!
This was probably the highlight of our whole visit. We are huge Hey Duggee fans! There are different live shows throughout the day, from Hey Duggee to Tree Fu Tom. The weather was lovely when we were there so it was really good that the arena was shaded. The Hey Duggee show even featured Happy which delighted the children watching. Our toddler didn’t quite realise that she couldn’t run up to Duggee so spent quite a lot of the show in tears! Luckily we got a Duggee hug at the end!
What else did we do?
Despite having a lovely day toddlers still need to nap! We managed to sneak in a ride on Nemesis during nap time. Alton Towers now operate something called a parent pass.
The Parent Pass lets one parent queue up as normal and go on the ride, the other parent can then wait by the exit for them. You can then swap over with the second parent going straight on the ride through the exit rather than queuing up again. This meant we had both been on Nemesis in less than 20 minutes! We only managed to go on one ride before nap time ended.
There is also a Sealife centre situated within the Mutiny Bay sector. It was something nice to do to break up queues and entry is included in the price of your ticket, it was also nice to be inside out of the heat!
We managed to meet Captain Barnacle, Upsy Daisy and Iggle Piggle which went down a storm!
We paid £102 for one night in the enchanted lodge – this included Bed and Breakfast as well as our parking ticket.
We only paid £10 for two park tickets (£5 each!) as we collected the vouchers from The Times newspaper earlier this year. Children under 3 get in free so we didn’t have to pay for our toddler.
We spent about £50 in total on our evening meal and our lunch whilst we were in the park.
In total, our entire Cbeebies Land break cost us roughly £160 which I don’t think is bad at all.
We had a fantastic time – i’m so glad we took the plunge and went. Everything was designed with children in mind, from little steps at the check-in desk to the activities in the queuing areas. If you’re little one/s are CBeebies fans then it is definitely worth a trip. We have made some lovely memories and have some lovely photos that I cant wait to look back on in a few years time.