Queue Busters

Worried about queues spoiling your day? TowersTimes is here to help you plan your day in the most effective way possible, making sure you get the most magic for your money!

Long queues are an unavoidable part of any theme park visit, but with some insider knowledge you can manage your day effectively and avoid the worst of them, leaving you with more time to enjoy yourself.

Planning and knowing ahead of time is key. Here are some useful tips to get you started.

  1. Queue Times drop towards the end of the day. Most guests leave early which means after 4pm the majority of the queues will start to go down.
  2. Ride during lunch for a shorter queue. Take advantage of the lunchtime rush – during the middle of the day queues tend to get shorter whilst everyone is eating.
  3. Check Queue Boards. Located across the park are electronic boards displaying all the major rides queue times. Use these to plan your next move!
ERT

If you book your tickets in advance, are an Annual Passholder or have booked tickets alongside accommodation packages then you’re entitled to Early Ride Time!

Early Ride Time takes place from 9am until 10am and you’ll have exclusive access to selected attractions, which typically have a very short or no wait time at all. This is a great way to get some rides in before the crowds descend when the park officially opens at 10am.

The Early Ride Time line-up may change throughout the season and is not available during Scarefest, Fireworks and other special events.

Current Lineup:

  • Nemesis
  • The Blade
  • Oblivion
  • Enterprise
  • CBeebies Land (excluding Mr Bloom’s Allotment, The Furchester Hotel Live and Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom Ride)
SRQ

If you’re riding solo, or willing to split your group up then some attractions have a Single Rider Queue. It works by filling in the empty seats that become available. This can work out shorter than the main queue but you should check with the ride host at the entrance to make sure. Be aware that if you join the SRQ as a group you will get split up.

The Single Rider Queues may not be available on some days. The Resort Box Office will be able to advise you on rides that are operating a SRQ on the day of your visit.

Available on:

  • Oblivion
  • Spinball Whizzer
  • The Smiler
  • TH13TEEN
PQS

This free service enables one parent to queue whilst another looks after those unwilling or unable to ride. Once you’ve ridden the ride, using the parent swap card you can then switch and the other adult can ride without having to wait again.

To take advantage of this, simply visit the Resort Box Office upon your arrival at the park to register and pick up the required card.

Fastrack Tickets

Fastrack tickets are available for the majority of the rides and attractions at Alton Towers Resort. These allow you to skip a significant portion of the queue – usually leaving only a 5/10 minute wait before boarding. Fastrack tickets are available from the Box Offices on Towers Street as well as in Dark Forest and Forbidden Valley. They do sell out so it’s worth purchasing them when you arrive to avoid disappointment.

Fastrack

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure information is correct, TowersTimes cannot be held responsible if something is wrong. We advise to check with the resort prior to visiting if in doubt.

£10 Per Person
Allows one priority access to one of;

  • Galactica
  • The Smiler

£5 Per Person
Allows one priority access to one of;

  • Rita
  • TH13TEEN
  • Oblivion
  • Nemesis
  • Congo River Rapids
  • Runaway Mine Train
  • Spinball Whizzer
  • Duel
  • Enterprise
  • Battle Galleons
  • Marauders Mayhem

£12 Per Person
Allows one priority access to;

  • Congo River Rapids
  • Spinball Whizzer
  • Runaway Mine Train

£20 Per Person
Allows one priority access to;

  • Rita
  • TH13TEEN
  • Oblivion
  • Nemesis

£35 Per Person
Allows one priority access to;

  • Galactica
  • Oblivion
  • Nemesis
  • Rita
  • The Smiler
  • TH13TEEN

£55 Per Person
Allows one priority access to;

  • Galactica
  • The Smiler
  • TH13TEEN
  • Rita
  • Nemesis
  • Oblivion
  • Duel
  • Congo River Rapids
  • Spinball Whizzer
  • Runaway Mine Train
  • Battle Galleons
  • Marauder’s Mayhem
  • Enterprise

£95 Per Person
Allows unlimited priority access to;

  • Galactica
  • The Smiler
  • TH13TEEN
  • Rita
  • Nemesis
  • Oblivion
  • Duel
  • Congo River Rapids
  • Spinball Whizzer
  • Runaway Mine Train
  • Battle Galleons
  • Marauder’s Mayhem
  • Enterprise