TAK­ING US FOR A RIDE

Fury as theme parks charge kids adult rates

Sunday Mirror - - KHAN SAIRA - BY STEPHEN HAY­WARD Con­sumer Correspondent

GREEDY theme parks have been slammed for charg­ing three-year-olds the same ticket price as their par­ents.

Fam­ily at­trac­tions such as Chess­ing­ton World of Ad­ven­tures now have one price for all vis­i­tors.

Teenage cam­paign­ers and con­sumer ex­perts called on op­er­a­tors to think of cash-strapped fam­i­lies and re­view “un­fair” ad­mis­sions.

It comes as mil­lions of par­ents start plan­ning theme park stay­ca­tions and days out.

Chess­ing­ton and Le­goland Windsor have a sin­gle ticket price of £29 for vis­i­tors, itors, with only un­der-threes ees go­ing free.

Other at­trac­tions trac­tions also came in for stick, view­ing any­one over 12 as an adult. Alton Tow­ers, Stafford­shire, has £27.50 kid tick­ets for those aged three to 12, then it shoots up to £33. Dray­ton Manor’s child tick­ets are for un­der-12s. Any­one else visi vis­it­ing the Staffs theme pa park must fork out £30 on th the day – a third more t than a child’s. On­line d dis­counts are the same fo for ev­ery­one over 12. Mar­tyn James, of con con­sumer websi t e Re­solv Re­solver, said: “You’re a child till you’re 16 – and for some things 18 – so how is it fair that a huge range of busi­nesses charge adult

prices from 12? It’s time firms charged kids’ prices un­til they’re of­fi­cially adults.”

At­trac­tions in­clud­ing Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle, HMS Belfast on the Thames and Lon­don’s Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum charge adult prices for over 16s.

Stu­dents Emily Stott and So­phie Bar­ber, both 19, launched the Child­fare web­site call­ing for fair prices for un­der-18s.

Emily, of Not­ting­ham, said: “In the eyes of the law you’re an adult at 18. They should set prices ac­cord­ingly.”

The Bri­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Leisure Parks, Piers and At­trac­tions said theme parks con­sider their tar­get mar­ket when set­ting prices and there are no set rules.

Le­goland ticket for a boy over three Le­goland ticket for an adult Chess­ing­ton on­line ticket for each adult or child Le­goland ticket for a girl over three

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