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Theme Park

Early Ride Time

What is Early Ride Time?

Early Ride Time (ERT) is your chance to explore the UK’s biggest theme park ahead of the crowds.

Whilst the main theme park gates open from 10am, hotel guests and Merlin Annual Pass holders have exclusive access to select rides from 9.30am.

Experience some of our most popular rides ahead of the park opening. With shorter queue times, you can start your day with unencumbered thrills!

2020 Early Ride Time Lineup

Mutiny Bay

  • Wicker Man


  • Oblivion
  • Enterprise

CBeebies Land

  • Peter Rabbit Hippity Hop
  • Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom Ride
  • In The Night Garden Magical Boat Ride
  • Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure
  • Get, Set, Go! Treetop Adventure
  • Justin's House Pie-O-Matic Factory
  • Postman Pat Parcel Post
  • Bugbie Go Round


Early Ride Time Details

Early Ride Time is not available during Scarefest, Fireworks and other Special Events. Or after 8th October.

Early Ride Time is exclusively for Resort Hotel Guests and Merlin Annual Passholders. A Valid Merlin Annual Pass or Hotel booking confirmation must be shown to gain access to the park for Early Ride Time. Please have this ready to show to the Admissions Team. 

The line-up of available rides and rollercoasters is subject to availability and can change throughout the season. Be sure to check this page before your visit, to find out which attractions will be open.

Have a short break booked before 25th April? We can move your stay date with no extra cost!

Further to recent updates from the Government on the response to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, we have taken the very difficult decision to close Alton Towers Resort as a precautionary measure.

For guests with short breaks arriving up to and including 25th April 2020, we have relaxed our usual terms and conditions so you can now reschedule your break to another date in the 2020 season with no additional cost*

Please visit the Manage My Booking site and complete the booking amendment form, including your booking reference and the preferred date you would like to rearrange your booking to. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

We look forward to welcoming you to Alton Towers Resort soon. Thank you for your patience.

*Subject to availability, please provide 3 alternative dates in order of preference, dates allocated on a first come first served basis. Please note – if you have booked a partner Hotel (a Hotel off site), most will honour the price you booked at, however there are a small number which cannot, we will let you know based on the dates you choose.