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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

Details of the 2020 lineup of Early Ride Time rides will be released soon.

Early Ride Time Details

Early Ride Time is not available during Scarefest, Fireworks and other Special Events.

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.