Half of public see theme parks as overpriced

54% of people in the UK consider theme parks in the country to be an overpriced day out.

According to research carried out by the GoCompare.com price comparison website, less than 1 in 20 people said they offered good value for money.

Around 3,000 adults were questioned in a poll carried out earlier this month – August is the peak season for British theme parks.

More than half of people said that most of their day was spent in in queues, while a third said they would not pay the standard walk-up prices without the aid of discount vouchers.

Food hikes

61% said that food and drink at the parks was overpriced.

Catering prices at British parks this season have come under fire for being hiked above the level of the combined increases in VAT and inflation.

The price of Alton Towers’ all-you-can eat Italian buffet increased by 8.5% to £8.95 this season.

A half-pizza meal deal at Pleasure Island (including fries and small soft drink) is £7.50, while a bacon bun at Lightwater Valley is reported to cost £3.50.

Alton Towers is still held in high regard among those questioned, being voted the nation’s favourite theme park, with Disney World in Florida coming second.