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Carriba Creek - Alton Towers Water Park (Staffordshire)

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The Alton Towers Waterpark is a heated oasis of fun for all the family, and is available to everyone. This Caribbean lagoon is open all year round.

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      16.12.2012 15:01
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      a must do whilst in the area

      During our stay at Alton Towers we also purchased the Waterpark tickets, although we were not sure if we would use them. However I am glad we did as we had a brilliant time. There was 3 of us all together all aged in our mid 20's and we had a fantastic time. The pool area is extremely big and a lot of variety for all ages. We went on a Sunday afternoon and it was extremely packed, which did start to cause a problem when we wanted to go on the flumes as we had to queue for rubber rings for around 20 minutes and then queue again to get on the flumes. Obviously if it was less packed this would have worked well but with all the rubber rings in use we only got to go on each flume once. They were definitely worth the wait though. The best Flume has to be the Master Blaster water Coaster, which takes you all the way round the park high up above everything else. There was also an outside area, which was also very good, with various flumes taking you down to the bottom of the pool. We went at the end of September so it was pretty cold outside but the water was kept at a warm temperature so the cold was not an issue. There is also a children's water play area, which looked great fun for the younger kids. The only thing I would say is they should open the pool later. It currently stays open one hour after the park closes which by the time you have got from the park back to the hotel is too late to then go for a swim. This would be good to keep it open longer as there is nothing else to do in the hotel once the park has closed and would mean you do not have to miss out on park time to go to the water park. There are plenty of lockers and changing rooms as well as a large shower area and heat booths (which you have to pay for). The lockers are also £2, but you get £1 back after use. The cost of the Water park is £16.50 each, although we got it slightly cheaper as we were staying the hotel, but I feel it is definitely worth the cost, it's a great Waterpark. Overall I think this waterpark is great fun and a must do for everyone. Although beware the food is quite expensive in here so maybe wait until after swimming to grab something to eat.

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      17.04.2010 20:01
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      A very pleasant water park, which is well worth a visit.

      Carriba Creek is Alton Towers' indoor, heated water park. It's located under the Splash Landings / Alton Towers Hotel complex and can be accessed from both relatively easily (though the directions from the Alton Towers Hotel can be a little confusing). Carriba Creek is the perfect water park for young families, but will be less appealing to serious water park junkies, especially if you have experienced any of the big American water parks. The water park doesn't really have much to it. It has three substantive attractions and some peripheral features, such as water falls, jets, an outside swimming pool and a water-based climbing frame. The main attractions consist of two water flumes and the 'lazy river'. My favorite of the two flumes is The Master Blaster Water Coaster, a water flume which requires its users to sit in a large rubber ring. You have to be over a certain height to use this slide and it is not suitable for small children. Part of the flume entails participants shooting upwards along a rising stretch of the ride. The participants are pushed along by water jets, which is an innovative and unusual experience (ie sliding up a water slide). I have to say, that although I am a big fan of this water slide, the queuing is excessive and I twice fell out of my ring and hit my head on the way to the bottom. The other water flume is a lot more tame in comparison to The Master Blaster. Rush N Rampage is a much gentler water flume and is far more suitable for young children. Kids can choose to enjoy this ride on their own or in a double seater rubber ring with parents. The Lazy River is also very suitable for children and is a lot of fun for adults as well. Participants sit in a rubber ring and enjoy being swept along a stretch of indoors river, complete with water falls, tipping stations and jets. The water park also has a large jacuzzi style 'bubble pool', a shallow bathing area for babies and toddlers and an outdoors swimming area and slide (which has always been closed when I have attended). There are a lot of great touches, which make this a really fun place for children especially. The Wacky Water Works Treehouse is a climbing frame style attraction (very safe), which includes integrated water cannons and pistols, which can be fired by the kids. The Tipping Bucket is a nice touch. It is an enormous bucket, holding 1,000 liters of water that turns over and empties on those below when a bell sounds. Carriba Creek has a lot going for it and I would recommend a visit if you are staying at one of the Alton Towers hotels. The changing areas are clean, the staff are friendly and polite and the atmosphere is very uplifting and fun.

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        12.02.2010 19:30
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        You'll have a blast!

        Its not very often that you get a decent waterpark in this country.... ive been to loads but have been continually disappointed. But no more - Cariba Creek is fantastic!! Its set in the grounds of Alton Towers - which means that you can often get deals for both the waterpark and theme park combined which work out bargainous. We went to the waterpark as part of a package with the hotel - and we had a blast. Its suitable for all of the family - theres a section for little children, a climbing section in the middle with squirters and buckets rope ladders that is suitable for anyone any age (who doesnt have fun tipping the buckets of water over people), and theres the big waterslides (about 5 or 6 of them). Some of the slides go outside (which even in freezing october wasnt too cold) and theres an indoor and outsoodr jacuzzi. All in all - theres lots to do for all the family!! Its a great day out for everyone - and i would definately recommend this to anyone with a spare day to fill.

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