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Theme Parks: Merlin Acts to Ease Ongoing Flight Chaos


Related: Merlin to Open Three New Attracions in Blackpool as Part of Regeneration Programme / Merlin Entertainments: Financial Results for the year to Dec 26th ’09

Planes might slowly be getting back in the air but for those who have missed flights over the last six days it is estimated that it may still be a week or more before the backlog is cleared and everyone who wants to travel is able to.   

For others the moment has passed, and all they have to show is a ‘useless’ flight ticket.   However maybe not so useless …thanks to an offer from Merlin Entertainments, Europe’s No 1 visitor attraction operator and the owners of the London Eye and Britain’s biggest theme parks…it could just get you ‘off the ground’ after all!

Merlin is offering half-price admission to any of its 22 UK attractions on production of a valid unused flight ticket (and a passport or other ID)…for up to two weeks after the date the flight was cancelled.

No ash will stop thwarted travellers taking a ‘flight’ over London on the Merlin Entertainments London Eye; seeing many of the world’s sights in miniature at LEGOLAND Windsor; mixing with international stars at Madame Tussauds or exploring tropical seas at a SEA LIFE centre.

More than that they could test their nerves on the latest terrifying rides – Th13teen at the Alton Towers Resort; SAW – The Ride and SAW Alive at THORPE PARK, or KOBRA at Chessington World of Adventures.

Merlin hopes that it will be some consolation at least for the disappointment of a lost holiday; and especially for all those people from overseas trapped in the UK and unable to get home.

Anyone wanting to take up the offer should present their ticket or e-ticket and their passport/other ID at the attraction ticket desk to claim their discount.  Offer does not apply to online or telphone pre-bookings.

Merlin’s offer will end on May 14th, but may be renewed if the air-traffic crisis continues.

Merlin Entertainments UK attractions:   Madame Tussauds; Merlin Entertainments London Eye; SEA LIFE London Aquarium and 10 other SEA LIFE attractions; London, York and Edinburgh Dungeons; Alton Towers Resort; THORPE PARK; Chessington World of Adventures; LEGOLAND Windsor; Warwick Castle and the new LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Manchester.

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS GROUP is the leading name in location based family entertainment, and has seen the most successful and dynamic growth of any company in the sector over the last six years.   Europe’s No 1, and the world’s second largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin has 61 attractions, 6 hotels and two holiday villages in 13 countries, across 3 continents.   The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 38.5 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and 15, 000 employees.  
Merlin Entertainments operates the following attractions – SEA LIFE – the world’s biggest aquarium brand, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, The Merlin Entertainments London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, THORPE PARK, Chessington World of Adventures, Heide Park, and Earth Explorer.  All brands which are distinctive, challenging and innovative – and which have great potential for growth in the future. 

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