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Aim to arrive at least 30 mins before Walt Disney Studios opens. Usually, most (if not all) waiting guests form a queue at the right hand set of entrance gates. Instead, head to the left hand set, and you should find yourself in pole position to make the dash to Crush's Coaster when the park opens.
It's easy to disregard the zoo at Flamingo Land, given the number of thrill rides at the park. Don't make the mistake of thinking it's just a sideshow - it's actually one of the best zoos in the UK. You'll need several hours at a minimum to explore it properly.
I have been to Blackpool Pleasure Beach 3 times this last summer with my friends, and we soon realised that the discounts change all the time online. One time we got in for £22, the next £25 and then finally £28. So keep an eye on them and work out the cheapest time to go. As well as this, it is mentioned elsewhere on this site that there is the option to buy ride tokens instead of a "ride everything" wristband. You pay a £5 fee just to enter the park and then pay however much each ride is worth. If you're with young children who won't be able to ride too much, this is a good option and believably does work out cheaper. My friends and I sat and worked it out on the last trip and even though we seemed to have been on quite a lot, it worked out about the same price if we'd have just bought ride tickets. Therefore, we decided to go on some more rides purely to get our money's worth. We went on the teacups, the dodgems, the carousel, and rode our favourites again. Just be aware that it may not always be the cheapest option.
Me and my friends have always just snacked in Blackpool Pleasure Beach, but this time decided we want to go and get an actual meal instead of the donuts, gigantic marshmallows and frozen yoghurt. We weren't really sure where to go and to be honest fancied some proper northern fish and chips. By accident we found a sit in restaurant by the Tango Ice Blast ride (formerly the playstation.) Very near the start of the park is Thor's Plaice. They have very high wooden tables and chairs in them and your fish and chips comes in a cardboard box. But the food was delicious. All cooked fresh. I have been coming here since being about 5 and never noticed it, tucked out the way a little bit if you're ride focused like me. Definitely worth a try.