In our group were 5 adults and 5 kids ranging in age from 5-10 years old. The reason for our visit to Legoland was that our friends from Vietnam were over for a holiday with their young children and they were eager to experience a UK theme park.
Luckily for us, Legoland is fairly local so we headed off in 2 cars for the 20 minute drive to Windsor. As we were driving into Legoland the excitement was building and the children were so excited to see the Lego letters and figures on either sides of the road. Parking was straightforward and the walk from the carpark to entrance was fairly short! Just remember to buy your carpark ticket for exit before you leave, which is £6.
We arrived at 9.30am, which is opening time and there were already many people there! We only had to queue for 5 minutes though and we were in!
The view as you walk into Legoland is spectacular as you look out over Windsor Castle and surrounding countryside. The kids couldn’t run down the slope fast enough towards the rides. Smiles all round and ready for our first ride! As it was still early the queue for the Vikings’ River Splash was fairly short and fast moving so, although in previous experiences I have got very wet on this ride, we decided to do this first! The 5 year old in the group was just tall enough to make it on and it was a great all rounder of a ride. Adults and kids enjoyed it as much as each other, plus we all managed to stay dry!
The next rides you come to as you walk into the park are the well established Longboat Invader and Spinning Spider. We did these fairly swiftly and then decided to head for one of the newer additions to the park- LEGO® NINJAGO® The Ride! The point from which we joined the queue said there would be a 60 minute wait, so we decided to bite the bullet and get in line. Halfway into the queue there is a play area with lots of lego building bricks for the kids to play with, whilst the adults stay in line and I thought this was a good idea. There is the option at Legoland of reserving your ride time from £20 per person, cutting your ride waiting time in half from £30 per person or Q-Bot (near instant access to ride) from £80 per person.
LEGO® NINJAGO® was definitely my favourite ride of the day! It was the first attraction in the UK to use hand gesture-activated motion detection to shoot at ‘3D’ targets. There were 4 people to each car and we were all given ‘3D’ glasses to wear. You direct your arms at the targets and move them back and forwards to shoot! A great arm workout at the very least! Overall the ‘3D’ ride experience was reminiscent of the rides at Universal Studios in Florida and we all really enjoyed it.
We were starting to get a little hungry but decided to squeeze one more ride in before lunch. As you walk around the park there are plenty of great lego creations and you find yourself trying to guess how long they would have taken to build! We ended up wandering into Lego Friends Heartlake City, where there were some food places including an Ice Cream Parlour and City Walk Pizza & Pasta. The Mia’s Riding Adventure ride looked quite entertaining but not suitable for the younger ones in the group so a few of us queued to go on it. This is the point at which the heavens opened and the heavy rain started (and didn’t stop!) for the rest of the day.
After Mia’s Riding Adventure we bundled into the Harbour Fish & Chips Restaurant out of the rain for our lunch. Prices were reasonable (Battered sausage, chips and drink @ £8.50 and kids fish, chips and a drink @ £6) and the food was satisfying.
I promised we would take our friends on the Atlantis Submarine Voyage, which is one of our favourite attractions from previous visits. We went here next and the queue time was 45 minutes. Luckily most of it was undercover as we were already looking like drowned rats by this point. Our kids loved this submarine ride and really enjoyed looking out at all of the real fish, especially the sharks and stingrays!
As you walk around Legoland there are plenty of fairground style ‘win-a-teddy’ stalls and it’s hard to walk past them without getting roped into trying to win a giant donut by the kids. It costs £5 a go and trying to win more than one does get a little expensive!
We headed towards the brand new LEGO® Reef in the Imagination Centre to check it out. Luckily it was indoors (shelter from the rain) and there were no queues. The kids were able to create their own digital fish on a touch screen and once finished they watched them swim off to the digital reef on a big screen in front of us. All of the kids really enjoyed this attraction.
Due to the weather we decided to head to the 4D cinema which was showing the brand new Master of the 4th Dimension film. We were given 3D glasses and sat in the front row. Be prepared to get sprayed with water! Well…we didn’t really mind too much by this point as we were all soaked through! The film was fun and the kids all seemed to like it.
Last stop before we returned to our cars was the Star Wars Lego shop, which is great if you’re into Star Wars! I loved the full sized C3PO in the shop too.
Overall our experience at Legoland was a good one! It’s definitely my favourite theme park for taking the kids to out of all of the other local Merlin parks. You can’t do it all in a day though and there was so much more that the kids wanted to do including the Driving School. Oh well, there is always a next time!
My Top Tips:
- Definitely pre-book! The walk up price is £60 per person.
- Try visiting at quieter times, like week days or inset days if possible. It does get very busy in the school holidays and at weekends.
- Plan what attractions you want to visit before you go. This will save time when you arrive!
- Make use of the 2nd day FREE entry into park offers when they come up! You definitely can’t do the whole park in 1 day.
- Get there early.
- If you’re on a budget take a picnic and drinks with you.
- Take your own waterproofs. The park ponchos are £4.50 each.
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