23 August 2021
We visited the Legoland in Windsor for the first time and absolutely loved it. What a brilliant introduction it is for toddlers and preschoolers to the world of theme parks which will continue into teen/ pre-teen life. Legoland is not just about the rides as there is plenty of other stuff to keep you entertained.
My Top Tips:
1) The palace is HUGE and there is a LOT of walking involved up and down the hill. Wear your best walking shoes and board the train when you can to ease some of the journey. There are two trains: The Hill Train is like a funicular railway, which will take you from the beginning to the heart of LEGOLAND® and back again. Use this one to go up and down the hill instead of on foot. Make sure you check the timing of the last train so you don’t miss it at the end of your trip as the walk uphill is steep!
LEGOLAND Express is another train journey starting in Heartlake City which moves through LEGO City. It can also give you little rest as well as a break from the rides as you climb aboard and spot the different LEGO animals along the way!
2) Check your children’s height before you go, and updated height restrictions on various rides HERE. I saw children crying and getting heart broken when they were turned away from rides for not being tall enough. As a general rule, if you little one is over 1.1m, they will be able to get on almost every thing. For children over 1m , there is still a pretty good collection of rides, but if they are less than that, then, may be wait a little longer before you visit. There is a reason why the ticket is free for children that height, which is, there is not much for them to do 😀
3) Try to avoid weekends and holiday season if you can as there are fewer queues and the tickets are cheaper. We used the 25£ parent and preschooler deal, which was brilliant value for money but this can only be used on weekdays during term time. You can also redeem your Tesco Clubcard vouchers or look for promotional 2 for 1 offers on cereal boxes.
4) Best to prebook all your extras (photos/meals/parking) as it will help you save some money. Better still take a picnic as the food is expensive and the quality a bit meh. Keep snacks in your bag, which will come in handy when your kids start moaning in the middle of the queues.
5) Downland the app as it will give you real time queue waits and help you plan your day in real time. Even with all the best will in the world, you can not possibly do everything in one day, so target the rides you really want to do and approach them as soon as the queue times go down on the app. The queue times usually go down around lunch time.
I can not possibly review the entire place but here are just a few of our favourite rides:
- Flight of the sky lion is the most exhilarating ride of all. You take flight with Maximus on Flight of the Sky Lion, the UKs first EVER flying theatre, as he takes you on a 4D thrilling expedition into the mythical world through forests and over oceans. You must be a minimum of 1m to ride and is hugely popular with long queues. We queued for 45 minutes; the ride is about five minutes I think! Is it scary? Well it wasn’t for Ay (who was 4 at the time we first tried it) but you can be the best judge of your kids. You are basically sat with legs dangling and a feeling of being up high with a lot of unexpected movement. I can only compare it to one of those arcade VR machines where you sit and srock back and forth to a video in front of you. It is like that but on a much grander scale and with lovely water and wind effects, all combined, to create a truly immersive & unique experience. You can always close your eyes if it feels too much, which is what I always tell Ay when we go on such rides (and I also do it myself). It may possibly cause motion sickness to prone individuals.Hydra’s challenge is near by which looked interesting from the outside but in reality is circling around like a merry-go-round on water as you try to splashes water on opposition. I did not enjoy it as much but I am not sure why.
- The Dragon (as you fly through the treetops) and apprentice dragon are our favourite roller coasters. Both have enough of a dip to give your little ones a nervous giggle but are not too scary, making it perfect as the first roller coaster experience. Ay went on both again and again (luckily there weren’t many queues). DUPLO Dino coaster is for younger children (minimum height restriction 0.9m to ride) is set in the heart of the DUPLO Valley.
- Lego City Driving School is lovely. After watching a road safety video, young drivers can take the wheel of their very own electric car with accelerator and brake pedals. They then work their way around the LEGO city roads encountering traffic lights, roundabouts, LEGO policemen and even a speed camera. They also get a driving licence at the end. Children much be 1.1 m to drive but there is a mini version for smaller children.
- Coastguard HQ where your little ones can steer electric LEGO® boats in a small lake while you press the pedals for the boats to move. It is a lot of family fun. We often get stuck by the wall or hit another boat despite trying our best not to, making everyone laugh
- Viking River Splash and Pirate Falls: Treasure Quest are both water based but the latter includes splashing boat into water and getting soaked. We were wearing water proof jackets, so it wasn’t too bad.
- Fire academy is a lot of fun for children but hard work for parents as you have to push a lever constantly to move the fire engine to manoeuvre it towards the “building on fire”. You then have to keep on pumping to get water going through the water hose for your toddlers to put out fire. Needless to say, our fire engine arrived the last..lol.. Ay wanted to go again but not me!
- You can board a LEGO submarine in the LEGO City Deep Sea adventure as it dives down beneath the surface. Be prepared to see real fish and a small shark too! There is no minimum height restriction but it can get hot in there
- Laser Raiders is located in Kingdom of the Pharaohs and has no minimum height restriction. You climb on board a desert off-roader, armed with lasers guns, as you aim at the bad guys.
- Miniland has the most incredible Lego brick architecture of UK, Europe, the USA and around the world featuring nearly 40 million LEGO® bricks! Look out for famous London landmarks including Canary Wharf, The London Eye and Buckingham Palace. There are lots of landmarks around the world to look out for e.g. Times Square, Taj Mahal, Sydney Opera House, etc. The largest model in Miniland is the Canary Wharf Tower, which is 5.2 metres tall! The smallest models are the pigeons in London’s Trafalgar Square, which contain just 5 LEGO bricks each
- Dont forget to watch a movie in the LEGO® Studios 4D with larger-than-life sound, wind, fog and lighting effects. It is an experience like no other!
- A pirate-themed live action show featuring acrobatics and swashbuckling swordplay occurs around the lake. Beware you may get wet! Be sure to check the timings of the shows which occur throughout the day HERE.
- The Haunted House Monster Party is NOT what it sounds. Be prepared to be rocked as the dinner table moves with sound, smoke and lighting effects
- High at the top of the Valley sits Drench Towers – the largest water play structure in the UK especially designed for maximum soaking. It is only open during summer but is a god send on hot days. Do check in advance and pack swimsuits for the children as they’re guaranteed to get wet!
- We didn’t like the pirate boat. It went quite high up in the air, made me feel sick but also scared Ay. He held on tightly to me as I reassured him and asked him to close his eyes. Once slightly low, he was ok. My top tip is to sit in the middle rather than at the top.
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Links to website: https://www.legoland.co.uk
🗺 Address: Winkfield Road, Windsor, SL4 4AY
🎟 Fee applies starting from 34£ pp if you buy online in advance. Please see WEBSITE for uptodate prices
We used the Preschooler/adult pass for 25 £ which is a great mid-week offer during term time. You can also used the 2-1 offer (often on cereal boxes) or convert your tesco vouchers.
🚘 Parking is paid which I find really annoying considering one has already paid so much for the tickets!. Standard parking costs 10£ for the day but if you buy Online, you can Save £2.
🚻 Toilets and baby facilities available on site
🍕 Refreshments available on site
🐕 Only assistance dogs allowed
🦽 Buggy accessible (Read all the details about accessibility HERE)
🧺 Picnic allowed
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