Reviewed by Claire Turner
‘Are we really going to LEGOLAND today Mummy?’ My 5-year-old was very excited!
The driveway past the LEGOLAND Hotel up to the car parks was nicely decorated with massive LEGO bricks, letters and LEGO people – the letters spelt the word ‘welcome’ which is in view just before the car parks. We arrived at 9:30am and were directed to car park B, it was fairly busy but easy enough to get a car park space. We made our way to the entrance to collect our tickets, a short 15 minute wait and then we were in!
We decided to head straight to the LEGO Star Wars Miniland Model Display – this was very good. The models made from hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks – the Millennium Falcon was very impressive and you got to re-enact a light sabre fight with Darth Vader!
The LEGO Ninjago ride had a 70 minute queue, this is a new ride in 4D and my son enjoyed firing (by waving his hand over a sensor on the front of the car) at the virtual baddies. Actually, he was quite good at it, but I don’t think either of us would queue that long to do it again.
The pirate show was next on our list, we got to the 12 o’clock showing a little early and decided to get some drinks and ice creams – we were pleasantly surprised to find a few options my son could have (he has allergies to gluten, dairy and soya) he was pleased with his ice cream and we enjoyed our coffees – the show was action packed, full of fun and laughter.
We managed to find short queues for the Carousel (a personal favourite of mine) and DUPLO Valley Airport, slightly longer queue for the Fire Academy but an enjoyable time being firefighters.
We did try at first to use the app for help with planning the rides but after queuing 50 minutes for the Laser Raiders which the app and the time sign at the entrance told us was a 10 minute queue my son had had enough of the long queues!
We stopped for a bratwurst for lunch, luckily we had taken food for our son as we didn’t find many allergy friendly food options.
We decided it was time to try the play area in DUPLO valley ‘Brickville’ this was nicely laid out on a springy play surface, you could play on an aeroplane, princess castle, fire station and police station. This was right next to Miniland – our sons favourite part of the day. He loved the new USA area. This was done very well and was quite big – the models include the Empire State Building (at 5 metres tall) Statue of Liberty, Route 66, Vegas and more… Windsor Castle has been updated to include Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan on their wedding day – this was a lovely surprise! Some of Miniland is starting to look a bit old and tired compared to the newer models, but it was still enjoyable to walk around – my son loved following all the trains around.
We headed up to the new LEGO Reef – this is a new interactive zone within the Imagination Centre. This wasn’t at all what we expected! There is a big screen aquarium with lots of small tablet computers in front – you build your sea creature (3 to choose from) then release it to the aquarium – my son was very underwhelmed and said he was expecting real water!
We did overall have a very enjoyable day and I expect we will return one day… a few things we found disappointing were that the Dragon ride wasn’t running for a long time and then the queue times were exceptionally long, the train in Heartlake City was closed and the Hill Train wasn’t running at all. I’m not sure we would recommend the app as it wasn’t at all accurate despite showing as constantly updated.
LEGOLAND is very good for young children, and as a result it is very popular. I wonder whether it sometimes struggles to cope with the demand, and that is why the popular rides end up with such long queues… and we all know how difficult it is to stand in a long queue with our young ones. You can pay a hefty additional price to be able to queue jump, but this is expensive for a family to do, and very frustrating if you’re standing in that queue watching those people jump in.
In summary, we had a very enjoyable day (despite the queues and how busy it was) and my son is already planning his next visit and hoping for a stay in one of the LEGOLAND hotels!
Tickets cost from £47 to £60 per person (from £32 to £52 if booked online in advance).
For more information or to book tickets online visit www.legoland.co.uk.
LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, Winkfield Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 4AY