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We visited Legoland Windsor with the kids for the first time in April 2017. This post is about how the day was. It includes photos and some helpful tips in case you plan to spend a day out there.
My son likes Lego but this is not the reason we chose to go to Legoland on Spring break. The thing is, we had some Tesco Clubcard vouchers to spend. While I was navigating through the options (which were Legoland, Safari and Zoo), my son saw a photo of some kids driving Lego cars. And that was it! He likes Lego but he loves driving cars (this is one of the reasons we love the London Transport Museum)!
So we bought the vouchers, they arrived via email and I printed them. We also bought a parking ticket (the admission price doesn’t include it). Then we got in the car and drove all the way to Legoland Windsor.
We got there at around 1 p.m. and spent about half an hour looking for a parking space. The parking area seemed full and surprisingly we found a space in zone C, closer to the entrance. It took us another 15 minutes to get from the car to the park entrance.
This was the first visit we were visiting Legoland Windsor with the kids, so we didn’t know what to expect.
After stepping into the Lego world, we got a map and went forward to take a look at the view. Disappointingly we couldn’t see much. Yet I really appreciate that the owners managed to preserve the vegetation in the area.
Not knowing where to start, we took the train downhill to get us in the middle of Legoland. As my son wanted here because of the cars, we had to go and look for them. We found the cars and the circuit called “Lego City Driving School”.
Unfortunately, it was for kids over 6 years old. My son was 4. I know he would’ve managed just fine as he has experience with these type of circuits, but rules are rules. Looking again at the map, we found another race circuit for kids 3 to 5 years old, so we went there.
The queue was about 40 minutes long. The ride took about 3 minutes with the car going really slowly, way slower than on the big circuit.
After the driving experience, we went to the Duplo zone. The “Drench Tower” was closed. The playground was over-crowded. “Splash Safari” was a shop. “Duplo Train” was a cute ride, with a small queue and a nice ride for all ages.
The next stop was in the area, to have our packed lunch. I have no advice regarding where to eat there or how much you would have to pay to do so.
With full tummies we decided to have a river adventure at “Fairy Tale Brook”. 15 minutes later we were on a boat that took us through the woods. We could see fairy tales characters made of small lego pieces.
Both kids really enjoyed the ride, it is suitable for the whole family. Both kids wanted another go and another one and another one! And since they both loved it so much we tried to have another similar experience.
We went to “Coastguard HQ” where the queue was just… 50 minutes! It was already 4 p.m. and we had only managed to go on 3 rides, in 3 hours. Staying 50 minutes for anything was not an option at this point. We decided to find out what the “Duplo Valley Airport” was all about.
The experience means you go on a helicopter. You drive it by using 2 driving-sticks, one for going up and down and one for spinning around. Only my son was able to go as there was a height limit. By the way, check the map and pay attention to the colours of the numbered dots, they are a good guide regarding age/height.
After “flying” with the helicopter we continued our walk through the park. We got to the “Atlantic Submarine Voyage” where, after queuing for “only” 26 minutes we got in this:
Continuing the trail and going round the lake, we got to “S.Q.U.I.D Surfer”, a full of adrenaline experience for anyone over 0.9m height. My son absolutely loved it!
The idea is that you spin pretty fast around the base, on water. You can control how close or far away from the base you are by stirring the wheel. While you spin, there are huge sprinklers that work from time to time, randomly, adding lots of fun to the experience. They do get you wet but who cares about being soaking wet when you are having so much fun?
We finished spinning on the water at 5 p.m. All we could do around Legoland Windsor with the kids now was to go on a train ride through the park and then going on “Aero Nomad”, both rides suitable for any age.
When we landed it was 6 p.m so we had to head toward the exit. On the way, we stopped to admire the Miniland. It’s an impressive miniature land with buildings, railways and trains made of Lego bricks.
And then the experience ended as we headed to our car and then home. After spending 5.5 hours at Legoland Windsor I can say it was an interesting experience. We all managed to have fun, though there is a lot of room for improvement when it comes to respecting the visitors’ time (later update and why we might not return there).
What age group is Legoland Windsor for?
The theme park is aimed at kids over the age of 3. When deciding to visit with your children, take into consideration that for some rides the waiting time is pretty long. TIP: download the Legoland Windsor Resort application as it tells you the waiting times for all the rides, in real-time.
What age gets in free to Legoland Windsor?
Tickets need to be purchased for everyone over 90 cm height, regardless of the age.
Other useful information for visiting Legoland Windsor with kids:
- take advantage of any offer as the full price tickets are quite expensive
- leave your scooter or bike in the car as you are not allowed in Legoland with them
- buy the parking ticket online to avoid queuing (you will need the ticket when you leave the car park)
- if the car park looks full, try your luck closer to the park entrance
- study the online map and make a plan ahead of your visit – as there is a big chance you won’t be able to go on every ride
- be ready to entertain your kids while waiting in queues, especially if it’s the holiday
- bring food from home to save some money and time (there were queues at the restaurants as well); as for water, there are “Hydratation stations” throughout the park
- in case you get wet on “S.Q.U.I.D Surfer”, look for the dryer close by (have some change as it is not free)
- go on all the rides you want as they all close at 6 p.m and leave the Miniland the last on your “to-do” list