For as long as I can remember the boys have been asking us to take them to Legoland Windsor, even while we were at Disney World they kept asking if we could have a day out there as a family! They adore LEGO, the house is full of the stuff and it is top of every Christmas and Birthday wish list. With their joint Birthdays fast approaching it was finally time to have a day out at Legoland Windsor together, and the boys lost their little minds when we surprised them with a trip there as a family.
The excitement was building from the moment we drove in, giant letters made from LEGO were placed alongside the road on the way up to the gates and the children were excitedly spelling out the words to us. It was a sunny but cool Spring day and they were raring to go. I really wasn’t sure what to expect as we’d never made it to Legoland, despite it being less than an hour away from us and having 2 LEGO mad children! My first impression was of the incredible view the site benefited from, all throughout Surrey and beyond. We could see all the way to London, spotting the Shard, and the Gherkin, as well as Windsor Castle sitting proudly on top of its hill. I was really impressed with how huge the park seemed to be, even before we’d ventured further into the park.
Queue Jump With Q-BOT
We’d kindly been given the Q-BOT system with our press passes, which allowed us to queue jump most of the attractions. In my opinion this was one of the best queue jump systems I’ve used. It’s simplicity was key, we just needed to request the ride we wanted when we were ready to go onto it and it gave us a time no more than 10-20 minutes in advance for us to be there. Once we’d decided which rides to go on first – heading straight to Ninjago World of course, we simply followed the map around the park booking our rides as we went and jumping straight to the front of the queue when we arrived. It was brilliant and I would definitely recommend upgrading to the Q-Bot if you can.
Our Favourite Rides
Our children are now 4 and 6 so I thought it might be handy to share their favourite rides and what we thought were the best things we did throughout the day, for anyone planning a family day out to Legoland Windsor. One of Henry’s favourite attractions was the Submarine experience of Atlantis. A world-first, this submarine adventure took us along a brilliant underwater exploration of LEGO Atlantis with real marine life swimming among the LEGO sculptures. We loved it so much we went on it twice. A little tip, we preferred the left hand side of the ship, at the front which we found to have the best views of what was coming.
George, our little 4 year old, loved the Dragon roller coaster in Knight’s Kingdom, the theming of this area was brilliant, and we all loved going on this coaster. It was our first theme park visit where George was finally tall enough to go on most of the rides, however we found Duplo Valley was brilliant for younger kids and there was a fantastic splash park near it, in fact under 3’s go free to Legoland and there was loads for little ones to do. We had a brilliant time just letting them run free at Brickville the play area.
We also really enjoyed the Pirate show, so much so we watched it twice…In the rain!! The children really didn’t want to leave and were captivated by the cast who all made us chuckle along during the slapstick show.
NEW FOR 2019
There’s a fun new attraction, The Haunted House, which looked so cool and they hold a monster party there which looked great. Sadly our Q-Bot didn’t work for this attraction (we realised this a little too late and didn’t leave enough time to join the queue) but it’s definitely something we want to go back to do, again the theming was brilliant! The boys loved spotting all the LEGO characters dotted all around the park.
Mine and Stuart’s absolute favourite bit was Miniland at end, a huge area of 40 million bricks making up loads of model country scenery and iconic buildings, we could have stayed there for ages. It was particularly cool for us as we’d just got back from California so the boys had seen loads of the buildings and could point them out. Definitely save time for this if you go because it’s right at the end, depending on if you go left or right at the start!
The park loops round in a circle, which was great because often I feel like I’m missing bits out when at a theme park, there was loads to do, we could easily have spent 2 days here. I’ve seen that they do deals at the moment where you can book the hotel and get the 2nd day free, or get a discount at certain times, so it’s great to shop around for the right deal for your family.
We loved our day out and were so pleased to have been gifted passes for the day, all opinions are my own of course. Thanks for having us Legoland – have you been? What was your favourite bit?