For my son, Teddy’s, 4th birthday, he was desperate to go to Legoland Windsor. We’ve been before with him and he loved it, but this was the first time he’d consciously chosen to go for his birthday treat.
For those of you who have never been, we want to share with you our experience and highlight not only the reasons why we love Legoland Windsor as a day out, but also make suggestions as to how to make sure you have the best time possible, save some money and beat the queues.
When we first took Teddy, he was 2 years old – he did really enjoy it but he was too small for most of the rides. There is still plenty for young toddlers to experience, but ideally, the theme park is aimed at 4 – 10-year-olds. As your children start getting towards their teens, they might find it a little young for them, although our 13-year-old still really enjoys the park as a family day out.
Legoland Windsor can be expensive, which is why for us, it’s a special occasion kind of trip. If you book online in advance, you can save some money on the entry fee, so it is definitely worth planning ahead. Online you will see that the best way is to book 7 days in advance, off-peak. There are also regularly offers to be found on items such as cereal packets which offer free adult entry with a paying adult or child. This is a great way to make the day more affordable.
For Teddy’s 4th birthday, and knowing how much he loves it, we know it’s worth every penny. The range of attractions on offer is excellent and to cater for such a wide age range, it really is a great family day out.
Before you go, here are a few things you need to be aware of.
- During peak times, the queues can be very long. Long queues and young children don’t tend to mix very well so the best thing you can do is plan ahead. Get online, check out the Legoland map, watch some YouTube vids and find out what they have there. Note down the times of the 4D shows, workshops and live performances and decide which of the most popular rides you want to go on; prioritise and start with one of these! Getting there as the park opens can really help with this as you can make a b-line for your favourite ride and the queue will naturally be shorter. Also, be aware of the attractions that you don’t have to queue for. If you mix your day up with these then you won’t spend more time queueing than riding! Legoland boards inform you or how long the wait will be for each ride, which helps you plan your day accordingly.The following attractions do not require queuing.
- Miniland (pictured above)
- Loki’s Labrynth
- Castaway Camp
- Enchanted Forest
- Harbour live shows
- Drench Towers
- Splash Safari
- Duplo Valley theatre
- Imagination factory
2. Some of the best rides are the wet ones! Which means you MUST take spare clothes – probably more than 1 spare set.
You must also bring swimwear because Legoland has a fantastic splash safari park & ‘Drench Towers’ in Duplo Valley. If it’s hot, these are great fun and a great way to cool down. This year was Teddy’s first time exploring the splash parks and he loved them. (Adults can go in too so don’t forget your swimmers!)
3. Take everything with you from the car! The whole site is very pushchair and wheelchair friendly, although, the main entrance is at the top of a rather steep slope. If you’re lazy, like me, you won’t want to walk up and down it more than you have to. You can catch the train, but this involves queueing and time so the best thing is to just make sure you have everything with you.
You can hire single or double pushchairs for £9-£14 which you can use as a trolley to load up if need be.
4. The last time we took Teddy, he was disappointed that he was too short for certain rides. Obviously this time, we knew he’d be bigger but we didn’t know how big. We measured him before we went so we could manage his expectations about which rides he could go on ahead of time. It was definitely worth doing.
5. It didn’t really affect us this time, but previously, we’ve used the several (clean) baby changing areas. In Heartlake City they have a Mothercare sponsored Baby Care Centre which was great. It’s just useful to know that you can go out for the day and you’ll have somewhere nice to change or feed your baby.
6. Plan your food! Like any theme park, there are many places to eat, most of which are your typical ‘fast food’ type menu – chips, chicken, burgers, pizza etc. The pizza & pasta joint at Heartlake City is one of our favourites, mainly because it caters to all our tastes; pasta, pizza & salad. But it’s also ‘all you can eat’ which is the main pull for me… The cost of food is what you’d expect from theme parks, so the cheapest option is to take your own picnic and snacks. If the weather is nice, there are plenty of green spaces to sit down and enjoy a family picnic.
7. Get a Q-Bot. The Q-Bot allows you to reserve your place in a queue without physically having to do it – like having someone queue for you. This means you can enjoy another attraction, eat some food, go to the loo etc. Once your Q-Bot tells you it’s time for your ride, you simply turn up and join the much shorter & faster Q-Bot queue. It costs £25 per person… So for a family of 4, it’s an extra £100; whilst it’s not essential, we feel it’s definitely worth it, simply so you can enjoy much more. Personally, we would rather visit Legoland once with a Q-Bot than twice without one.
For an extra £40 per person you can have a Q-Bot express, which halves the queueing times and for a whopping £90, you can have a Q-Bot ultimate which gives you instant access to 21 of the most popular rides.
Our advice, if you can afford it, is to grab yourselves some Q-Bot’s and make sure you’ve planned your day well.
8. We always arrive as the park opens and leave as it closes. If possible plan your day to get the maximum amount of time in the park. For us, it meant a later bedtime for Teddy but it was well worth it as we found the park became much quieter from 4pm onwards.
9. Keep an eye out for special promotions and special events. This summer (2018), they are hosting a kid-friendly beach party on the brand new 10m sandy beach.
Lauren Moss, Senior PR Manager at the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, commented: “The ‘Summer of Fun’ event is completely new, and with the scorching weather set for the UK this summer, we are hugely excited to announce what is sure to be a really popular Beach Party. We can’t wait to bring a taste of the seaside to Windsor and to see families enjoying getting the sand between their toes, getting soaked on the water rides and having plenty of summer fun!”
These extra events are bound to pull in more people, so it will be busier, but at the same time, it’ll be a lot of fun.
It’s no secret that we love Legoland. For us, it is one of our all-time favourite family days out and something we all really look forward to. It can be an expensive trip, but with some extra savvy planning, you can save here and there. Plus, for us, it’s becoming an annual special treat!
Do let us know if you go this summer by sending us some snaps over on our social media channels, we’d love to see some pics!