Our Top 5 Tips to enjoy a trip to Legoland Windsor
Mini recently started full time school and we wanted to plan a family trip for her for mid-September, one as a reward for hopefully settling in well and two, to show her that we still do and always will make time for family fun together.
We had been to Legoland Windsor a few years ago but Mini was 2.5 at the time and was limited as to how much she could go on. Now she is very nearly 5 and very adventurous and wanted to go on all the big rides, there was only one that she wasn’t tall enough for.
We had a great trip, we decided to make a weekend out of it and stayed overnight to get two days use out of the park, taking advantage of our Merlin Annual Passes. Legoland Windsor really is one of those family days out where there is something for all of the family, from those that want to wander around and enjoy the Lego constructions, to those thrill seekers and those wanting to experience some of the more gentle rides.
We managed to fit lots in during our weekend, Mini really enjoyed the Ninjago ride and came off talking about wanting to train as a Ninja. Mr Mack liked the Lego Star Wars exhibition, even I had to admit it was pretty impressive. My favourite part was going on The Dragon rollercoaster, remembering how Mini had wanted to go on last time but was far too small, so enjoying that we could now share the experience together.
I have rounded up my top 5 tips to get the most out of Legoland Windsor for anyone looking at making a trip in the future.
Our 5 Top tips
1. Make the most of the many attractions and parts of the park that you don’t have to queue for. Even on busy days there is still plenty to do to keep everyone occupied. Obviously one of the main areas to visit is the Mini Village to see all of the places around the world made out of Lego. We enjoyed having a wonder around and pointing out all the intricate details in the models. There are also shows throughout the day, some at the lake, including some stunt shows and some held in the theatre in the Mini Village.
There is also the 4D cinema that runs various shows throughout the day. Mini also loved playing on the adventure play areas around the park, the biggest of which is the pirate themed one, I think she would have happily played here for most of the day if we’d have let her. There is also a great play area in the Duplo land. Of course, there are also plenty of areas to get stuck in and do some Lego building.
2. If you can, make a little trip out of your visit and stay overnight. As we had Merlin Annual Passes we could return the next day at no extra cost. It took the pressure off having to fit everything into one day as we knew we could go back the next day. I think if you buy tickets they have special offers available if you do wish to return.
There are two Legoland Hotels on site but they were out of our budget for this trip, maybe as a special treat in the future. We booked to stay at the Premier Inn in Slough, which was 4 miles away from Legoland and cost us just £41 for a family room for the night
3. Do the bigger rides first. We found that the rides that seemed to always have the biggest queues over the two days were the Ninjago ride, Driving School, The Dragon and Laser Raiders. If you want to do either of these get there early and make these your first visits of the day. That is quite difficult as you have to be disciplined and not stop at the many other rides and attractions that you have to walk past to get to them.
4. Take swimming stuff. There is a great water play area, if you are visiting at a time of year that is warm enough to use it. There is one area for toddlers and little ones and a separate area for older children with slides. I don’t think the area is that well advertised on the website and we had been caught out on a previous visit a few years ago and hadn’t brought any spare clothes. This time we brought Mini’s costume and a warm jumper for after she’d been in the water. She really enjoyed playing and it was one area of the park that didn’t include queuing.
5. Pick your time to visit. If you can don’t go on a weekend, it does get busy. If you have school aged children consider going on a school training day to get reduced queueing times and to be able to get round more of the attractions. If you have little ones who aren’t at school yet, definitely consider taking a day off and go in the week. If you aren’t able to make a week day trip, it seems that Sundays tend to be less busy than Saturdays for some reason.
If you do go on a busy day consider either leaving early or staying in one of the cafes for something to eat to let the queue from the car park go down. On the Saturday we left at park closing time and it took us over an hour to leave the car park, it just became a gridlocked nightmare, with no explanation as to what the issue was
I hope you found my tips useful and I’d love to hear if you have any other tips to share about Legoland Windsor.