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days out: legoland

‘Mum, when can we go back? Tomorrow and the day after?’

Yes, I’m being nagged about going back already.

We went to Legoland yesterday and found it a pretty good experience. I think we were quite lucky because it was the first day of half term on bank holiday – it wasn’t too busy. The cloud and rain put off a lot of people from turning up but since we bought tickets which could only be used on the day, we just went ahead with the day out.

We did shiver but we didn’t succumb to the big yellow plastic macs on sale; we made sure we had umbrellas and waterproof clothing on before we came out.

Legoland is just outside beautiful and historic Windsor and it’s got a great appeal for kids of all ages. I took my daughter for a celebratory half term treat and my brother who is disabled and he had no problems getting around.

Because of the lay out, it’s easy to make the comparison with Disneyland Paris which is obviously much bigger and more commercial. The park weighs up pretty well on the facilities; there are lots of cafes and conveniences which include a boxed off area for smokers. I’m suprised it was still there to be honest as I thought smoking was banned just about everywhere these days.

If you want to do your desktop research before going, hunt around online for cheap ticket deals and also check the great interactive map on the Legoland website.

Miniland was my favourite part because of it’s unique and universal appeal. There’s so much to look at and a lot of artistry involved. The park is divided up into about 10 areas, some of them with corporate sponsorship such as the Xbox area and the children’s driving school. It’s easy to get around and there are Legoland strollers for very young children. I really like the ambient lego sculptures which break up the greenery. There’s a great Loki’s labyrinth to walk around in the Viking area and lots of free rides around the place. We didn’t have to wait longer than 15 minutes for each ride we went on but there was one popular attraction; Laser Raiders that had an hour or so wait. By some mistake we had walked into the front of the queue and were left in fear of a growling woman who looked ready to throttle us. We followed the directions and reached a barrier. ‘I don’t understand?!’ I said out loud. ‘WHAT DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND?! IT’S A 90 MINUTE WAIT.’ Snarled a very aggressive woman. So with that we were off. Apparently if you jump the queue at Legoland you get thrown out. We weren’t trying to do that but I think they should have a rule about being grumpy old moaners.

As a resort of theme park, Legoland is missing a dramatic centrepiece; I’ll never forget my trip to Universal Studios in California years ago when I went through all the stunt scenes. Miniminx and I adored the firework display and Main Street parade at Disney, and that is the kind of memorable experience that needs to be added to this venue. There are some great things to look at like the One Man Band figure and the Dinosaur smashing through the building but for a theme park, you don’t really want to feel like you’re in a giant One O’clock club or playgroup.

There is a huge amount of space at the venue and some great views around the countryside so you get a nice feeling of freedom and relaxation here; I would choose it above many of the London venues in fact.

Highlight: A couple actually; the kids driving school was cool and a fabulous sweet shop with an amazing Pick’n'Mix

Lowlight: The replica of Mount Rushmore that says in a terrible American accent, or accents, ‘Welcome to Legoland.’

If you want to save money on tickets, make sure you shop around for deals. If you have a Kidstart account you need to book by phone at least 48 hours before you go and you will get the best deal there too. If you book online, you just need to print the tickets off at home and take the credit card you booked with.

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4 Comments to “days out: legoland”

  1. TheMadHouse says:

    We had a great day out there last year and will be going again this yea, I have just sent in some tesco vouchers to pay for our trip!
    .-= TheMadHouse´s last blog ..Maxi’s first letter of appology! =-.

    • admin says:

      I got our tickets from buyagift.co.uk and they were £20 each so we saved a packet. We definitely want to go back as well – enjoy x

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  3. tesco vouchers and tesco coupons coming so handy now a days… :D

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