I am not kidding when I say that I know Legoland Windsor better than the back of my hand. Here is my ultimate guide to Legoland to ensure you have a great visit.
1.Arrive early. The park opens at 10, but on a busy day if you aim to get there for opening then you will start queuing just to park. I would aim for 9.30, possibly earlier of you need to but tickets at the gate. They will let you into The Beginning area where you can browse in the shops until the park opens.
2. If you can go in term time then do. Although it can get busy with school trips in the run up to the summer holiday. The beginning of the summer holiday is much quieter than then end, which is worth bearing in mind.
3. Download the Legoland app for queue times and show times.
4. Generally these rides have the longest queue times:
Laser Raiders, Pirate Falls, Viking River Splash, Squid Surfer, Boating School and new for 2017 Ninjago
If you are keen to do any of these make it your first ride. Personally I head to Laser Raiders first as it is often walk on first thing but over an hours wait after lunch.
5. If you are wanting something other than chips to eat, then at busy times you can eat in the hotel, and the skyline bar serves a nice range. Bringing a picnic is also a great idea.
6. Make use of the shows. Little ones will soon tire of the queues and there are a number of shows to watch. The puppet shows are fun as is the pirate stunt show. Whilst it is not my cup of tea, there is a Heartlake City show that may be of interest.
7. Make use of the playgrounds. There are two great playgrounds. One in Duplo Valley for younger children and one in Pirate area for older ones.
8. Take swim clothes and towels on a hot day. There is a fantastic splash area in Duplo Valley where the kids can cool down and have fun.
9. Look out for Kids Eat Free (with a paying adult) offers – these are usually late in the day, but could mean you don’t need to stop at a service station on the way home. They are also less common at peak times, but worth checking
10. On a busy day, there will be long queues to get out of the car park. Either leave a bit earlier or stay later if you can.
11. Know your children’s heights. You can get a wristband from Guest Services if your child is only just the .90m or 1.0m. This saves them getting measured at every ride.
12. Know your ride ratios. Most rides require one adult to one child under 1.3m If they are 1.3m they can ride alone but they can’t take on a smaller child. It is worth having a look at the park guidelines before you go.
13. Know where the toilets are. The park is quite spread out so knowing the nearest is a good idea with young children.
14. You can make purchases in the park and ask to collect from The Big Shop on the way out, so this saves you carry it around the park/
15. The best rides for older children are:
Mia’s Riding Adventure, Pirate Falls, Pirate Playground, The Dragon Rollercaoster, The Jolly Rocker, Viking River Splash, Squid Surfer
16. The best rides for everyone to enjoy are:
Altantis, Laiser Raiders, The Lego 4D Movie (beware the Nexo Knights one is quite scary for little ones) miniland, The Pirates of Skeleton Bay stunt show.
17. Look out for deals. There are often deals on tickets on the back of Kelloggs packs. If you book online you will get a discount. Tesco Clubcard deals are great too.
18. If you are staying over the Legoland Hotel is great but is pricey in peak season. Look out for hotel deals in Staines, Windsor and Bracknell as they are all within a 20 minute drive.
19. Do the park in reverse. Head down the hill first and work your way back up. If you know your way around then Star Wars miniland is usually pretty quiet at lunchtime.
20. Whilst I have never used them, if you want a q bot then it is best to pre order them if it is busy. Yes they are expensive, but if it is your one visit to Legoland and you can only do it at peak times then it will make it a nicer experience with less queuing.
So there you go that is my ultimate guide. I hope it helps, and if I have forgotten anything (which I am sure I will have) let me know.
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