My Top 5 Tips for Making the Most of Legoland Windsor

by mediocremum on 20/05/2013

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We’ve been wanting to go to Legoland for sometime as our daughter is at the perfect age for it, she’s 5.  We went on the weekend and had an amazing time.  Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of the day.

1) Don’t be a ‘Nobby No-Mate’

Legoland For Families

I’m always moaning that places don’t give breaks to families of three.   However, on this occasion I had 4 tickets and managed to persuade a mum at school to allow me to ‘borrow’ her son for the day, still a bit in shock that someone would leave their most prized possession in my care.  It was perfect, he had a fabulous time and my daughter had someone to share the excitement with.

2) Do it Backwards

Miniland at Legoland Windsor

When you first walk into the park, everyone naturally migrates to the right, working their way down the hill, starting with the Land of Vikings.  However, if you head left when entering the park and work your way down the hill towards MiniLand, where 40 million pieces of Lego have been used to recreate well known places, such as London,  you’ll miss the masses.

Plus, this means that you do Land of the Vikings, where you’re bound to get wet, at the end of the day and not the beginning, so you don’t have to walk around with a soggy bum all day!  Unless you’ve been clever enough to bring a rain poncho!

3) Jump the Queues

Legoland for Kids

If you’re feeling a bit flush, you can rent Q-Bots for the day.  It allows you to book in a time slot for your chosen ride so you don’t need to stand in the queues, prices start from £15.

We were very lucky when we went.  Firstly, it was fairly quiet, in terms of theme parks, so the queues really weren’t that bad.  We were also lucky enough to have special VIP tickets which allowed us to access the Q-Bot entrances, we felt a bit guilty at first doing this, but got over it fairly quickly as it meant we got to go on a lot more rides.

4) Catch a show

eatingatlegolandwindsor

This was pure chance and I can’t take credit for it.  Just before 12, the little ones started getting hungry so we headed to Lego City for a bit of lunch.  People were starting to gather but we had no idea what was going on.  We chose to eat at the Burger Ranch, which had typical Theme Park food, but had tables that overlooked the Lagoon and the Lighthouse and unbeknownst to us we practically had front row seats to the Pirate Show!

5) Bring your Swimming Kit

Splash Park at Legoland Windsor

Originally we were invited to celebrate the opening of Duplo Valley Splash and Play, the new water park.  We did bring swimming kit for the kids but we honestly didn’t think they would go in as the weather hasn’t been very good.  However, the sun popped out and they were determined.

It’s an amazing splash park, contained so you don’t have to worry about them escaping with a very comfortable viewing area for the parents.  The best bit was the giant bucket tipping and absolutely flooding the place.

Thanks to the Team at Legoland Windsor for an amazing day.  Something we’ve wanted to do for a long time.

 

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1 WhoopAss May 20, 2013 at 11:22 am

Great tips! Legoland has become a bit of an annual pilgrimage for us. We found last year that the restaurants offer kids eat free after 4pm (from memory) so all four of us had a massive meal (needed after all that walking around) for about £20. Q-Bots are definitely a great idea (if you don’t have VIP tickets, you lucky thing!) One of the £15 was enough for us as you can virtually queue for a ride while actually queuing for another. Q-Bots specify a time you can go on a ride after, so it doesn’t matter if you get around to it 30 minutes after your allotted time, you can still go to the front of the queue. For rides that get really popular, be waiting at the park when the gates open and go straight to your favourite ride. Do not pass go, do not collect £200! The rush is worth it to avoid the wait.

We’re off in July and I can’t wait :)

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2 mediocremum May 20, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Top tips on the food and Q-bots, I wasn’t sure about them as we didn’t use it. Does each member of your party need a q-bot or does one suffice?

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3 WhoopAss May 21, 2013 at 7:33 am

You pay per person using the Q-bot. There were two of us using it and we had one device because we were almost always queuing for two places IYSWIM. Children under 3 don’t need one if they are going on a ride with an adult who has one.

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4 iStrains May 20, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Tip 6: Instead of getting there early, get there late. Kids can’t do a whole day and everyone else gets there early. So rides are much easier to get on at the end of the day, even without a special ticket. We’ve been on again and again even on the most popular rides.

One option is to take a picnic for lunch somewhere like Runnymede by the river. Then leave the gubbins in the car when visit Legoland for the afternoon. Just need to buy a snack or a few ice creams for tea.

Money saved can be used to buy a season ticket so can have lots of these half days through the season.

Also means the mornings can be used for other things (shopping, chores etc).

Enjoy!

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5 WhoopAss May 21, 2013 at 7:36 am

This one made me LOL! My kids go all day, two days in a row, then clamour for more. We squeeze every penny out of our Legoland ticket :D but we only go once a year as it’s a few hours drive. If we lived closer we’d probably have a season pass and make shorter, more frequent visits.

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6 iStrains May 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Your kids might last all day but experience shows most don’t Or is it the parents that can’t last?
For families that are too far away for regular visits, and can afford it (a big if I know!):
(1) Worth staying locally for a few days, buying seaon tickets, and doing something else each morning.
(2) With season tickets paid for, perhaps do it 2 or 3 times a year instead of once. Events late in the year worth going to

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7 Charly Dove May 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm

What a great review – we’ve only been to Legoland once so far and it poured with rain. Looks like a great laugh especially Duplo Splash and Play. I love the idea of Rent Q Bots – never liked queues :)

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