Wednesday, 10 September 2014

A little moan about LegoLand Windsor

Back before the kids started school, we went to LEGOLAND Windsor and stayed in the hotel before, which you can read here. On our planned day, it was raining on/off but we didn't let that deter us. We went prepared, and still had fun.
We were a little annoyed we had to pay £4 to park the car, in their own car park, and we still had to walk in from the furthest point... what do we pay our admission price for?? Not a great start to the day. However we had to pay it, so no point moaning about it, but heads up if your going... if you want to park closer to the doors... of course the price goes up!!
Any way on to our day.... we arrived about an hour after opening, so the park was already buzzing, and the queues were already in place, so we decided to not rush to the first ride, instead stopping for the first photo opportunity.
We had measured the girls before leaving so we could have a rough idea on what rides we could go on, S was 1cm short for the majority of the rides.... d'oh.... so I attempted to make her a bit taller by putting a high pony tail in and big boots... we risked it, and queued for the first ride... its like the teacups, but under a large lego spider... however we got to the front, and they said no to S... so we had an extremely upset little girl... so haribo came in handy, whilst I went on with J. I can understand the staff not letting her on, this is fair enough, they are just doing their job, however having a 90cm restriction on the teacups seemed a little excessive, and this seemed to be a recurring theme through the theme park- very OTT height restrictions for tame rides. (She went on much bigger and faster rides in Disney, Florida last November. So this was laughable at how high the restriction were)
 
After S was so disappointed, we decided not to risk another ride, and kept to the all ages rides, which meant J missed out on a few good rides but with an hour waiting time, it wouldn't have been fair on S. So we decided to go to the mini Ferris wheel, S loved it, and so did J... phew!
 
After that we decided to do the carousel... again both girls loved this...
And then the heavens well and truly opened up...
 
we thought about heading to the decent rides to get a shorter queue time, but decided against it, as we would then be wet for the rest of the day, so instead we queued for a ride for 70minutes, but thankfully it was under cover, and had Lego statues inside to keep the girls entertained.
When we got out we decided to do the land train around the park as the queue was again under cover, and we came across a giant duplo block...
The rain then stopped, so we headed for a ride that J had spotted on the train. The queue was slow moving as they had a lot of people with fast passes or disabilities taking the boats. Which fair enough, but maybe stagger it 1:1 or 1:2 not until their queue is gone... but once finally on the boat ride, both girls had fun again steering the boat around a little track.
 
Time was ticking and we decided to head to the atlantis submarine voyage ride, this was our favourite ride of the day, and something we have not been on before. You enter a submarine, and dive into a live tank with sharks and other fish swimming round. We were mesmerised. And this was the one ride I would say was worth waiting for. However, they have a little kiosk about 5 minute from the entrance (in the queue system) we made the error of buying hot drinks to warm us up, BUT you can not take them on the ride.. this kiosk should not be that close in the queue, I refused to put them in the bin after spending just over £5 for 2 drinks, so they put them to one side, along with another families behind us, on returning, they could not say which ones where whos... so wouldn't recommend buying a drink from that kiosk.
After the ride, they had some shrimp that the girls could touch... they both loved the sensation of them cleaning their fingers
 We went to the shop after the rides and J was over the moon as they had a Lucy large character... her one figure she really wanted.... however to get a Lucy figure you have to buy a set, you cant get her on her own... so we lost a fair few quid in that shop... but we have a few Christmas presents sorted now.
 
 ...and the obligatory lego car photo too...

 
On reading this review back, it sounds like we didn't have fun, but we did, I wouldn't recommend under 3's going in half terms though, as the rides they can go on, have huge queues, and its hard to entertain them in such a small space. Would we return again? Probably yes, (but not paying full price) once both girls are tall enough to go on all the rides, and even then it will probably be a weekend rather than a half term as we only managed about 5-6 rides in the 7 hours we were there, we didn't get a chance to see the LEGO cities due to the rain, and we didnt stop for lunch as we filled up on breakfast, and had snacks for the queues.
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

5 comments:

  1. How annoying about the height restrictions - glad we are waiting to take the boys! X

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  2. What a shame about S not being able to go on, and those queue times sound horrendous! Still, I'm glad you enjoyed all the bits you managed and got some early Christmas shopping in. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids

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  3. We went last November and had similar issues, although it was during term time so managed a few more rides. The biggest problem I had with LEGOLAND was the overpriced food. I don't mind paying for good/ decent food but the food on offer here was of poor quality and the restaurants looked run down. If we go back we'll be taking a picnic.

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  4. I've never taken my kids to LEGOLAND and I'm a bit dubious about taking them now.I didn't realise was mostly rides, such a shame one on your kids missed out.

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  5. They are too expensive for us. We wanted to go since I can remember but the money you have to cough out is just ridiculous. I am glad you had fun tho in spite of the limited rides and that parking fee. #countrykids

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