THE LEGOLAND 2012 thread, top tips and recommendations

(53 Posts)
MummyPigandDaddyPig Sun 18-Mar-12 15:39:09

Have started a new thread to keep all things Legoland easy to find, as the season just started! Please feel free to add tips and hints for both newcomers and seasoned fans! We just went at the opening weekend and were pleasantly surprised that Legoland has had a good scrub over the winter and everything looked really nice clean and tidy, esp Fairy tale brook that has been slightly scruffy round the edges for years!

It was really lovely to see all the regular pirate show stuntmen back on form, they are tru champs braving the icy water and still making time to chat and high five all the children after the show whilst shivering in their wetsuits! Hats off to them!!!!

So here are my top tips!

Try to park in the carpark furthest away ( the carpark attendants will try to direct you but if you can escape the herding go down to the shingle carpark C and up to the top nearest the entrance and you will get a prime spot if you are early)

Prebook your tickets, and if you have tesco vouchers there is usually a staffmember queue combing, just grab them and they will take your vouchers there and then and swap them for tickets! Queing done!

Walk down dont take the hill train. Saves time queing and the walk is nice. The slides are fun going down the stairs too!

Kids under 90 cm can only do about 6-7 of the rides as they are strict on height. Look on the map and choose what you want! The Duplo land is great and little kids will love the duplo train! Fairy tale brook, the orient train and balloon school will be great for little ones too. When they are over 90cm Dino safari will be a firm favourite!

The Atlantis is always very busy so head there first to miss the queues. The worst queue seems to be the boating school, but there is lego to entertain the little ones. Expect to queue as per the signs, if it says 45mins it will be 45 mins.

Turn up for the Pirate of skeleton bay show early (20 mins approx before the start) and put down a picknick blanket a little to the right of the control booth on the corner. You now have loos behind you, handy family loos in the middle of the building have 2 loos and changing tables so you can all go together and even fit the double pram with ease. The show is brilliant and will be enjoyed by all, plus the Pirate Captain is usually a bit of eyecandy for the mummies. The harbour coffee shop does starbucks quality lattes, surprisingly good! Have your lunch infront of the show, its fab! And bring a picknick as food is ridiculously expensive.

The duploland puppet show is fab and again there is loos and a tea and coffee stall behind you when you get seated.

The waterplay area in Duploland is brilliant if its a warm day! BRING TOWELS!

And do the Xchallenge waterslide LAST before you go home as its brilliant fun but you will have a WET BUM however much you try not to. Dont even bother sitting on a tesco bag you will get soaked, just get over it!

Definitly bring a change of clothes. For EVERYONE.

DONT be put off if the weather is crap, bring suitable clothes, (you can buy ponchos on site) and you will have NO QUEUES. When I have relatives visiting we always choose the day when it rains to do legoland and dressed appropriately you will have a fab day out!

Finish the day with and Icecream at PapaMoles and sit at the back of the icecream shop with fab views of the whole park and miniland and windsor castle and you will see the planes take off from Heathrow, the kids will love it!

Our fave rides ( have 3 yr old and 2 yr old) are: The Pirate Show, the Helicopters at Duplo land, the Orient express green train, the Duplo train (never any queues to speak of) Dino Safari, the Boating School and the Mini Drivers at the driving school.

The only ride I wouldnt bother with is the Lazer ride in the Egyptian area (Pharaos Kingdom? Cant remember what it is called at the mo) Its not worth the massive queues even if you can bring a baby on bord. Its just plain booooring.....im not a big fan of Balloon school or Aero Nomad either, dull...

Im sure plenty of people have more great tips too, but it is a great great day out!

Dont forget to bring a stroller for little ones, they will get exhausted. you can rent them on site but do you really want to spend 20 pounds on one?
And you will want your stroller to hold your picknick, blankets and spare clothes! And waterbottles drinks and snacks. And ponchos....and lego purchases from the gift shop.

Afterwards if you are going home leave half and hour before the rush to get out starts, otherwise you will spend hours queuing to get out of the carpark and down the hills towards the main road. Its very pretty and beautiful but not fun. If you go towards Windsor you will get stuck in traffic again but it does move again. Towards Ascot is usually better and a quicker route to get around Windsor.

If you want a nice meal after the day out the LOCH FYNE restaurant along the road to Ascot is Lovely and will treat your kids like royalty. The nearest MCDonalds is off the dual carriage way in Windsor heading to the M4, turn off for ETON just before the M4, follow the slip around and take a left towards slough and there is a nice MCD just next to the M4. Very easy you cannot miss it.

We havent stayed in the new Legoland hotel yet but im sure someone who has stayed can post hints tips and a review, it would be great to read about it!

Have fun! x

NoRoomForMeInMyBed Mon 11-Mar-13 22:12:03

Just thought i would add, the closest b&b to LL is park farm.

Park farm b&B

I havent stayed nor have I any links to this place, I just drive past it every day.

Ll opens on the 15th of march!! Woop woop!

wizzler Tue 19-Mar-13 21:54:04

We are going to legoland on saturday... Does anyone have a view on whether it will be heaving and I should use Qbot.... . ?

noodleone Thu 21-Mar-13 19:35:54

We are going on Saturday and I think it will be too cold to be properly heaving. I wouldn't bother with the q bot.

You should be able to get everything done if you start with the rides you really want to go on first. Last weekend there were queues of 45 mins on the bigger rides but only during the middle of the day and that was the opening weekend.

The new hero factory build room is brilliant, by the way - it opened new this year so won't be mentioned and it's inside!

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