The LEGOLAND 2013 Thread Top tips and recommendations(317 Posts)
To update from last years great threadlink to the 2012 thread
The park reopens today!!! I cant go until in a few weeks time , so if you have been, please update with this years new attractions and fun!! (Overexcited mummy here....)
We're going next Tuesday and Wednesday - me and ds's (4 and 7).
I've read last year's thread - any new top tips for this year?
Car parking - how much is it and do I buy the ticket as we arrive or as we leave?
I've read on the website about having the dc measured at the start so we know exactly what rides they'll be allowed on, and getting them stickers in case they get lost both from guest services - is that easy to find and are these things worth doing?
How do the child swap thing work on rides where I can only accompany one of them at a time?
Thanks for any help you can give me - I'm a bit nervous but excited!
Oh, and any predictions on how busy it might be?!
I think we'll do day 1 without q bits and then review the need for them for day 2 (they'll push my budget a bit beyond).
Hi!! Just went for the first time this season, there is still a lot of construction going on around the duplo area and fairytale brook was closed , but the new hero construction room looked cool!
Parking is £2, you pay at the ticket booth as you arrive. To the right after the ticketbooths you will find guest services they will measure the kids and give them wristbands so they dont have to be measured at each ride. This is purely volountary but is handy when the child is just borderline and likely to be refused at some rides and allowedon others. Guest services also have wristbands that you write your phonenumber on if your DC gets lost.
Child swapping is easy, when you get to the front of the queue just say, ive got two, and they will get one child to stay with the staffmember whilst you go on the ride, then you go straight to the front of the queue and hop on with the next child whilst the other child waits. Its pretty straight forward. The staff know what to do.
If the weather is nice next week it will be packed, but if its cold you will have a fab day with no queues! Dress warm!!! Bring spare jumpers!! Have fun!!
Brilliant - thanks for that. We knew from the website that lots of duplo land will be closed - not to worry about that.
Thanks for the reassurance about the child swap system, that sounds ideal.
I'm definitely going to get them both measured and get the wristbands just in case - the is the biggest trip I've taken them in by myself (long journey, overnight hotel, 2 days in Legoland and long drive home!) so anything to make it go as smoothly as possible will be appreciated!
I'm hoping now that it stays cold! We can wear plenty of layers including thermals and we have waterproofs for any wet rides. If queues are small then we can stay on the move and hopefully not get too chilly!
What about eating there? I'm expecting it to be pricey, but I'm not going to lug picnics around on top of all the spare clothes and snacks so we will be eating both lunches there, and possibly evening meal on Wednesday before the drive home.
Weve just been for a couple of hours this afternoon ( we live locally so are lucky enough to treat it as our local playground, we have annual passes which are brilliant.)
IF YOU ARE GOING THIS EASTER WEEK AND IT STILL STAYS COLD - PLEASE READ!!!!
Legoland is an outdoor park, there is very little shelter and only a few places to pop indoors to warm up so please dress warm! 50% of the people there today were in FULL SKI GEAR, Snowsuits, hats gloves kids in cozytoes and blankets, and they were all having a brilliant day out!
The other 50% all needed their heads examined...there is a place for ballerina pumps and white cropped jeans, and it defenitly isnt Legoland at -1 and snowing!
There are quite a few water rides so FULL SNOW GEAR, rain gear and waterproofs are a very good idea, hats gloves etc. Coffee and Tea are available but pricey so bring a nice flask!
The (fantabulously brilliant) pirate show isnt running whilst its very cold, if it warms up a bit they will try to run but if its colder than 9 degrees they will not do the water stunts, instead do the land only show. The pirates were all out on the steps today at show time apologizing for not doing the show but its simply too cold. They are a fantastic bunch of people, its the same guys every year, all super brilliant with the kids. Today they were all challenging the kids to swordfights and posing for pictures whilst freezing in their costumes.
If you want to find out more about the pirates the lovely Matt Kaye (one of the pirate regulars) has a blog telling you all about it.
IWISH RE food, at the top there is the Hilltop cafe that sells sandwiches, this might be a good place to have some tea before you go home, otherwise most of the restaurants do free or cheaper kidsmeals after 3. If you want sandwiches for lunch just take the hilltrain up and get your sandwiches and you will be back down in no time!;)
The Pizza and Pasta buffet place opposite the pirate show place is nice, the pizza is fresh and tasty. also the rotisserie in the knights kingdom is lovely. I would avoid avoid the burger place, its rank, I once got served a burger but they forgot the meat so I ended up with a salad sandwich....
The family buffet at the top overlooking the drivingschool has had a bit of a facelift so might be worth a try!
Otherwise try the Loch Fyne fishplace up the road towards Ascot, search for LOCH FYNE WOODSIDE , its 5 mins up the road from legoland and lovely.
Again the HARBOURSIDE COFFEESHOP is small but do nice coffees and cake, the icecream place next door do fresh doughnuts, a must for when watching the pirate show!!!
Where are you staying? Let me know and I can recommend a local place to eat if you want to! If you are staying at the LL hotel, the barfood is supposed to be better than the restaurant buffet, but you cant beat the buffet for kids food and the sundae machine...
Re Qbots, if you do get them, just get the basic one. We used them once in the school holidays when we had visitors, and by the time you are on one ride, book the next and walk there you are on straight away. there is no need for a more expensive one unless you want to RUN between rides....;)
Apart from the lovely LL hotel, the closest B&B is Park Farm B&B in Windsor, 2 mins down the road. I have not stayed or been there so know nothing about it.
The SLOUGH COPTHORNE AND THE SLOUGH HOLIDAY INN, are a very very easy drive away, very handy, but the dual carriage way between SLOUGH and WINDSOR gets very busy in rushhour so leave early to get to LL if you stay there. YOu will probably get better rates there than the Windsor hotels, but the area is indstrial and not very picturesque.
The WINDSOR Holiday Inn and Windsor Travel lodge are great, the Travellodge is on the High street pedestrian Zone, so handy for everything, but you need to book early to get a good rate.
There are a few lovely hotels in Windsor itself. the Datchet Manor hotel is lovely of you want a village location, there is a Premier Inn in Chavey down near Ascot, or Innkeepers Lodge in Old Windsor, all handy for LL.
Marking my place, I'll be back later with lots of questions!
I think we will go in full ski gear - i've just seen the weather forecast on Countyfile and it's not going to warm up for our 2 days. We've got all the gear so I think we'd be mad not to use it.
We're staying in the Heathrow Premier Inn - nothing flashy but very good value!
I imagine that we'll want a hot meal at lunchtime to warm us up - we'll avoid the burger place as ds's aren't burger fans. Apart from that the rest sound good.
One last question - is the parking all directed by attendants or do you get a choice of where to park? If the latter, do you have any tips on best parking places?
NoRoom.....where do you live? We are in Warfield and use LL as a playground too!
Also marking place. Hoping to take DCs this summer. Just been looking at the hotel deals. Pretty blinking expensive but am tempted. Slight risk that 5 yo DS might spontaneously combust with excitement though if we stayed there
So thanks for the hotel recommendations !
Ruprekt were in Windsor! Weve probably crossed pathes then!
Iwish there are usually staff to direct you to parking, but if you follow the carparks around and scoot into carpark C, then go to the top where the disabled spaces are, you are very close to the entrance! They tend to fill A and B first, then C, D and then the overflow muddy field...if you end up in the field you might as well go home as the queues will be horrendous....
Is scooting around to car park C as easy as it sounds?
While I'd love to park nice and close to the entrance, in reality I'll probably be so relieved to have made the 2 1/2 hour drive that I'll happily be herded into whichever one they point me to!
We are planning on Legoland for my son's 5th birthday in July.he has an inset day on Friday 19th July so we were planning on driving up early i. The morning,visiting LL for that day,overnight hotel stay then driving back on the Saturday.We have booked the premier inn Windsor slough through booking.com so we can cancel right up to the day with no charge (was tempted by the 2 day stay packages in LL website but didnt want to pay now or commit to it just in case of weather etc.)
2 questions will we need a q-bot? And do you know with the free adult vouchers for a paying child can we use 2 vouchers at the same time ie pay for both kids and get adults free (daughter only 2 but would be cheaper to pay for her as a child and get second adult free).
Thanks on advance.
rosvita I know nothing about vouchers but Im sure someone else will come along and help!
Re Qbots, you should be fine in july, but i you find its too busy just pop up to the Qbot room and get one! There is a qbot shed down in the park too near the hotel where you can get them. Dont panic!
Iwish dont worry re parking, even if you get the furtest spot away you are only 3 mins walk from the entrance, its not a massive place!!! Just park and follow the crowds, you will be fine!! Get there early, get through the gates etc and get organized, go to the loo etc. They will keep you up on the square until 10.00 when they let you down the hill to the park. If you are parked up by 9.30 you are in perfect time!
The Heathrow prem inn, if its the one on bath road/longford, its got a mcdonalds nxt door, but not much else. There is a pub down the road but ive never been. Ask to get a room overlooking the runway, the kids will love it! You have planes landing and taking off every 40 secs, the kids might not want to go to LL??!?!
Don't think we'll be there by 9.30am tomorrow, we've got a 2 3/4 hour drive! We'll just follow instructions for the parking. We'll aim to get there for 9.30 on Wednesday though to get a full day in.
The hotel has got a restaurant that we'll eat at - I'm not going to make life any more complicated than it needs to be. Good tip about the rooms - I've got a phone number so will give them a call to see if that will be possible. The boys would love it and the reviews say that it's well sound proofed so we should get some sleep!
All skiing gear is packed - layers and layers with a few more spare layers!
We are going for the last weekend on Easter hols. On a stay and play deal, but in a hotel 30 mins away. Were we mad? is the journey going to be traffic hell?
iwish have a fab day today!!! Let us know how your adventure went!!!!
kithulu where are you staying? If its windsor slough way maybe if its bracknell way traffic wont be bad. Dont worry you will be fine! set of early and stay until closing, then have tea before you leave!
Also place marking as we're going in summer. [Smile]
Just got back from legoland today, had a two day pass (which was purchased for us as a gift).
Tips - yes we nipped round to get into the top of B carpark - as close as possible to C carpark that we could get into. Cost is £3 a day. Pay at the booth when you get your tickets.
We were shocked by the prices for items in the park. Varying prices of £2.50 to £2.75 for a coffee. Sweet shop shocked me. £4.50 for a small tub that the children can pick and mix in. Wouldn't do that again. Most of the drinks soft are about £2.50 - so take your own drinks.
We bought some chips and drink and chicken from one of the eating places near to the log flume ride. £5.50 each for the childrens package for food.
Ice cream - one scoop was £2.95 (I think). Doughnuts are between £3-4 for 10 small ones.
However, my children enjoyed the following items:
The 4D lego theatre show is really worth going to - we went to the 11.30am showing and was really good. They start at 11.30 and are every half an hour from then.
We didn't hang around for the pirate show - but all the other families said it was good. Start at 12.00 and are every 2 hours I believe.
The coffee shop in the square near to the pirate show seemed to be one of the few places that was warm to have a drink. £2.75 for a coffee. Upstairs in the coffee shop was really hot so we went in there to warm up. However the upstairs did look like a wreck as the cafe assistants obviously hadn't been upstairs to tidy up and clear away all day !!!
The children like the spinning spider ride, the water rides were a real hit with them. Atlantis is worth a visit - children liked the submarine. Riding school on the cars were good - but we didn't buy the photo id for it. A bit pricey between £6-8.
Some of the items weren't open - which was a shame. Duplo for the little ones isn't ready until May.
It is all open and it was cold - my children wore ski gear, hats, scarfs, mittens to keep warm. But the wind was bitter and there isn't really any places to shelter.
Don't bother going into the Egyptian pharaoh ride - we assumed there wasn't a queue but there was - they make you go into and queue, and then see through 10 at a time - then you have to queue again until you get to a ghost train ride - where you have to use a laser and zap a few yellow spots. We queued and it was quiet - about 25 mins. for a 5 minute ride-both my children didn't like it and thought it was silly.
Lots of staff around - all helpful and friendly. The rest of the rides were fairly easy and quick for us to get into. But it was cold and windy on the first day and today was pretty cold - however, it did seem slightly busier today. Just got cold from the queues in the open.
Some people walked around with the Q-bot devices (they are meant to cut the queuing time). Didn't need them in the cold weather as there really weren't any bad queues. They also were pricey - I am sure I saw a price of £70 - not sure how long this was hire for and for who.
Buggy to hire - I think was £8 for a single buggy for all day - which didn't seem bad - if I had know this on the first day then I would have hired one for my toddler and not have carried them when they got tired.
We were there on Tuesday and Wednesday and had a fantastic time.
Thanks to NoRoom we all wore our ski gear and were thankful for it. It is after all an outdoor attraction. There were lots of very cold looking people wearing coats and hats/ gloves so I think having warm legs and feet made a big difference. Lots of local school children arrived just before 4pm and they looked cold in their blazers and caps / shorts and long socks!
We queued minimally during both days - boat driving and the small dragon roller coaster were the longest queues at about 10 minutes each. We went straight into Atlantis every ride and the boys both enjoyed that. On day 2 both driving schools had extra cars on, and ds1 ended up going on 5 times!
The driving licences were pricey but we bought the 4 photos for £20 package so we got 2 driving licences and 2 other photos for that price. The photos can be bought at the ride, then the ticket presented at the Roaming Photos booth back at the entrance as you leave - very good so that they don't get squashed!
SQUID racers were enjoyed by both ds's. ds1 is only 2 cms under the height limit to ride alone, but there's no way he'd have managed to turn the wheel himself so it's best to ride with them until they're a fair bit bigger and stronger.
Parent swap worked really well whenever we needed it - just ask the ride attendants.
The Que-bot booths weren't even open as it was so quiet - I can see that they would be good on busy days if you can afford it (£15 per person per day for the most basic).
The 4D clutch Powers show in the Imagination Centre was excellent - both ds's are still raving about it!
Laser Raiders was enjoyed by all - the queues must get horrific judging by the amount of bollards that we walked through but we waited no more than 5 minutes and both ds's loved shooting their laser guns (I won though - obviously!).
We took drinks and snacks, but did eat in the pizza/pasta buffet which was good and very efficient and had tea in the Hilltop Cafe before leaving yesterday. They do mini pizza, jackets, fish fingers, panini s and lego shaped chips (v cool!). We also stopped in the coffee shop just to the right of the pizza place - upstairs is like a sauna and by far the warmest place that we found though it needed a good clean when we were there too. Lots of the food outlets are still closed this week - probably because it's still so quiet. The food and drink aren't cheap, but are no more expensive than any other tourist attraction in my opinion. As it was so cold, taking a picnic wasn't an option. There are places to eat picnics though.
Guest services is just on the right as you go in and if your dc are right on the limit of being able to ride then they can be measured there and give an official wristband saying that they are over 90cms to save hassle at each ride.
We parked in B2 and C1 which were both well positioned. I paid for parking both days (£3), but as we left quite late the bollards were open each time so I probably could have got away without paying!
We stayed in the Heathrow Premier Inn on Bath Road. It has a nice restaurant - children ate free for dinner and there is the usual good Premier Inn breakfast included in the price (we paid £130 for 1 adult and 2 dc for the hotel and 2 days in Legoland and got a £5 voucher for any purchase over £35). We had a room overlooking the airport which was fine on the whole but not for the 45 minutes or so late at night when they must have swapped runways and some massive planes were taking off - the sound proofing wasn't up to that!).
I hadn't factored that the M4 east would be so busy at about 6pm so by time we'd stopped to change ds's into pj's for the drive home, I had to peg it to get to the stretch around Bristol before it closed for the night due to the traffic management roadworks!
All in all we had 2 brilliant days and I would definitely do it again next time our school holidays are different to lots of others!
Poppy and Iwish great that you had a good time, and thanks or coming back and letting us know how you got on!
We are due to be staying at Hilton Basingstoke. 30 min drive away I hope it wont be too bad.
Its great reading these reviews, getting really excited! Lego shaped chips!!
I've seen recommendations to go on the Hill Train first of all whilst others say not to - why is this?
I've also seen recommendations to do the Boating School before Atlantis. Is there any reason for this?
Boating school queue was our longest even when the park was very quiet - it moves very slowly too as there's a maximum of 3 in a boat. We walked straight onto Atlantis every time - each sub takes about 10 people so I should imagine any queue there would move pretty fast.
The Hill Train is nothing to write home about - it's very easy to walk down the hill when you arrive - the kids love the slides too and it brings you to all of the models which are fab. We used the train to take us up at the end of day 2 but only because it was there and no-one else was waiting, we wouldn't have queued for it.
Iwishiwasmoreorganised it's great to read your posts. I'm taking my three Thursday/Friday this week. It's a big deal for me almost a three hour drive and two night hotel stay all on my own! We are staying in the same hotel as you. I've never taken them away alone before so I'm bricking it to be honest. I have a sat nav tho and have been reading up so I'm hoping it will be fine. Bit concerned about the times waiting for rides but am taking some paperwork to confirm ds2s autism so hoping we can use the exits for the busier rides. I'm excited but nervous, we have never been. Is it worth buying the car park tickets online and printing them out?
Missy I took ds with ASD last year - we got an exit pass no problem - take an official doc - DLA or the like and go straight to guest services on arrival - they were brilliant with my ds
I found last year with my DD that even on dry days, waterproofs (especially trousers) are useful. Many of the rides get splashed etc, and she got really grotty when she had a wet bottom. We actually bought the v.expensive waterproofs from the Duplo shop, but they were worth it as it stopped her moaning and we have used them loads!
My favourite places to eat are the buffet ones. Yes, expensive but instant food for the DCs.
My DD is 4yo with little legs, so we always use the hill train or she gets too tired.
ahh good to hear thankyou, i did try to phone today just to clarify it but couldnt get through. Good to know its not a complicated issue i dont want to have a big discussion about him in front of him iyswim.
Was it busy today? I'm thinking of going late this week.
Missy your trip sounds like a similar adventure to ours but I only had 2dc to factor in!
The hotel was great, our room for 3 had 2 double beds not a double and 2 singles like we've had when DH has been with us so if there are any potential issues over that it might be worth sowing the seeds of where everyone will be sleeping prior to arriving! Check in on arrival at the (very small) desk, the code isn't recognised by the check in machines. Also pay for parking when you check in. It's £5 for 24 hours that way instead of £10. There is a number plate recognition camera at the exit so no need to remember any tickets. I booked a table for dinner in the restaurant when we checked in which was handy. check the amount of towels in your room when you get there - we were a set short but they brought them to us very quickly after I rang down to reception. Have you spotted on the hotel information / website (sorry can't remember which) that the postcode for sat nav is slightly different to their actual post code? Worth getting it in your machine before leaving home to keep things running smoothly!
Re: Legoland parking I just paid each day at the entrance booths but the barriers were open each day as we left so I probably could have got away without (but I wasn't brave enough to try!). I assume that won't be the case if the park is busier. If buying online is an option then it's probably worth doing for one less thing to do when you're there.
Guest services is just on the right after you go through the turnstiles - it sounds like they will be very helpful for helping with ride arrangements for you but do remember to take some official documentation. If any of your 3 are near the cut off heights for the rides (1.3m to ride without an adult for lots of them) it can be handy to get an official measurement there too (just ask and they take you in to do it).
There are no loos in the restaurants or cafes so make sure you all go before you sit down!
We had planned on taking our waterproof trousers for the water rides - there's no quicker way to feel miserable than by having soggy pants all day - but as it was so cold we all had our ski Salopettes on which did the trick.
I can't think of any other hints, but will check back later incase you've thought of anything else!
Bonzood the hill train is basically transport to take you down the hill (Legoland is set on a very steep hill with fab views over London and windsor castle) and if youre not keen on walking its great. It becomes a nightmare bottleneck in the mornings and you will waste time queing for it, when its an easy downhill walk with slides and things to see along the way. Def take it backup the hill at the end of the day though! You can bring prams onboard in the middle Yellow carriage.
Kithuru basingstoke is not too bad, just beware the queues to the M4 will be bad so try to satnav your way via ascot. Have fun!!
What a helpful thread! Where is the best place to stay?
Depends on how you rate the best I suppose!
Best in terms of convenience must be the on-site hotel, but that definitely wouldn't be best in terms of value for money (imo).
We stayed at the Heathrow Premier Inn on Bath Road which was about 25 minutes from Legoland. It cost us £130 for a one night stay and 2 days in Legoland for 1 adult and 2 children. That included breakfast for us all and dinner for our 2 dc so was very good value and well worth the drive. The Legoland hotel was going to cost £380 and I don't think that included any meals.
We are going in a few weeks, my ds2 will be almost (by 2 days) 2 so I'm not sure there will be much for him?
But if there is, is there places to park the buggy at ride entrances like Disneyland? Should I take a bike lock to lock it if it has to be left?
How tall is he Cecy? If over 90cms then there's plenty for him to go on (accompanied). If not, then you might be struggling especially as lots of Duploland is still closed.
Buggy wise, there are plenty of parking spots and I didn't see any locked up or note any signs indicating that there might be problems.
Just realised he'll be one nearly 2, not 2 nearly 3 so is unlikely to be 90cms tall. Sorry, ignore my last post!
cecy buggies are left at the ride entrances, ive never had a problem, just take any valuables with you on the rides ie cameras and phones.
Fairytrain depending on your budget, if you can get a room the Windsor central travellodge is great, convienient and 10 mins from LL. Second choice would be the Windsor Holiday inn on Alma Road. See the post earlier on re accomodation.
Lovely, thanks, I've clearly been reading too much Disneyland tripadvisor horror stories and started over thinking Legoland!
I don't think he'll be 90cm, we're going to split up so DH takes 6yr old and I take baby so hopefully we can see the sights but we've got 2 days to fill so I'm dreading it a bit!
He'll enjoy things like the puppet show in Duploland, and the pirate show. I expect you'll have a great time!
CecyHall, Legoland is not massive, and there are lots if rides you can do as a family, i m on the mobile but will post a longer reply tonight. 2 days will fly by, you will have a ball!!! There is really no need to split up unless you want a quiet time with baby. I do LL on my own with 3 incl a 9 m old so will weite you an itinirary later!
Hi guys.we are planning on going 19th July for my son's birthday as he has a teacher training day.at the moment I have booked premier inn Windsor slough on Booking.com and was planning on paying in pairs so we end up paying for the kids and getting us 2 adults in free.however I'm wondering if a day is going to be long enough?we can book for £160 for 2 days staying at the premier inn at Heathrow for 1 nigh through the Legoland site so pretty much the same price or perhaps a fraction more.what put me off is having to pay for it now in cases the weather is bad on the day or we change out minds.what do you reckon?i've only been once as a child before bit that was a long time ago.cam anyone advise?thanks
Meant to say park entry with pay for child and get a free adult offer on Kellog's boxes.
Would you really cancel it if it's for your sons birthday or would you dress appropriately and make the best of it hoping that the weather had put other people off?!
I really enjoyed our 2nd day - having chance to do the bits that we'd not done on day 1 as well as go on our favourites again
and again and again! was great, so I'd encourage you to do the 2 day option.
Good point Iwishiwasmoreorganised Think I'll wait until the 21st when I can start my next month's spending and go for it and book it!thanks.
Am going to book this week for end of May half term. But does going to LL potentially in a bank hols weekend sound like recipe for disaster ???
Sounds like you might be wise to fork out the extra for the QBots.
Had a joyless visit to Legoland today. I very much hope not to go again.
I would say that unless you are prepared to pay for Q-bots, don't bother going. The first ride, The Dragon's Apprentice, was pretty representative. A small queue, about 50 people ahead of us. Space for 12 people on each ride, and each ride taking less than 2 minutes. Sign said the wait time was 15 minutes. However, as the ride comes in, no one is rushed off the ride. The operative chats to the Q-bot riders - very slowly chats to them. Slowly scans the Q-bot. Slowly opens their gate. They slowly prevaricate over where to sit. They slowly get in, change their mind, get out, change seats etc. Now just space for 6 to 8 riders from main queue but only 4 to 7 let on. Always spaces left. So each ride effectively took 5 minutes to process very few people. Our 15 minute queue ended up being 55 minutes.
Every queue seemed to be majorly delayed by the Q-bots. Much to everyone's entertainment, at the Atlantis submarine the Qbotters have to merge with main queue and queue for 5 whole minutes. One woman had an absolute meltdown over this.
The final straw was the queue for the ladies loo (as an aside, full of boys aged 5 to 9 years - surely if old enough to queue on own, they are old enough to go in the Gents). So me and Dd queueing for loo and a 10 yr old swans in, past the queue into opening cubicle. People complain and she waves her Qbot at the queue and slams the door behind her.
Bonzoed, Im sad you didnt enjoy your day, but I fully agree, I avoid the place in August because its just too crowded and full of stressed out parents and its just not fun. If you can go back in term time mid week you will find it a completly different place with no queues and great fun.
Hi was planning on taking dd age 7yo next Monday, I am going to have to get her some waterproof trousers aren't I ?
We don't have any ski gear so will just put lots of layers on and hope for the best. Will take a full pack lunch in with us, think with the price of the tickets they have a flipping cheek to expect you to pay for car parking as well
What on Earth is a qbot?!!
Also am slightly anxious that you had to que for loos as I have ibs and don't get that much warning when I need to go, are there plenty of them?
LEGOLAND FOR TODDLERS AND BABIES UNDER 90 CM
The following are things to do with the little ones that cannot ride on the bigger rides. I have listed them in the order I would do them, bearing in mind if you go in the school holidays you might have to leg it down to boating school and atlantis first so you avoid the queues. Also you might want to time the Green Orient Express train ride during the Pirate show when it will be quieter. You cannot do the rides with a baby in a sling, but if you take baby out for the ride and perch him next to you you are fine. Bear in mind the staff will ask if baby can sit unaided, just say yes. Most of them are teens and couldnt tell a 3 m old from a toddler. (DISCLAIMER PLEASE FOLLOW SAFETY RULES, and apologies to the lovely older staff who are fab fab fab)
GREEN TRAIN ALERT, this is a water squirting ride so sit adults on the edges and kiddies in the middle so you can shield them from the water. The water squirts in the beginning and over the bridges. Waterproofs are good. People might think you are silly wearing them but they will think you are clever when they are wet and you are not.
Entrance, say hello to the funny family and the dinosaurs, then head down the hill to the left past the hill train taking in the slides and miniland as you go. Head over to duplo land and do the Fairy tale brook (closed until May) and the little Blue train. Check out the timings on the puppet show. When the Duplo land reopens in May this will be the place to be. Bring swimgear and towels as its all waterplay. Go down past the driving school to Boating school (you cannot bring a baby in a sling onboard, baby needs to sit unaided in the boat, one adult per boat with 2 kids allowed)
Then head for Atlantis (baby can stay in the sling on this ride!). Walk round the lake looking at the big carp in the lake and admire the hotel. Walk up towards the Squid rider and you will find a big playground in the shade next to the silly amusement alley. Nice place for a picknick!
Do the pirate show on the square, (check for timings and a good place to eat your picknick too!) Do the Green train, then the round about horse carousel. You can do Laser Riders, its fine to bring baby. You can also do Balloon School and I think Aero Nomad ( Im scared of heights so never do it). Walk up and find the squirt buttons to squirt all the passengers on the Green train. Ha ha ha its quite funny!!!
Walk towards Lokis labyrinth and watch all the rides there, then head over to the knights castle area and look around. The Pirate training ground is good for little ones to play on but hard to negotiate with baby in a sling and toddler I found. Then head to the Hill train and go up, turn back on yourself and do the Starwars Exhibit, its a bit dark and little ones might find it scary but mine quite like it. This will all take a day if its busy and a few hours when its quiet. There is plenty more to do and see but this is my standard route. You can also do the 4D cinema, and all the build rooms, esp the toddler one with big softplay bricks.
As I said there is lots more to look at and do but you will not be bored or left sitting on a bench with a baby in tow! Enjoy!
NoRoom I take it you work for Legoland?!
Thank you so much noroom that's so helpful!
Girlieroom no I dont work for LL, I live 10 minutes from LL, have 3 children under 5 and am a childminder so spend an awful lot of time there! As we are lucky enough to have annual passes we tend to treat it as our local playground, and we love it.
Girliefriend i mean!!
NoRoom is 1 day sufficient in term time or in your opinion is it a 2 day sort of thing?thanks!
girliefriend lots of layers is fine, just dress warm!! And waterproof!!!
There are loos around the park, pick up a map they are marked on there. There arebig family loos that you can fit a ...family and double pram in which are great.
A qvot is a little box you buy that lets you book on to rides without queing in person. Its expensive but takes all the stress out of the day. The basic one is fine you really dont need the excecutive ones unless you plan to run legoland like a loon.
Rosvita as Wish said, 1 day is fine but its lovely to go back the next day and redo your favourites and relax!
Flask of coffee made.
Off we go!
Hope you had fun cece
Just booked today for first weekend in June staying at holiday inn maidenhead
Thanks had a nice time.
We have passes so under no pressure to 'do it all'. So we just queued for the ones where the queues were shorter. Some of the rides had queues over an hour long, but we didn't bother as we can come another day to do those when it's quieter.
We wore thermals and warm coats, it was cold, but we kept warm.
Off again next week before the holidays finish
How did it go Missy?
Thinking about going on Friday - will it be madness?!?
Some parts of the UK are back to school now, likely to still be pretty busy I would think.
NoRoom will probably have a more objective opinion though!
Well I made it there and back!! We had a great time. The hotel was excellent (holiday inn heathrow) about ten mins down the m4 away from the park. Room was lovely, food was good. I wish did you say you stayed there and paid to park? The parking was free I doubled checked.
We went last Thursday and Friday. It was freezing. However after reading on mumsnet we were well wrapped up and with a flask of hot chocolate we laughed in the face of the snow. We also froze our arses off too so really do check the weather before you go. Thursday was good for getting on the rides quickly. Particularly later in the day I think the weather sent most people home. We had exit passes as ds2 has asd, they give you ten passes a day to use. The first day we only used five as the queues were very small anyway, Friday we still had three left when we came home. It's the first time I've ever used these and they are bloody magical. Completely changed the day for ds2 and the rest of us. We did queue for some rides and saved the passes for the really long queues but even a ten minute queue was horrid. So happy to of used them.
Rides like Atlantis had massive queues in the middle of the day (tho about 4pm Thursday we got straight on no queue at all). We used a exit pass to go on the laser ride were you shot the laser guns... If I had queued a hour for it I would of been very underwhelmed. The kids were not fussed about going on it again. There favourites were the water rides, pirate ship, dragon coaster in the castle and the driving school. Be warned the driving school is for ages 6-13 and my 5 year old was so unhappy about it we pretended he was 6. (He's still talking about that lie.... He's 6 in 8 weeks) boating school and driving school had big big queues at all times we went past.
I used the £20 deal for photos, you can have four photos for that. Otherwise they are £8 each. You can buy the driving licence photos using that too. Hot chocolate was £2.50 a cup. Our lunch for two kids burger meals and two adults burger meals was £35, more than the evening meal at the hotel. You can buy a drinks bottle for £7 then have it filled up anywhere in the park for free. I may of been tempted if I had known on the morning of the first day.
All in all I really loved it but I've been before so it was all new. I think I've covered everything. Oh and I saw a couple of people off the telly too an actress who I can't for the life of me remember what's she was in and some ex rugby bloke who done strictly. I think he was rugby anyway.
I've never been before I mean.
Went today (Monday) and it was PACKED!!! Even had to park in the overflow field. Kids got to run around and chased eachother round miniland and we queued for two rides and that was enough. Def recommend qbots if the weather stays bright and sunny!! Its still cold but no snow
If you can go out of term its well worth it as there are no queues and its lovely and relaxing.
Its great hearing everyones stories and experiences, as we go all the time you get a bit blind to the place
Missy we stayed in the Heathrow Premier Inn, not the Holiday Inn.
Glad you had a great time. The exit passes sound ideal for your ds - a great tip to pass onto others in a similar position too.
I must be mad - off there again tomorrow and Thursday!
Ahh I did think of you when I parked
Walking around I was thinking 'ohh must mumsnet this' clearly I spend too much time here.
So, given the choice, should we go
Fri before may half-term (got an inset, but so may other people and its the BH weekend)
Sat the weekend after half-term (i.e. not the end of half-term but a week later)
We've noticed at other places that the weekend after a half-term is usually a bit quiet (everyone is collapsed at home I think).
What do you think?
Quite quiet today considering it is a school holiday. We even walked straight onto a couple of rides.
Bertha I would say either or, you will prob have a quiet fri morning but busy afternoon, and on sat busyish all day. Its a tough call! If the weather is bad on the sat it might be quieter...
Do you think it is still cold enough to need salopets? We are going on Saturday/Sunday.
15 degrees forcast for sun so think salopettes would be overkill! have fun!
The advantage of taking Salopettes is that the weather is still a bit iffy for the big water rides (Squid Riders, Pirate Falls, Viking thing). We were there yesterday when it was a bit chilly and overcast and queues for Viking thing were minimal so if you had Salopettes then you could cash in.
Weather forecast much warmer for Sunday though.
Went again yesterday. It was much, much busier. Car park C and D both full as well.
Didn't go on many rides as queues were long, so we watched some of the shoes and had a good look around miniland. Plus spent some time in the building sheds.
Waterproof trousers would be good rather than ski Salopettes. Still not warm enough for soggy pants to be any fun!
Hi there everyone, i have never been to Legoland before but I'm hoping to take the dc the first week of summer half term with those vouchers that come in the cereal which make adults free.
Because getting there will be such a struggle, live in Kent with no transport-will need to get train then a bus!! We are thinking of an overnight stay in travelodge so not to have to travel all the way home afterwards. We have 4 dc, but the travelodge will only let me add 2! Does this hotel not cater for more than 2adults 2children?
Just wondering whether any of you lovely lot know?
And I'm hoping to be pregnant by the (ttc), are there any light rides there for me to go on with children? Tia x
I've just realised that we have an inset day on June 21st and can get the same (great) deal that we had a couple of weeks ago.
I looked through this thread but I don't think anyone has done the park with someone in a wheelchair. I feel like I'm in the twilight zone reading the accessibility guide, which states that in some cases wheelchair access is via a flight of stairs. That's a new one.
pumpkin the rides all have advice boards and are marked where pregnant women shouldnt ride. There are plenty of gentle rides, You wont get bored!
I know nothing about travellodge bookings, maybe ask in chat someone will know!!!
tribpot I have no experience of wheelchair access other than that there seems to be alot of parents and carers with wheelchair bound children visiting, and it is very accessible. I always have a double pushchair and there is nowhere I cant get through that I can think of. Try ringing them ( if you survive the automated answering system grrrrr) or post on their official facebook page, it seems to be well monitored.
There were loads of wheelchair users in the park, and the shows (4D, Duplo, Pirates), MiniLand and Star Wars MiniLand, and the Lego building sheds are all totally accessible. I didn't see any wheel
Oops premature post there. I didn't see any wheelchair users actually going onto rides - the only ones you'd be able to enter without leaving your wheelchair are Digger Challenge, Hill Train, Orient Expedition and Aero Nomad, but that's still enough (including the stuff in previous post) for a really fun day out. And their reputation is generally good for disability awareness.
Just reading all the threads on Legoland as we're going there tomorrow. I've searched high and low for waterproof trousers but everywhere seems to have stopped stocking useful things and it's all beach wear and swimsuits. Any ideas of high street places we can find some for ages 2, 5 and 6? Alternatively, how much are the expensive ones you can buy from the Legoland shops that someone mentioned upthread?
Very excited thanks to all this brilliant advice
norkily Jojomaman Boots or TKMaxx.... Should still have some waterproofs...otherwise Muddypuddles or vikingkids online, but thats no good for tomorrow...
Boots! Hadn't thought of there... No luck in TK Maxx yesterday. Thanks - yes I realise I've left it much too late
For Travelodge you have to have an adult in each room, so you will have to book 2 rooms, each with 1 adult and 2 children.
mine is go to paultons park instead its WAY nicer
Thankyou mummytime, will be cheaper for us to go straight home then as two rooms will take me way out of budget. Really looking forward to going in the summer though
DS really wants to go to LL. LL Hotel is prohibitively expensive and so we will have to stay elsewhere.
I'm thinking about half term at the end of May. Will it be so busy it isn't worth going?
Are there any benefits to staying in LL Hotel?
Probable too late for Norks, but mountain warehouse had some good ones for £9.99
I think if you stay on site in the hotel you get into the park slightly earlier - not sure if it's enough to justify the extra £'s though - it wasn't for us!
Thanks all for suggestions, DH got some for the older DC in Sportsdirect. nothing for toddler. We do have a pair somewhere that would fit him but I can't find them
Hoping we don't have too much rain tomorrow
Hi we went last Tuesday and had a fantastic day. It still pained me to pay so much money but it was good.
We (me and dd 7yo) both had lots of layers on and waterproof trousers and were warm enough. We took most of our own food in.
Dds favourite ride was the submarine one which is in the Atlantis bit (I think) it was really good. She found the dragon one that goes through the castle a bit scary and actually had a nightmare the following night about Dragons and Knights!!
I got dds waterproof trousers and a waterproof pacamac from a camping shop (poss mountain warehouse), they were £9.99 each and will hopefully last her ages. What you get at LL are the big yellow things that go over your head and I am not convinced would keep you dry or warm. They cost about £3.50.
Does anybody know about the exit pass (I think that's what its called) and if I could get one for dd2 (3) as we are going in June.
She has a condition called eds which causes her pain, dislocations and severe fatigue (she sleeps for up to 3hrs ev aft) and T1 diabetes which is very unstable (lots of hypos). I was wondering about the pass as then we wouldn't have to queue as she will only be up to going on rides in the morning really and then she might be fine but if we have to queue for ages knowing our luck her blood sugar will crash just as we get to front of line.
Could we get one for her? How do we apply for it-before we go or on the day ?
Information here, ariane5. I would say she would definitely qualify based on their criteria but there's info in there about the paperwork you'd need to apply.
Btw, thanks for the tip NoRoomForMeInMyBed, I think I will Facebook them. I find poor information about accessibility extremely annoying (have been trying to book a hotel in London and looking at photos of rooms described as 'accessible' which I think must be on the basis 'a deaf person can walk around in them' since they quite clearly are not wheelchair accessible).
Thankyou I hope she does qualify for it, itd certainly make it more enjoyable for her (and easier for us) as its a huge balancing act at the moment.
Will take our dla paperwork and get her DSN to write a note too (will phone and check they will accept that).
Has anyone any tips about taking a dog? We are (I guess) legoland veterans by virtue of going each summer but this would be the first time with the pup. I have booked a 2 day package and gone for a hotel that accepts dogs as we will be on our way on holiday. Legoland have kennels. Presumably we just get there ultra early? Keep popping back to check? Any helpful advice most welcome.
Can I ask some probably stupid questions to those of you who are clearly complete experts?!
Thinking of going for a 4th birthday treat this summer. Actual date is a Sat so planning to go a Fri just before - will there be much difference in busy factor between end of June or early July? Wondering whether private school hols make much difference...
Also, have been on the clubcard website, am I right that if we use them, we can only buy the tickets on the gate? It looks like they send me a voucher which I need to use on the day rather than in advance. Is that OK or do we risk having to get there massively early to queue even to get in the gate? We would probably drive there that morning.
Finally, have seen comments above re 90cm limit, what's the next significant height cut off? Just trying to figure out which sorts of areas we're likely to focus on....
Thanks so much!
I think the website has a lot of information on heights for rides, it can change year on year. It has changed a lot even on the same rides whilst my children have grown up, and then the rides change a bit sometimes.
With Tescos you get a voucher and do have to exchange it at a ticket booth, the queues aren't usually too bad. If you can I would aim to arrive at least 1/2 hour before opening, to walk from the car, get your tickets,mand walk around the very top bit.
You will then make the most of the low queues at he start of the day.
Private schools tend to break up about mid July. Scottish Schools at the end of June. Lots of state schools have inset days at the end of June/ beginning of July. There can also be school or nursery trips.
I would go on a Monday rather than a Friday, and when rain/drizzle is forecast, is often better.
Is it worth taking DD to Legoland? She is 2.5 and we could go at a weekend any time over the summer or aim for early September when she will be 3. She is definitely over 90cm. She liked Chessington when she was just 2, but isn't really very interested in Lego itself.
Breatheslowly absolutly!!! If your DD is over 90 cm she can go on lots of things, no need to particularly like Lego. She can drive the minicars, ride a submarine, fly in a dragonmobile, see "real" pirates, fly balloons, ride carousel horses....whats not to like? Go before she turns 3 so you wont have to pay for her.
RE Tesco vouchers, if there are queues for the ticket boothes to exchange your voucher, just look out for the staff queue combing, they will swap your voucher there and then and save you joining the queue.
Excellent, I have a few questions please.
Are we best off going on a weekday in September or weekend day in the next few months?
Also do you know if DD will still be free if DH and I go on tesco vouchers?
And finally, the waterproof trouser thing, do you think adults need them too?
Fab, thank you. And good thought on the Monday rather than Friday thing, will talk to DH about taking a day off!
I love this thread, I've made loads of notes, still have a few questions though!
We're going this Thursday and Friday with our 3yo DS. I don't think it's the school holidays anywhere so do you think it'll be quiet?
The weather is looking like showers and 13 degrees so hopefully won't be too cold.
We'll be staying at the Hilton Bracknell, has anyone stayed there and have any tips?
I'm not keep on getting splashed on rides, and I don't think DS will be... Is it obvious which ones are wet?
Does the park open at 9.30am and close at 5 every day?
Are age/pregnancy warnings (im 18 weeks pg) clear on the map? I don't want DS to look fwd to a ride only to find at the last minute that we can't go on it...
Thanks for help, sooo excited!
breathe weekday is always better than weekend IMO, esp out of holiday time. A school day midweek in september will be fab, quiet and hopefully still warm!
Yes an under 3 will still be free with tesco vouchers. If you have enough points get the annual pass for you and DH and you can go as many times as you want!
Waterproof trousers might be overkill if its warm but bring spare trousers and tops for yourselves too, nothing worse than walking around in wet clothes!;)
dejaBoo it should be quieter as long as its not school holidays!!! If you look on the official legoland website you will find a grid with openingtimes as it varies in the summermonths.
There are no really dangerous rides at LL, obviously the wilder ones like the viking boat and rollercoaster is a no no, and the ones that involve bumping like boating school have warning signs clearly displayed at the ride entrance. I managed to get on the helicopters at 32w pregnant but that was a squeeze and bump wouldt fit after that!
The water ones are all obvious, except the big green train. Sit in the last carriage and you get plenty of warning to duck. Have kids in the middle and your back to the outside and you can dodge most of them. There is only water in the first minute, once you pass the bridge you are clear. Its lovely so do go on it, your DS will love it. Then go up above it and squirt the next ride with the watercannon buttons! Hihihihi!
I know this is a massive long shot but does anyone have any idea if there are any vegan options food wise or which restaurant would be most likely to have something?
I've kind of assumed I'll just have to have chips but I thought it was worth an ask in here just in case!
The burger place does a falafel burger, which is worth a try, you could ask to have it without cheese or mayo, but I wouldn't swear to it being vegan.
don't go for the falafel burger, there are the worst i've ever tasted
I can recommend dog daycare in Windsor as an alternative to Legoland kennels! www.walkiesinwindsor.co.uk
Thank you vivienne, I shall look them up!
Marking place again, we are going next sat eek, so excited!!! Probably more than the kids
Going to read through these posts for information
One question, i have heard that we will get very wet, will it be cheaper to buy rain kagool type things elsewhere or are they quite cheap from legoland
Two question, with a two year old who is quite short will there be any rides she can go on or will she be limited to what's available?
The poncho waterproof things are £3.50 for adults an possibly a bit cheaper for kids. The height limit for a lot of the rides is 90cm so it depends on how short she is. There's plenty to fill a day if she is smaller but you will have to walk past a lot.
Thankyou noodle that's brill, quite alot less priced than what i was expecting
Great news about my little one, me and dh are going so i guess we will split up so that we both get to take the older dc on the rides.
Just got to work out the train journey now, which is going to cost alot more than the actual entry as we are using cereal coupons. Think it works out to be quite expensive, and i don't want to pay online incase plans are changed due to weather.
Pumpkin check out the national rail offer, if you buy a rail ticket you get free entry. Google it or check out money saving expert the link was on there!!
Thankyou noroom, I'll check it out wondering whether i can use it with the cereal adults go free vouchers, i hope so
well we're off there tomorrow, my first time and so far DS has no idea... he thinks we're off to a soft play!!
Now to work out how to get there...
moonbells how was your Day? Did DS love it?
Kids go free vouchers on LittleDish meals at the moment!
Hello! I've got a few questions...
We're hoping to stay in the LL hotel for a night in August (I know, we must be mad but I don't want to take dd1 out of school and I work weekends) and pay for park entry with clubcard vouchers so I'm prepared to pay out for qbots. Dd2 will be just 1 so obviously won't be going on the bug rides, so could we get away with only buying 2 and taking it in turns to take dd1 on things? Or would we be better off buying 3 and using parent swap? And with parent swap, does dd1 go on twice, or does one of us have to ride alone? And I can't find the price of the boating school add on for qbot, anyone know how much it is and is it worth it?
Thanks, I'm very excited, it's going to be a surprise for dd1 and I'm going to find that very hard
BIG rides, I'm not sure I fancy bug rides !
ammadine just get qbot for 2. Then take turns riding with DD1. As you wont queue, you just re book to go on again if both parents want to ride. The only problem will be the rides you can take the baby on, you wont be able to all go together, but as you share the qbot just rebook and take turns going.
Thanks. As we're staying in the hotel I'm going to use our 'bonus' half hour and head straight for Atlantis, so I won't bother to qbot that one anyway, we can all go on together then
Does anyone know how long the bus takes from Windsor, and how often it goes? The site links to the bus company which doesn't mention those useful facts, nor how much the bus costs?
I went yesterday, the bus from Windsor which is near the Windsor castle is a shuttle bus which costs £10 for a return family ticket and takes about 20ish minutes.
The buses are quite often, around one every 20 mins or so and when you get to Legoland the stop has a timetable which you can look at it in regards to what time the buses leave when you want go home.
My tip is to take a photo of the timetable on your phone so you can glance at it when you are wanting to leave the park.
Had a wonderful day yesterday although the weather was a little up and down!
Food is very expensive there which is why I'm glad i took food with me. It was £13 each for a course for an adult and £6.95 for a child at the restaurant near the park we have 4 dc, so we walked straight back out after seeing how much the food cost and the all you can eat buffet was similar prices to that above each.
Although i did treat the dc to some chocolate coated waffles, but beware they are v messy.
Got to go on quite a few rides, the only one i would say was a waste of time was the Ferris wheel type ride near the Egyptian part of the park-thought the queue was short, but it took ages to load each family and stopped right at the top (gasp) only to go round twice, what a waste of time.
Atlantis is good, the kids loved it and all ages can go on it.
The diggers are great but there was a long queue for that but was worth it to see the dc faces.
There was a train thing that went in a circle, although looks harmless, it goes pretty fast, I'm surprised my 2yo liked it!-i had to go on it 3 times with 3 of my dc as they allowed me to do a child swap.
The models are excellent although a few of them could do with a revamp, and a lick of paint/new bricks.
Toilets, wonderfully clean and even have baby seats in a few of them to stap baby's into so parents hands free to use the loo.
They do a buggy hire for £8, wished i had done it as it would have saved 4yo from needing to nap in 2yo buggy after a long day as they do doubles too!
Gift shop is expensive, £12 for a basic cap , there was even a dress which wasn't anything special costing £69.00!!! I allowed the dc £10 each and even then there wasn't much they could afford so be prepared to part with lots of mulla.
There is a new duplo splash towers being built for may, it looks brilliant!
We and dc had a fun time, just wish we didn't live so far from Windsor. We left at 4, and didn't arrive home until just before 8:30, i ordered dinner for them when we got home and then they crashed out bless them.
Hi quick question regarding the 2 for 1 voucher that noroom posted - it says on it that it must be accompanied by the
holders individual Coke Zone reward email, ID may be required. Has anyone had any problems just using the voucher on its own? Thanks
I don't know lovechoc but the cereal vouchers work out cheaper as you pay for the children rather than the adults. One adult goes free per one fully paid child, saves more money that way as adults are more expensive. You get them on side of coco pops, and other cereals, keep your eyes out for them.
What activities are there near Legoland? We are thinking of going on Friday and do the hotel stay if there are interesting stuff to do nearby. Windsor castle is a bit pricey. Anything else nearby? Its my son's 5th birthday. We can drive back home but it will be nicer to find an add on so we have an excuse of an overnight stay.
NoRoom We had a great day in the main. Hardly any queues (5 mins for the boating, less for everything else) so we went on Atlantis 3 times (and would have been more had I let him!), Dino twice, big Dragon rollercoaster twice (his first rollercoaster!), loathed the Pirate ship (made him feel sick), but liked the viking variant. Would have gone on Viking wet ride twice too but bad mummy said no she was wet enough thanks!
Did labyrinth, spiders, boating school, and pirates playground (and DS fell about a foot or so off one bit and banged his head, there's another not-so-good story involving A&E at 11pm after he was belatedly sick, but then he'd spent the day eating crazy food like doughnuts, chips, chicken nuggets, sausages so after all the tests came out OK, they figured he was just sick cos of that and not the bump, Phew!)
We are off to Legoland tomorrow and staying the the hotel.Can anybody tell me if they have hair dryers in the rooms?We are in a basic pirate one.
Munache, there are a few things to do, Thorpe Park and Chessington are not far if you fancy another theme park, otherwise Windsor Castle is lovely, lots of suits of armour and guns and swords that little boys like to look at!
There is a great softplay in Bagshot, called Jakes about 15 mins away, also Locks Ride Playground is 10 minutes away great big playground with water play in hot weather. Phoenix playgym in Bray is great but only certain times and only under5's admitted. The best softplay in Berks is in Winnersh, its called Kids In Action, its huge and has themed playareas, shop, hospital, cafe etc so you can easily spend a few hours playing (--eating cake and drinking lattes--) (--and mumsnetting--)
Beaconscot Model Village is approx 20 mins away, thats a nice day out, as well as Odds Farm Park, feeding animals, huge softplay with dropslides and the best coffee in Berks!
Windsor is quite nice for a stroll, you can do boat rides on the thames, and walk all around the castle, lots of shops and coffeeshops and restaurants, the old station is lovely for shops and coffee.
Heathrow Airport has a visitors centre, I havent been for years so not sure if its any good.
Coral Reef Leisure Pools in Bracknell are fantastic fun if you like swimming and waterslides.
Oh and Savill Gardens botanical gardens are lovely, Park up and walk over to the Punch Bowl to see the amazing display of rhododendrons and azaleas. Its a great park to scoot around and the coffee shop is great. My favourite is to park at Bishopsgate (free) and walk up to the copper horse, you have a fantastic view of windsor castle and Heathrow, then walk back and have lunch at the Fox and Hounds pub at Bishopsgate. You might even spot the royals out and about.
Nobodysfool, we have stayed at the hotel but I cant remember hairdryers. Best thing is to ring and ask, if you can navigate through to a human being....grrrr....
Going tomorrow with a bunch of 9 year old girls. Hopefully lots of schools don't have insets and it'll be just us
It looks like nice weather, we'll get there before 10, which rides should we do as soon as we get in before it gets busy??
Amidaiwish, Boating school always gets busy, but if the girls want to do the rollercoaster head for the dragon kingdom area first and do the fast rides. Have a great day out!
Thank you! My dilemma is whether we need q-bots or not.... Decisions decisions
The new Duplo splash towers opens on May 18, which means more spare clothes and swim stuff to carry!!! Hopefully fairytale brook should be back in action as well as X challenge (my favourite...).
Hi, I have a question for the regular LL visitors: we're planning on going on the Friday before half term (May 24th) as DS1 has a school inset day. What do you think the queues will be like? Will we need a q-bot thingy? We're LL virgins so all advice gratefully appreciated!
xigris dont worry, get there early and if you find the queues are building up then just go to the qbot kiosk in Lego City and buy a qbot. See how you go. If the weather is dodgy you will have no queues, if its sunny it will be busier. Have fun!!!
Thanks loads for that NoRoom! I knew you'd answer the LL Klaxon
Just marking place as off to LL in 5 sleeps !!! Much excitement from 5 yo DS. Coming back later for tips but don't want to lose thread now I've found it .....
I visited on Saturday and have a question, why is there no signs about queue jumping? The only reason I say his is because I actually had an instance of a women and two kids push past everyone on the excuse of "we were in the queue and they needed the toilet" her husband was indeed on his own further down the line but that's beside the point.
When I challenged the women she was rude asking why the hell my problem was! After this we got to a point where they were oposite us at a queue line turn around only for him to start abusing me. He stoos there mouthing off and my reply was "it's done with, if you feel you gave an issue then you must think you need to defend yourself, one please leave it alone" at this point he told me to f* off, and several parents then told him to belt up.
The funniest bit of this was when my daughter asked "Why's that man being so nasty and why did he use a naughty word" (she's only five) at which point he apologised. But I really don't think he saw the "saving a place" as a problem
Am I misunderstanding this? The family had been in the queue, the children needed the toilet and mum took them and was returning to the dad. What is wrong with that? No he shouldn't have been rude but maybe he thought you were being a bit weird?
We are visiting LL for the first time in June, we have a 2 and 4 year old. From reading previous posts I need them measuring, waterproof trousers, change of clothes and a basic Q bot, is there anything else I need to know/have?
Also my ds has a hearing loss for which he is aided and does not do well in crowded areas, is there a pass I can get to avoid queues, do I need to provide dla proof or will we just have to suck it up and cope with the queuing?
Millais - No I'm saying the dad had clearly joined the queue whilst the children were on another ride, the toilet thing was purley an excuse as we had been in the queue for half an hour and no one had passed us to "go to the toilet", if that had been the case I wouldnt of minded it at all.
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Ah! I get it now- yes that would have annoyed me too.
We're off to LL soon and I've got a quick query/ am a bit confused about parent swap. I'm taking 2 DC aged 3 and 5 by myself. Will I be able to take them both on the rides together or one at as time? Thanks
Boatclub - It depends on the ride, some are limited to 2 only, these you will need parent swap for.
cathpip Im a legoland annual pass holder we visit at least 3 times a month. when in june are you planning on going as personally i doubt you will need to bother spending out on a qbot.
are you going for 1 or 2 days?
We are off to LL on sat, staying over at a holiday inn and back to LL on Sunday
Has anyone got any tips please for lego mad 5yo DS and 2 yo (next week) DD
Also waterproof outer clothes for Duploland right??? DH reckons swimsuits. I don't think he's noticed the English summer weather !
Also 83 year old grandad coming too. Any tips for places for him to sit and watch world go by??
Twitchpalm we are going on Sat 9th June am hoping that it will only be big rides that they will be to small for that will have long queues, but we are only visiting for the day so don't want to get caught up for to long. candodad thanks for the info, i don't think he will qualify as my ds is not disastrous in queues its just the noise level in crowded areas that disorientates him. He is only 4 so we will be with him and if I need a Q bot thing i will buy one.
Somermummy if you want to msg me i can fill you in on tips.
DS is 2.5 are we crazy to take him to LL? Is there enough for v young ones to make it worthwhile?
I went with friends years ago and before DS but I imagine a lot has changed since then...
Cathpip the best way to avoid needing a qbot is to get there for 9:30 you will be able to access the shops and stawars miniland.
When the open the gates to the rest of the park immediatly head down to the bottom of the park. Dont bother with the train down it takes to long queing. When You are down there you can do atlantis first you will walk straight on it. You then. Work your way back up the park towards the entrance. You avoid the queues this way as everyone stops at the first ride they get to.
Likewise leaving if the park closes at 6 and you are in a ride queue at 6 you will get to do the ride. What we do is we go up to the entrance and sit and have a coffee in the hilltop cafe as they empty the park from the bottom up its normally a good hour before they kick you out after closing time. means you can can have a rest and look round the shops. Better than sitting in a queue of traffic in the car park. we always do it this way. On starwars weekend they closed the park as it was full. It still only took as 5 mins to get out of carpark. As everyone rushes out at 6 then sits in there cars for ages.
If you want to no anything else feel free to pm me.
Seconding Twitchys tips and advice!!
Somermummy waterproofs if its cold, for the waterrides ie pirate falls and x challenge. If its warm you need swimgear for Duplo Valley. And towels. Weve seen alot of clever children in wetsuits in Duplo Valley, very clever and a good tip. And a change of clothes is always good!! remember you will get wet on the Green train too!
Kittiecat there are lots to do for a 2.5 year old, more if hes taller than 90 cm.
A qbots advantage is that it will take all the stress out of your day. It is very much worth the money if you are just coming for the day, and can afford it. If its not too busy read all the tips on here and dont fall for the trap of doing the rides in the order you find them.
Viking river splash has a 2 hour queue 10 mins after opening whilst the spider 2 mins down is empty.....mad!!!
Great. Thank you NoRoom. Heads off to plan...after I've got out the tape measure!
Went to duplo valley today again, fantastic fun but will be horrendously busy come warmer weather.
Fairy tale brook has had a great facelift, well done LL!!!
Queues not too bad today as it was overcast, but with lots of qbot people about the normal queues moved very slowly at times which gets really frustrating.
Tomorrow will be heaving as sunshine is forecast!
I have vouchers that we need to use before they expire. I was thinking of going tomorrow but dh reckons it will be horrendous because its half term. If we don't go tomorrow we will have to go one weekend. Are weekends any quieter?
Weekends are worse!!! Esp a half term weekend! Go tomorrow, get there at 9.30. Get a qbot if you can afford it and bring a nice picknick, and a change of clothes. You will have a lovely day!!! Dont miss the pirate show, they were brilliant as always today!!
Just re read your post, weekends in term time are busy but not too bad, esp if its overcast and rainy it will be quieter. I would probably still go tomorrow as the weather looks nice, and prebook a qbot online. Have fun
We have an inset day on Friday June 21st, but seeing as LL was virtually deserted when we went in March I'm wondering if we'll be frustrated by the queues if we go again.
What do the regulars think?
I only live about 45 minutes or so from LL but have never been. It's always seemed just a bit overwhelming...however I've exchanged my tesco vouchers and am thinking about going on Monday as it's an INSET day. My DD is 4.9 and my DS 2.10 DS is over 90cm. Unfortunately I need to be home no later than 6.30pm so guess we'll have to leave the park by 4.30ish to make sure we are home in time. I'm a bit worried about coping at legoland with the 2 kids. DS will get pretty grotty without his nap and if he falls asleep in the buggy I guess DD and I will just need to chill for an hour or so. Also I have a lower back condition which I guess I should be wary of. I'm thinking that an INSET day will be quieter than other times. Alternatively I could suggest we go for father's day (with DH, of course) extra pair of hands and also I think he'll be a bit gutted to miss out. Hmmmmm. Or maybe I go Monday, as a bit of suck it and see and then exchange more Tesco vouchers in time for father's day...I know the kids will love it, but it seems vast with soooo much to do and soooo many insiders tips/rules I feel a bit scared...help me feel brave, please!
Monkeychicken dont worry there are lots of things at LL that does not requrie to queue or take your little one out of the buggy, ie
PLAYGROUND BEHIND SQUID RIDER
if I go on my own with the kids (-all things you can do with 2 over 90 cms) I would do this (in order)
DINO SAFARI (only if you are happy to parentswap)
MINI DRIVING SCHOOL (age 3-5 if you teach DS to say hes 3 he can go on)
PIRATE SHOW for lunch at 12, get seated at 11.40
GREEN TRAIN (quieter during pirate shows (12,2 and 4)
SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS In egyptian square
HELICOPTERS(if you are happy to parentswap)
......there is much more but you can easily fill a day and you wont have time to do all of the above so you will def have to come back with daddy. At least you can get the hang of it all and have some fun.
Dont forget to pick up wristbands at guest services to write your mobile no on in case you get lost or separated. Have fun!!!
Ooooh, thank you so much Noroomforme. Sounds great! DH says he would love to go for father's day and I've got some Tesco vouchers that expire today so will get some more LL passes. Still tempted to go Monday, although DD was up coughing all night and has asked if she can stay at home today. (We were going to go to Odd's Farm which she loves.) Hope she's not sickly on Mon or LL might just finish her off!
We are planning to head off to LL the end of the month. DD1 has 2 inset days on the fri and monday so thought we would visit on one of those days.
Been useful reading all the tips. Thanks everyone.
DD2 is 3. She's tiny though and her little legs get tired quickly. Is it worth taking the buggy for her? Is there alot of walking? She never really uses the buggy at home and can prob manage a couple of miles.
Told the girls about going there and they are both really excited!
oh and is it Under 3's that are free?
Bet it is now DD2 turned 3 last week! Typical!
Pigley, if DD is tiny and in buggy she could always pretend not to be 3 yet...nobody will check or question it.
I did not write that oh no
Yes to lots of walking, and yes yes yes bring buggy. You need lots of stuff so use buggy to carry picknick, swim gear, towels and dry clothes...
DD was far too sickly to go to LL on her INSET day so we went today instead and had a fabulous time. Thank you to you all for your marvellous tips. We arrived by 9am and parked in Car park C. Had alook round shops, starwars miniland (which DD4 and DS2 found a bit scary) before heading down to Atlantis when the gates opened. We only had a few "must dos" but got loads done and mostly ignored rides with queues of 30 mins or more. Atlantisis was fab and afterwards the children could hold sea creatures which was great. Then we did Dino Safari (5 min wait), L-driving (15 min wait), Balloon School (for which the queue moved very, very slowly much slower than the 20 mins stated, easily 40) watched pirate show while eating lunch, Orient Express green train (5-10 mins), swinging chairs (straight on), carosel (Straight on), pirate playground, safari splashdown (DD doesn't have wetsuit but if she had it would have made a big difference as she got cold quite quickly), brickville playground, fairytale brook (straight on), helicopters (5 mins), blue train (Straight on), skyrider (15/20mins), then they built lego in the discovery bit before we headed to the hill top restaurant and just chilled out and had something to eat and bought a few bits in the Big Shop. We left at 7.40pm. The only thing I would think about doing differently would be food. We took a picnic and some drinks and snacks but topped up with a couple of coffees and icecreams which cost a bomb and bought food at the hilltop restaurant at the end which was expensive and lame. Would try and bring more food and maybe leave "tea" in a locker so we didn't carry it round all day. Also, DS is 2 (and 98cm) but 3 in 6 weeks so we lied to get him on L-drivers (well, actually his 4 year old sister lied for us!) but he didn't steer very well and was erratic with the accelerator which meant he was a bit of a maniac driver, more like he was on the dodgems! Amusing but he probably was too young even though he loved it.
Glad you had a good time Monkeychicken thank you for the update! This is a brilliant thread, wish there was a simolar one for chessington and thorpe as we are going next week with visiting family. Anyone been and can give some tips?
We took DS on Monday and Tuesday. We went for the deal for a hotel near Heathrow and two days at LL for price of one.
The weather was great and the park was wonderfully quiet, especially on Tuesday. Mostly very short or no queues. We walked straight on the Laser thingy which is very popular, some people even went back to the beginning and got straight on again.
Bit disappointed that some of the rides were closed, one due to staff member taking ill which obviously couldn't be helped but two closed while we were queuing due to faults and another was just closed all day with no explanation. And our submarine was faulty with no working screens or commentary as well.
Also frustrated at the terrible service in the food places. DH went to get lunch and was gone for half an hour. He said he was second in the queue when he went in but the staff were so unbelievably slow and inefficient it took half an hour to produce two portions of fried chicken and chips. Same happened at another place when he went to get DS an ice cream. If you're planning to get some lunch or a snack to eat whilst watching the pirate show or puppet show allow plenty of time!
But that's quibbling I suppose. DS is 4 so old enough to go on almost all the rides, he loved the splash park, the little driving licence thingy and the pirate show especially. Being there for two days, we were able to get round the whole park without too much effort and really make the most of our two days. Would love to go back but can't see us ever going in school holidays.
Just adding my thanks to those above for all the hints and tips. We've just spent two days at Legoland, taking advantage of an Inset day for the boys (age 10 and 6). We booked a two day/one night stopover at the Holiday Inn in Maidenhead, so we could make the most of our time there.
On Sunday, it was pretty busy with some fairly lengthy queues building up on popular rides. We'd bought Qbots (basic ones) for the day, which were fantastic - I would book the next ride as soon as we'd been checked in on the current one, so our queuing times were minimal. The longest queue was for the Dragon's Apprentice, so we timed that one for just after lunch, and used the hour's wait to picnic and play on the slides nearby. All in all, we managed to get on 14 of the 20 Qbot rides in one day (and could probably have managed more if we'd tried harder!).
We ended the day with the water rides, getting progressively wetter. The boys loved the pirate log flume, and the Viking river rides best, but particularly enjoyed firing the water cannons at other riders . Near the end of the day, we were able to come off the ride and head straight back into the queue line with only a couple of minutes' wait. We had a change of clothes available for the boys, which was pretty vital as they were cold and dripping by the end.
The hotel was about 20 minutes' drive, although we took a longer route to avoid the traffic. The restaurant food was nice enough, and perfect for DS6 who is very difficult to feed. Our family room consisted of two fold away beds in a large double room - a bit squashed, but fine for a night.
Today (Monday) was much quieter and we were able to get directly on the Laser Raiders ride which our boys enjoyed. In fact, we came out and as there was no queue, ducked through the barrier and went on for a second ride. We went on the Boating School, which had the longest queue of our visit, at 30 minutes (no Qbot today). We took the boys to the Duplo Drench Towers - the boys loved this, but the water was freezing so they only lasted 10 minutes or so before they got too cold and gave up. We got some food (BBQ opposite Driving School - £5.45 for a sausage or steak baguette - nice enough), and then finished off with a few things we'd missed (Star Wars miniland - DS10 loved this!) and a revisit to the Viking river ride for a final soaking! We left the park mid afternoon, so as to avoid rush hour traffic.
Just to reiterate some of the points others have made above, we found the refillable drinks bottles were excellent (we reused it on day 2 - not sure that's strictly allowed though!). The pirate show was very good - DS10 got very involved in that one! Car Park C is the place to be - we made our way there both days. Qbots are excellent on busy days - even the basic one makes a huge difference. Having two days meant we could relax and enjoy the time - no great pressure to do it all on the first day.
All in all, we had a great time
Hi, great thread. I just got back from Legoland and although I didn't enjoy it, my kids loved it. Even though we went on an inset day and a Monday, it was heaving.
The bits you don't have to queue for were great i.e miniland, the adventure playgrounds, the incredible Star Wars exhibition and the wet play area.
However, there has got to be something very wrong with a system that makes you queue for an hour for a ride that lasts two minutes. The dinosaur safari was a fleeting 2 minute whizz round some Lego dinos, and although Atlantis was great, that was also less than 3 minutes long.
There's got to be something they can do about the overcrowding, surely. More rides? An additional branch? I don't expect it ever to be empty, but the sheer numbers made even walking down a pathway stressy.
I know it's only part of the problem but I get so frustrated at places like Legoland, that are aimed at younger children, when I see adults on their own on rides for one or two people. If a car on a ride is for two people only, either DH or I sits out. If every adult had to be accompanied by a child on those types of rides, the queues would move a little more quickly.
When DH and DS were queuing for Dino Safari (a real little kiddies' ride) last week, I watched as two cars went past with just adults in, followed by one with a little girl and one of her parents. Then two cars went past with a woman on her own in one car, and her child and the father in the car behind, both parents filming each other's car FGS. It's crazy that out of five cars, only two children were riding.
At Peppa Pig World DH and DS queued for 45 minutes to go on the George dinosaur ride, if 2 out of every 5 dinosaurs hadn't had a parent or grandparent riding on them on their own the queue would have been much shorter.
Don't people feel bad taking up places when there are little kids in the queue behind them having to wait and behave themselves when bored rigid for so long?
It would be different if it were Alton Towers or somewhere where the rides appeal to adults as much as children, but do adults really get a kick out of going on preschoolers' rides?
It is incredibly frustrating when its busy, I cant stand it, but if you can at all go mid week in term time you can have fantastic days there. A midweek morning in late september you will be on your own and not queue for a thing. I know its not always possible but if you take some midweek leave and go then it will be completly different.
But that's what annoyed me! I went on a Monday during term time when the DCs had an inset day. I thought surely most people will be at work or at school? But no it was heaving to the point of serious discomfort.
There were five coachloads of school trips and about twenty thousand toddlers in pushchairs.
I really disagree with the principal of QBots i.e if you give us even more money you don't have to queue, but to be honest, I can't see another way of going on more than 3 rides in 6 hours.
It should also be made clear that it's really only for say, under 10s. There were lots of bored teenagers and a lot of the rides were for very young children. They should also make the rides longer than 2 minutes!
I left in a right grump, annoyed with the whole world. I just think if you're paying and travelling and making an effort, they should at least ensure it's semi pleasant, not like some torturous ordeal.
Having said that, my kids loved it (although they didn't like the crowds either).
We are due to visit this fri and sat, just checked the website and notice there is an event on, mini figures. We are traveling from Scotland, Im now a bit concerned that I hav missed something, are the local schools off and will this event affect the busyness of the park!
We went yesterday, it was heaving and about 10 coaches of school kids too. Its Mr golds brickfest (whatever....) on all week so I guess thats why. also all of Europe is now on summerholidays so lots of tourists too...
We went yesterday and didnt think it was too bad queue wise apart from the Laser Riders where we spent nearly an hour in a queue. Everything else was less than 15 mins wait so pleased we didn't bother with a QBot.
Thks, booked so we are going regardless, just wondered if I had missed something!
Mr Gold's Brickfest was on when we were there, but it was barely noticeable, just a few tents.
I think the worst queue are driving school and boating school.
Best bits: just walking around- adventure playgrounds, great views, miniland, oh and panning for gold was great!
Dragon's Lair wasn't working, Laser thingy wasn't working and the mono rail was closed when we went. I just get the impression that Legoland inc want your money and don't really care if you like it or not once you've paid.
A question about QBots, Kellogg's 2 adults for the price of 1 tickets, and paying on the day...
We are going on a weekend day in July. We are two adults (me and DH), 5 yo Ds1 and 1 yo Ds2.
Either me or DH will eb taking DS1 on the rides that he can go on. I can't see DS2 being old enough for any rides really. So can we get away with buying two QBots (one for DS1 and one for whichever adult will be going on with him)?
And do you think the queues will be horrendous on the gate on the day (we are planning on arriving early), and if so, can we use our kelloggs 2 for 1 voucher to buy online tickets and QBots in advance?
I am so looking forward to going!
The qbots are independent of entry ticket price as far as I can gather from the website. You cannot use the Kellogg's vouchers to pay in advance as online tickets are less than full price. The Kellogg's promo is on full price tickets. You have to have the same number of qbots as the number of people going on the ride so I think you will be okay with 2 but I would call and ask or ask on the day when you are there. Qbots are limited as well, I believe. Your DS1 will be able to go on all the rides...if he is tall for his age, he might get on driving school too (we fibbed to get them on as we knew they were capable of the driving).
Thanks glitter - sounds promising!
We have legoland Florida tickets for next summer so if the park is similar, we will have to work backwards from what they missed this time.
Happy you can take a 1 y old on quite a few of the rides, the little blue train in Duploland rarely has a queue more than 2-3 minutes, Fairy tale brook is quiet in the afternoon and rarely has queues, there are quite a few so a qbot for 2 id great for hubby and DS1, and inbetween rides you can all go on a few easy ones as a family.
RIDES YOU CAN DO WITH A 1 year old:
BOATING SCHOOL (worst queues...)
also there is the puppetshows, pirate show, 3D cinema etc and the legobuilding room, star wars, miniland....you will be busy and DS2 will have lots of fun!
forgot FAIRYTALE BROOK,
AND THE SPLASH VALLEY!!!!
Wow. I had no idea. What a treat for DS2, as he is usually carted round to everything that DS1 likes. He has never been on anything just for him before!
the worst day for crowding I have ever been was an inset day...bumped into a friend who lives near Legoland and is a regular and she confirmed it was super-busy.
Teach me to think I was being clever
mybaby- I know- I was gutted at how crowded it was on a term time Monday. It had been less busy the day before which was a Sunday and a sunny one at that!
DD has INSET day tomorrow and we plan to take the trip to LL.
The weather looks showery so maybe that will keep some away.However not too much rain please!!
Chatting to another mum in the playground and she mentioned they are heading to LL tomorrow too. All our girls are in the same class and nursery so will be fab to see them there and the girls will be so pleased!
Wonder how many other school parents will be there!
havent read back but im guessing car park C is the nearest?
DH and I plan to split up and pay for one child each. DH and DD1 (4) will use the kelloggs voucher. I with DD2 (3) will go in using the Parent and toddler voucher (with a back up kelloggs voucher in case!).
Is it worth taking a buggy for DD2? She's pretty good at walking but not knowing how big it is its hard to tell. She does start to flag after a while and DH ends up carrying her. Ive heard its quite hilly?
Guessing a change of clothes is a must as some of theses rides sound quite wet! DD1 is a complete drama queen and getting splashed on other rides we've been on have caused major drama! Best brace myself!
pigley, personally I wouldn't take a buggy as there were millions there and you could see that it was hard to negotiate the pathways. However, if you do get stuck you can hire one, and there is also a train that goes up and down the hill to make life easier. My DS is 3.6 and walked all around with no trouble, but conked out totally on the way home.
Take a change of clothes as Duplo Valley has a wet play area that my two loved.
Car park C is the nearest non priority car park, but you are unlikely to get a choice as to where you park!
Travelling to london on Saturday and going to legoland on Tuesday. Been before with DS1 but that was 9 years ago! Now it is DS2 turn. Just told him tonight and he is beside himself with excitement.
Plan on getting train from Waterloo to Windsor then the bus. Bit worried we wont have enough time as the park closes at 5pm. We don't really want to pay ££££ for a Qbot though. We will probably just get sandwiches from the station for lunch as I hear the food is still bad. Does anyone know anywhere decent we can have dinner in Windsor before getting the train back to london?
Will we all need a change of clothes or just the children?
Getting quite excited myself now.
I didn't think the food was that bad and not that expensive really.
jaca re dinner in Windsor there are some lovely places, Zizzi by the Theatre Royal (i think the shuttle bus from LL stops just opposite) Gourmet Burger Kitchen in the Royal Station, Carluccios in the Station, Yo Sushi in Daniels Dept Store, Wagamamas...the list is endless and its all within 2-3 minutes walk of both stations.
The food at LL is not fantastic, but the Pizza buffet is fine, its hot and fresh, Stay clear of the burger joint its crap....havent tried any of the other places, we usually bring a picknick!
You all need a change of clothes, you will get wet!!! And dont miss the Pirate show, stay behind after it finishes as all the pirates come out and high 5 the kids and pose for photos!
Oh and I forgot the Bel and Dragon on the corner next to the Riverside Station, ( not the pub opposite, the Bel is on the corner of Eton Bridge) its lovely yummy food slightly more £ but its worth it. Kid friendly too.
Out of curiosity, was anyone there yesterday or today and did you consider it busy? DCs had inset day so we went figuring it would be quieter especially when we saw the overcast rainy weather. I thought it was pretty busy. We queued for everything we went on and skipped several things because the queues were at least an hour. Was dreading today being both weekend and sunny but to be honest we found it not really appreciably busier.
So was yesterday busy for a term time rainy day or was today quiet for a sunny Saturday? Just trying to gauge it before thinking of returning
I went yesterday afternoon, thinking as you that the rain and overcast weather would keep it quiet, but it was packed packed packed. It usually takes me 15 minutes to drive home and it took 90 minutes yesterday. I counted 15 buses in the car park, all school children on days out so the queues were terrible. So yes it was a bad friday. If the overflow carparks in the fields are used it usually means bad news, on a quiet day carparks C and D are empty. I think Legoland is becoming so popular that its becoming hard to anticipate the crowds.
On really busy days like that me and the kids do miniland, duplo land, fairytale brook, blue train, puppetshow and pirate show and that is usually enough but keeps the kids happy. The carousel is usually ok too but yesterday it was full too...
That's good to know then I suppose though a bit disappointed our plans for a quiet day didn't work out! We stayed at the hotel so didn't know how busy the general car park was. We did watch the cars leaving from our hotel window and there was standstill traffic until 7.45 which is pretty incredible given the park closed at 5. We also took 45 minutes to get in to the park yesterday morning.
The kids had a good time regardless and the hotel really
Made it a bit more special than just a theme park day. We got a few rounds of the rollercoaster in this morning too before it got too busy so that was a bonus
We were there today and I think probably normal sunny summer Saturday?
I'm avoiding inset days.
There is loads to do in the afternoon when the queues are long anyway. Next time we go on a nice day I am going to take swimsuits for the new water play area (although I'm not sure how I'll ever get mine out of it once they're in?)
How can you avoid inset days? Each school in Herts is different for example so how are you going to know?
Every day is an inset day somewhere!
We went yesterday for the first time ever.
We got there early and headed to the go karts first as I think that's where the queues can build up.
The new water park bit was very busy but the queue moves quickly (you have 20 mins in it).
We had a great day!!
Forgot to say, as others said the pirate show is fab, fab, fab!!!
We got to the show 15 mins before it started to get a decent seat and then the kids ate the picnic to keep them quiet (went to 12 o clock show).
DD (5) was most chuffed to be asked to be a volunteer on stage and ring the pirate ship bell
The 4 D cinema was worth a visit too...
And we saw Kirk from corrie there too
Very useful thread thanks
Just browsing Legoland website and found annual pass is currently on sale for 50% off. Only til tomorrow though.
For those that don't know expect a lot of Scots - most of Scotland's schools broke up last week sometime!
The annual pass sale ends tomorrow at 10am. But if you have a stack of Tesco clubcard vouchers, it is still cheaper to go this way.
I think Legoland should open another branch in the North of England. There's clearly a demand and they would clearly make a profit. I see there is a Legoland Experience in Manchester, but it's not on the same scale.
For our population, I think we have remarkably few theme parks in our country.
We went this weekend, DD's school had inset on Friday so we had park tickets for Friday and Saturday and spent Fri and Sat nights in the hotel on site. Doing it this way meant that we left this morning after check out at 10am which is when most people are arriving. We did the same last year and I will always do it this way from now on. The bus leaving Legoland is almost empty during the day as most people wait until the end to leave and the traffic is horrendous then too. When we left this morning the traffic coming off the M4 on the way into Windsor just looked like a nightmare. Nose to tail all the way back to the motorway exit and beyond. I was so glad to be going in the opposite direction.
We have done 5 or 6 visits to Legoland over the last 3 years, some day trips and 2 stays at the hotel since it opened. Once in an adventure room and once in a kingdom room. On this visit though for the first time I caved in and bought q-bots - 'just' the regular ones and probably, reluctantly, I have to say the best 60 quid I have ever spent. No way could I have coped with queueing for hours in 30 degrees with a 6 year old and 4 year old. The q-bots saved my sanity despite thinking it's a ridiculous system.
On Friday we didn't q-bot as I thought we could do the rides with the shorter queues and other non-queuey type stuff and then save the bigger rides for Sat with q-bots.
So, on Friday we did:
Atlantis - no wait
Dino Safari - no wait
Swings - no wait
4D cinema to see Chima
Laser Riders - 10 min wait
Spinning Spider - 10 min wait
Jolly Rocker - 10 min wait
Pirate show - which I was a bit 'meh' about to be honest although it seems popular with others
DCs played in pirate play area and in water play area which I think was better laid out the way it was before
Fairy tale brook - no wait and is lovely now with the upgrade
Driving school - 5 min wait
Fire academy - 5 min wait
Sky rider - 15 min wait
Longboat invader - 10 min wait
Swim in hotel pool
On Saturday the queues were awful and more and more people just kept surging down that hill. I heard one member of staff say that they had been taken by surprise on the Friday as there were the biggest crowds that day so far for 2013. They kept the park open an hour later than scheduled on both Fri and Sat.
On Saturday we started with another swim in the pool early and had the pool to ourselves for about 15 mins. Then, armed with q-bots we did:
Atlantis again - no queue at all
Squid surfer twice
Jolly Rocker twice
Pirate falls twice
Viking River splash twice
Spinning spider twice
Dragon's apprentice twice
Wandered around the Star Wars display
Went to Big Shop in the middle of the day -do NOT leave till the end when the park closes
We didn't manage to do the boating school this time as every time we tried the queue was 60 mins+.
We squeezed in another swim in the morning before breakfast and again not busy at all then.
I feel thoroughly Legolanded out now for this year and despite thinking that I would not cope with the heat we did ok with plenty of water/hats/cream. And the water rides definitely helped to cool down. Did get bumped around quite a bit on the viking river splash ride though, DS bumped his head and DD and I both managed somehow to cut our arms.
And one other tip. When we stayed in the hotel last year we had dinner in the hotel restaurant which is pricey. Especially for young children who don't really grasp the idea of all you can eat buffets. This time we ate in the Skyline bar which I hadn't realised before did food and is much better value IMO and not more expensive than any other bog-standard place in London.
Also last year I bought 2 tubs of popcorn for the DCs from Legoland which I have kept in a kitchen cupboard, including lids. This year <tight arse> I dug them out and took home-made popcorn in a big tupperware box which we took in the suitcase and topped up last year's tubs each day.
Good luck everyone! <it does feel a bit military like in the planning of a LL visit>
Message withdrawn at poster's request.
Ignore my post above Ive asked for it to be removed I will re write it correctly below; (runs off and learns my left and right...)
Pumpkinsquid - that is hilarious! <pictures lots of hot and sweaty MNetters sitting in queues at 6pm this evening cursing pumpkinsquid's directions>
Ok second attempt at the TRAFFIC LEAVING LEGOLAND POST!
The signs tell you but nobody follows it....
WHEN YOU LEAVE THE PARK, AT THE BOTTOM OF THE ROAD DO NOT TURN LEFT TO JOIN THE NON MOVING QUEUE TOWARDS WINDSOR. IT WILL TAKE YOU 60mins+ to reach the M4. If its not moving, dont join it.
So GO RIGHT and you will reach the M25 or M4 within 20 minutes ( disclaimer for traffic but there are rarely queues this way)
For Both motorways:
Turn right our of legoland at the bottom of the hill.
Next roundabout go straight towards Ascot
Next roundabout go left back towards windsor
This stunning road will take you through the great park with lovely views.
When you hit windsor you come to a large roundabout, take the last turn towards Old Windsor. (Lovely viws of the castle)
Next roundabout ;
For M25 take the last exit towards Staines. Keep going straight following the thames passing the Magna Carta monument and runnymeade and you hit the M25 there and then.
For the M4 fo left towards Datchet, and there are signs for the m4 from there. This is a very pretty road too, and you will join the M4 at jct 5.
So you have been told;)
Please help me to plan a trip to Legoland!
We are still trying to book a holiday abroad and I am having a nightmare! We have managed to find a cheap 8 night stay in France (that I still need to get booked) but I need to try to book a trip away as well. This is all becoming very stressful!
A friend went to Legoland recently and stayed in the Crowne plaza heathrow hotel and was impressed. I have looked, but there doesn't seem to be any availability for middle of August.
So, we are a family of 5 (children aged 2, 6, 9) travelling from the Midlands.
We would like to use our tesco points to pay for entry to Lego Land (does anyone know how many we would need for this?).
We would like to go around 11th August or 24th August and stay in a hotel (preferably with a pool).
I would also like recommendations for other things we should do while visiting the area?
Thanks in advance!
*Gampy*, dont despair!
Look at the travellodge windsor, or holiday inn windsor on Alma road, windsor is lovely anf a visit to the castle is great for kids, dollshouses and suits of armour everywhere!
There is a post on the first page of this thread with hotel tips, the premier inn heathrow in bath road seems to be popular, the windsor slough marriott has a pool and is child friendly, and the copthorne slough has a pool too. The best choice is the legoland hotel but you might be a bit late booking.
Tesco vouchers, £8.50 per person over age 3. Well worth it.
Other things to do here:
Coral reef adventure pools bracknell
The look out and go ape bracknell
Kids in action soft play in Winnersh ( superb for 0-5 yr olds)
Odds Farm park for the scariest slides you have ever seen...
Windsor leisure centre swimming pools
Windsor has all the restaurants and eateries and is very pretty for a stroll. If I had to choose I would book the windsor travellodge, its right on the pedestrian walk in the town centre with easy access to LL. Have fun!
I am planning to go on 4th or 5th Sept. How many of the schools are still off then? Would we be likely to need Qbots then?
This is a fab thread. Lots of notes taken. Thank you
Loving this thread!
We are travelling down on Monday 26th August and staying nearer Slough for 4 nights. Tuesday is LL (free tickets from Sun Newspaper) then the third tickets from Tesco CC. DS is nearly 8. Will be taking tips about starting at the bottom.
Them Wed/Thurs/Fri travelling into London daily x
Really useful thread, thanks. We are planning on going either late August of early Sept (depending on when DH' s bad back gets better!), thinking about Q Bots - are they worth it for an under- 3-but-over-90 cm? Will she be able to go on many of the big/busy rides?
Lorelei, legoland is all about height, as long as the child is over 90 cm there are lots of rides she can do including most big ones. Please study the ll map to see the ones that have a taller restriction.
Qbot, YES YES YES, IT TAKES ALL THE STRESS OUT OF YOUR DAY!!!
This is a great thread! Thank you! I have three questions which I don't think are answered here:
We are considering going with DDs who are 2yrs and 5yrs - presume you need a Qbot even for the 5 year old (as well as the adult who will be accompanying her)? I am assuming that it's pretty pointless to buy a Qbot for the 2 year old because she will be too small for the rides you need a Qbot for? She is only 26 months and definitely under 90cm.
Is there any advantage to pre-booking a Qbot online? We would be buying tickets on the door, not online, as we have the KitKat 50% off offer which is only valid for non-online tickets. Or is it perfectly easy to get a Qbot once at the park? (Or do you have to queue up to buy one?!)
With small children who will only want to go on the most basic rides (eg the 5 yr old would want to do the Driving School), is there even enough to entertain us all even if you don't queue up for rides? And therefore we wouldn't need to spend ££ on the Qbot? Eg watch the pirate show, look at the Lego House of Commons etc etc?
And finally, if we did get a Qbot, are there any rides at all which have queues but are suitable for the 2 year old? And if there are, can you do the parent swap thing with a family of 4, even if you only have 2 Qbots?
Thank you, O experienced ones!
Widgeon, the qbots work on number of riders not age. So depending how many people are riding and if you want to ride as a family you can choose how many qbots to buy.
If you are Mum Dad and 2 y old and 5 y old, you can all go on quite a few rides, the worst queues are
Boating school, atlantis, and orient express,also balloon school, lazer riders ( not sure if you can qbot this ride this year but you can take little ones on it) fairy tale brook, carousel and swings at pharaoes square. So if these are rides you all want to do you need 4 qbots. If you want to take turns you can get away with just 2 q bots but you will need to queue twice (60 mins on boating school) so its doable but you will be wasting time.
Saying that you can easily entertain a 2 year old whilst the 5 year old rides rides but then you will have to split up all the time so it depends on what you want. Theres a list further down this thread with toddler things to do at LL. Have fun!
Just been told that under3s dont need qbots so that means you only need 3, double check on website though so be sure!
I have read most of this but still a bit confused as to whether Qbots are definitely necessary. I am taking dd and friend on Sunday, will there be enough to do without Qbots or would that be mad. They make a big cost even huger and I have explained to my dd that there will be a lot of queuing but don't want to spend the whole day and only go on 2 rides! Are there enough to go on that don't have mega mega queues if we avoid the worst ones or is qbot the only way to go?! Thank you.
Onoroff, it can be done without a qbot, but you wont get to do as many rides as you will simply not have the time. If you want to maximize your time them
ARRIVE EARLY, 9.00 for 10.00, time to park, get in, get coffee, get map and join the masses by being in the front of the gates to go down the hill.
LEAVE LATE, as someone on the surviving legonand thread posted; after 5 people start to leave and you can get quite a few rides in until 7 and still have dinner. Queues leaving the carpark quieten down too.
STOP AND BREATHE in the middle! plan, plan, plan!!!!
Agewise, check what the kids want to do. Download and print the map online. If the kids want rollercoasters, queue on the hill down towards viking river splash at opening times and leg it to knights kingdom to do the rollercoasters first. If you have younger kids queue to the left by the hill train and leg it to boating school and atlantis first.
If all fails these things rarely have long queues;
Fairy tale brook
Little blue train in duplo valley
Small viking ship
Thank you so much pumpkin. That is so helpful.
I reckon that the drinks cups with free refills all day must work out as a decent deal if you are not bringing your own food in. We spent a fortune on water and fizzy drinks during the day as it was boiling.
By careful QBotting , we got onto seven rides in very quick succession early on, which made us feel like we'd done loads - we went Atlantis, Dino Safari, Balloon School, Fire Academy, AeroNomad, Desert Chase and Swing chairs, with the longest wait being 10 minutes. After that the kids were happy to slow down.
And another vote for the alternative routes - way easier than the queues!
very useful thread and thank you for all the advice.
We are planning a trip to LL last weekend of Aug (are we mad?) We are probably staying at heathrow Crowne Plaza as there is a pool, which will be nice for the end of the day. Will it be easy to get to LL from there?
We have 3dcs (2, 6, 9) and pland to pay for entry for 4 with tesco points.Do you recommend we get qbots for 4? How much will they cost us?
What are the alternative routes?
QBot cost us £120 for four - that was the mid range.
Alternative route is signposted as you get into Windsor - takes you through Windsor Great Park. Definitely longer but quicker. When you leave, turn right not left to do the same.
We just went yesterday after having scoured this thread for great tips - thanks to everyone who has posted.
It was crowded, but not as unbearable as I had feared. Using the Qbots meant that we didn't have to stand in queues for hours. And there were loads of things we did without Qbots or queuing (eg pirate training, the pirate show, the puppet show, miniland, a lovely, practically empty place, where you can choose lego models to make, the 4D cinema (ok, we did queue for 15 mins in order to guarantee we got in)).
We paid for the basic Qbots (£15 each) and they were absolutely fine - the only advantage of paying for the more expensive Qbots is that it reduces the queuing time even more. But since there is so much to do while you are waiting for your Qbot time, and you can easily organise yourself so that you book the next ride as soon as you get to the one you've just Qbotted, I really am not sure of the point of the more expensive ones. YoureAll - you might be able to say if they were any better?!
For us, it was about keeping the waiting time down. By the afternoon, even with a mid range QBot it was an hour's wait for some rides - presumably that would have been two on the basic model. The staff did say they had never seen queues like the day we were there, and some were very visibly stressed trying to manage QBot and ordinary queues, especially when some people in the queue were being arsey about the QBot queues.
I'm on my way now
We're staying in the hotel tonight so plan on swimming and playing in the hotel play area after checking in, then dinner in the bar (I've heard the food is nicer in there than in the restaurant). Then up early tomorrow, race to Atlantis and Boating School then start qbotting . Dinner in the park on the kids eat free after 3 deal then we're aiming to leave at 6ish and hopefully beat the masses out.
I am very very excited because dd1 has literally no idea where she's on her way to - as far as she's concerned we're camping in the New Forest tonight (which we're actually doing from Tuesday onwards )
wow, sounds like a brilliant treat! - have a great time! Have you been before?
Is LL definitely suitable for a 9yo? Need to be sure it's the best place to take our 3dc!
If we are a family of 5, with a 2 year old, will we need 4 qbots or would 3 be enough? How exactly do they work?
We went when dd1 was 2, the hotel wasn't open then though. We've just tucked them in, they're both shattered
Under 3s don't need Qbots of their own.
How was your day Amandine?
Super excited now as I have booked Crowne Plaza Hotel for end of aug - we got a great deal in the end with breakfast included.
Now just to sort the tesco vouchers and plan the day.
We are off on holiday before this, so have a lot to look forward to now!
We had a fantastic day thanks . My plans worked out perfectly. We'd done Atlantis, Boating School and Learner Drivers before the park had even opened to the general public . I don't think we'd have had such a good day without the QBots though - we managed to fit everything in that we wanted to do, and more. We spent time watching shows, playing or in the maze instead of queuing.
Enjoy to everyone still looking forward to their trips!
How much earlier do you get in if you stay at the hotel?
I am considering it for next time - is it worth it?
30 minutes. They said that only Atlantis and Dino Safari would be open at that time but after Atlantis we went straight to Boating School, and then Learner Drivers and literally just walked onto all of them. The hotel is very expensive and it's certainly a one off treat for us but it is very well done.
What time should we aim to arrive at LL? Will there be traffic on the route between crowne plaza and LL at 8.30am on a sunday morning & isthis how early we should set off??!
Is it really easy to scoot up to carpark c?
Will we need 3 or 4 Qbots for family of 5 with a 2 year old, bearing in mind 2yo can't go on all the same rides as the older two?
Any more great tips for planning the day with a 2, 6 and 9yo?
HI, I am sure this has been asked already but I searched the thread and couldn't see...
My Mum got us legoland clubcard vouchers with her points, she told the lady on the phone they were for the grandchildren but when she emailed them to me they say 'to be used by named person only, please bring ID' - I understand this is probably to stop people selling them, but there's no chance of my Mum coming with us... does this mean I can't use them?
Do they ever actually ask for ID on the gate?
Rhiannon, no they dont ask id, if its the new style tickets with a bar code on you just use the stalls and scan yourself through. If its the old style vouchers they will just swap them for tickets at the ticket booths. Again if there are queues for the booths when you arrive look for staff queue combing and they will swap your tickets there and then. Have fun!
Hi I have been to legoland before but usually there has been 2 adults and 2dc. This year dh no longer lives with us so am considering taking dc on my own. For those of you that have been this summer hols are the queues without Qbot horrendous? Also is legoland do-able with 1 adult and 2dc who are 5 and 8 for riding the rides or are most of the rides 2 person rides? Thanks for your advice x
From memory - Balloon School, Atlantis, Fire Academy, AeroNomad, Fairytale Brook, Viking River Splash, Carousel, Swing Ride all OK as a three. Not sure about The Dragon, Knight's Quest - depends if older DC can ride in front of you alone. Sky ride and Dino Quest definitely 2 to a car, and Dino Quest wouldn't let my DS1 aged nearly 7 ride alone.
Hi, DS has been desperate to go to LL for ages, so we have finally succumbed and agreed to take him and 5 friends to LL for his 6th birthday at the start of September. Any tips on best ways to manage a group of hyperactive boys of this age?? Slightly dreading it... :-/
We've booked to go to Legoland next week.
Apologies if this has already been answered. I've read most of the thread but can't seem to find any posts regarding my particular question...
Re the Qbots. Do you pay for a number of people or do you have to name each person using it? DH and I are going with 2 DC. One of whom's 4 and the other is a baby. DH and I were hoping to alternate going on rides with DC1 while the other waits with the baby. We're hoping that a Qbot for 2 people will allow DH and I to alternate, or would we have to pay for a Qbot to be used by 3 people? I'm hoping I won't have to spend the whole 2 days standing with the pram
pumpkin wrote this upthread
*Widgeon, the qbots work on number of riders not age. So depending how many people are riding and if you want to ride as a family you can choose how many qbots to buy.
If you are Mum Dad and 2 y old and 5 y old, you can all go on quite a few rides, the worst queues are
Boating school, atlantis, and orient express,also balloon school, lazer riders ( not sure if you can qbot this ride this year but you can take little ones on it) fairy tale brook, carousel and swings at pharaoes square. So if these are rides you all want to do you need 4 qbots. If you want to take turns you can get away with just 2 q bots but you will need to queue twice (60 mins on boating school) so its doable but you will be wasting time.
Saying that you can easily entertain a 2 year old whilst the 5 year old rides rides but then you will have to split up all the time so it depends on what you want. Theres a list further down this thread with toddler things to do at LL. Have fun!*
So even with a qbot you have a wait for 60 mins for a ride? I'm confused!
We're a family of four on a budget, would two QBots work OK?
minimalist thats how qbots work, they allow you to queue virtually instead of standing in the actual queue. So the queue times are updated to reflect the actual que length. You will see the queue length on your qbot handset so you can choose what to do, most queues will be less than 30 mins, and as you book ride 2 as soon as you have been accepted on Ride 1, by the time you are done on ride 1, gathered up your stuff, read your map and walked to ride 2, its time to get on.
Choose the rides with 60 mins wait wisely, ie time them for the pirate show or 4d cinema so you are virtually queing whilst you are enjoying another activity.
If you want instant access to rides you need the advanced qbot at £70 per person. The normal qbot is £15 per person.
If you all want to ride as a family together you need 4 qbots (over 3's only, under 3's can ride too but you dont need to pay for the qbot for them.)
Mum dad child child=4 qbots
Mum dad child and baby = 3 qbots
Mum dad child and baby with only 2 qbots is doable too if the adults take turns taking child on rides. But for just £15 extra you can all ride together, is it really worth the £15 pound saving?
Otherwise just skip the qbots anf join the queue, thats doable too!
When we went it was the busiest day of the year - even with QBots some of the wait times were an hour (we had the mid range ones). At least we could do something in that hour - some poor sods stood in queues for two hours for a ten minute ride!
Wondering if we could make do with two QBots, and the kids take turn to go on a ride with an adult, I know they would get less rides this way though. We just can't afford £15 times 4 people.
Maybe we shouldn't bother at all with them and accept that we will barely go on anything...
Also, I read on here that water bottles will be filled if you ask at the cafe/kiosks . Is this true? Has anyone done that?
Dd2's sippy cup got filled at the fajita stall, but we were buying food and she's only 1, I'm not sure if that made a difference.
I started out only booking 2 QBots to share between the 3 of us eligible for them but ended up booking another because I wanted us all to ride together whenever dd2 was able to ride too. That way we did Orient Express, Atlantis, Aero Nomad, the carousel and Fairytale Brook altogether - and dd2 loved Atlantis and Fairytale Brook - she would have missed out otherwise or we would have all had to queue which would have felt like a waste of the QBots.
And regarding drinks we bought one of those bottomless cups for £7.50 and shared it between us so we got our money's worth
scarlet - the Qbots aren't for a named person, so in your situation you could definitely get 2 Qbots and alternate with your DH.
Minimalist - there is actually quite a bit you can do without queuing - how old are your DC? I think it would work to get 2 Qbots and take turns. The rides themselves are only 5 - 10 mins, so while the two people were on the ride the other two people would easily be happy amusing themselves at something nearby which you don't queue for (eg Miniland, stuff in Duploland, Pirates Training camp - basically a massive adventure playground etc etc). I think it would be a nightmare without Qbots though - I couldn't believe that people were queuing for 30 mins plus with small children! I don't think mine (aged 5 and 2) could have managed it.
Re drinks - there are free water fountains near most of the loos so you can fill up your own water bottles for free easily. We bought a picnic and drank free water all day.
We're back now and I'm so glad we pre booked the QBot. They'd completely sold out of them by the time we collected ours at 10.30am. In all honesty it wouldn't have been worth the bother and expense of going without one. All of the rides were 90 plus minute queues. Nightmare. DC loved it though
Scarlet How many Qbots did you get in the end. We have 3 dc aged 2, 6, 9 so think we will have to get 4 Qbots - what do you think? The 2yr old is about 90cm, so I hope will be able to go.on more things.
We go next weekend, so any new advice would be great!
I knew I could rely on MN! We are going on Friday, now with 3 Regular Qbots.
Gampy your 2 year old wont need a QBot and they will be able to go on rides with the Qbot users if they meet the height restriction for the ride. 4 Qbots will mean you can all ride together.
We got 2 Qbots and DH and I alternated who went on with DC1. Things that the baby was able to go on eg Atlantis either me or DH gave it a miss and waited with bags and buggy while the other rode with both DC. If our DC2 had been another year older we'd probably have got 3 Qbots so we could go on more together, it wasn't worth it for us this time as she's still so small and was happy enough in the pushchair.
Thanks! 2yr old measures around 90cm (will double check tomorrow) - I assume the measurement will be with shoes on, in which case she should make it.
We are planning to book the Qbots (is this necessary?), but if they say dd is under 90cm we probably wouldn't need 4, so should we just wait,and sort it on the day??
Also, would dd and ds (9 & 6) go on some things on their own?
Can anyone make a suggestion of order to do things with a 2, 6 and 9 yo and any tips would be brill.
* Finally, we have booked hotel for night before at Heathrow Crowne Plaza. The hotel has a pool that we plan to enjoy! The room for 2 adults and 3 children (they accomodate larger families and bring in extra beds) including breakfast for 5 is costing £100. Will report back on what it's like. Does anyone know how easy it is to travel from this hotel to LL?
Gampy, to get from the CP hotel DO NOT USE JCT 6, the traffic is bad bad bad and you will be stuck in traffic. Get off the M4 at jct 5 go into Datchet, then on to Old windsor, then windsor taking a left up the great park and follow the signs from there. Much easier and no traffic.
I've got a question re the legoland hotel - we're staying one night and going into the park both days.
I read on the 2012 thread that you can go and put your stuff in a locker in the hotel on day 1, but can you do that in the morning and go into the park early with people that stayed overnight or can you only get the headstart if you slept there the night before?
hope that makes sense...
Does anyone know if you can visit the Star Wars walk-through bit before the rest of the park opens? It's not clear (to me!) from the map whether the Star Wars bit is in 'The Beginning' zone, or after the actual gates...
Also, they announced on their Facebook page today that they were sold out for the next few days and aren't issuing any more tickets...the problem is I have pre-ordered Q Bots for next Mon but not the tickets as I have a 2for 1 voucher that can't be pre-booked. Presumably they will still let me buy a ticket??? I will ring in the morning to check but if anyone here knows, that would be great. Thanks!
windupbird starwars opens with the rest of the park, as theres to queues for it i would save it for when you are queuebotting for viking river splash or sim.
Not sure re tickets, ring and ask! Have fun!
Arghh, just realised (duh!) that we are now in the same situation as windup! We have QBots ordered for Sunday, tesco vouchers printed and a hotel booked for Saturday night. I hope they will let us in
Windup - I read the responses from legoland on facebook. it says people with tesco vouchers / 241 vouchers are fine. People can pay on the door, just not book online I think. Sounds like it's going to be busy.
Oh I love Legoland! We took our 4yr old and nearly 2yr old at the beginning of the summer.
My top tips (forgive me if they've been said!)
Don't attempt laser raiders straight after the pirate show. Everyone heads that way and it's the longest time to queue.
Head back to your favourite ride about 25 mins before the park closes. We went straight through on Atlantis and then straight through again. We were the last ones of the day.
And try to sit towards the front of the submarines... the back doesn't have as many windows!
Unless you are going to leave before closing time, don't bother rushing to the car park, stroll through the park, perhaps use this time to see the actual lego built stuff. The car park is always a nightmare to get out of so there's no point in rushing.
We found food rather expensive and not very good on our previous visit, so this time we took a picnic. The boys loved having a picnic and didn't feel they'd missed out. (older kids might have a different opinion though!!)
Overall... have a fab day!
Ooh thank you Nik - I am making notes for this weekend!
I have read this thread a few times over and wonder if I am mad to consider taking my 5 year old tomorrow? Just me and him, would arrive just before 10 (first shuttle bus), happy to pay for q bots and food. Might be the only chance I have to take him, he is desperate to go...any thoughts?
Go go go! Get qbot and have fun!!!
Help please?!we are at the holiday inn slough/Windsor going to legoland tomorrow.we have just tried to buy the basic qbots & they aren't available.does any one know if you can actually buy them on the door?we are also worried about actually getting in now,does anyone have any advice?thanks
Sorry for late reply Ginger (we only just got home and to bed After a full and fun packed day at Legoland).
It was our first time there and we followed the advice on here and had a brilliant time.
We arrived and parked in car park C at 9am. We had tesco tickets and prebooked qBots, but people who didn't just queued up to pay to get in. We were early, but it did get busy quick as was last day if school holidays. However, overall it really didn't feel too busy at all, which was a pleasant surprise.
The QBots were excellent, but might not be necessary tomorrow as most schools are back??? We did loads today, but still didn't manage everything!
Have a great time!
And you can buy the QBots there if necessary.
Thanks so much for this thread - it was really helpful
We went on Wednesday (INSET day) which was ace as nearly all the other children were pre-schoolers, meaning there were no queues for the rides with height restrictions.
My top tip - if you go on a hot day, don't get water from any of the stalls - their fridges are tiny and they'll end up restocking with lukewarm water before lunch. The big shops (ie the ones that sell toys/clothes) all have full sized drinks fridges selling coke and water. And if you can't see any water bottles left, there may be some on the bottom shelf right at the very back which you can only see if you get right down (it was 28 degrees so this may not be an issue on most days )
And if you want to go on the splash thing in Duplo, get there really early. There was no queue in the morning but by the afternoon it was enormous
This thread is great!
Anyone have any idea if we'll need QBots last Sunday in September?
Luna, if th weather is fantastic then maybe a qbot is a good idea, if the weather is cold you will be fine. Dress for outdoor cold though, as said before, there is very little shelter at LL, and you ar outside all day. Have fun!
Going with a 7 week old DD and 5 year old DS (and a 47 year old DH!) ... Do I just manage with a sling for DD, so I don't have to worry about bugaboo getting nicked/no-where to park it/can't get it on rides eg train that start in one place and get off at another etc....
Bugaboo makes life easier for carrying bags, but might be more of a hindrance than a help...
Tonibasil I would defo recommend taking a pushchair. All day in a baby carrier might be a bit hard on both of you. Do you have a cheaper stroller you could take instead? There are Buggy's you can hire at legoland (between £10-20 I think depending on single or double) but I don't think they will Suitable for a 5 month old.
Thanks Caz (my actual nickname!)....will take the buggy methinks
ToniBasil, legoland is very pushchair friendly, and quite safe, ive never had a problem with any of my naice pushchairs. I usually leave clothes and picknick on the pram when i leave it to goon rides and nothing usually gets removed so dont worry. The only ride where you get on and off different places is the hilltrain, which you bring the pushchair onboardin the yellow carriage.
Bring the pram and enjoy your day out!!!
I'm taking a 1yo and the DSs aged 6 and 8 on the first day of the half term holiday. Will is be busy do you think?
It has to be that day as they're group tickets that have been prebooked. The boys have been to Disney and were happy to queue for 20-30 mins there but I'm undecided about getting the qbots for the trip.
Any advice would be welcome!
I went yesterday.... walked straight onto rides, no ques and weather was ok
We're going on Saturday with Dniece 5 and Dnephew 7 for their Birthday present. We'll have a decent breakfast before we set off and we'll find a McDonalds or Harvester on the way home. We were thinking of taking some sandwiches for the kids, are there picnic areas with tables etc? Obviously if it's raining we may need to re-think this plan.
We're taking spare clothes and waterproofs etc. but are the water rides all in one place? I was thinking of doing the water rides last on the way out but if they are dotted around we might need to plan it a bit better.
Jelly - we ate our picnic in the enchanted wood (near the Pirate Ship) - there were some tables and also some trees that you could sit on, but they were all taken, so we sat on the grass.
As for the water rides, they are scattered around the park. Having said that, we headed for the Log Flume as our second to last ride (you get a bit wet on this one) and then did the Viking river ride last - you get pretty soaked on this one, but it's on the way back to the exits, so not so bad. We also did one over in the Duplo area - I forget its name but we got soaked for not much fun!
Brilliant, thanks lemon! I'll maybe say to the kids that the last hour and a half will be water rides. We're happy to get qbots as we're only there for the day, will that be long enough for the water rides?
Hi loveyoulike there are loads of places for picknicks, some lovely grassy areas up near miniland, but also behind Squidrider (playground with tables) and there is a covered area next to the mexican eatery which is great for rainy days.
If you read some of the early posts on this thread everything is explained.
Eat your lunch in front of the pirate show, you need to be seated 20 minutes before the show to get a good seat so lay out your picknick blanketon the steps and tuck in! The coffees are good in the harbourside cafe, and the icecream shop sells fresh doughnuts.
Plan your qbotting carefully to maximise time. Check q times on your qbot and do other rides with less q time whilst queuing for popular rides.
If you are doing the waterrides last, do log ride first, take the hilltrain up to viking splash, then leg it down the hill for the raft on waterslide thing by duploland. You will be soaked.
Er - Family of 4 costs £118 in advance online
2for1 ticket gets one adult free at full gate price so will cost £45 for adult plus £80 for two kids = £125
Do they think I'm stupid or something?
Thanks for the reply to my last post. We are going this sunday, hopefully, with the two boys age 6 and 7. Leaving my 3 and a half year old daughter with her auntie as it's easier to do 2 adults and 2 children for going on rides, I didn't fancy leaving her in the queue! Also, it's a long drive and a very long day.
Hoping it will be fairly quiet, I couldn't bring myself to go in the summer holidays as I really really hate crowds. Hoping for overcast but not too cold and wet! Will not be doing Qbots, I totally refuse to be drawn into that trap... I think it't outrageous.
Anyone going for the fireworks this weekend? We went last year and the DCs loved it. Trying to work out the cheapest way of doing it though as really don't have the cash for full price.
We did the fireworks last night, very well organized, loads of staff on hand and a slow but bearable exit out of the park. Much recommended the kids thought it was magical!
Ok experienced legolanders - looking at booking for next year for Ds' birthday.looking at going 24th-25th July with one if the holiday packages.am I better to book holiday inn Heathrow with 2 days park entry for around £150 then add in basic q-bots (as it will be summer hols) or blow the budget and pay £279 for the LL hotel.will I still need q-bits if staying in the LL hotel (as an extra £60 on top of the £279 makes it significantly more expensive than staying at another hotel)? Thanks
Apologies for typos-silly phone!
rosvita if you add up petrol travelling to and from the Heathrow hotel in rush hour traffic, and the added aggro, I would pay the extra for the LL hotel and know you have no more travelling to do and can have a glass of wine in the bar when the park closes whils the kids play. Worth every penny. Have fun!
Thanks for advice mummyumizoomi do you think I'll still need to fork out for a Qbot or should I see how we go on the first day and can always get it for the second day if needed.Can I wait to get one in the day or do they tend to sell out quickly (should I pay for one online prior to our visit)?Thanks.Hopefully the price will still be the same at the end of the month as I can't afford to pay for it until then!
Drat it - waited too long and now price for LL hotel up to £334 for our dates - grrr.
Any lego land experts know why Qbots are not available to book for April 2014? We are thinking going back for dd's 5th birthday and was planning on taking advantage of deal that ends 6th Jan but can't see any Qbots to reserve.
Any replies appreciated.
Hi ive just searched for legoland info as im thinking of taking my son in may for a mini break. My son will be 28 months by the time we go and measures like 89cm at the mo without shoes. My question is how strict are they on the 90cm height restriction? Do they make them take there shoes off? Ive read about getting measured once and wearing some wrist band. Is the rule more like OVER 90cm?. To be fair my son blends straight in with all the 3 year olds as looks old for his age. Appreciate any info on this please.
Ask to get measured at customer svcs at the entrance, they will measure with shoes on and give you a wrist band to show you are over 90 cm. Your child will be measured at every ride, so the wristband is helpful if he is borderline. They measure with shoes on. Hope this helps.
Please now post any further questions in the 2014 thread ! Thank you!!
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