As a belated birthday day out for both Archie and Reuben, we decided to go to Legoland as soon as the weather started to improve and we couldn’t have picked a better day to go last Tuesday, the sun was out and not a cloud in the sky. Legoland was another attraction included in the Merlin annual pass that I mentioned in a previous post, another reason to make the pass worthwhile as at £48 per adult and £43.80 per child for 1 day entry, it is an expensive day out.
The resort opened in 1996 on the former Windsor Safari park site, the second Legoland after the site in Denmark. The park’s attractions consist of a mixture of Lego-themed rides, models, and building workshops aimed at children between the ages of 3-12 years old. The park is split into 12 themed lands; The Beginning, Imagination Centre, Duplo Valley, Miniland, Traffic, Adventure Land, LEGO City, Pirate Shores, Knight´s Kingdom, Land of the Vikings, Kingdom of the pharaohs and Heartlake City (opening Summer 2015).
When we arrived we took the Hill Train which took us from ‘The Beginning’ to the heart of Legoland (and back again!). From here we found ourselves in the ‘Kingdom of Pharaohs’ and the first ride we went on was the Aero Nomad, a desert balloon ride which offers a birds-eye view of the park.This was Archie’s first ever ride and he loved it!
Before the sun got too hot, we went to ‘DUPLO Valley’ which features the Splash Safari, a new water play area where toddlers can safely splash around amongst a menagerie of DUPLO themed animals – from lions and giraffes, to zebras and elephants. Make sure you bring swimmers!
We had our picnic in the setting of Brickville, Archie had fun after lunch in the interactive play village. With full tummies, Daddy and Archie went on the DUPLO Valley Airport, Archie piloted the flight!
We made it to Heartlake Harbour Arena for a pirate-themed live action show featuring acrobatics and swashbuckling swordplay which was entertaining for kids and adults too!
We wandered past the Legoland Hotel to ‘Adventure Land’ where we took the Atlantis Submarine Voyage into a magical underwater adventure to see sharks and fish galore. Archie convinced Daddy to join him on the SQUID surfer where you duck and dive on themed jet-ski pods, Archie loved this one, smiling from ear to ear!
Mummy and Archie went on the Dino Safari where we set off in a keep to explore the ancient jungle full of animated LEGO brick dinosaurs. Archie’s favourite part of the day was Coastguard HQ at ‘LEGO City’ – steering a battery powered boat around waterways, avoiding various obstacles – we went on this 3 times!
We came away with Archie’s very own Legoland junior driving licence, where 3-5 year olds can drive electric cars around a course.
With the small amount of energy we all had left we briefly went to ‘The Land of the Vikings’ and picked the Vikings’ River Splash to go on, however Archie didn’t quite reach the required 1.0m height restriction and so Daddy and Nana went on! As we walked (slowly!) to the exit we weaved out way through ‘Miniland’ which contains the greatest concentration of LEGO bricks in the park with nearly 40 million pieces used to create scenes from the USA and Europe, we even spotted a ScotRail train! The only area we never managed to visit was the ‘Knights Kingdom’ which we will of course visit on our next trip and ‘Imagination Centre’ as it was all indoors and seemed a waste of such a beautiful day.
We learned some fun facts on our way round:
– There are 34 LEGO pieces in an average Miniland figure.
– The largest model in Miniland is the Canary Wharf Tower which is 5.2 metres.
– The smallest models are the pigeons in London’s Trafalgar Square which contain just 5 LEGO bricks each.
– Red is the most frequently used LEGO brick and grey the least.