Last Friday we went to Legoland Windsor for the day. This was our second trip to Legoland, the first being two years ago, so we had an idea of what we wanted to do and the kids were extremely excited!
Once in the park we thought we’d walk right to the other end while we had the energy, and then work backwards so that by the end of the day when we were tired we would already be by the exit. Well of course this lasted for about five minutes and we were distracted by pretty much the first thing we saw.. the Star Wars Miniland Model Display! Last time we came the kids were all scared of this display and they knew nothing about Star Wars… move on two years and they loved it! The boys faces as we walked round showed such joy as they recognised scenes, identified planets and saw favourite characters! Jasmine was a bit nervous at first but she enjoyed it and loved seeing the large scale figures at the end.
After the Star Wars display we headed off down the hill and again on the spur of the moment, and using everyones good mood to our advantage, we decided to go on Viking River Splash (the rapids!) The kids would never have agreed to go on if they’d seen the ride beforehand but somehow we got them on and I think everyone enjoyed it. Well, Gordon and Ben definitely did, I would probably go on again now I know what it is like but I wasn’t sure at the time, and if you ask Jasmine and Thomas they’ll say they hated it but I don’t believe them as they seemed to be enjoying it at the time!
Once off the rapids and a little drier (who knew.. family driers that blow warm air out at you!) we decided to walk over to Atlantis. On the way we noticed people starting to sit and wait for the Pirates of Skeleton Bay live action show so we decided to watch that while eating our lunch. The show was just as good as I remember from last time and the kids loved it.
Once the show was over and we’d all eaten some lunch we headed over to Atlantis. This is still my favourite ride at Legoland!
Next up was the DIno Safari. Last time we were really lucky on this ride and a member of staff rode with Thomas meaning we could all go on together, but this time we weren’t so lucky. With no spare member of staff Gordon took the boys on one at a time while I waited with the other two kids at the start (it is two people per car and kids under 1.3m have to be accompanied by an adult – all ours are under 1.3m so none of them can go by themselves). Jasmine didn’t want a go on this ride despite enjoying it last time and although I did try and persuade her it did make things easier as it meant Gordon only had to go round twice and not three times!
Next up for us was the cars. Jasmine and Thomas are now old enough to ride the bigger cars so we split up to save time and I took them over to the Driving School while Gordon took Ben to L-Drivers. All three kids have ridden electric cars several times before so they all knew what they were doing and thoroughly enjoyed this. It was Jasmine’s favourite part of the day!
After the cars we stuck to the traffic theme and went on the Orient Expedition and tried our hand at the Boating School. Both these rides were enjoyed by everyone, even though we got wet again on the Orient Expedition!
The last attraction of the day was the Fire Acadamy. The boys were really keen to go on this so they went and joined thre queue with Gordon. Jasmine did initially want to go as well but when we got there she changed her mind so we sat and watched. The queue for this ride was the longest of the day and it seemed to take ages before we saw the boys on their fire engine. They did enjoy it though, although Thomas did come off and ask if that was really the whole thing!
By the time they’d finished at the Fire Acadamy it was time to go to Miniland to look at the models. We’d set a time limit on the day so we had time to spend in the BIG Shop at the end. We knew we’d need at least half an hour in the shop choosing Lego! But we also wanted to see the models in Miniland as we all enjoyed it last time.
We had such a fun day at Legoland! I was both amazed and impressed with how much we managed to fit in even though there were some things we didn’t have time for.. I guess they’ll be first on the list next time we go (probably in another two years)!