We love to go for a day out as a family. And during these summer holidays, Mr H has had a few weeks off and we’ve been having a staycation. As part of this staycation, we woke up early one morning and piled into the car to drive to LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort. Little Miss H had been pushing to go to LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort ever since her twin besties had been earlier in the year. We were thrilled that we could finally take her there.
LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort – A Review
Arriving at LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort
The journey was pretty uneventful and we arrived at LEGOLAND® Windsor at 09:30. You can go into LEGOLAND® from 09:30 and hang around The Beginning area of the park, which currently houses the brilliant LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display. Which lovingly recreates many scenes from the films and is complete with sound and lighting effects. Mr H and I really loved this (as we are huge Star Wars™ fans) but Little Miss H, at 5 years old, did find it scary. Bless her! (Little Mister H was still asleep after the journey).
The park itself opens at 10:00. And at 09:50 you can head to the Miniland Stage to help open LEGOLAND®. We actually missed this. By the time we’d got the children out of the car, arranged bags and buggies and had gone through the ticket barrier the park was just about to officially open.
I was very impressed with the huge amount of parking. When we arrived it was already very busy but we were directed to a parking space. And you don’t have to worry about forgetting where you have parked. As each area of the car park has been allocated a letter and each row of the car park has been given a number. So we were in row B12 and at the end of the day, we found our car without any trouble at all.
First Impressions of LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort
My first impressions of LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort were really positive. The resort was clean and beautifully laid out. It’s clearly maintained lovingly and everything seemed to be shiny and new. It’s wonderfully landscaped and there are a number of shady spots. As we were at LEGOLAND® during a heatwave and on one of the hottest days of the year we were very grateful for the shade of the trees.
One of my favourite aspects of the resort is the various LEGO® figures dotted everywhere. So there is always something to look at or take you by surprise. Little Miss H and I loved many of these models. But the three statues based on those on Easter Island that sang We Will Rock You were our favourite. Genius.
Little Mister H was transfixed by a number of LEGO® dragons and dinosaurs that he found around the park. He would happily spend ages engaging in a staring competition with them.
Finding Your Way Around – The Map And The LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort App
Before heading to LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort a friend advised that I should get the app on my phone. And I’m really glad I did. The app can help you navigate around the resort (although I found it difficult to decipher) and it also shows you waiting times for the rides. This was brilliant and helped us plan our day and decide where to go next. There is so much to do at LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort and you’re not going to get everything done in a day. But having the app open and seeing the queue times enabled us to figure out which rides we could go on and which we could leave for another day.
As we found the app confusing for helping us navigate around the resort, we decided to pick up a map. I was the chief navigator, but I also found the map quite complicated to understand. Even Mr H found the map confusing. Which made me feel better about my poor map reading skills. As a result, we navigated by following signs. Thank heavens LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort is well signposted.
Facilities For Families
Activities For Little Ones
LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort has clearly been designed with families in mind. And they have gone the extra mile to make sure that families have a wonderful day out. Little Mister H is under 0.9 metres (he is my pint-sized pocket rocket) and so wasn’t able to go on all the rides. Yet, there was still loads for him to see and do.
You could create a game of trying to spot all LEGO® statues hidden around the resort. In fact, it would be amazing if LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort could produce a chart of all the hidden LEGO® models. Then you could do a form of LEGO® bingo and tick them off as you find them.
There were a few rides that Little Miss H and I went on that Little Mister couldn’t. The first was Sky Rider but he and Mr H occupied themselves at the LEGO® Reef in the Imagination Centre where there were huge buckets full of LEGO® and Little Mister H could get creative. They also spent time looking at all the amazing sights in Miniland.
There are also two play areas in different parts of the resort. The children loved Brickville in DUPLO® Valley. And Little Mister H was very happy driving the fire engine and police car. They also enjoyed climbing around the princess castle and going down the many slides.
Other fabulous facilities for families include:
1. A baby care centre
2. To help if you’re children get lost, you can collect wristbands which you can write your name and phone number on.
3. Some rides offer a parent swap system. So if you have more than one child then you can queue once and parents can take turns to go on the ride with a child.
Food And Drink At LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort
When it came to lunchtime, we headed to Farmer Joe’s Chicken Company to grab something to eat. I have to say that the food and drink at LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort were hugely disappointing. And if we go again, I will definitely be taking a picnic.
We ordered a family bucket of chicken and chips which came with four refillable drinks. Yet, the only drinks that were available were fizzy drinks. These were zero sugar. But still, I’m not happy with filling up my two-year-old son with fizzy pop. But to buy the children other drinks cost us extra. So, in the end, our lunch came to over £30.00 (for 6 pieces of chicken, four small portions of chips and four drinks)! However, as you can see from the photo below the children enjoyed their lunch.
Later in the afternoon, we stopped again to get drinks and ice cream. Refillable bottles are available to buy for £3.50 and can then be refilled for free throughout the day. But these could only be filled with fizzy drinks. LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort is designed for families and children. And it’s a real pity that they don’t provide affordable healthy food and drink.
What We Did At LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort
Seeing Miniland was one of the things I was most looking forward to at LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort. One of my friends had mentioned that it is her favourite part of the resort. And I can see why as Miniland is breathtaking.
Miniland recreates landmarks from around the world from LEGO® bricks. The detail is amazing. There was even a LEGO® couple who were getting married in Miniland Las Vegas. And Little Mister H became obsessed with a traditional US Diner that played rock ‘n’ roll music.
Mr H loved the Empire State and Chrysler Building and Little Miss was a fan of the Luxor in Vegas (although she kept on telling me that the Sphinx was from Egypt). Other highlights were the Taj Mahal, Big Ben, the London Eye and the Forbidden City in China.
When we come to a resort like LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort, we can never guess whether Little Miss H will go on any rides or not. On this occasion, she was feeling brave and wanted to go on all the rides. So during the day, we managed to tick off a number of rides and thankfully our longest queue was a 30-minute wait.
Even so, we couldn’t go on every ride. And it was a shame that the children didn’t get to have a splash around at Splash Safari.
1. Sky Rider
Little Miss H and I started off gently and went on Sky Rider at the Imagination Centre. In Sky Rider you travel in cars 20 feet in the air around an aerial track. And the views of the resort are amazing. Especially the sights of Miniland.
2. DUPLO® Train
The DUPLO® Train at DUPLO® Valley was the perfect ride for Little Mister H (he loves trains) and Little Miss H seemed to like it too. This brightly coloured train travels slowly around a simple figure of eight track. And although it was the shortest ride we went on, it didn’t have a queue and was very sweet for smaller children.
3. Fairy Tale Brook
Fairy Tale Brook at DUPLO® Valley was my favourite ride at LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort. It was lovely and I could have happily gone on it a few times. Which was possible as it didn’t have any queue and we stepped straight into our boat.
This gentle ride is a great boat trip for all the family. And Little Miss and Little Mister H loved it as much as I did. Fairy Tale Brook featured many of our favourite fairy tale characters who had been brought to life with LEGO® bricks. We enjoyed gliding along the river and seeing who we could spot. My highlight was when Little Miss H sweetly hid from the big bad wolf as he tried to blow down the three pigs’ houses. She was also excited to see Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and Aladdin.
4. Spinning Spider
I was dreading going on Spinning Spider at Land of the Vikings with Little Miss H, as I don’t like spinny rides. I always feel sick on the teacups. But Little Miss H was desperate to go on Spinning Spider. So I dutifully queued with her and prayed that I wouldn’t get too nauseous.
I needn’t have worried. The ride looked much worse than it was. Little Miss H and I had a great time. We squealed loudly every time we spun the wheel in the middle and made the ride spin faster. And when the ride finished we both felt a little disappointed that the fun had come to an end.
5. Aero Nomad
I think of all the rides we went on Aero Nomad at Kingdom of the Pharaohs had the longest and most deceiving queue. It makes sense really that we would need to wait for a while. As only one or two groups can get on the ride at one time.
Little Miss H especially loved the desert balloon ride as it allowed her to spot all the other rides that she wanted to go on. Including our next ride.
6. Desert Chase
Little Miss H spotted Desert Chase when we were on Aero Nomad. She is a huge fan of carousels (just look at that smile) and so we knew that I had to take her and Little Mister H on this lovely ride.
7. Viking’s River Splash
The last ride of the day was Viking’s River Splash at Land of the Vikings. And I was very envious of Mr H accompanying Little Miss H on this ride. It was such a hot day that a water ride was really appealing. But they had a fab time and were both beaming when they reappeared at the end of the ride.
We headed home at 16:30, with two very happy, hot and exhausted children. It had been a fabulous day and definitely an ideal family day trip for the school holidays. Thanks to 365 Tickets for gifting us our tickets and thanks to LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort for giving us a lovely and memorable family day out. We can’t wait to go back when Little Mister H has grown a few centimetres.
Have you been to LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort? Do you have any hints or tips to make sure you have a fabulous day there?
365 Tickets gifted us admission to LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort so that we could write this review. However, as always all words, opinions and images are 100% honest and are my own.