We are about two hours drive from the resort so James booked a Wednesday off work, and we planned to get up early and be there around opening time, at 10am. The huge traffic jam on the M40 had other ideas, but we managed to escape the crawling traffic and get around the accident causing the two hour delays. In the end, we were only an hour behind schedule when we arrived.
The resort was easy to find, following the brown road signs from the motorway, and we were able to park the car within easy walking distance to the entrance without having to upgrade to “premium parking”. The standard charge was £4, which you pay at the park entrance. The car parks were clearly marked with giant lego letters.
The first thing we did when we were all slathered with sun cream, sorted out & into the park was head to the indoor Star Wars display. It was due to shut at 12 so we didn’t have much time, and were one of the last groups in. The kids loved the moving exhibits and James and I appreciated our favourite scenes from the film’s being brought to life with little plastic bricks! We didn’t dawdle on our way through though, as the girls are too young to appreciate the cultural reference there, and we were keen to get back out in the sunshine.
We wandered through the park taking in the sights and looking at the different themes areas. There are some fun looking rides for adults, although we didn’t go on anything the girls couldn’t. For teenager/adult rides it’s not in the same league as Alton Towers or Drayton Manor, but it’s also not really trying to be that kind of theme park. The emphasis here is on fun, creativity and Lego – not on trying to constantly scare you witless.
The Miniland area is just amazing and we could have easily spent hours there looking at the different buildings and spotting all the clever and amusing details. At the Louvre a thief is trying to make off with the Mona Lisa, for example.
Boats, trains, cars & buses are all travelling around the miniature world, and the Eurostar even travels from the London area, under the path, and out to Paris. All of us were completely captivated – the models are incredibly clever. Standing there trying to spot all the different moving parts and ingenious touches was fascinating.
Next up, a few rides as we explored the park. We went “underwater” in the Atlantis submarine ride which is in partnership with Sealife and full of amazing sea creatures & some lego touches too, of course. James and Georgie went on the swing ride “Thunder Blazer” too, which our little lady loved.
Uncle Mike had given Georgie a mission to pan for gold & earn a medal just like his, so we headed to the Pirate area for some treasure hunting and a bite to eat. We paid £3.50 for Georgie to take part in the “Pirate Goldwash” activity and I was impressed to see the medal looks like it will stand the test of time – no flimsy plastic here.
After lunch we made a beeline for Duplo Valley and had a lot of fun. We changed the kids into their swimsuits and let them run around Splash Safari, although Lydia got upset fairly quickly and Georgie didn’t last too long before she wanted to change back into dry clothes too. I did take Georgie up to Drench Towers but she wasn’t keen on the massive water jets.
Georgie went on every ride in Duplo Valley; Fairy Tale Brook, Duplo Valley Airport, and Duplo Train (several times!). Lydia went on the Fairy Tale Brook ride and on the train once too, and really enjoyed them. It’s clear she is going to love theme parks as much as her big sister does! They had great fun running about in the Brickville play area too.
When we had exhausted the fun in Duplo Valley, we headed to the neighbouring area “Traffic”, and Georgie got her junior driving license at L-Drivers, before heading over to the Boating School to take a boat ride with her Daddy. A ride up the hill on the hill train and some lego retail therapy, and our day was over.
We had a fantastic day at Legoland and are already planning a return visit in a year or two – including a hotel stay – when the girls are a little older and can go on more rides. We were impressed with how many rides they could go on, with something for them to do throughout the whole park, not just in the “kiddie section” that is Duplo Valley.
I think the full price tickets are quite expensive, as all theme parks seem to be these days, but there are always deals to be had with clubcard vouchers or the discounted package deals on SuperBreak.