This weekend saw the official opening of the DUPLO Valley Splash and Play area at LEGOLAND Windsor and we were lucky to be invited to test run it. We had a brilliant time and all our photos can be found on the Mari’s World Facebook page
Top Ten Tips for visiting LEGOLAND
- Study the resort map before you go and work out a plan to make the most of your day
- Check any height restrictions in place, if the children are under the mark they will NOT be allowed on, save the tears and be prepared
- Consider investing in Q bot depending which time of year you are visiting, they will save serious time lost in queues.
- Work out pit stops for the children to let off steam like Brickville, Pirates Training Camp where they can run around and play
- Keep an eye on toilets and make sure they are used frequently.
- Take refillable water bottles as there are plenty of drinking water taps around the site
- There are plenty of restaurants but also green areas where you can eat a picnic too
- Work out show times and fit them into your schedule, they also make a nice break from walking
- Take costumes and towels for Duplo Valley Splash and Play area
- Look out for lockers to store bags, buggies to hire for the kids and what to do with under 4’s
What to do in LEGOLAND?
We arrived to a busy car park and it was just gone 10am once in we were faced with where to go first??
The resort is big and there’s lots to do, if you’re a bit like me this can be a bit overwhelming without a plan.
Our first ride was the Spinning Spider, we hadn’t quite figured out how the Q bot system works so we queued like the rest of the world and waited our turn. On the exit I spotted the Q bot ‘ers waiting and watched them all let in first before the others patiently waiting in the queue.
Next was the Viking’s Splash River and we used the Q bot – we walked straight on. The ride is great but you will get wet. You pass by a wall of spectators waiting for you with water cannons and they aim right at you so be prepared. There are dryers at the exit for £2
Next stop was Pirate Falls Dynamite Drench. A boat ride, this one slower with no spinning tub but still more spectators waiting to shoot water at you combined with the final plunge down into the pool of water below means you will get wet. There were more dryers available here but again we didn’t stop as the weather strangely was quite warm.
NB. Pirate Shores has been completely revamped for 2014 read more here
We tried the rollercoaster known as The Dragon which is in the castle, it was quite scary but the girls loved it and asked to repeat this later in the day
Look mummy dragon footprints!
We had lunch in the Crossed Ribs BBQ we ordered four set meals, Steak baguettes for us and pasta for the girls, very nice and came to £30 in all with refillable drinks.
I really wanted to see Miniland
Trafalgar Square – Spot the smallest LEGO models, each pigeon is made out of 5 bricks
Then it was time for Duplo Valley. Our walk to this area led us straight past the Raft River Racers where we were told ‘YOU WILL GET WET’ I hadn’t realised how wet. A brilliant ride, you sit in a raft at the top of one of two slides. Both rafts set off together and it’s a race to the bottom. As you slide the corners water seeps into your raft. Alice and I won but we both got drenched.
Drench Towers was rammed with kids having loads of fun. A red bucket at the very top fills with water and once full it tips and empties out on whoever is below. The kids LOVED it, mum or dad may be required to enter.
For smaller guests there’s the Duplo Safari Park with fountains, taps and large animals on Duplo bricks, a gorgeous play area. Easy to watch from the side.
We visited Brickville (above)
The Duplo theatre
Traffic where the girls had driving lessons and were awarded Driving Licenses at the end and Boating School where the kids get to drive the boats
Fairytale Brook was so lovely I forgot to take photos and Atlantis Sub Store – A. Maz. Ing.
Kingdom of the Pharaohs, Orient Expedition, another couple of goes on The Dragon before finishing at the Pirate Training Camp
What a day and we didn’t get to go on everything either as there were lots of toilet calls luckily there are facilities all over the site
Have a great time because when you tell the kids the park is closing you’ll most likely get a reaction like this one