Last year we were fortunate to visit Legoland Windsor three times throughout it's opening season, and had a huge amount of fun on the various rides and different attractions. When we were offered the chance to return recently with tickets courtesy of The Sun Superdays, we jumped at the chance!
We decided to visit Legoland on our way back from Bognor Regis where we'd been enjoying a stay in the Butlin's resort, and booked a local Premier Inn. The park opens at 10am, although the gates are open from 9.30am and visitors can wait in the central area. In hindsight, we should have made more of an effort to get there for 9.30am because by the time we arrived there at 11am the queue to get in was a mile down the road, and we ended up parking in the overflow 'field' car-park behind the normal overflow area.
To say it was busy would be the understatement of the millennium.
Further to that, I'd planned to hire out some of the Q-Bots devices which reserve your place in the queue without you having to physically stand there; you can go on another ride while you wait, or enjoy one of the many attractions. We've used them twice before and they're a good idea if you have the spare money for them (£15.00 per person). Unfortunately, they had all been booked out online and there were none available. I honestly nearly cried in frustration. Asking a four year old child to queue up for 75 minutes for rides (as that was the wait on the day we visited) is a bit unfair; I wouldn't do it and so it's not fair to ask him to.
Temper tantrum over, we headed down into the main park and came up with a strategy of aiming for three rides that we know The Boy adores going on, and filling the rest of the time exploring Miniland and some of the play areas in Duplo Valley. The Boy is absolutely obsessed with trying to identify as many of the different landmarks in Miniland, and he loves watching the boats in the harbours and the trains racing around the stations.
One of the rides which was an absolute must him to go on was 'L-Drivers'! The first time he tried this out last year my husband and I roared with laughter; he caused so many hold-ups and crashed going around the track. We thoroughly commend the attendants for having the patience of a saint to keep pointing the little ones in the right direction. This time though he was far more adept at steering (probably due to all the practise he'd had on the dodgems at Butlin's!) and really enjoyed himself driving a big Lego brick on wheels.
Even on a ridiculously busy day (I blame myself for not realising that Easter Saturday would be crazy!) there are still enough things to go on to satisfy children, although I did see a few grumpy parents who felt they hadn't had their money's worth.
Saying all this, would we go again?
Well we bought annual passes on the way out, so the answer has to be a resounding 'YES'!
Tickets for Legoland Windsor are £46.80 per adult and £41.40 per child, with reductions of around £10.00 per person available for online purchases. The annual passes (for Legoland only) cost £110 per adult or £85.00 per child, with reductions available again. We took them up on their offer of upgrading to an Annual Pass on the day, which means that the price of the ticket already purchased on the day is removed from the prices quoted above. Therefore instead of paying £110 we paid around £63.00 per adult and £44.00 for The Boy. We absolutely intend on going back there several times within the next twelve months, and it struck us as a sensible option.
We just won't go on a Bank Holiday weekend!
We were sent the tickets to try out one of the fabulous places that features in The Sun's Superdays out campaign. You can claim two free adult tickets worth £93.00 for Legoland Windsor courtesy of The Sun Superdays by signing up here to The Sun+.
The Sun+ are running a competition at the moment to win £250 spending money at Chessington World of Adventures, by sharing an embarrassing #sunfession with them here.
If I was to enter, then I would most definitely be tweeting about this:
"I told The Boy that Papa Pear was broken and didn't work on the iPad, just so that I could use it instead! #sunfession"
To support the #Sunfession campaign, I also have £250 to give away to my lovely readers to spend at Legoland.
All you need to do is:
- Log in to Twitter or Instagram and retell an entertaining white lie that you have told your children.
- Don't forget to include the #Sunfession and #TheBoyandMe hashtags in order to be entered.
- Hit tweet or post, then visit The Sun Sunfession site to see your #Sunfession appear!
- Enter the URL of the Instagram picture (you can access this via a laptop or computer on the web, but not through the mobile devices app) or the URL of your tweet into the Rafflecopter form below (which makes it easier to collate and choose a winner!).
I received free entry for two adults and spending money in order to review Legoland and write this review for The Sun Superdays campaign; my opinion is honest and unbiased.