The one line version of this post: there’s some AWESOME new stuff happening at LegoLand Windsor this spring/summer. And it’s really NOT a good idea to wear skinny jeans if you plan on doing any ‘wet’ rides.
My bottom didn’t dry out until early evening. (TMI ? Sorry).
We visited during the Easter hols to check out two of the new features already open – a new addition to the Star Wars Miniland Model Display and 4D Chima movie – and had a blast (literally, from lots of water squirters on the Vikings’ River Splash. An absolute must-do, although I swear I get more soaked and feel more motion sick every time. Which makes for an entertaining fridge magnet).
Another tip (along with the Don’t Wear Skinny Jeans one)? BUY the LegoLand rain poncho, as early as possible, if there is even a hint of rain or you’re planning on doing the wet stuff. By the time I realised this, as my friend pointed out, it was a bit ‘after the fact’ and would’ve just sealed in the dampness, creating more of a personal steam jacket effect.
Which could be good for detoxifying, spa-style treatment point of view, but not for a family day out.
Being with Star Wars fans (big and small), the Star Wars Miniland Model Display ROCKED the entire visit. It’s larger than we expected – you walk round a series of fantastic, incredibly detailed scenes (which smaller ‘tour guides’ will delight in identifying. This can take some time).
There are lots of sound and lighting effects, plus interactive bits and it’s been added to with a Gallery of 12, large scale models of key characters, like Luke and Princess Leia (pictured top of post), and everyone’s favourite …
You can also get a photo with these guys in the entrance to the all-Star Wars gift shop …
… where I think we spent more time than in the attraction itself (which is saying something). But, as the girl who was all about the gift shop on any family trip (of course, not anymore *nose grows as she types*), I’m not in a position to say anything.
Honestly, I was quite tempted by a Princess Leia keyring …
The new CHIMA 4D movie was super-fun, too – just long enough (about ten minutes) and, along with your 3D specs, there are special effects in the theatre, including wind, rain and snow (poncho alert!! Actually, not so much for this one).
Along with seeing the recently introduced (real!) baby sharks swimming around the Duplo as part of the Atlantis ride, we had a great day out and, as always with LegoLand, only did a fraction of what there is to see and do. We didn’t get a chance to see the new Hero Factory area, for example, which opened last month (we’ll have to fight against evil brains another time).
Coming in May is the new DUPLO Valley ‘splash and play’ land, which promises to be fantastic!
May the force (and ponchos) be with you.