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Katrina Parsons - 20 April 2020

Legoland Windsor Review with 3 year old

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For Maeve's birthday my family bought us all tickets to Legoland Windsor and we booked as soon as we could post lockdown. We wanted to make the most of the day so did a lot of researching and planning before the visit, so that we could give you the very best review of Legoland Windsor.

What you need to know before you go

WHERE IS IT?
It is located in Windsor, Berkshire. Full address is Winkfield Rd, Windsor SL4 4AY. When heading there enter "Legoland Windsor" into google maps or your sat nav.
 
HOW TO GET THERE
We drove there. There is ample parking there and for the best parking rate it is better to pre-book parking online before you visit. We had premium parking which was £12 which meant that it was a 15 second walk to the park entrance (worth it when you are 6.5 months pregnant and have a big day of walking ahead). 

By train you should head to Windsor & Eton Central station and there are shuttle bus services to the park. There is a charge to this service and it's best to plan your journey well before your visit to make your day as smooth as possible

WHEN TO VISIT
It's always best if possible to go in term time so that there is more chance of the park being quieter. Ticket prices will also be cheaper during non peak times. 

WHAT TIME TO VISIT
The park opening times are 10am - 6pm, HOWEVER the park actually opens at 9:30am with rides opening at 10am. Also the rides close an hour before closing time to allow people to exit the park.

The busiest times are from 11am - 4pm, so if you can plan to be there earlier or stay later that may help your day. We were there from 10am - 4pm and got on to every ride we wanted, plus some we went on 2 or 3 times. 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Ticket prices depend on when you want to visit. It's best to check out their website and always book at least 1 day in advance as it's around 30% cheaper than paying on the day. 

Children under 0.9m are free. 

FROM WHAT AGE?
We had been to Legoland Windsor once before with Maeve when she was just 1 year old - and there was such a difference in the trips. I personally would recommend waiting until they are at least 3 years old for Legoland Windsor as there is so much more that they can do when they are 0.9m tall and can get onto rides.

If your child is under 0.9m there are still things to do such as the playgrounds, playing with Lego indoors and the Drench Towers and Splash Safari. However none of that is unique to Legoland and you are probably better off at your local soft play for the price and effort. 

HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS - IMPORTANT!!!
The rides are broken up in to height restrictions of 0.9m, 1m, 1.1m and 1.2m. We fit into the 0.9m category and that what we concentrate on in this Legoland Review.

A lot of the rides have the rule that if your child is under 1.3m they will need an adult to ride with them - which was fine with us. They do however have a parent swap policy where if there's only 1 adults but 2 kids under 1.3m to ride, that the second child can wait on the platform and the parent can swap to a twice, once with each kid. We saw this done quite a lot.

We HIGHLY recommend measuring your child before you go as they are REALLY STRICT with height. 

At each ride Maeve got tested with a pole and we saw a lot of kids get turned away. It also means you can plan your day and which rides you want to visit.

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DUPLO Dino Coaster

What's Legoland Windsor like after Covid-19?

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Here are the main changes to Legoland Windsor after reopening again in April 2021:

  • There are apparently less tickets sold each day to reduce the number of people in the park 
  • You will all get your temperature checked on arrival
  • There's plenty of hand sanitiser stations around the park, and it's offered in some shops on arrival
  • While you don't need to wear masks walking around Legoland, you will need to wear them while in queues, on most of the rides and in shops 
  • You will need to keep a 2m gap whilst queueing and generally around the park, although this is not monitored and some people don't adhere to this
  • The rides are apparently cleaned every hour
  • Indoor rides, shops, exhibitions and shows are closed
  • Some seats on rides are not in use to ensure social distancing
  • They're not accepting cash, so it's a good idea to have apple pay set up on your phone for ease of payment

The 24 rides with 0.9m height allowance in order of Maeve's favourites

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L-Drivers

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DUPLO Express

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These were Maeve's favourite rides when we visited in April 2021. She was 3 years old and 0.95m tall so could only go on the rides for 0.9m kids. Indoor rides were not open and neither was the Drench Towers and Splash Safari which would have ranked #1 or #2 (these reopen in summer). 

1. DUPLO Dino Coaster - mini roller coaster ride for kids
2. Dragons' Apprentice - mini roller coaster ride for kids
3. Legoland Express - colourful train ride that takes you around the park
4. L-Drivers - mini electric cars that kids can steer around a small circuit
5. Fire Academy - drive a Fire Engine to put out a burning building with water pumps
7. Fairy Tale Brook - gentle boat ride that takes you on a route to explore magical fairy tale creatures
8. DUPLO Express - mini train ride
9. Balloon School - hot air balloon ride where you can control the altitude 
10. Coastguard HQ - powered boat which you ride & steer down the course
11. Desert Chase - carousel ride
12. DUPLO Airport - mini helicopters that you can steer up, down & spin around
13. DUPLO Playtown - open play area with loads of unique play equipment
14. The Hill Train - easy train ride that takes you from the start to the park
15. Aero Nomad - desert balloon ride. It's lovely but you have to stop a lot to let people on and off
16. Miniland - truly spectacular model scenes from around the world. There's no queuing system so you can just stroll around it. It comes in 15th as Maeve is much more of a rides kid, but could be the highlight of your day. 
17. Castaway Camp - pirate play area with high rope-walks, nets and slides.

RIDES OF MINIMUM 0.9M HEIGHT THAT WE DIDN'T RIDE & WHY
Thunder Blazer - suspended swing ride. We still felt Maeve was a bit young to be on it on her own, but your little one may be independent enough to love it at 0.9m 
Merlin's Challenge - fast spinning carousel ride, but we thought was way too fast for Maeve at just 3 years old. 
Sky Rider - moderate speed cars which travel around an aerial track. It is off the track of the normal rides at the park and we didn't make it to this ride.
Spinning Spider - fast spinning ride that has a giant spider above it. We thought this was too much for Maeve and better for older kids. 
Destiny's Bounty - a theme park classic, a large pirate ship that swings forward and back. Looks great but not for Maeve right now.  
Drench Towers - wasn't open in April but would rank highly otherwise. 
Splash Safari - wasn't open in April but would rank highly otherwise

Our 11 tips to plan your day to not waste time and energy, and make sure you get on as many of the rides as possible!

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  • Download our exclusive checklist above!!!
  • Get the Legoland app. Before you go, you can select in the PLANNER section all the rides you want to go on. When you arrive you will then be able to see where they are on the map and keep updated on queue times.
  • Plan what rides you definitely want to go on, and what would be nice to go on. For the rides that are a must and would have the longest queue times, aim to go to them first. Also start ideally at he ones deepest in the park as people will usually go to the closest rides to the entrance first.
  • The park actually opens at 9:30am, but it's the rides don't open until 10am. So you can get in early and near to the rides you want before they officially open.
  • The restaurants can get really busy at lunch times, especially if you are visiting before June 2021. If you have the capacity to bring food with you there are plenty of cute picnic spots you can eat, our favourite was the one just up the hill from the Spinning Spider ride.
  • If your little one is still toilet training, bring a portable potty with you. There are plenty of toilet facilities available but you may not want to have to stress about it on the day. We have a really good blog post on portable potties - CLICK HERE.
  • Pack a spare change of clothes for the Drench Waters and Splash Safari, as well if you're  with older kids then there's water rides for them to go on.
  • Bring snacks with you, the food that is there is expensive and also very "theme park" food. Ice creams, fairy floss and hot dogs etc. We packed a load of snacks in a cooler bag to keep her entertained in the queues. 
  • If your child is still napping and want to spend the whole day there, plan the rides around their nap. Maeve had a late & short nap at 2pm and then was up and ready to go on more rides. There's places you can sit in the shade and put your feet up for a bit. 
  • Bring a pram or hire one of the buggies there. There's a lot of walking and it's handy as well to store your bags. Each ride has buggy parking but it's leave at your own risk. Put everything valuable in one bag so you can take it with you on the rides. 
  • Check in on the Legoland Windsor website before you go to check what rides are open for that day. Some more may open up or some may be closed. Update the PLANNER section on the Legoland Windsor app so that you can tick off each ride that you go on (like a shopping list).  
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Ice-cream big enough for 3!

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 DUPLO Playground

Ride NameHeight RestrictionAdult must ride too?Was it open in April?Est. queue length at peak times Did we go on?Our rating
DUPLO Dino Coaster0.9myesyesLONG
30 - 60
yes10
Dragons' Apprentice0.9myesyesLONG
30 - 60
yes10
Legoland Express0.9myesyesMEDIUM
30 - 45
yes10
L-Drivers 0.9mnoyesSHORT
up to 30
yes8
Fire Academy0.9myesyesVERY LONG
> 60
yes8
Fairy Tale Brook0.9myesyesSHORT
up to 30
yes8
DUPLO Express0.9myesyesSHORT
up to 30
yes8
Balloon School0.9myesyesSHORT
up to 30
yes7
Coastguard HQ0.9myesyesMEDIUM
30 - 45
yes7
Desert Chase0.9myesyesSHORT
up to 30
yes7
DUPLO Airport0.9myesyesSHORT
up to 30
yes7
DUPLO Playtown0.9mnoyesNONEyes7
The Hill Train0.9myesyesSHORT
up to 30
yes6
Aero Nomad0.9myesyesSHORT
up to 30
yes6
Miniland0.9mnoyesNONEyes6
Castaway Camp0.9mnoyesNONEyes6
Thunder Blazer0.9myesyesSHORT
up to 30
non/a
Merlin's Challenge0.9myesyesSHORT
up to 30
non/a
Sky Rider0.9myesyesSHORT
up to 30
non/a
Spinning Spider0.9myesyesSHORT
up to 30
non/a
Destiny's Bounty0.9myesyesMEDIUM
30 - 45
non/a
Drench Towers0.9mnonon/anon/a
Splash Safari0.9mnonon/anon/a

Our verdict...

Maeve probably had one of the best days of her life so far! I have never seen her so excited and happy - she didn't stop (besides her 30 min power nap) all day. I have heard from other mums that they think it it's expensive, but I feel if you pre-book your tickets and plan the day then you can make it worth the money. 

We went on some rides 2 - 3 times which made it worth it. So make sure you download our checklist before you go!

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I would love to know if you visit this place and what you think! Also if you have any other suggestions of places you would like us to visit or review. 

Love Maeve and Kat xx

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  • KerriMay 19, 2021

    Great tips! Thank you for sharing. So glad Maeve had a lovely day. Can’t wait to go! X

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