We have just recently visited Legoland again, in July 2020 and I thought I pop a quick update here about the Covid-19 safety measures.
Parking and arriving
So first of all, it was a very hot day on our Legoland Windsor Visit. But arriving, parking the car and getting inside Legoland was no problem whatsoever (as opposed to our pre-Covid experience). They didn’t even scan the tickets and parking lot bookings.
When inside the park, we noticed that it wasn’t busy at all, there were about 1/4 of the normal crowd of a weekday in July. However, the queues seems just as long before Covid-19 because they can only let fewer people on the rides and because of social distancing. So for example for the little train we have waited for over an hour and the Duplo Dinosaur ride we have waited 30 minutes (and it’s a 5 minute ride. Maybe less.)
Attractions and queueing
Some attractions are closed like the Haunted Castle and the Drench Towers/Splash Safari were closed too (it has now reopened since the beginning of August and you. will need to book in advance!)
Priority Ride Passes received on a previous visit will not be able to be used and will not be being issued when we have reopened. (Children with disabilities still get priority access luckily.)
Safety and food
Some of the food stations and cafes were closed too, as well as the main restaurant. Also, most cafes won’t serve in reusable cups. Which is such a shame and awful lot of waste!
The rides are sanitised regularly, practically after every ride and there are hand sanitiser stations everywhere. Masks are required for everyone over 11 years of age on most rides.
And some new pics:
The old article
We’ve been planning the our Legoland Windsor Visit for ages. But we thought that Bobcat might be just too young being under three. Both mummy and daddy are hardcore Lego fans (even granddad!). So we also really looked forward to the day since we we booked the tickets.
Upon arrival, at 10 am on a Saturday morning, term time, we were already directed to the overflow parking area. It’s a long walk to the entrance, around 10-15 minutes (you can pay double the price to park closer of course, now we know what that means). We booked tickets online and collected them at the cashier when we got there, another 25-30 minutes queuing. We managed to actually get inside just after 11 am. When you have a young (freshly toilet trained) child (and a baby) on a day out with you, you really need to be time conscious, and plan your visit. Well, next time.
Since we were late arriving, we decided just to spend our time around Mini Land and Duplo Valley. They are located next to each other in the otherwise vast place. Man. Miniland was the biggest hit. In case, you haven’t been, this is the bit often identified as the True Legoland. Famous UK and global land marks are built of Lego bricks. Mini London, Mini Scotland, Mini Eiffel Tower. Bobcat marvelled all the details: “oh look, a red double decker bus! Oh look, they’re playing cricket!” It’s truly amaizing, and needless to say, this was the grown ups’ favourite too.
It was an absolute blast and he spent about an hour checking out all the sites (occasionally trying to climb over). We had to drag him away to move over to Duplo Valley which resulted in the first tantrum of the day. (He did so well until that point!)
Second tantrum closely followed when he wasn’t allowed in the splash area in Duplo Valley. To be honest, his parents were badly prepared and didn’t do their homework. We didn’t know about the mini water park, so we had nothing with us. (Although, there’s a shop right there selling everything you might need plus a zillion other things you don’t.)
Also, we wouldn’t let him to go on his own anyway. It would have been too dangerous as he still doesn’t follow instructions. Never mind, we quickly took him to the playground for a bit, then did all the rides around there, which were designed for young children and the queuing was minimal. We went twice on the little gondola ride themed around classic children stories like Three Little Piggies, Cinderella and others. His other favourite was a mini car driving experience.
After this we stopped for a lunch as it was 1 pm and picked the only pizza restaurant. Oh my gosh it was so so so rubbish! But it was hassle free and the children ate something. It’s a “buffet style” and all you can eat (for £12.95) but all you can get is pizza (same thick base plus different but very basic toppings), pasta with meaty sauce, coleslaw and Coca Cola products. Never mind! After queuing for another 10-15 minutes at least we got food immediately. At this point, frankly, all you care about is that the kids need to eat something and you just eat whatever you get.
Nearing 2 pm after finishing lunch we decided to have an icecream – and I badly needed a coffee – next door (queuing again for 15 minutes, read emails, posted pics to Instagram). We then slowly make our way back to the car as Bobcat was getting tired and we had to make sure he wouldn’t nap after 4 pm (which didn’t matter in the end, he was up till 10 pm that night). Babi was also a bit grumpy because she just started to walk a few weeks ago. Now that’s another reason why she doesn’t want to sit in the buggy, which she had to do most of the time during that day. But she also dislikes wearing shoes at the moment (ha! Wait for it girl!). So we can’t just let her walk around everywhere.
So, after a little extra playground time we headed home (tantrum number three), all of us being exhausted. I can’t imagine spending the whole day on a Legoland Windsor Visit, but we will surely have to, when they are bigger.
What we have learned from our Legoland Windsor Visit:
- 3 hours of Legoland plus lunch is what a three-year-old can manage
- Until they are under five, Mini Land and Duplo Valley seems to be the most suitable and avoid the other big rides
- Both kids and parents need swimming clothes and towels for the water park
- Worth investing into Q-Bots, a queue jumping device
- Lots of food options, but maybe picking next time
Read about another day out experience in the UK: The Wonderfully Quirky Bekonscot
I had no idea there was so much at Legoland! ? Amazing xx
Oh the queueing doesn’t sound fun 🙁 I wonder if you can book ahead online so you can at least skip the ticket queues? We haven’t been to Legoland in years, but even though mine are much older now, I still think they’d love it. I love all the models – I’d love to be the person who builds those 🙂
We booked online, but still had to collect the tickets. There must be some more expensive tickets available where you don’t have to collect them or something. For the rides there’s the Q-bot and you can also book priority parking to save time.
Building Miniland -sounds like a fun job!
Wow, your pictures are amazing – it looks like a great place to visit. It’s a shame to hear about all the queueing times, though. I wonder if you can take picnics to save time and money.
wow that’s a lot of time to actually get there from the car, and if we were to go we would have public transport too! BUT… the water park and the rides looks fun, I love how it’s all bright and colourful. think we might have to go one day. #stayclassymama
Taking public transport would save you your parking money plus the waiting being parked and the walk to the entrance! Xx
I love Legoland. I always presumed my daughter was too small as they don’t really recommend under 3s! Must visit this Summer.
I absolutely can not wait til my little boy is big enough to go here!My husband is so excited to go one day too!
Haha, that was the same case in our family xx
I agree about Mini Land and Duplo land being perfect for small people – we took our 2 and 4 year old last week and they loved it, though the four year old was tall enough to go on everything thankfully! Looks like you had an ace time!
Such a wonderful photo diary of your day! I adore the city scene of the Thames and the London eye with the city buildings – just wonderful! #fortheloveofBLOG
Doesn’t sound like the most fun day out which is a shame as the place looks amazing. Pizza buffet sounded good till you mentioned the bases. Swimming togs and picnics sound like a must next time xx
Mind you, the kids absolutely loved it. Parents, not so much.
Sucks about the que times! My Dad said the same. I haven’t been to legoland since I was a kid but my Dad took my 3 year old in May and said the same. He also said parts of it were quite worn too. Although your pictures make it look lovely. He said the same as you too that Duplo land is wonderful. Lucas loved it too.
Yes, it’s also true. A little bit worn indeed. But the kids don’t mind I think. There are some new parts though like the Duploland playground.
I would love to go. I went to the original in Denmark as a child and hold fond memories. Gorgeous photos and looks like a super day out.
We love Legoland! Lives very close to it ( less than 40 minutes drive on a good day) and used to have Merlin pass and just used it mainly to spend time in Legoland! We used to stick around for the whole day though! 🙂 but just would have gone on maximum of 3 rides ..
Aww seeing those mini cars takes me back to when I visited as a child! It looks like such a fun family day out – I can’t wait until my two daughters are old enough to make a visit there 🙂
I had a similar experience with a one and half year old who loves running all over the place but isn’t old enough to be safe, hence most of the day was is chasing after him. I had the pizza too it was horrible.and everything was so expensive! My conclusion is that it’s for kids who are a bit older ? thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama!
You really do have a lovely lifestyle blog. Thanks for linking up to #globalblogging.
We have been considering going here for years now. We did think about finally going this summer but haven’t booked it yet. I think we might!
I so want to take B but I can’t be dealing with the queues, kid is amazing at queuing but me on the other hand.
As for food it looks like I’d have to go hungry there 😛
Love your pictures for this post beaut x
Thanks for the Q-Bot tip, we are planning a weekend stay for my son’s 4th birthday in October…although we were hoping it would be a bit quieter then.
I am so excited to be able to take B to places like this – although this is a little far for us. Your review is really good and some great tips about taking swimming stuff. B is 2 and a bit and queues of any description are far from ideal! ?
Oh wow. That looks incredible. #globalblogging
This is a great review.
So honest. I can’t imagine going with a little one yet I have taken my older ones. It’s such a fun place but so expensive! Thanks for writing
Oh this is very insightful for me as I’ve been debating taking the kids, but I have a 3 and 9 year old so worried they’ll both enjoy very different things :O
We love legoland and have been twice so far. Both times we have gone mid week in term time. We went earlier this year, no queues at all. We were spoilt. We stayed at the hotel and were dissapointed by the food there too. #familytraveltips
I’d love to stay at the hotel next time, sounds fun!
We are going here at the weekend and I am a little nervous about the queues!! We are definitely going to take a picnic!! #familytraveltips
Let me know how did it go? Hope you enjoyed it!
#familytraveltips I loved Legoland, must stay at the hotel next time!
Oh I would love to do that for sure!
I’d love to go to Legoland with the kids, I bet it is amazing. Looks like you had such a lovely time and survived 3 tantrums!
LEGOLAND looks amazing! I’d love to go and judging from your photo’s it is well worth the trip! #familyfunlinky
We have visited Legoland in Florida and just love it! They were building the hotel resort next door last time we were there and my boys just fell in love with the pictures of the rooms. It’s a lot of fun and they do seem to have quite a bit of variety for the ages of kids.
Somewhere we’ve never been but think we’ll wait till youngest is a bit older, don’t think he’d be patient enough with the queues! X
Gosh the queuing to get in and the walk doesn’t sound too fun. I don’t like the sound of having to pay double to park nearby either. Gosh and a great tip about the water park I would have been in so much trouble by both my toddlers if wasn’t equipped. I do love the mini villages, I always thought they were impressive as a child. I think however I might wait until mine are a little bit older as my oldest on,y being 3 like yours and perhaps we won’t be able to make a full day of it just yet. Thanks for sharing at #familyfun
Oh it’s such a busy place isn’t it? Wonderful day out for small people though. We really enjoyed it with our two. I think my youngest was just two when we went, but she managed a full day basically out of fear of missing out!! I think we totally missed mini land though, definitely one to look out for next time!
We went there a couple of years ago with our three. It’s always very busy. My son was 3 and just about tall enough for a couple of ride and they loved the mini land too. Sarah #ExplorerKids
Yes, it’s always busy I suppose.
I find it so difficult when trying to get a balance when going to places like this. Knowing you have to queue with a toddler v’s being alongside something that is really special memory. Would you go again? #daysoutwithatoddler
Yes! We didn’t queue that much for the small rides. when they are bigger? Not so sure.
Great tips. I was also wondering to visit Legoland with my 3 year old hurricane but always postponed and maybe it’s just better to wait until he is little bit older and can enjoy more.
we go to Legoland Florida often and the mini land is the same (its so incredbile, right all those legos!) but the rides look different… we love Legoland both the theme park and we have a LegoDiscovery center nearby!
Oh the Lego Discovery sounds fab, just googled it!
It sounds like you really need to plan ahead when it comes to a visit to Legoland. My eldest doesn’t follow instructions either! #familytraveltips