Let's admit it. A trip to a theme park where there is a toys shop every 50m is bound to create tension between the family. It is best to reach some kind of agreement with the kids before crossing the gates!
On a very hot weekend (those rare ones in the UK) you best start your trip early or you will have to join long queues around Windsor before securing your entrance to the car park. Yes, you read correctly. It's in your T&Cs if you are an annual cardholder like me. Your annual pass does not guarantee you entry at busy times. This means if you get to the park at the same time or even before someone who has a 'day ticket' they will get in whereas you might be asked (politely and with a small bribe of Chessington park tickets, so that you don't make a scene) to turn around and head back home, no matter if you've been a loyal customer for the last X years and have just driven for more than an hour on the M25...
But if you are lucky to get in..
First you have to join the queues for Star Wars Lego. Then walk or take the train down towards the main park; head for a 4D experience in their cinema (lovely); make Lego Heroes figures; oh so many attractions... Couldn't possibly list them all. A new area recently opened (May 2013) with fountains and water slides which is a must for the summer. Be sure to take extra clothes with you!
The food at Legoland is unfortunately less than average and rather expensive for what is on offer.
Not all attractions are open every weekend, to avoid disappointment you should call in advance. I would also not recommend going for annual passes unless you can take time off during the week and really Join in the fun with half the people around.
I do have to say that the pirate show is exceptional, especially given the jumps from the platform up high (8-10m??!!). Ahoy!
Things to improve -
a lot of the staff seen utterly bored.
The food is dull, quality of cages is poor, just open a Nero or Starbucks please in there!
Website needs to be updated with 'traffic news' so parents know to turn around on days when the car park has already reached capacity!
Hope you enjoy your time there!
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