An Awesome Weekend at LEGOLAND Windsor
For Christmas I surprised the family with a trip to LEGOLAND Windsor – to be taken to coincide with Freyja’s birthday. It is safe to say that Rich was just as excited (if not more) about the trip as the girls. The plan was to travel down after work and school on the Friday evening and stay in a hotel in Bracknell. We could then arrive when the park opened on the Saturday morning, stay the night at the LEGOLAND Resort Hotel and then spend the following day in the park.
Rich loves LEGO. I have bought him various LEGO kits for his birthday or Christmas over the last few years. It keeps him out of trouble. Over the last year or so, Freyja has been getting more and more into LEGO too, much to Rich’s delight as it gives him a good excuse to play with it under the guise of “helping” Freyja. Freyja really likes LEGO Friends. I was initially quite sceptical about LEGO Friends. I hate any form of “gendered toys”. LEGO should be for everyone (well, anyone old enough to understand not to put it in their mouths and choke on it!) However, I have really warmed to LEGO Friends. For Freyja, LEGO is less about the building and more about playing with it afterwards. The LEGO Friends sets have so many little details with them, Freyja gets so much pleasure out of playing with them. As you can imagine, the girls were very excited about visiting “Heartlake City” at LEGOLAND. There were LEGO Friends Meet and Greet sessions over the weekend, but the girls just wanted to see the huge LEGO models of their favourite characters.
Heartlake City was also home to a giant ice cream – although it was inedible!
When we first arrived at LEGOLAND on the Saturday morning, it didn’t take Freyja long to locate some LEGO and start making something with it. This was at the new LEGO Reef. However, the real wonder from this wasn’t about the actual blocks, but the virtual ones. Here, the girls (with Rich “helping” obviously) put together their own virtual LEGO fish on a computer and then “released” it into the Reef – watching it appear on a huge screen.
The attraction for most people at LEGOLAND Windsor is the rides. You can queue for quite some time for these, and downloading the App was useful to monitor the wait times. Initially the girls weren’t bothered about the rides, but having been on a few of the “gentler” rides, they became a little braver and really enjoyed these by the second day. They both got their LEGOLAND driving licences – Freyja at the LEGO City Driving School and Emily on the L-Drivers.
The real attraction for me at LEGOLAND Windsor had to be all the LEGO models. Miniland was amazing! We spent ages wandering around, marvelling at the detail in each of the landmarks. The girls were just as mesmerised as we were. I am sure a lot of people bypass Miniland in order to get to the rides quicker, but it is well worth making sure you spend time here to enjoy the models and look out for humorous details such as Superman in a phonebox in the New York section of Miniland USA.
As much as I loved Miniland, my favourite part of LEGOLAND Windsor combined the amazing models with my favourite films – the LEGO Star Wars Miniland Model Display. It was AWESOME! There were scenes from the films all done in LEGO – including a LEGO Millenium Falcon which actually moved. I felt like a child in a sweet shop. No, I felt like a child who had just won the lottery in a sweetshop, and this was before I got my Jedi on and had a lightsaber battle with LEGO Darth Vader.
Well, I had peaked by this point, however, other than meeting the LEGO Friends models, some of the other highlights included the “Pirates of Skeleton Bay” show, spending Freyja’s birthday money in the LEGO shops and panning for gold and being rewarded with “gold” medals.
Then there was the LEGOLAND Resort Hotel. I booked a pirate-themed room. However, it wasn’t just the room, the whole floor was pirate-themed. The kid’s bunk beds were in a separate area which meant that for once, we were in a family hotel room where Rich and I didn’t need to go to bed at 8pm sitting in silence, in the dark on our phones whilst the girls slept. The girls enjoyed the treasure hunt when we arrived at the room, hunting for clues which enabled them to open a safe and gain a LEGO toy each. Although the girls were more than happy building LEGO in the room, we did leave the room to enjoy the pirate-themed swimming pool. The girls loved it. Emily particular enjoyed soaking me with water guns.
It was a fantastic weekend. We all had so much fun and still parts of LEGOLAND we didn’t really get to explore. means we need to visit again.