Legoland Windsor

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    Introduction

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    This theme park was designed especially for two to 12-year-olds, and those in the prime age group from two to ten will love everything about the place, including the fanciful creations made from Lego blocks (see above.)

    Keep in Mind

    • The theme park is open certain days from March to September, and also on November 5th, for Guy Fawkes Day.* Closing time varies from 5 to 7 pm -- check opening times.
    • Don't hurry back to London when the park gates shut: take the shuttle back to the train station, and then explore Windsor Castle -- an official residence of Her Majesty-- or Eton College before you board the train.
    • 2012 saw the opening of the Legoland Windsor Resort, a hotel with many child-pleasing features. Price includes park admission, and lodging choices include themed rooms and a family room that sleeps five.
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    Photo of Miniland

    Legoland Windsor has a number of different "lands" and areas: Knights' Kingdom; Duplo Land; Wild Woods; Adventureland; a "Traffic" area with a driving school that kids enjoy; and a boating and balloon school, too.

    Miniland -- part of which is shown, above -- is one of the most charming areas. 35 million pieces of Lego are used to create many different scenes of Europe.

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    Miniland Detail

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    Above: detail from the Dutch scene in Miniland, at Legoland Windsor.

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    Photo: Chute Ride

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    Other rides at Legoland Windsor include Dragon Coaster, Jungle Coaster, Spinning Spider Wave Surfer is a jet-ski get a wet ride.

    Preteens may find the coasters game fun. Older kids should book a session for LEGO MINDSTORMS, at the Imagination Centre: there, you can build robots with some expert help. Book a time as soon as you enter the park.

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    Ferris Wheel

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    Some of the rides are especially for very young kids. Check a list of Legoland Windsor rides ​and height minimums.

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    Photo of Waterslide

    Legoland Windsor has a couple of rides where you might get wet. The weather can be chilly even in summer, so you'll want to bring layers of clothes along. (Remember, the park isn't open in wintertime.)

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    Photo of Maze

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    Legoland Windsor has three types of mazes in the Wild Woods area: Tudor, Celtic, and Nautical.

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    Waterworks

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    Little kids have terrific fun in this Waterworks play zone in Duplo Land: bring swimsuits and towels.

    Another good play zones are Rat Trap, in the Wild Woods: a multi-level wood and rope-climbing play area.

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    Photo: Live Show

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    Several shows at Legoland Windsor repeat throughout the day. This polished live production has acrobatics, motorboat action, big splashes, and some feet-first high-diving from the tower in the photo above.

    Other shows include fairytale puppet shows at the LEGO DUPLO Theatre, and "LEGO Racers 4-D", a 3-D animated film plus some multi-sensory extra effects.

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    Fun Restaurant

    Everything about Legoland Windsor is designed for kids. The little train that transports guests into the park has special cars to handle strollers (which are called "pushchairs"). The restaurant, above, includes places for kids to play --with Lego, of course. And the decor, naturally, is Lego blocks.