Disclosure: We have been gifted Merlin Annual Passes for the year however all opinions are my own.
This year Legoland opened its doors throughout February half term for the very first time for Brick Week and we couldn’t wait to go. Brick Week offers rides, brick building activities and shows all day during half term for a reduced entrance fee and a supplement for Annual Passholders with free parking too.
We arrived at the Legoland Windsor Resort to the familiar bag searches and a queue to get in as we arrived at opening time. However, the number of tickets to the event were limited so overall the day was a lot quieter than it usually is during school holidays – which may also have been to do with the weather!
We walked our familiar route into the main park, loving the slides next to the stairs and the Lego plane that the children do a detour to sit on, missed by most people rushing to the rides!
We found that Duplo Valley, usually our first stop, was closed as they were building some new rides – the Duplo Dino Coaster looks awesome! – and this was a familiar sight around the park with a few areas blocked off whilst improvement works were carried out. This didn’t affect our day though, with plenty to keep us entertained.
We walked through Miniland, looking at all the models as we made our way to our first rides of the day. We were happy to find that both the Driving Schools and the Coastguard HQ were open and the children always love driving the little Lego cars.
The Haunted House Monster Party was open but we did see it close a few times due to technical issues and a couple of rides were closed due to strong winds. But, so many of their favourite rides were open – Lego Ninjago, the Dragon roller coaster, Dragon’s Apprentice, Spinning Spider, Balloon School… There were so many more selected rides open than I was expecting and many had very short queues. The only one we didn’t go on purely because of the queue was the Lego Ninjago ride.
LP and Little Man went on Mia’s Riding Adventure for the first time and absolutely loved it – they’ve never been tall enough before. We also loved the Laser Raiders, a firm favourite with the children, and the simple fun of the Thunder Blazer swinging chairs.
As well as the rides there were brick building activities – Rebuild the World with LEGO which ran every 30 minutes and the Giant LEGO Mosaic where children could help to build a mosaic masterpiece. We did try to help with the mosaic but the staff didn’t really seem to be very proactive in helping people to participate so we went to the shop instead!
There was also places to just free play with Lego and also the 3D interactive aquarium where you can help to build Lego sea creatures on tablets.
During the day there were shows around the resort where you could watch and meet all your favourite Lego characters. There were also plenty of places to eat and buy refreshments and places to be inside when the weather was at it’s worst.
My top tip if you’re visiting the theme park in February would be to wrap up warm. Legoland is on a really big hill and so gets really windy, really cold and you’re really exposed to the elements. But, as long as you wear some layers and take some snacks to have whilst you queue you will have a great time. Also, make sure you book tickets in advance online – £20 as opposed to £49 on the door and just £5 per person if you have a Merlin Annual Pass.