Legoland Windsor Theme Park is an area of 150 acres and is located in Berkshire. The park first opened its gates as a Lego theme park in 1996 and boasts 50 rides, of which 3 are roller coasters and 6 are water rides. The theme park is built on the old site of Windsor Safari Park. The only remnant of the safari park is the railway, now known as the Hill Train which connects the Beginning to the Wild Woods.
Legoland Windsor has 10 themed areas which are predominately targeted for the 2 to 12 year age range, but no age groups are barred. In fact, the park has won numerous awards for its dedication to giving young children fun and laughter. These include the "Best UK Attraction for Children", given by Yandell Publishing and, more recently, the "Best Family Visitor Attraction" by Tommy's Parent Friendly Awards.
Legoland Windsor is the UK's third most popular paid for tourist attraction with 1.3 million visitors annually. One of the most popular locations at the park is the Miniland, an area that with the aid of 40 million Lego blocks has recreated scenes from various cities in Europe.
The ten themed areas at Legoland Windsor are: 1. The Beginning; 2. Imagination Center; 3. Miniland; 4. Duplo Land; 5. Traffic; 6. LEGO City; 7. Land of the Vikings (New for 2007); 8. Wild Woods; 9. Knights Kingdom; 10. Adventure Land. The parks slogan is Heroes Wanted.
Obviously the rides at Legoland Windsor are not very extreme, although some of the smaller children would disagree with this, for instance the Jungle Coaster which is the fastest ride in all the park reaching 60km / h and having a 16 meter drop. There are minimum heights at this park. Children under 1.3m must be accompanied by an adult on some of the rides.
As always at a theme park, there are plenty of places to eat. Legoland Windsor is no different. There is an extensive range of food choices around the park and around the park are Carts and Stands for people wanting a quick snack. Some of the places to eat are: Cinnabon Bakery, Pitstop Cafe, Sweet Shop, Papa Moles Ice Cream and Coffee Shop, Pasta Patch, Fish and Chips, Baguette Bar, Burger Ranch, The Big Restaurant, Ice Cream and Donuts, Crossed Ribs BBQ , Knights Table Rotisserie and the Jungle Cafe.
Among the gift shops at Legoland Windsor, is the Lego Big Shop. This is the largest Lego store in the UK with the largest selection of Lego toys. Inside the shop is a life-size statue of Harry Potter and Haggrid and are made entirely out of Lego.
There is never a dull moment at Legoland Windsor. Throughout the season, there are fairytale shows which will enthrall the youngsters and enchant the adults. At the Duplo Theater, the very colorful Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk fairytales are staged. During the high season a third show is The Princess and the Pea. Spellbreaker 4D is a new medieval adventure film with stunning 3D special effects and nerve-sizzling physical 4D effects which takes you right to the heart of the adventure where the hero rescues the princess and battles the evil Wizard and his Skeleton Army. There is a live action show – Johnny Thunder in the Secret of Scorpion Palace. Plenty of high dives, fast paced action sequences and exciting jet-ski races around Lego City Harbor. Plenty of audience participation.
All in all, a wonderful day out for the youngger children and even with the height restrictions, which are very low anyway, there are plenty of rides to suit even the smallest of children. It is refreshing to be able to take the very young to a theme park without having to worry about them not being able to go on the more popular rides. As I said, it is predominately for the 2 to 12 age range. Details of prices and opening times can be found by going to Legoland Windsor .