All Aboard the Pirate Ship: Legoland Windsor Review

21st March 2010 2 Comments

The email came through offering the chance to attend Legoland’s attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Worlds Largest Gathering of Pirates and this was a chance, that to me seemed far to good to pass up. Think of the story-telling opportunities, it’s not an everyday occurrence is it?

Typically, this Saturday was one of those wet, dank days that only happen when you have an outdoor trip planned. Nevermind! We are British, we have waterproofs, fleece jumpers and a stoic attitude. I was the most keen member of my family, hell, I was looking forward to a bit of misery when we all got tired and wet. It’s what I tend to thrive on.

Legoland is tucked away on a hillside in Windsor, there is tons of parking and a fairly well organised entry system. Like Butlins before it, I was rather skeptical about Legoland. However, with children comes a more open-minded attitude and like Butlins, I have been completely converted. Its fun, the food is reasonably priced, there are plenty of toilets and the staff were all helpful. Be warned though, entry is quite pricey!

What really converted me though, was the look on Toddler Boy’s face when he saw the Lego dinosaur. Then him jumping for joy after he had been in the 3D cinema and his little face whilst going on the helicopter ride. I could go on. We will take him again, just when he is over 1. 1 metre and Fifi is 0.9 metres tall. We were a little bit limited as to what we could do, as Toddler Boy is only 95 centimetres. Still, the Mini World proved inspirational for the husband and I can see him being kept quiet for hours as he tries to rebuild Canary Wharf at home.

So what of the World Largest Gathering of Pirates
? Well, we joined in and tried. I don’t actually know whether they did it. The inclement weather didn’t help. It didn’t look to me as if there were a lot of pirates really. I am awaiting the results. It certainly added to the day seeing lots of big and small pirates! The pirate attractions are great and the Pirate Show is really impressive. If your child likes pirates, then the Pirates Landing area would definitely be for them.

All in all, if you are on the lookout for a change from the usual zoo, seaside, museum, woodland walk days out then this is a really good option and it’s now open for the summer.

Claire Walsh

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  • Glowstars 21st March 2010 at 1:59 pm

    We love legoland in this house, even those of us who don't spend all day building the stuff.

  • Muddling Along Mummy 22nd March 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I&#39;ve been wondering whether Legoland was all its cracked up to be – thank you <br /><br />And hope they did the pirate thing – grrrrrrrrrrrr (that&#39;s meant to be a piratey noise …)

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