With Half Term approaching, I thought it was about time I shared our experience of visiting Legoland Discovery Centre during the Summer Holidays…
Our 5 year old son has Autism. He finds it difficult to handle noisy places when it’s really busy. We have had Annual Passes for LDC Manchester for a few years now, so he is familiar with the venue and loves to visit. Now he’s in school, we don’t get to visit very often, so we decided to brave the attraction during peak times for the first time ever!
They advise you pre-book during peak times, but as we have annual passes, we have the luxury of just being able to visit whenever we feel like it. We waited for a really sunny day in the hope the attraction would be a little quieter. Upon arrival at 10am, we had to queue for less than 5 minutes before showing our passes and entering the attraction.
Once inside, Sam immediately lead us to the lift and up into the attraction. As always, we went on the first ride and then onto the Mini Kingdom, where he spent ages looking at the fireworks projector and the Big Wheel model…
Sam loves the seaside, so particularly enjoys this area of Mini Land. He’s a big fan of boats too (anything water related is a hit with Sam), so the Paddle Boat is another part of the Discovery Centre he likes to visit a lot.
He had an hour of it being quiet enough for him to run around and spend as long as he wanted on the models. After this, it got a bit too busy for him to run around the area freely, as he was going “against the tide” of people entering the attraction. (This area is the first zone as you come into the discovery centre. Once you pass through here, it’s more open plan and you don’t feel so crowded).
Sam loves the 4D cinema. He sat happily through the show and then went back outside to run around the attraction. Sam has a lot of issues with food, so the on site cafe isn’t somewhere he can eat. We usually take a picnic with us and sit on one of the tables to enjoy a pre-packed lunch. The cafe has Costa Coffee though, so I usually treat myself to a latte when we visit.
Sam loves the pictures on the walls inside the Discovery Centre. He particularly liked the lego Helicopter in the new Lego City Builder area.
All told, we had a fab visit during the school holidays. If you are keen to avoid the crowds, I’d definitely go either first thing or after 3pm. You can easily spend 3-4 hours in the venue the first time you visit. We usually spend around 90 minutes inside when we come with Sam, as that’s generally enough time for him. His sister would stay all day if she could though, so I’d definitely either bring a picnic with you, or expect to spend around £5 PP on a light lunch here. (Sandwiches / Paninis / Salads are available to buy, along with plenty of snacks and beverages).
If you decide to visit, make sure you check out the online offers and promotions before you book – it’s cheaper than paying at the door and you know you’ll definitely get in if you prebook too.
Disclaimer: We are Legoland Discovery Centre Ambassadors, but I wanted to share our experiences of visiting during the school holidays. All words and opinions are my own.