UGLW: Unofficial Guide to Legoland Windsor
Everything you need to know - and more - about your visit to Lego Land, one of the UK's top tourist attractions
UNOFFICIAL GUIDE TO LEGOLAND WINDSOR
Was called Boating School until 2015. A gentle ride in a self-drive boat. Coastguard HQ is a very popular attraction and peak-time queues will be long. Up to 3 people can ride in each electrically-powered plastic boat which is, of course, styled like Lego in places.
Queuing is mainly under cover and within the queue there are Lego building areas (using DUPLO blocks) to make the time pass quicker for the younger ones. Once you are queuing on the bridge look for the windows above the boarding platforms - this is where the ride operators control the locking mechanisms which keep the boats steady(ish) when boarding.
Boarding the boat is sometimes an event in itself because it doesn't always stay stable. When you board you will find a "Go" pedal just to the right of centre and the steering wheel in the middle. Children love to steer the boat, however you will find the steering only works properly when you have the Go pedal down (this makes water shoot past the rudder).
There is a predefined route which you should follow, although you can go as fast or slow as you wish as there is plenty of room to overtake. Watch out for Lego animals on your journey - most notably the crocodile and the elephant (we won't spoil the surprise with the elephant).
You may see the Heartlake City Express train go overhead. This is a good example of how well the Legoland park is designed - it's almost as if the rides interact with each other. There are 30 boats on the water.
It doesn't always go smoothly! The boats only go forwards and so sometimes captains get it wrong and steer in to a corner, from which there is no escape! As you can see in this video, Legoland staff members will come along and help you out:
Can't use the screen above? Try the alternative video link.
Coastguard HQ is an oasis of calm once you are on the water - recommended.
Location: LEGO City.
- Rides and Attractions
- Getting There
- Legoland Prices
- Car Parking
- Opening Times
- UGLW Top Tips
- Family Organiser Calendar
- Pirate Falls
- Vikings' River Splash
Legoland is closed for the 2016 summer season but opens for a few days for a Christmas event. See special events page for details.
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Thanks for this wonderful site. It really helped us get the most out of our day at Legoland yesterday.
GW, 3 June 2016
Very useful guide, I printed off a summary top tips when we had family come to visit from abroad, really helped!
MP, 10 August 2015
The secret directions were brilliant, thanks.
W, 1 August 2015