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Family travel: Legoland

Lego's appeal shows little sign of abating, and the Legoland theme parks continue to build on the toy brand's ongoing popularity

Published 19 Jul 2018, 16:00 BST, Updated 14 Jul 2021, 15:59 BST
Legoland castle Hotel
Legoland castle Hotel

Hot on the heels of The Lego Ninjago Movie, Legoland Windsor has gone big on Kai, Zane, Jay, Cole, Nya and Lloyd, its diminutive protagonists. Having opened Lego Ninjago World last summer with attractions such as the 4D Lego Ninjago The Ride and a 'ninja training camp', it's now added a 12-minute film, complete with effects including water, wind, fire and even snow. As if that wasn't enough ninja-ness, four rooms at Legoland Windsor Resort Hotel also enables guests to 'sleep like a ninja' — meaning themed wallpaper, models, clues to solve and a building station, not violent nightmares.

Little ones can feel like giants at Windsor's Miniland Explore the World, where additions to the micro skyline include a mini Taj Mahal, Sydney Opera House, Forbidden City and Empire State Building. Assembling all two million bricks took a team of 55 a far from mini 12,000 hours. Elsewhere, at Lego Reef, visitors can create their own virtual Lego fish using touchscreens. Lego Ninjago-themed rooms from £99 per person for a family of four. Includes breakfast and park tickets for two days. 

Legoland… around the world

The world's first Legoland, in Billund, celebrates its 50th birthday this year

The Emirati outpost joined the Legoland family in 2016 with a water park offering over 20 rides

The world's largest Legoland is on course to open its doors in 2019

Legoland New York will be the third US resort (after California and Florida) from 2020

Having opened last year, Legoland Japan (the second in Asia after Malaysia) will complete its second stage in 2021

The third Legoland celebrates its 16th birthday this year

China's first Legoland is slated to open in Shanghai in 2022

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Published in the Jul/Aug 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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