A LEGOLAND boss has revealed the secret tips every family should use to make the most of their next day out at the theme park.
Planning a day out at a theme park can be a lot of hard work, but one Legoland expert has explained just how families can make the most of their next visit.
Karen Glassey, Operations Director at Legoland revealed how parkgoers can make the most of their next visit with her simple tricks.
Karen told the Sun Online Travel: “It’s important to have a plan before arriving at the park because there’s a lot to do including rides, attractions, and shows.”
Before guests arrive at the park, Karen recommended using the Legoland app to plan the day.
She added: “Get to Legoland early at around 9.30 am – before the park opens at 10 am.
“Once you’re inside the park, start at the back of the park in Pirate Shores, which has some amazing rides.
“Pirate Shores is often an area people don’t visit until the end of the day, so there aren’t as many queues first thing in the morning.”
While starting at the back of the park may be the best route, Karen recommended saving your favourite ride until last.
Miss Glassey said: “Most people head to the best ride first thing in the morning, but they don’t realise that if you’re in the queue for a ride before the park closes at 5pm, you’ll be guaranteed a go on the ride.
“So as long as you’re in the queue, it’s worth saving your favourite ride to the end of the day.”
The Legoland boss also encouraged parkgoers to monitor queues and wait times on the app throughout the day.
“Go on the app and look at the queues, people often move around the park together and following groups can create long queues for the rides.”
While Legoland is a theme park, Karen explained that guests can often overlook some of the other features including shows, character meet and greets, and build attractions.
She added: “When you’re walking from one ride to the next, try and see a show or meet one of the park’s characters.
“The shows give families a break from queuing or being on one of the rides.”
For the best opportunity to see a show in between going on the rides, Karen recommended turning up early to a show time.
Legoland shows, such as the Journey to Mythica, run frequently and last around 12 minutes.
Karen said: “While the kids love the shows, there are also jokes in there for adults too, which never fail to make me laugh.”
When walking from one ride to the next, parents and guardians can also take their children to character meet and greets.
“It’s just so lovely to watch children meet their favourite characters, and it’s a great way to keep kids entertained out of the queues.”
If it’s your child’s birthday around the time of your visit to Legoland, Karen suggested grabbing a birthday badge and asking to have your child’s name written on the birthday board for free.
“We also have what’s called ‘parents swap’ where guardians with more than one child can swap places, so they can both go on the ride.
“This works well when rides have height restrictions and there’s only one child tall enough to be admitted onto the ride.
“One parent can stay with the shorter child while the other rides with the taller child, then they can swap places without having to queue twice.
“It means both parents can enjoy the ride.”
The park is filled with other features too including hidden buttons that guests can press to soak ride-goers or guests in the viewing area in Hydra’s Challenge in Miniland.
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