Fun with friends at Legoland

Legoland has always been one of our favourite places to visit. Our days out there are much more infrequent now that we no longer have annual passes though. Sophie’s preschool often has a Legoland day out in the summer term though which is always fun. For Sophie, it was an opportunity to have a fun day out with her friends in a place full of happy memories.

 

Sophie standing near the new Miniland USA area - "Fun with friends at Legoland"

 

I have to admit that I did get quite tearful as I drove up the hill to the car park. I remembered how excited Jessica used to get about going to Legoland and how happy she was about getting to stay in the hotel back in February.  We had so many wonderful Legoland days out with her and Sophie and I knew that there would be memories of those moments around every corner.

 

Sophie going down the slide on the walk down the hill into Legoland

 

I had prewarned Sophie that there might not be many rides that I would be able to go on with her. I was pleasantly surprised that there were more rides that I could go on though than I had anticipated. We started off with a trip on Sky Rider – a monorail ride with views over Miniland. We rarely went on this ride on our previous days out. This was partly because Sophie was too small for it until last summer, but also because I thought it was a two-person ride. One adult can actually accompany two children on this ride so we could have gone on it on the days when it was just me, Jessica and Sophie.

 

Sophie looking over the new Miniland areas from the Sky Rider ride

 

Sophie was keen to head to the Brickville play area at Duplo Valley. We passed through Miniland on our way and had a quick look around the new areas – Miniland USA and Miniland Explore the World.

 

Sophie looking at the new Miniland USA area

 

“Look, Mummy!” Sophie exclaimed, spotting the Statue of Liberty and Golden Gate Bridge. “It’s just like Go-Jetters!”

 

I do love how watching Go Jetters has helped Sophie learn about different landmarks around the world and become interested in seeing them!

 

Sophie exploring the princess castle at Brickville

 

After Sophie had finished exploring the play area at Brickville, we headed over to Fairytale Brook. This gentle boat ride with fairy tale scenes recreated in Legoland is one of her favourites. Jessica always found the Aladdin’s cave tunnel a bit scary though and could only be persuaded to go on it occasionally! Sophie made me chuckle on the way round as she pointed to Hansel and Gretel.

 

“Look, Mummy! It’s Feral and Geral!”

 

I have no idea where she got those names from!

 

Fairytale Brook was so quiet that we were able to stay on the boat and go around a couple of times without getting off. In fact, the whole park was fairly quiet throughout our visit and we were able to go on most of the rides multiple times without having to queue.

 

The Duplo Valley puppet theatre was our next stop – the perfect opportunity to sit and have some lunch while watching the Elves and the Shoemaker. As we waited for the show to start, a little robin came over to say hello. It was another one of those moments that feel a bit like a little sign from Jessica reminding us that she is still with us.

 

A little robin at the Duplo Valley Theatre

 

 

We bumped into a couple of Sophie’s preschool friends at this point and headed over to the Atlantis Submarine Voyage ride with them. They loved this ride so much that we ended up going on four times in a row!

 

A ray seen from the Atlantis Submarine Voyage ride

 

Having met up with friends gave Sophie the opportunity to go on a couple of rides that I couldn’t have taken her on. She loved being able to go on the Spinning Spider with her friends. This was another ride where she was able to stay on and go on again!

 

Later in the afternoon, her best friend’s mum took her on Raft Racers. I felt a little sad though watching Sophie going down the waterslide on a dinghy. This had been one of the rides that Jessica had been desperate to go on last summer. However, as it’s a two person ride and I had been on my own with the girls that day, I couldn’t take her on it.  The exit for the ride is quite some distance from the entrance so it wasn’t one where I could have gone on twice, leaving one child with the ride attendant each time and swapping over. It was just the kind of ride that Jessica loved. Sophie loved it so much that she went on it twice.

 

Sophie on the Raft Racers ride

 

Seeing the Lego Friends show was also another emotional moment for me. This was one of the things we always had to see whenever we went to Legoland, and of course we always had to pose with the Lego Friends girls for a photo afterwards. The Best Friends Forever song was a firm favourite on our playlist at home, and was one of the songs on the playlist at Jessica’s funeral. It was lovely to watch Sophie dancing along and having so much fun, but it did make my heart ache so much for my big girl too.

 

Sophie dancing along to the Lego Friends show

 

Sophie and her friend with the Lego Friends

 

I was very impressed with Sophie’s driving on the L-Drivers cars. Each time she went around, she chose to go through the narrow part of the track and steered her way beautifully through it. Even when the other children were colliding in front of her, she managed to steer around without hitting the kerb once. There was one moment though where she came out of the narrow section and turned the wrong way. It did make me chuckle to see her driving towards all the other cars (whilst managing to avoid them all!) briefly before an attendant came over to turn her around again!

 

Sophie on the L-Drivers cars

 

Sophie enjoyed watching the Ninjago show in the afternoon at Miniland. We also loved having a closer look at all the new areas. Sophie loved all the new models that had appeared, recognising many of them, such as St Basil’s Cathedral, Sydney Opera House and the Forbidden City, from episodes of Go-Jetters. I was pleased to see that the Holland area of Miniland with the train running through it was still there though as this had been a favourite area with the girls and I wasn’t sure if it had been replaced by any of the new areas.

 

Sophie next to the Forbidden City model in Miniland Around the World

 

We headed back to Duplo Valley at the end of the afternoon to watch Rapunzel at the Duplo Valley puppet theatre and to enjoy a few more rides on Fairytale Brook and the Duplo Train before the park closed.

 

Sophie driving the Duplo Train

 

We always used to take the Hill Train back up the hill as it was much easier. It was closed on our last couple of visits due to being refurbished and still hadn’t opened so we had to walk back up instead. I found it quite hard work walking up the hill after spending most of the day on my feet. It was quite a relief to be able to sit down and grab a quick bite in the Hill Top Café before heading home. I was also quite glad to be able to put my feet up when we finally got home as well!

 

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13 Comments

  1. June 27, 2018 / 2:14 pm

    This is such a lovely post Louise. We’ve been enjoying Legoland a lot lately as Max’s Merlin Pass ran out this month (although mine runs until August strangely enough) so we wanted to make the most of it. So many of our favourites here – Max has suddenly gained so much confidence and he loves that raft ride. I can imagine just how many memories the day must have brought back, but it reflects how much Jessica is still with you in so many ways and how much joy she brought with her. I’m so glad you both had a wonderful day – it’s definitely exhausting when you’re pregnant though!

    • Louise
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      June 28, 2018 / 8:18 am

      Glad you’ve been managing to make the most of days out at Legoland too. It is such a great theme park for little ones. We always loved our days out there. Reliving the memories was emotional but it also made me smile to think of how much joy our days out at Legoland gave to Jessica and continue to bring Sophie x

  2. June 29, 2018 / 11:07 pm

    Lovely post as always, I can’t imagine how hard these firsts are for you – but I hope they help to keep Jessica’s memories alive.

    I actually went on the race rafters for the first time because as you say the exit is far from where you go on – but luckily there were another 3 people waiting to go on when the 3 of us went up.

  3. June 29, 2018 / 11:10 pm

    We love Legoland too, Sophie looks very happy and I bet you were melting with this weather! Mich x

  4. June 29, 2018 / 11:10 pm

    We love Legoland too, Sophie looks very happy and I bet you were melting with this weather! Mich x

  5. June 30, 2018 / 3:44 am

    Memories old and new for you. What a tough but lovely day, I guess a lot of life will be bittersweet for you now. How is Sophie coping? Legoland is one of the places we’ve not been to yet. Would you say it’s suitable for an 8-year old? It sounds pretty fun for all ages. #CountryKids

    • Louise
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      July 4, 2018 / 3:01 pm

      There are so many places full of memories for us and I’m sure days out at those places will always be bittersweet. Sophie is coping very well on the whole and is talking a lot more about Jessica now. Legoland would be a great place for an 8 year old – there is plenty to do there for children of that age.

  6. June 30, 2018 / 9:58 am

    This first visit without Jessica was always going to be hard. Memories would lie around so many corners and always will. I think going with the pre school was a good decision, a different situation, different friends and a chance to create new memories while still treasuring the old ones.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  7. June 30, 2018 / 4:13 pm

    I’m not surprised it was an emotional visit for you, but it’s so lovely to see Sophie having so much fun there. I’ve never been able to get my son on the learner driver ride. #countrykids

  8. July 3, 2018 / 6:37 am

    Can’t remember the last time we visited Legoland, even though we live close by x It’s lovely that she had fun with her little friends and created some new memories too x big hugs and we chuckled at ‘Feral and Geral!’ x #CountryKids

  9. July 3, 2018 / 9:20 pm

    Lovely this post brought a tear to my eye. I can’t even imagine how hard it must be for you.

    Your lovely Sophie looks like she had so much fun. My little ones loved Legoland when we visited last year. #countrykids

  10. July 5, 2018 / 9:31 am

    I had to look up The Best Friends Forever song on yt as I’m unfamiliar with it. It certainly is very catchy and I’m sure my eldest will love it. I understand how one place can hold many memories and the pain. It sounds like Sophie had a lovely day. #countrykids

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