Nov
12

What is a LEGO GBC (Great Ball Contraption)? Review Time-lapse Fire Rescue First Responder to GBC 34

What is a LEGO GBC (Great Ball Contraption)? Here we review LEGO Fire Rescue First Responder set 42075 and see it converted to a Great Ball Contraption module. This is done through FREE instructions produced by PV-Productions: “GBC 34 Tilt Lift Workshop Module”.

https://pv-productions.com/product/gbc-34-tilt-lift-workshop-module-42075-building-instructions/

A time-lapse is shown of the breakdown and build of this GBC module. I also have a subtle design tweak which I think improves the module.

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Transcript from the show:

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder here and today I’m going to review turning this Fire Rescue First Responder Lego set, 42075, into this Great Ball Contraption module. The second part of this video has a time-lapse breakdown and build of this.

What is a LEGO GBC?

First you might be wondering, “What exactly is this I’m looking at, and what does it do”?

This is a single unit which has an entry point for these little balls, and then moves them along to an exit point. You join a number of these modules together, so it forms a continuous loop. Thus, balls move along the system in perpetual motion.

This is a sub-genre of LEGO building called the GREAT BALL CONTRAPTION, or GBC for short. My apologies to any purists out there, I’ve only just discovered this so might be butchering any explanation.

Online Instructions

I was looking around on the internet and discovered PV-productions.com . They happened to have free instructions on how to convert this First Responder set to a single module. My son only recently got the set and thought this would be an easy entry point, he was also very excited at the idea.

We have some of the larger technic sets PV-productions make into more elaborate GBCs so thought this would be a good  chance to see the quality of their instructions. Their instructions were reasonably easy to follow, although a couple of steps weren’t super clear. The build is probably a medium Technic challenge.

Rather than constantly having to feed balls in, you can bring this boom piece across. Thus, the motion will continue with a set number of balls in it, and is quite rhythmic to watch.

Time-lapse

Now for the time-lapse on how the model was broken down and built.

First up we must break down the Fire Rescue First Responder vehicle. I have a trades screw box and some plastic bowls off to the side to sort pieces into. This just helps when building the model to find pieces rapidly, as this isn’t exactly coming in the standard numbered bags out of the box.

I’m always amazed how people can come up with the alternative MOC models with the fixed number of pieces in a given set. I would love to know the thought process or what critical elements of the build get done first. This even manages to use the engine blocks and pistons. Very cool.

Wheel Positions

One of the things to appreciate with this build is the wheels don’t actually rotate. One set of wheels also need to have enough clearance so can slide up beside part of the frame. This was a little hazy in the instructions and can be difficult to tell where exactly the wheels should sit.

I found the more angle you could get on the moving ramp, by adjusting the wheel height, the more likely the ball would be pushed along to the exit point.

Motors

You can hand crank the ramp, but you really do need a separate power functions motor, which we had but doesn’t come with the First Responder set. As at time of recording, November 2019, you can still get these motors but believe in a couple of months, they will be retiring the motor.

As our first attempt at a Great Ball Contraption module, we think this came out rather well. The kids spent a fair bit of time tinkering around with it and they have been asking questions around gears and seeing the inner workings.

Also being kids, they have been sticking their fingers into the gears, and finding out the gears that will hurt. They have loved loading up the balls … and sometimes chasing them around the room when they overloaded.

Thoughts on Instructions

The PV-productions instructions are pretty good in the main but you really do need to watch the orientation of the build as you go. Having made some of my own instructions for builds, I know how fiddly it can be to make instructions.

There are around 70 steps in the instructions and will take a solid couple of hours to build. They even include a little piece to build, to put on your power functions on/off switch. This blocks the switch being turned to the wrong direction. The gears can go in both directions, but only 1 really works to get the ramp action working correctly.

Design Tweak

There is one design tweak I would make. There is a gap here where balls can get stuck. Looking at PV-productions promo video, they have balls that get stuck in there too. It just creates a little pocket where balls can sit and restrict the general flow across the module.

I discovered you can just roll this piece over here on either side, and it creates enough of a barrier, balls can’t get stuck in there anymore.

PV-Productions also password lock the PDF file. While I get this in terms of protecting their IP and the time and effort that goes into these, when every page has your email address on it, it is a little annoying. I also found my Chrome downloader manager corrupted the PDF so had to download the file normally – first time I’ve run into that problem.

Conclusion

This was fun to do and really got the kids excited and engaged. Will be checking out more of PV-Productions instructions and more of these Great Ball Contraption modules.

That’s it for another video and please give a like if you found useful. Here are some other videos that you might find interesting. You’d be a superstar if you subscribed or share this video, as it helps us keep producing more videos. Happy building until next time when we talk about all things LEGO.

Nov
08

DO NOT GO TO LEGOLAND DUBAI before seeing this video!! Full LEGOLAND Dubai Tour in under 3 minutes

DO NOT GO TO LEGOLAND DUBAI until you’ve watched this Video!! This is a full tour of LEGOLAND DUBAI UAE park in under 3 minutes. This has some hints and tips on how to get the most out of your day, and a time-lapse walk through of the park. This will help you get familiar with the park, layout and attractions.

https://www.mattelder.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/GBC-34-Tilt-Lift-Workshop-Module-Building-Instructions-42075-C-Model-PV-Productions-v1.pdf

We run through a few ideas to help navigate the day.

Full LEGOLAND Windsor Park Tour in under 3 minutes.

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Transcript from the show:

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder here and in this video we are going to do a full tour of LEGOLAND Dubai in under 3 minutes. Links may pop up for more detailed information on attractions.

We start coming in the main entry. On the screen you can see the names of different attractions pop up as we go past them.

Miniland

The first area we go into is Miniland. This can be used as a base as the main 4 areas of the park can be accessed from here. Miniland has refreshing air conditioning … apart from when they lock the doors open and decided to air condition the outside, something I’ve never quite understood.

General Information

LEGOLAND Dubai is outdoors with many indoor areas that generally have air conditioning. The heat can be brutal in summer being 45 degrees Celsius or more, or over 110 Fahrenheit. Even in cooler months it will still be around 35 degrees or 95 Fahrenheit.   

LEGOLAND Dubai is not huge as this walk through in real time took about 30 minutes (and that is with stretching out the Miniland section). LEGOLAND Windsor UK will take about 20 minutes just to walk across the park (see that time-lapse walkthrough video in the link above). There is a separate LEGOLAND Dubai Water park adjoining this one.

Height Restrictions

The park is ultra-strict on height restrictions – every kid will get measured on every ride so kids in the 3-5 years age range may be limited with what they can go on. Grab a little builders guide to see what the options are.

Q Fast

As it is hot and visitor numbers are soft, queues are quite short. Thus, you won’t really need a Q Fast queue-jumping pass. See our Q Fast video for further details below

That was the adjoining entrance to the Water Park but we never did figure it out.

Miniland Again

Back into the main Miniland area. One good tip is to ask about the Miniland light show. It isn’t advertised at all and we actually stumbled upon it. When the park closes at 6pm, it usually runs at 5:40pm. They turn off all the main lights, then sync lights in the Miniland buildings to music – its actually really good. See our video of it linked above.

We’ve seen many reviews that state you can’t bring outside food or drink into the park. We never had a problem with this but don’t be surprised.

LEGO FACTORY Tour

Coming up is the LEGO Factory tour where you can see how LEGO bricks are made, and we have a full video on this here.

We recommend doing this tour between 1pm and 2:30pm. Outside these times the machines are turned off and not running. If nothing else, you get a free LEGO Factory Dubai 2x4x3 custom brick, which is always a hit.

This is touted as the largest LEGO store in the Middle East. Items on sale were quite competitive, those not on sale, really expensive.

And that is the completed time-lapse walk through.

Sneak Peak

As a bonus sneak peak, here is the Miniland light show we referred to earlier. Link in the video above.

And with that this video draws to a close. Here are some other videos that might be of interest. Please hit the thumbs up button if you enjoyed this as it really helps the channel create  more videos like this. Sharing or subscribing are always appreciated as well.

Happy building until next time when we talk about all things LEGO.

Nov
06

QFast LEGOLAND Review Dubai. Is it Worth the Money? Fast Track Motiongate IMG World of Adventure

A review of the Q Fast system at LEGOLAND Dubai and Motiongate. Also consider the Fast Track at IMG Worlds of Adventure. We will answer the question of whether or not it is worth the money.

#qfast #review #LEGOLANDdubai #themepark #LEGO #worththemoney #queuetimes #fasttrack #thingstodoindubai #dubai2019 #legofan #legocity #amusementpark #AFOL #lego_hub #legolover #legolife #lego #legoinstagram #legocommunity #afolclub #legomania #familyfun #motiongate #IMGWorlds #IMGWorldsOfAdventure

Transcript from the show below:

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder here. Today we are going to ask:

Is Q Fast at LEGOland Dubai, MotionGate or Fast Track at IMG World of adventure worth the money?

NO!!!

Thanks for watching this video. Please share, like and subscribe.
Just kidding.

Not Enough People

In all seriousness, there simply isn’t enough people going to Legoland Duabi, MotionGate, or IMG worlds of Adventure, to have long queues. The footage shown here was taken in the holidays in October 2019 and as you can see, there aren’t many people around at all.

I think you’ll find if you have purchased this queue jumping systems, you’ll be quite annoyed to get in and discover there are virtually no queues to begin with. In some instances, the Q Fast lines are actually closed.

Clips here show some shots where the queue times are 5 minutes (which I think is the lowest because they can’t say a queue has 0 wait time). You could say these are selective edits but they have been taken when they have been seem.

Even on a popular ride like the LEGO boats, which usually has a 45+ minute queue in LEGOland Windsor UK, it is about a 5 minute wait. Motiongate is much the same and you probably spend more time walking through the lines themselves, than actually waiting.

IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG was much the same. Here is there board showing waiting times. Haunted House was the only one with a real wait. Most are showing 5 minutes wait. The ones that show 30 minutes are usually shows that start every 30 minutes, so not an accurate wait time display.

Some Numbers

This was during school holidays. While its great to virtually walk straight onto rides, you do wonder how the park survives. Reading through some of the numbers, LEGOland Dubai seems to only average 2000 visitors a day. To put this in context, a regional theme park in the USA averages about 10,000 visitors a day. That’s a regional theme park, that isn’t a Disneyland or a major park.Reading through Tripadvisor reviews at ‘peak’ times, the comments are still that the parks are quite.

International guests make up a tiny percentage of the market,. Emirates Airlines is meant to be advertising to international guests but analysis of their advertising seems to indicate they haven’t been doing this.

On the Emirates flight back, LEGOland gets a verbal mention in the same breath as IMG. While IMG has a logo on screen, LEGOland does not. So in the short term, take advantage of the short queue times while they exist.

The HEAT

The biggest challenge is the heat. In the cooler months it gets up to 35 Celsius /95 fahrenheit. In summer, you are looking at 45 Celsius, or well over 110 fahrenheit. Not sure if or when, the park visitors numbers pick up, I’d want to be standing in a 45 minute queue in 45 degree heat with little kids. That almost sounds like a nightmare.

Check out our other video for other hints and tips while visiting the park.

But if you think this is all too good to be true, I’d suggest, go to park and if it looks busy, go back to the main entrance point and purchase the Q Fast or equivalent queue jumping system tickets.

Check out our other video on the queue jumping system in LEGOLAND WIndsor UK called “Qbot” here. You’ll be able to see the comparison, and how expensive and complicated it can get when it gets busy.

If you found this useful, please hit the like button or even consider subscribing / sharing as helps us out in producing more videos like this.
Here are some other videos you might be interested in. That brings us to a close so happy building til next time when we talk about all things LEGO.

Nov
02

LEGO 1989 Batmobile

Lego Batmobile 1989 spotted at LEGOLAND Dubai Big Store today for 1299AED ~ £279GBP. Sliding canopy looks awesome.
#LEGO #legodc #legobatman #lego365 #batman1989 #batmobile #batmanfan #legoleaks #legocollection #legopic #legobatmobile

UPDATE 3rd November 2019

Stupidly didn’t buy it last night and when I went back first thing this morning, mysteriously was all “sold out”, “come back in 2 weeks”, “We only got 2”, and the sticker price on the shelf was gone. All the while they were smiling in a very knowingly way… think somewhere up high told them to remove from sale.

Lego Batmobile 1989
Lego Batmobile 1989

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Lego Batmobile 1989 Back
Lego Batmobile 1989 Back

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Pop up guns also look pretty cool.

Oct
29

How LEGO Bricks are Made at the LEGOLAND Dubai LEGO Factory Tour

How LEGO bricks are made in the LEGOLAND Dubai , as shown on the LEGO Factory Tour. Ever wondered how LEGO bricks are made? In this video we show how LEGO bricks are created – from granulate, to moulding to printing / decorating to final packaging. Each step is shown from start to finish.

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Oct
19

How to Make a LEGO Jack o Lantern Pumpkin Jr with FREE instructions Speed Build

This tutorial video shows How to Make a LEGO Jack o Lantern Pumpkin Jr MOC* through speed building and commentary (pointing out key design features). FREE PDF instructions here:

https://www.mattelder.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/LEGO-MOC-Jack-O-Lantern-Matt-Elder-Instructions-01e.pdf

Digital LDR source file can be found here:

https://www.mattelder.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/LEGO-JackOLanternPumpkin-by-Matt-Elder-of-www.mattelder.com_.zip

I’ve got this up on LEGO ideas so would appreciate if you would give it a vote (enough votes and gets considered as a real, official set):

https://ideas.lego.com/projects/77cd98ad-6a3a-4a82-9970-ad0e150d53d2

Flameless LED Tea Tree Lights in this video can be purchased on Amazon at:
https://amzn.to/2MUAdrF

Around 900 plate pieces to build. This is a real hit for Halloween, and can be reused in future years.

I’d love to see any creations you make from this! Feel free to drop me a line:
matt@mattelder.com

*My Own Creation
Note: we will receive a commission from Amazon for the lights purchased with go towards making these videos and LEGOs.

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Oct
01

How to Make a LEGO Triceratops MOC Dinosaur with FREE instructions Speed Build

This video shows How to Make a LEGO Triceratops MOC* through speed building and commentary (pointing out key design features). FREE PDF instructions / guide (~10MG):

https://www.mattelder.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/MOC-Triceratops-Matt-Elder-Instructions-01d.pdf

Digital LDR source file can be found here (zip file containing LDR file, readme.txt and PDF instructions ~10MG ):

https://www.mattelder.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2019-10-02-Triceratops-Dinosaur-LEGO-Model-Release-by-Matt-Elder-dot-com.zip

Around 5,500 pieces to build, 92 studs long and weighs 7kg/15 pounds. This was done as a centerpiece / design prop for a kids birthday party and was a real hit.

*My Own Creation

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Aug
21

Christmas Offering at LEGOLAND to become …

NEWS: LEGOLAND Windsor, UK last week submitted a planning application to make their Christmas Offering structures permanent. In this video we cover what this is, look at the plans, discuss the application and figure out what it means to the future.

LEGOLAND Windsor have applied for 15 permanent log cabins to be erected near Pirate Falls.

https://www.mattelder.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/MOC-Cup-Cake-Stand-Ying-Yang-Style-Instructions-01.pdf

https://www.mattelder.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/MOC-Master-Wu-Instrctions-hat-01-print-3.pdf

Transcript from the show below:

G’day Everyone, Matt here from Family Bricks and just wanted to do this quick little news item.

Application

Recently in the last week, LEGOLAND have submitted an application to have 15 little timber cabins erected which support their Christmas events and things. They want to do this on a more permanent basis

What they have been doing at the moment, is each year they erect the temporary structures and boardwalks and then after the Christmas event they then take them away. I can imagine thats going to be fairly expensive and a pain to keep on doing it so they want to make them permanent.

Current Location Plan

Lets have a quick look and see where in the park that were are actually talking about. So here the blue is all the way around , is the actual park itself.

The main entrance is in through here, so you have your Big Shop. You’ve got your Star Wars, you come down here to the Viking one and then down the side of the hill and everything down into this area here.

Which is your pirate falls and over here is your Castle area. Ninjago over there. So were are looking at that space there.

Proposal Plan

So within that space outlined in red these are the cabins they want to put in.

At the moment they do it each year with 12 but now they are actually applying for 15 so adding 3 more in.

These cabins are wood, tongue and groove and they sit on 4 pegs and they don’t really have any waste features, or anything like that.

Trees – The BIG Issue

The big concern that they have been having with the application is all the trees and things in and area here.

They really not going to be removing any trees and basically doing everything to try to make sure that the footings don’t interfere with the roots or anything like that. There is quite a number of tree surveys.

This is one of the tree surveys which goes through and is listing all the different bits and trees. They have actually got them all numbered and everything. I think there is about 45 of them
in the area under consideration.

Type of Cabin

The actual cabins themselves are relatively simple and straight forward so you can sort see here double doors and windows.

It doesn’t look like there is a window out the back or anything there. Little balcony / porch as you come up here, and then it only about 2.4m this way and 3.4m that way.

So not very big if you think about it in terms of if you were to put a double bed in here it would take up most of that space.

The application really does go through and labour on the point that these are not destination attractions in themselves so they are only meant to be there for the Christmas time and only used for that.

Future Uses?!

Does make you wonder though if their Christmas plans are only for November and December, what are they going to use if for, for the rest of the year? Maybe they start doing more seasonal events and things and using this area for that.

Whether Easter time you are doing something with Easter Egg Hunts and things like that.

When we were at DisneyWorld in Florida one October they make a really big deal of Halloween.

So maybe they will start thinking about doing other events and things like that. This is a full planning application so their is a fair number of documents here.

They do make a point in the actual application of saying more or less, they could achieve the same thing under permitted development which basically within certain parameters don’t really need to apply for it but with this it just gives them certainty into the future.

Its great to see them continually updating the park and adding elements to it. It will be interesting to see how this goes.

Your Thoughts?

Do you have any thoughts and comments on this? Sound off in the comments below.

Otherwise we have videos on the LEGOLAND park and things to do and see and how to save money so check them out and they are probably on screen now.

Until next time when we talk about all things LEGO.

Aug
20

Qbot Legoland Review Windsor. Is it Worth the Money? Ride Reservation Queue Times q-bot mobile q bot

A review and explanation of the Qbot system at Legoland Windsor. We will answer the question of whether or not it is worth the money. We also look at some of the limitations and the mechanics of how they system works.

Transcript from the show:

In this video we’re gonna cover what q bot is how it works if it’s value for money and when to use it.

So let’s get started.

What is Q Bot?

Q Bot is an overly complicated ride reservation and fast tracked hybrid system with several different tiers at Legoland Windsor in the UK.

You know, if you can’t sum it up in a single sentence easily, it is confusing and the need for a video like this.

It took us some time to get our heads around it. Think of the lower tiers as more of a queue reservation system while think of the upper tier as a fast track or fast path system clear as mud eh?!

Q Bot Regular

Let’s say a queue is an hour long. If you use a Q bot regular than a virtual you will be put at the back of that hour-long queue.

Here the virtual you has been added into the queue. It will move along the queue as if you are physically there. After an hour, the virtual Q bot you has gotten to the front of the queue.

Your count down on your Qbot device will be zero. It this point you go to the Q Bot gate and the attendant will check your device. They will then let you into the queue

Q Bot Express

With Q Bot Express if the line was an hour long, then you’d start the queue and a half that time. So the virtual you is placed in at 30 minutes.

When 30 minutes goes past you can then join the Q bot queue. The attendant will check your device as before at this point. You can start your device on the next ride queue that you’d like to join.

Q Bot Ultimate

With Q bot ultimate, you don’t have to wait at all and can join the Q bot queue immediately.

Notice, I’ve said you join Q bot queue and not get instantly onto the ride. You’ll be queuing of those who’ve also been using Q bot.

For some rides the Q bot system puts you right close to the front of the line for other rides it puts you two thirds of the way into the queue.

For example, Ninjago and laser riders. For these rides you might still have another twenty to thirty minutes in the queue before you actually get onto your ride.

Then it gets further complicated as not all rides are included in the system. Which you really don’t find out until after you’ve purchased your Q bot and tried to use it. Then you start seeing all the restrictions and you can feel a little cheated by it.

They really need to print a table showing what is and isn’t included. It really isn’t transparent.

Cost

It isn’t cheap either at the time of this video June 2019. The regular Q bot is twenty-five pounds per person. Q bot Express is 40 pounds per person and Q bot ultimate is ninety pounds per person. This is on top of all the entrance fees.

So a family of four on Q bot ultimate is going to be the better part of an additional four hundred pounds.

The Lego Nninjago ride isn’t included and you’ll have to buy that separately. Which can definitely be worthwhile on busy days

But it still adds additional to the cost. A new ride like the Haunted House Monster Party is only included on Q bot ultimate

Click the link on the video to watch our review of the Monster Party Haunted House at Legoland Windsor

The other annoying thing is you might wait your hour and then go to the ride only to find it’s down for technical reasons

So in essence you’ve just wasted an hour in your virtual queue

If you can find a staff member they may give you a one-off pass to compensate. Then you have to keep checking back to see when the ride is open again.

Fob or Phone?!

You can either get the Q bot in the park or use the website on you phone. Having on your phone can be a little more handy, but obviously means you’re draining the battery on your phone faster.

Also note that if you’re staying at the Legoland Resort Hotel, they only have limited fobs. At 10:00 a.m, they had run out and you have to go back to the main entrance on the other side of the park.

This queue for fobs can actually be quite long. So you’re actually queuing to avoid queueing.

More walking


You might be looking at your next ride to book and go for a slightly shorter queue times however, that next short queue the ride might actually be a fairway from your current location. And you’ve got to do more walking to get around to it

This means you might spend a lot of time Criss crossing the park and doubling back on yourselves. Whereas if you didn’t have Q bot you might do the rides in a more sequential manner as you’re walking around and just seeing them as they come along.

When would you use it?


Over the years, we’ve been to the park at different times of the year. If you go on a weekend or school holidays between May and September, you’ll probably really need it.

During the colder months and weekdays when kids are at school, we’ve generally found the wait times are not very long and when you haven’t needed a Q bot.

Overall, is it worth it?

If it is a busy warm day and you want to do lots of rides and maximize your time, definitely think it’s worth it.

If you’re going to the park for multiple days, probably just get it for one day or so and do the other days as normal and seeing more of the shows.

If you really into rides and want to make the most of your time, I’d recommend the Q bot ultimate. Otherwise, I think the regular or Express Q Bot works well and sits at a reasonable price point.

Be warned however, once kids start experiencing queue-jumping, they may never want to go back and wait in lines again.

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Here are some other videos which you might like to also check out

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Aug
20

How to Save Money at LEGOLAND Windsor. Top 5 Secrets. Savings & Cheap Tickets

In this video, we show the Top 5 Secret tips and tricks on how to save money at Legoland Windsor, UK. This can be money savings on cheap tickets and where to find discount coupons, vouchers and codes.

Transcript from the show:

In this video going to share the Top 5 secrets on how to save money at LEGOLAND Windsor in the UK.

LEGOLAND has been said to be one of the most expensive for a family to visit in the UK. So by using the following tips it won’t hit your wallet as hard.

So we can bring you more tips in the future, please hit the subscribe button.

Lets get to saving.

Number 1.

Don’t buy your tickets on the day and at the gate.

Going to LEGOLAND is usually not an impulse decision. You don’t wake up in the morning and just on a whim feel like

“Hey lets go to LEGOLAND!”

Here are some screenshots I took of the LEGOLAND Windsor booking site. The first one was done on the 17th of August looking at the next day, the 18th of August.

Even at 10:25pm in the evening, it is showing the next day the prices are normally are normally £60 per person where as if you buy them online, they are £39 per person.

The next screen shows taken 2 hours later in the wee hours of the 18th at almost 1am in the morning. Here you can see the price is now actually the full price of £60 per person. This is because now you are actually trying to book on the day.

Here is another example where I am looking on the 28th of July at the next day, at the 29th. You can see the online price is £31 per person if you do it the day before.

Then actually looking on the 29th of July, to book on the 29th of July, it is the full price of £52.

If you also click through the various dates you’ll see going during the weekday or outside of peak holiday times, the prices are much cheaper.

So don’t ever book online, on the day, or rock up at the gate and buy tickets.

This is the most expensive way to buy your tickets and your probably going to pay up to 50%
more than had you just done it the day before.

Number 2.

Look for discounts and vouchers.

LEGOLAND is always running promotions. Commonly you’ll find them in cereal boxes or newspapers. The common promotions that you’ll see is either 2 for 1 pricing, or kids go free.

Jump online to Google, to do a quick search and see what comes up.

Martin Lewis’ Money Saving Expert also has a page which is dedicated to LEGOLAND and different deals you can find and save on. The address is onscreen but is

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/deals/legoland-windsor/

The other one is to jump onto Twitter and do a search for “LEGOLAND Windsor Save”. Click on the latest tab and here is where you can see what is going on at the moment. Here you can see a 40% off promotion

Number 3.

Don’t buy LEGO at LEGOLAND. We all loath exiting through the gift shop.

Such is the power of LEGO’s brand, they don’t make you exit through the gift shop. They are one of the few attractions that I know of which does this.

All their prices are full retail price. You also won’t discover until the register that any LEGO VIP cards actually are not valid at LEGOLAND, as crazy as that sounds.

This is due to the fact that LEGOLAND Windsor was one of the first LEGO theme parks. LEGO as a company was struggling at one stage, so one of the things that they did was actually sold off all their non-core business assets, which included LEGOLAND.

It was purchased by the Merlin Group and we’ll come back to this later in the video.

We’ll get our kids to chose a LEGO that they are interested in, within a certain budget, in one of the stores at LEGOLAND. We’ll quickly jump onto Amazon and order it.

Most families have got Amazon Prime with free delivery, so you’ll get it in the next day or so. This is generally 20% cheaper, so you can either get 20% more LEGO or have 20% less cost. And the kids can still end up with a souvenir from LEGOLAND.

Number 4.

Buy a Merlin Annual Pass. We mentioned earlier in the video that Merlin owns LEGOLAND.

The Merlin Group also owns other attractions such as Alton Towers, Blackpool Tower, Thorpe Park, Sea Life, Chessington World of Adventures, Madame Tussauds, London Eye and others.

The annual pass isn’t much more than an actual day ticket to LEGOLAND.

On top of this you also get discounts on food outlets in the park, free parking, and significant discounts for staying at the LEGOLAND Resort Hotel

We were staying in the LEGOLAND Resort Hotel when we found out about the Merlin Pass.

We were able to purchase a Merlin Pass and get a discount on the hotel we were currently staying in. This discount
was almost the equivalent of the Merlin pass itself.

So effectively we get free access for a year to LEGOLAND and all the other attractions.

Having the annual pass means you can take friends and family along for very cheap rates as well.

So maybe you know someone who has a Merlin Pass and they could take you along on the day, and you can get the cheap rates to get in.

Their promotion at time of recording this video is friends and family can go for £15 each. Which is about a quarter the price you’d pay if you rock up to the gates on the day.

Number 5.

Bring your own food. It will come as no surprise that food within the park can be quite expensive. There are lots of areas around the park where you can sit down and have your picnic lunch.

LEGOLAND also has pass outs What this means is that at lunch time you can go out to your car, get your lunch and come back into the park.

Thus you don’t have to be a pack horse carrying your lunch around all day, and you can just grab it when you need to.

If you do need to eat in the park, there is a good all you can eat and drink pizza and pasta place near Heartlake City.

Bonus Tip

As a BONUS TIP, we’ll quickly mention the Q-bot ride reservation system.

Check the link on screen or down below for another full video covering Q-bot in its entirety and some of the quirks of the system.

If you value your time, its away of being able to queue jump your way through the park. As you are not wasting your time standing in line you can get through more rides and attractions

So even though it might cost more, you might be able to get through the equivalent of 2 or 3 days worth of rides and attractions in one day.

With these secret hints and tip on how to save money, you should be able to save a lot of money, and have a great time at LEGOLAND!

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Until next time when we talk about all things LEGO.