A took a while to settle and kept screaming that she wanted to go home because she didn't like the music that was playing everywhere. R and L kept bickering over which rides to go on; R is eight going on sixteen and thinks he can go on anything and L likes the rides for younger children. But eventually, we found a middle ground and once A stopped crying, we had a really lovely day.
L loved the Twirling Toadstool and I let Daddy go on there with him and then laughed hysterically watching him turn a gentle shade of green, swinging around in the little chairs. A loved the Squirrel Nutty Ride and kept saying that we were going really fast, which we really weren't.
R amused me immensely as he claimed from the minute we left the house in the morning that he was going on all the big roller coasters. So I called his bluff. Even though he is only eight, he is tall enough to go on any of the rides. I took him to the different roller coasters and each time he had a different excuse as to why he shouldn't go on. I did tell him that it was OK to be a bit scared and that he was a bit young. He was determined to go on Thirteen, which concerned me slightly as i really didn't and as we entered the gate a ghostly child's voice whispered through the speaker and R jumped a mile and ran in the opposite direction (much to my relief!)
We did have a lovely day. I really enjoyed the Ice Age 4D experience which we did queue for a while to see, but it is one of the best examples of 3D I have seen and the effects were really clever. We certainly walked a fair few miles too. My lovely husband likes to walk rather than use the Sky Ride and we really did walk. Alton Towers is good for young children and their is certainly lots for the older ones too. We like the fact that they now have Characters too, which reminds us of Disney. We 'met' a few of the Ice Age characters, but the favourite by far was Sonic who L nearly bowled over as he was so thrilled to see him and give him a cuddle.
Thursday was Legoland. It was a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky. That meant lots and lots of people. We spent a lot more of the day in a queue, which is always hard with little ones. Luckily, some of the rides have Lego play tables where the kids can build while they are waiting.
I love Legoland. It think it is a magical theme park for everyone. We all love Lego anyway, but there is something special about
the whole place. It isn't scary, it is just colourful and fun. Not as much walking this time, but we still managed to get on quite a few rides. My favourite was Laser Ranger where you zoom around in a little car trying to hit targets with a laser gun. I was useless, but I really enjoyed it. R loved the Pirate Falls Log Flume and I think that was O's favourite too. L loved the Dragon's Apprentice which is a small roller coaster and he expected to hate it. A loved the fast spinning rides and the Desert Chase carousel was her favourite.
Another lovely thing about Legoland is the water park; Waterworks. L was in his element and stripped down to his trunks and had a whale of a time in the fountains. We had a lovely stroll around Miniland and once again, the recreation of landmarks in Lego amazed us all and the boys were particularly keen to point out London landmarks that they spotted on our recent trip there.
The downside of Legoland? The shop. All four of them loved the shop. However, so do lots of other children and at the end of the day, it is full to bursting with Lego-crazed children, being hotly pursued by stressed out and tired looking parents who just want to go home. We spent about twenty minutes racing around as the boys had money to spend, but they came away with keyrings and Lego sets, so they were happy on the journey home.
My husband did suggest Chessington next week, but my feet need a week to recover.