By Laura Mason
Halloween is still months away but there’s been some scary goings-on at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort with the introduction of a brand new ride, The Haunted House Monster Party.
We decided to check it out as my trio are theme park aficionados and thrills aplenty have been instilled in them over the years as we tick off various theme parks in the UK and abroad.
We visited LEGOLAND last year and I highly recommend it as a great introductory theme park where tiny tots will enjoy many of the entry-level rides and be able to explore the amazing world of DUPLO and LEGO with lots of visual attractions. It’s not all for youngsters though and there are plenty of rides for bigger kids (primary school age).
Haunted House Monster Party
Located in Adventure Land, you can spot the Haunted House Monster Party a mile off. Visually fantastic, it’s a recreation of the dilapidated building from the retired LEGO Monster Fighters range dressed up with colourful bunting and balloons.
The brick built models are made up of 106,000 LEGO bricks (can you just imagine having to construct all of them?!) and there’s some intricate attention to detail replicating the small pieces I usually hold within my hands. LEGO fans will love this element as official LEGO Model Makers invested over 600 hours to carefully craft all the up scaled models perfectly.
There’s been lots of consideration for the typical queue path. Outside there’s trivia, statues and lots of opportunities to grab a pic, before going upstairs inside where guests are welcomed with preshow entertainment (ideal for impatient children) that sets the scene for the ride – trivia, joke telling, lighting, and of course, monster music which the kids loved, cue lots of crazy dancing.
When you enter the ride itself, you are seated down at a table awaiting a grand feast before your eyes, however the frightful Lord Vamprye has other ideas and reveals his trick as the grand hall comes to life and provides an illusion as the room seemingly moves around you taking it upside down. If you’ve ever been on Hex at Alton Towers or the Haunted House at Drayton Manor, it’s similar, yet more family friendly and modern version using the latest technologies in lighting and music to make it whimsical.
While it sounds like it could be a fearsome horror ride, it’s really good fun, the kids were in an upbeat ‘party’ mood while the music, motion and LEGO characters capture a spot on balance that made it really enjoyable.
It’s a fantastic addition to the LEGOLAND rides, there’s nothing else remotely similar onsite so good to mix it up and a ride we’ll definitely be back to visit in the future.
Further information and to book tickets online can be found at www.legoland.co.uk. Day tickets for LEGOLAND are from £29 per person when booked online in advance.