Reviewed by Lucy Gwilliam
Last weekend we invited to watch the new LEGO movie Nexo Knights at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Manchester to which we were delighted. My children are massive LEGOLAND fans and we have been looking at buying them an annual pass as they enjoy visiting so much. We had them a few years ago before my 2 year old son was born and they are extremely good value for money. There is so much so do at LEGOLAND, my 6 year old daughter and my 2 year old son are entertained for hours each time we visit.
We were told to arrive for 9.15 for the 9.45 showing, we arrived to be greeted by the friendly staff and directed which was to go. Before the showing we had a ride on the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride. This is one of my daughter’s favourite rides as she gets to rescue the princess. My husband sat at the front with our son and I sat in the rear with our daughter. The kids loved the ride and the staff attending the ride were very attentive.
When we were leaving the ride the attendants said that if we quickly go to the 4D cinema we will make the next showing just in time, rather than waiting for 9.45. We collected our 3D glasses and found some good seats (where we wouldn’t get wet from the 4D experience) and got ourselves ready for the showing. The 4D experience includes a 3D movie experience with effects such as air blowing, smoke and foam being released from the ceiling.
The movie was a fantastic 4D animated adventure which has been developed solely for LEGOLAND Parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centres around the world. The story of LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS is to defeat the Jestro, the Book of Monsters and all of their Lava monsters which is all set in the 4D world, all with the added bonus of smoke, water and wind… The film is set in the ultramodern world of Knighton. The Book of Creativity follows five young Knights in their mission to defeat Jestro, the Book of Monsters and their Lava Monsters. The Knights join forces with the great digital Wizard, Merlock 2.0 to defeat their enemy and stop them from getting their hands on the Book of Creativity. My children were completely engrossed throughout the 12 minute long film. I have taken my son to the cinema before and he has been disruptive and wanted to leave after a few minutes, but with the added 4D features he was completely engaged with the movie.
The movie is shown in addition to the LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure at LEGOLAND cinemas on rotation with two or three showings every hour.
After we had watched the movie we decided to make the most of the morning and spend time playing as a family at LEGOLAND. Our first stop was the LEGOLAND Merlin Apprentice Ride, I must admit this is my favourite ride as I love the little one’s faces when we go up and down on the ride.
We spent around two and a half hours after the film had finished at LEGOLAND playing (before it got too busy) we could have spent more time. We had many competitive car races, with my son rolling just a single wheel down the track and finding it hilarious and my husband building monstrosities. We spent the majority of our time in the soft play, going down the slide and chasing each other.
In all, we had an amazing morning and spent some quality family time together playing. I would definitely recommend LEGOLAND and we will be back again soon to visit. The film was brilliant and my children really engaged in every aspect of the 4D experience.
Day Tickets cost from £9.95pp (if booked online in advance). A LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Annual Pass costs £40pp. For more information or to book online visit www.legolanddiscoverycentre.co.uk.
Why not take advantage of Merlin’s Annual Pass Sale and get access to all Merlin’s parks and attractions (from £109pp), for more information visit www.merlinannualpass.co.uk.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, Barton Square, The Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AS