Last year we reported that Merlin Entertainment had big plans for their LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort site. With several additions to the park planned over the next few years. Those plans for a £95 million investment in the park, have now been approved by the local council, pending additional approval from the secretary of state for communities. Following on from the recently announced Haunted House attraction, the park will soon expand beyond its current site. Several plans have been given the go ahead, which includes:
- New Entrance – The Beginning area of the park will get a new bigger entrance portal. Along with new ticketing and toilet buildings.
- Bigger Shop – The Big Shop located in The Beginning will be expanded to offer a better retail experience.
- New Accomodation – An all-new holiday village will be built on lands next to current carpark. This will include a number of different areas to stay including barrels and lodges. The area will also include on-site restaurant, reception and LEGO Club House.
- New Rides – Joining the Haunted House ride, will be three attraction-zones. These will include new indoor rides including a rollercoaster and ‘fairground’ rides. These zones will be themed around various LEGO IPs, with The LEGO Movie rumoured to be one of them.
- Carparks – Improvements will be made to the parks carparks including proving connected access from the new holiday village to the main park, this will tie into the improvements to The Beginning.
LEGOLAND Windsor Resort is now Merlin’s most popular UK theme park. Over the years several attempts to improve the park have been waylaid by planning objections. This in turn has left some areas of the park looking a little tired and outdated. Now these plans have been arrived locally, it may prompt further investment in other aspects of the parks.