After rumbles earlier this year, it has been confirmed that free entry to Blue Peter badge holders will end.
Alongside all other Merlin attractions, it has been confirmed that free access will end in December. This means that the winners will be unable to enjoy the perk of their winning at LEGOLAND Windsor, Alton Towers, Sea Life Centres and Madame Tussuads to name just a few.
Speaking to MoneySavingExpert.com, the park said that it had conducted a review and decided to end their agreement with the BBC, emphasising that guests can enjoy the other offers available for the attractions.
Rumours first circulated in the summer, as shown below on Twitter:
@Mattyroyal We are currently looking at the T&C's for 2017 and will communicate them when a decision has been made.
As part of the build up, the park is running a competition to build your own LEGO castle, with the winner getting their creation rebuilt up to 6ft tall and enjoying a stay as one of the first guests to the hotel. Those aged 2 to 16 can enter until 30th November at LEGOLAND.co.uk/castle.
Over in the Land of the Vikings, hoardings have gone up and Longboat Invader and Loki’s Labyrinth have both been removed to allow construction of the new Ninjago ride. The park map has been updated to confirm the previous reports of a 2017 opening.
This year’s VIP event packages have been revealed.
For the fireworks, you will view the fireworks from the exclusive viewing area in the Model Making Studio, enjoy hot and cold drinks with a light dinner and receive a LEGOLAND Windsor goodby bag for childre, exclusive VIP pop badge and a LEGO make and take for children. The price is £125 per guest with the ticket price extra and if you wish to take a goldor platinum VIP experience with it, the total are £300 and £450 per guest respectively.
For Christmas, in addition to the standard package, you will get to make your own festive LEGO name badge, enjoy a Christmas buffet lunch, exclusive VIP pop badge and photo keepsake and receive instant ride access, plus visit the elves workshop to become one of Father Christmas’s Ever Lasting Friend, ELF. Tickets are £99 per guest with early bird bookings available.
The dates have also been confirmed as 3rd and 4th, 10th and 11th and 17th to 24th December. This is a reduction on last year of two weekends in November and 5 weekdays.
The 16 rides and attractions (subject to availability) for 2016 are:
Driving School, L-Drivers, Balloon School, Bricksmas Express, LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display, Spinning Spider, Scarab-Bouncers, Laser Raiders, Thunder Blazer, Desert Chase, Jolly Rocker, Dragon’s Apprentice, Knight’s Quest, Heartlake Express, Mia’s Riding Adventure and Olivia’s House
This sees Balloon School, Driving School and L-Drivers replace Longboat Invader and Aero Nomad from 2015, along with selected areas of Miniland.
The New Year celebrations are returning this year.
For another year, the hotel will open and move to Kid Standard Time (KST) with 3D fireworks and New Yeat at 9.30pm. The evening will also include enterainment including games and meet and greet, buffet dinner and glass of fizz. In the morning, you will receive a character breakfast.
Guests can either retire to their rooms at the KST midnight or heat to the lounge for coverage of the real midnight celebrations.
Tickets area available from £490 for a family of four.
TripAdvisor has revealed the park as the second most popular attraction outside London, only beaten by Stonehenge, the Daily Mail has reported.
LEGO Friends show has finished for the season, with Pirates Of Skeleton Bay continuing until the end of the season.
Two girls were sexually assualted in the park last month in Castaway Camp. After an arrest resulting in release and no charge, as well as an e-fit being released, there has been no further progress. For more, visit BBC.