My top tips for visiting Legoland or chessington with a child with Autism

As people who read my blog often will know- there is nowhere in the world Dinky loves more than Legoland or Chessington! 

We go very often and have worked out a few things that make our lives easier! 

In both places you can get a free carer with a DLA letter or diagnosis letter. Which can make the day more  friendly on the bank account, chessington offer half price for a second carer which is also quite handy, especially if your child is prone to running off or meltdowns!

Legoland- 

  • If you get there for about 9:45 am you’ll be able to do some of the things I mention later, if you get there later it’s cool, but you miss out on a few things.
  • If your child get tired easily or runs off, I have found Legoland really tricky- so- we pay the fully refundable £10 wheelchair hire fee and borrow the ‘scooter’ they have outside the big shop! (This only works up to a certain age, at 7 Dinks fits nicely in- we would take her buggy but it is hard to push on the hills)- but check the breaks work before setting off. 
  • The ride access pass-     You DO need a diagnosis letter or something from a doctor to say your child finds waiting difficult and that they have social communication difficulties- ASD diagnosis is normally enough as the staff know this means they struggle.
  • Do NOT get the ride access pass from the guest services by the entrance! This is really noisy and busy- there is a customer services down in the new heart lake city and it is quieter and easier and they have lovely sofas!
  • The hill train- DO NOT go down on the hill train it is a nightmare, it is actually easier to walk down the big hill!
  • As you go spider spinner normally has no queue right at the beginning and if you walk through the Pharaohs bit, on your way to heart lake city, there is no queues and areo nomad, and the swings are a good start to the day without using one of your 10 ride tokens- also check the train as there is normally not a queue that early in the day!
  • After collecting the ride access pass you are free to go on 10 rides without joining the big queues. 

I will say that this is ok, but there is still some queues due to having to join the Q-Bot line where you wait behind people who have paid to jump the line. This is normally worst at the dragons apprentice- which we now avoid as the main dragon is not only better, but actually less time to wait, and if you ask they generally let the kids sit at the front! So take something to keep the kids amused as there are only so many times you can say ‘good waiting’. 

Last bit of advice- there are wasps everywhere if your child doesn’t like them, we found sitting in the scooter with a jumper over helps.

Chessington-

  • It doesn’t matter what time you arrive in the morning there is normally a queue for the ride access pass which you get from adventure services in market square. Which doesn’t always help start the day- so it is worth taking something to keep them occupied in this queue.
  • The ride access pass-    It does require proof of not being able to queue, again ASD diagnosis letter is fine, failing that a letter from a doctor outlining that your child has a medical condition which means they have social communication difficulties and struggle with queues is fine- DLA letter is not enough on its own. 
  • Depending on how busy it is, always arrive at the rides 5-10 minutes before your next time as generally you have to queue behind at least one person before you go on.
  • Try to time snack and lunch breaks for after the big rides as they tend to be the ones which add the most time (vampire, Kobra, Dragons fury- and possibly rattlesnake and ramesis revenge although dinks is too small so I have no idea what queue times are like for those).
  • Zufari is great but even once you have been let through the disabled entrance, there is still some waiting- you may need to warn your child about this as it can be noisy and busy. 
  • Scorpion express, bubble works and dragons fury are quite loud so if your child has ear defenders these are definitely the rides to wear them on!

They are the things we have found make our day easier. We also found that as Dinky Doesn’t wear ear defenders they are quite happy for them to wear headphones with an iPod/MP3 player as long at the wire is tucked away and doesn’t interfere with the safety restraints. 

It is also worth checking before you go which rides are closed as there is always one at chessington that is closed. 

So there you have it- our tips for chessington and Legoland- if you have any more hints or tips to share, about here or anywhere else please let me know and I will edit and add your suggestions! 

Happy theme parking!

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One thought on “My top tips for visiting Legoland or chessington with a child with Autism

  1. Visited Chessington 2016 with my son with Autism. Pass worked fined,but he didint want all the big rides with the Long queues ( went on 4). Used disabled access for the other rides as he uses a wheelchair. These were all stamped by staff.Once the card was used up customers services would not issus another card. When spoke at customer service was told the average number of rides for a day is 10 so they have capped it at that.

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