Last Thursday, Ben and I were really excited to be invited to the opening of the new Lego Ninjago City Adventure at Legoland Discovery Manchester.
Ben has been obsessed with Ninjago for the last couple of months, and we have gradually learned about the four ninjas, Kai, Jay, Cole and Zane, as well as Nya and, of course, Master Wu. We last visited Legoland Discovery Manchester in the summer, before Ben turned 4, and he was really looking forward to seeing what had changed.
The Lego Ninjago City Adventure at Legoland Discovery Manchester
The new section of Legoland Discover Manchester is all Ninjago themed. Along one edge (where the Lego Racers Build and Test used to be), there is now a really big soft play area, with three storeys of soft play. Inside, it includes a crisscross maze and vertical rope climb, a spiral slide of lights, crawl through tunnel, ballpool, sky wheels, bash bags, lightening buzzer bars and a Spinjitzu tornado.
There is also a moving climbing wall, which the older children were really enjoying, and lots of other Ninjago themed activities.
Ben really enjoyed the soft play section, and he did say it was better than the old one! We also really enjoyed the Ninja training activities, although we couldn’t quite get the hang of the activity where you have to push different buttons – one for the older children, perhaps!
Generally, I’d say that Legoland have tried to appeal more to older children. Now, this may just be my perception, as I’ve only been during term-time, but I felt that Legoland Discovery was mostly aimed at younger children. The rides and activities could all be enjoyed by older toddlers, and I did think that older children (perhaps 7+) would have been a bit disappointed by it. Now, there is a wider range of activities for older children.
What else has changed?
The other big change is the cafe area. There are still lots of tables where you can eat picnics or just have a coffee while your children play. However, now, there is a proper cafe, with cafe-style seating which is much more comfortable than the benches! There’s also a Costa inside, and good deals on sandwiches.
The soft play centre in the middle has gone, and has been replaced by the Lego Racers Build and Test. The other things – the rides, the Duplo farm, the 4D cinema – are still there and we were very glad. Kingdom Quest is Ben’s favourite ride ever, and he absolutely loved the 4D Nexo Knights film.
We’ve been before: is it worth another visit?
if you haven’t been for a while, it’s definitely worth another visit to see the Lego Ninjago City Adventure at Legoland Discovery Manchester. Use your Tesco vouchers or the vouchers on the sides of cereal packs, and it’s definitely worth it.
It’s also worth thinking about visiting if you’ve thought that your kids might be too old for Legoland Discovery. You may well find they are captivated once again by the possibilities of Lego.