09:00AM, Friday 21 October 2016
More indoor rides and accommodation could be introduced at Legoland to create a more even spread of visitors throughout the season.
The theme park in Windsor’s Winkfield Road held a two-day public exhibition at its hotel last week.
It outlined ideas for the next 10 years, including self-catering chalets and more indoor rides.
The resort has already been granted planning permission for a new indoor ride, Ninjago, and a 61-room hotel, which are both due to open next year.
The new self-catering chalets would be built on farmland at the back of the overflow car park and would be an alternative to accommodation on the site.
The land, bought by Legoland last year, also includes farm buildings, which the park is hoping to use for storage.
Ingrid Fernandes, Legoland’s strategic development director, said the park will be focusing on ways to ensure more people visit the park outside of peak times of the year and making it a ‘year round’ attraction.
The park currently opens from mid-March to the end of October each year.
Ingrid said she hopes more indoor attractions would encourage families to visit during the quieter months in the autumn and spring.
A wider range of accommodation would mean more people would make the resort a short- break destination, which would ease the pressure on traffic at opening and closing times, she added.
Visitors to the public exhibition were able to fill out feedback forms on the plans.
Ingrid added: “The key thing for us is we have gone out and we wanted to engage the council and the local residents.
“It is really important for us to collaborate with them.”
Cllr Philip Bicknell (Con, Park) said he was ’delighted’ the exhibition was held in response to requests from the Royal Borough to see the park’s long-term plans.
He said: “As both a local resident and ward councillor I look forward to seeing how Legoland shapes its plans in response to this consultation, for the benefit of Windsor and its community.”
There was no mention of the controversial Haunted House ride at the exhibition.
A public inquiry was launched last year after planning permission for the ride was refused by the council.
The inquiry ruled in Legoland’s favour, at a cost of more than £95,000 to the Royal Borough.
The council will have to pay Legoland’s costs for the inquiry but Ingrid said the final amount due is still being established.
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