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What’s new at the theme parks for 2019?

From an upside-down ride by Lord Vampyre to a children’s book coming to life, this is what the theme parks near The Runnymede on Thames have in store during the 2019 season.

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LEGOLAND® Windsor

One of the closest theme parks to The Runnymede on Thames, LEGOLAND® Windsor re-opens for the season on 15th March 2019. The new season at the theme park comes shortly after the release of LEGO® MOVIE 2™. To celebrate this, the first three weekends after the theme park opens in March will play host to special movie days, where visitors will be able to watch LEGO® MOVIE 2™ right there in the UK’s home of LEGO®. LEGOLAND® Windsor will also be launching a brand new ride in the spring: The Haunted House Monster Party. This spooky ride is hosted by the character Lord Vampyre, who enjoys turning the house upside-down… The ride is also home to some other fantastical characters, including Spiderlady, Monster Scientist, Monster Rocker and Gargoyle. 15 minute drive from The Runnymede.

Thorpe Park

Another local neighbour of The Runnymede, Thorpe Park re-opens for the season on 29th March 2019. Regular visitors to Thorpe Park will spot some fun new improvements to the park and its existing rides. However, visitors this year are most excited about being able to re-visit some of the fantastic new rides from the last few years. In particular, The Walking Dead: The Ride is the must-visit attraction on most thrill-seekers’ lists, thanks to the popularity of the TV series. There’s also Derren Brown’s Ghost Train and Angry Birds Land for illusionist and smartphone gaming fans! 10 minute drive from The Runnymede.

Chessington World of Adventures

This favourite theme park among families re-opens on 17th March 2019 and is launching a brand new ride this year called Room on the Broom – A Magical Journey. This rides brings the well-loved children’s book to life on a journey that starts in an enchanted library… Families will find themselves walking through the pages of the book while meeting all the characters. Remember Chessington World of Adventures is also home to a zoo and a Go Ape park – so there’s plenty going on to keep everyone occupied! 25 minute drive from The Runnymede.

The Making of Harry Potter

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London that makes the sets of the Harry Potter films come to life is opening a huge new extension on 6th April 2019. Gringotts Wizarding Bank will be a permanent new addition to The Making of Harry Potter, allowing visitors to walk through Gringotts, the Lestrange vault, a gallery of goblins plus more. This new addition, as well as the rest of the Harry Potter experience, will keep you going for the next few months, but there’s even more to look forward to later in the year. Dark Arts will return from 27th September to 10th November 2019, where the Great Hall will be transformed into a venue for a Hallowe’en spectacular, complete with 100 floating pumpkins and a feast of lollipops and red apples at the long tables. From 16th November 2019, Hogwarts in the Snow also returns – the famously popular Harry Potter Christmas special attraction. All events at The Making of Harry Potter sell out quickly, so book tickets well in advance if you want to secure your spot! 30 minute drive from The Runnymede.

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