A small, hand held device that looks somewhat like a tamagotchi, but this ain't no virtual pet, this is a virtual place in
a queue. Oh yes, at the start of 2008 LEGOLAND Windsor propelled itself in to the future! So, what exactly is
When a guest without
Be clear on one thing: the regular
How does it work?
Go to a
Q-BotNerve Centre (there are two: one by the Big Shop at the Beginning, and one between City Walk and Burger Ranch in LEGO City), and hire a Q-Bot. Each Q-Botcan accommodate up to six people, but one group can be split across multiple Q-Bots (if, for example, your group wishes to split up during the day).
As well as coughing up the hire fee, you'll need to sign an agreement saying that should you fail to return the
Q-Botby the end of the day in good condition, you agree to be charged £50 for the replacement. An imprint will be taken of your debit/credit card for this purpose, though you can take this away with you when you return the Q-Bot, or ask to have it shredded.
The park has 600
Q-Bots for hire, so it seems unlikelythat they'll run out on all but the busiest of days. However, it is possible to reserve a Q-Botin advance of your visit - see the official website.
When no ride is reserved (this is the state in which you will receive your
Q-Bot), your Q-Botshows you a list of available rides, and the time that you are next able to reserve for each of them. For a regular Q-Bot, on a quiet day, this will by default be 10 minutes from the current time, but for rides like Viking River Splash and Boating School this will generally increase during the day.
Select your ride by using the up and down buttons, and then hit 'Reserve' by pressing the circle 'action' button. At this point, all the other rides will disappear, leaving your reserved ride and time of reservation. You may only reserve one ride at a time, though you can reserve multiple shows at the same time.
Take a walk around the park, have a snack, or ride something else if the queue isn't too long - you're free to do anything!
When your allotted time comes, your
Q-Botwill beep and vibrate to let you know this. At that time, or indeed at any point from that time onwards, head to your ride.
Look for the '
Q-BotEntrance'. In many cases, such as the Orient Expedition, this is the exit of the ride, but on a few (including Laser Raiders, Vikings' River Splash and the Dragon), there is a separate queuing lane. Head to the loading station, and show the attendant your Q-Bot. They will validate your reservation with their blue Q-Bot.
Success! Ride your ride, and enjoy the fact that you didn't have to physically queue!
Q-Bothas been validated by a blue Q-Bot, you are free to make another reservation. Alternatively, if you have a pending reservation but change your mind, you are free to cancel it and choose again. Beware: if you cancel and then re-reserve the same ride, you will be placed at the back of the queue!
Boating School, Atlantis Submarine Voyage and the 4D films in the Imagination Theatre work slightly differently: these work on a specific bookable timeslot system. Next to the main
Q-BotNerve Centre at the Beginning, and inside the Q-Botnerve centre in LEGO City, you will find a computer terminal known as the 'show terminal'. Placing your Q-Botwhere indicated will allow you to view the available times for the films/rides, and following the instructions will allow you to reserve a particular slot.
Unlike all other rides, where you can only reserve one place at a time, you may reserve one timeslot for each film, or ride on Boating School / Atlantis Submarine Voyage, at the same time as holding a single queue reservation for any other attraction. (Be aware that bookings for Boating School and Atlantis Submarine Voyage have an additional charge, or alternatively are included for free in the ULTIMATE
If, for whatever reason (usually technical faults), a ride becomes available, your
Q-Botwill let you know, and if necessary cancel your reservation. At this point you are free to reserve something else.
It's really not difficult, and after your first reservation you'll fly through it, and reap the rewards!
What can it be used on?
* - The Imagination Theatre 4D Films work slightly differently to the other attractions. See point 8 above.
** - Boating School and Atlantis Submarine Voyage are 'add-on' attractions. See point 8 above for how to reserve them, and 'How much does it cost?' below for pricing.
There are three
Four add-ons are available for the various
- Instant Access
- Instant access to your first ride, before 11am, and excluding Boating School and Atlantis Submarine Voyage. This
add-on costs £1pp, is already included in the price of a
Q-BotExpress, and is not needed for ULTIMATE Q-Botusers.
- Boating School
Q-Botfor Boating School works differently (see point 8 above), and incurs an extra charge of £3pp. It is included in the price of an ULTIMATE Q-Bot.
- Atlantis Submarine Voyage
Q-Botfor Atlantis Submarine Voyage works differently (see point 8 above), and incurs an extra charge of £3pp. It is included in the price of an ULTIMATE Q-Bot.
Q-Botaccess is available to Q-BotExpress and ULTIMATE Q-Botcustomers, for £20pp and £10pp respectively, during the park’s end of season firework events only. It grants guests access to the VIP firework viewing area located behind the Build and Test Workshops in the Imagination Centre, and includes guarenteed seating and a free muffin and hot chocolate. Check out our review of Premiere Q-Botaccess.
Peak and off-peak timings
The cost of
The verdict: Is it worth it?
Answer: definitely, especially on crowded days. For a reasonable sum, you have a system which allows you to organise your time, avoid spending it all in queues, and be able to do what you want, where you want.
Unlike a regular