In August 2022, LEGOLAND Windsor Resort submitted an application for a Lawful Development Certificate for the installation of a new duelling family shuttle coaster, located to the west of Duplo Valley and to the east of the Mansion House, on the site of the former Raft Racers attraction. The plans showed two separate shuttle coaster tracks, with layouts broadly mirroring one another, along with additional elements including a loading platform, operators cabin, queue line and perimeter fencing.
LEGOLAND Windsor Resort kindly invited us on to the Minifigure Speedway construction site to cover the first section of track being installed on the coaster’s layout. Following the many support columns that had been erected over the last few weeks, it was the red side of the ride that was chosen to receive track first, with a section of one of the lower helixes installed. The construction team quickly started to bolt the track section in place as we were leaving the site, and will be busy over the winter season installing the rest of the layout of the two coasters. We’re grateful to the resort for letting us witness this major milestone in the construction project!
Red and blue Zierer track had recently been delivered to the car park staging area, accompanied by various supports for the shuttle coasters. On the construction site, the large ride station structure has now gone vertical. The elevated operator’s booth can be seen at the front of the building, which will provide a clear view of both tracks during the loading process down below. Further down the site, many of the track supports are now in position on their respective footers, and it’s already clear the coasters will have a commanding and impressive presence on the hillside. St. Leonard’s Mansion, or otherwise known as the main office building for the resort, is having its exterior render repainted as part of the project.
Following the granting of the Lawful Development Certificate for the duelling coaster itself in November 2022, LEGOLAND submitted a planning application for the installation of six canopies to cover the ride’s station area and parts of the queue line. The canopies were said to all comprise steel columns with olive/black coloured corrugated sheeting roof with aluminium guttering. Three small canopies were proposed for sections of the queue line, with the interior walls due to be graphic wrapped. Another canopy was proposed above the batching area, where guests would be directed to one of the two coasters, referred to as the ‘Red Ride’ and ‘Blue Ride’. A fifth canopy was proposed for the holding area located beneath the lift hills for the coasters. Finally, a canopy was proposed to cover the full station platform. Details of the proposed photo booth, positioned along the exit route from the ride, were also shown on the plans, although it was noted that this would be built under Permitted Development Rights.
Since our last update, the construction site has been cleared even further, with the removal of many trees and shrubs, along with the bridge section of queue line that would cross over the former Raft Racers attraction. The section of queue line before this point is being retained and adapted to become the ride exit for the new coasters.
In late August 2022, the Resort submitted an application for a Lawful Development Certificate for the installation of a new duelling family shuttle coaster. Located to the west of Duplo Valley and to the east of the Mansion House, on the site of the former Raft Racers attraction, the plans showed two separate shuttle coaster tracks, with layouts that broadly mirror one another. Alongside the rollercoasters, the application also encompassed additional elements including a loading platform, operators cabin, queue line and perimeter fencing. The maximum height of the proposed ride will be approximately 10.8m above ground level, although the actual overall elevation change between the highest and lowest points of the track will be greater than this, looking closer to around 18m. With the drawing numbers of the plans submitted as part of the application starting with ‘LL24’, it appeared that a 2024 opening was being targeted.