Legoland

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The entrance of Legoland Deutschland

Legoland (trademark in uppercase as LEGOLAND) is a chain of family theme parks. They are not fully owned by the Lego Group itself; rather they are owned and operated by the British theme park company Merlin Entertainments.

The Legoland Billund Resort opened in Billund, Denmark in 1968, followed by the Legoland Windsor Resort in Windsor, England in 1996. Further parks opened in California, Germany, Florida, Malaysia, Dubai and Japan. Parks in South Korea and Shanghai are currently under construction, with a future Legoland planned in Orange County, New York.[1] Legoland in Windsor, England is now among the most visited attractions in the UK, according to The Guardian.

Attractions

The parks are marketed to families with younger children (11 and under), and although the attractions include a number of roller coasters, the roller coasters are not as numerous or as extreme as those in other parks, and there is a greater emphasis on rides suitable for younger children. Legoland parks are split into various areas, which are consistent among the chain's parks. For example, all six of the parks include a Lego miniland, a model village which includes models of landmarks and scenes from around the world, made from millions of genuine Lego bricks.

Educational elements

Educational elements of Legoland include the "hydraulophone", a water-operated pipe organ

An important aspect of Legoland is education and learning.

Examples include:

  • Water flow channels in which participants can construct dams from Lego blocks to understand laminar and turbulent fluid flows
  • Interactive musical instruments, such as musical fountains, and the Aquatune hydraulophone, which is an underwater pipe organ in the shape of a giant Lego block
  • A Lego Mindstorms centre for fun-based learning
  • Duplo Gardens (for smaller children)
  • Driving area (including attractions such as Driving school, Boating school, Ballooning school, Flying school, and Fire Academy)
  • My Town
  • Wild Woods
  • Knights' Kingdom

The parks' rides are all Lego themed; many are made to appear as if they are built out of Lego bricks. They tend to be based on one particular line of Lego: for example, a popular ride at all six parks is the Dragon Coaster, which is loosely based on the Knights' Kingdom Lego sets. Another popular ride is the Driving school, in which children can drive small electric cars made to look like Lego cars around a small road network, after which they gain a mock driving license.

Despite the commonality of the above-mentioned attractions, the exact set of rides varies between parks, although as with the Disney parks there is some overlap.

Parks

Site Location Opened Details
Europe
Legoland Billund Resort Billund, Denmark 1968[2] The oldest Legoland and was built near the original Lego factory. It is divided into ten different worlds: Duplo Land, Imagination Zone, LEGOREDO Town, Adventure Land, Miniland, Pirate Land, Lego City, Knights Kingdom, Viking Land, and Polar Land. The park has 1.6 million visitors annually, making it the largest tourist attraction in Denmark outside Copenhagen.
Legoland Deutschland Resort Günzburg, Germany 2002 As of 2009, there are seven areas in the park, including: Imagination Center, Miniland, LEGO X-treme, LEGO City, Knights Kingdom, Adventure Land, and Land of the Pirates.
Legoland Windsor Resort Windsor, Berkshire 1996 Built on the site of the previous Windsor Safari Park. As of 2015, there are twelve areas in the park, including: The Beginning, Imagination Centre, Miniland, Duplo Land, Heartlake City, LEGO City, Land of the Vikings, Kingdom of the Pharaohs, Pirates Shores, Knights Kingdom, Star Wars and Adventure Land. It is the largest Legoland park in the world in terms of area – its area is approximately five times greater than that of Legoland Billund.
Middle East
Legoland Dubai Resort Dubai, United Arab Emirates October 31, 2016[3] It was originally scheduled to open in 2011 in Dubailand as "Legoland Dubailand",[4] but was then delayed until October 2016 and is now located at Dubai Parks and Resorts and Water Park as "Legoland Dubai".[5] It has 6 areas: Factory, Lego City, Imagination, Kingdoms, Adventure, and the first indoor Miniland.
North America
Legoland California Carlsbad, California March 20, 1999 The park is split into nine sections, which are: The Beginning, Explorer Island, Heartlake City, Fun Town, Castle Hill, Miniland USA, Imagination Zone, Pirate Shores, and Land of Adventure. A Sea Life aquarium is adjacent to Legoland California. In 2010, a water park opened on its grounds, as one of the only three of Legoland parks (Followed by Legoland Florida [Formerly known as Splash Island], Malaysia, and Dubai being the newest) to feature a water park. On May 24, 2014, an add-on was built for the water park, themed after Legends of Chima.
Legoland Florida Winter Haven, Florida October 15, 2011 The second Legoland park in the United States, and the world's second largest Legoland park after Legoland Windsor which is 5 times bigger than the one in Billund.[6] The park was built on the former site of Cypress Gardens, a historically famous Florida theme park. This park is divided into 13 areas: The Beginning, Fun Town, Duplo Land, Miniland USA, Kingdoms, Pirates Cove, Imagination Zone, Technic, Land of Adventure, Lego City, Chima, LEGO Friends, Ninjago, and a restored replica of Cypress Gardens. Legoland Florida opened a water park replacing the former Cypress Gardens "Splash Island" water park on May 26, 2012.
Asia
Legoland Japan Nagoya, Japan April 1, 2017[7] On 30 June 2014, Merlin and Nagoya city officially announced that they had signed a contract to construct Legoland Japan, to open in Nagoya harbour, Japan, in February 2017.[8] Construction officially began on April 15, 2015.[9] The park is expected to cost around US$15 million to construct for the first stage.[10] According to the contract, the second stage of the Legoland will be completed in 2021.
Legoland Malaysia Resort Iskandar Puteri, Johor, Malaysia 15 September 2012 It is the first Legoland in Asia. Initially, there are seven themed areas of attractions for all ages which are; Miniland, The Beginning, Land of Adventure, Imagination, LEGO Kingdom, LEGO Technic, and LEGO City. The centerpiece of the park is Miniland, where almost all Asian landmarks were built using LEGO bricks. LEGOLAND® Water Park was built up by 11 March 2016.

Future parks

Site Proposed location Planned opening date Details
North America
Legoland New York Goshen, New York 2019 In May 2016 Merlin Entertainment PLC reported that it had purchased 300 acres (120 ha) in Goshen, New York, "just south of the former Arden Hill Hospital" to develop a Legoland theme park,[11] If approved, the project would break ground in spring 2017 and is expected to be completed two years later. In October 2017 the Goshen town board approved the site plan for the proposed park.[12]
Asia
Legoland Korea Gangwon Province, South Korea Spring 2019 Legoland Korea is currently under construction in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province slated for opening in Spring 2019[13] and will be the world's largest Legoland at nearly 1.3 million square meters including a Lego hotel, condos, water park, spa and outlets.[14] It will be the world's first Legoland located on an island.[15] Construction of the bridge connecting the Legoland island to Chuncheon Station officially began on 28 November 2014 and construction of the theme park will be finished by January 2019.[14][16] Located next to Seoul Metropolitan Subway's Chuncheon Station, the site is a 1-hour trip from Seoul via the 180 km/h, double-deck ITX train.
Legoland Shanghai Qingpu District, Shanghai 2022 On 21 October 2015, Merlin and China Media Capital announced a $300 million joint venture investment to build a Legoland amusement park in Shanghai, China.[17] Merlin Chief Executive Nick Varney said that Legoland Shanghai would be a similarly sized investment to the $300 million parks it is building in Japan, Korea and Dubai. It is expected to open in the Dianshan Lake area in Qingpu District by 2022.[18]

Former parks

Europe

Legoland Sierksdorf

There was an earlier Legoland Park in Germany, from 1973 to 1976.[19] It was located in the city of Sierksdorf in northern Germany. In 1976 the park was sold; the former Legoland Sierksdorf is now Hansa Park.[20][21]

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Billund travel guide". World 66. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  3. ^ "LEGOLAND® Dubai Unveils Exciting Plans" (PDF). 2015-10-15. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-06-14. Retrieved 2015-06-14. 
  4. ^ "New Legoland Park to open in Dubai in 2011". Lego.com. 2008-05-07. Archived from the original on March 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  5. ^ McGinley, Shane (26 April 2010). "Legoland Dubai 'will go ahead' despite delays - developer". Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  6. ^ "World's Largest Legoland Park 'Legoland Florida' Will Open Saturday, October 15, 2011". Net news. 23 May 2011. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Yoshimoto, Minako. "Long line marks opening of Legoland Japan in Nagoya". Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Merlin Entertainments to open Legoland Japan", Blooloop .
  9. ^ The Asahi Shimbun. "The Asahi Shimbun Weekly". Getty Images. 
  10. ^ "New Park to Be Built". Legoland Japan. Scream scape. 2014-07-08. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  11. ^ "Legoland confirms plans to develop theme park in Orange County". Mid-Hudson News. Statewide News Network, Inc. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Town approves plans for Legoland New York". Advance Media New York. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
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  14. ^ a b News, Donga, Nov 27, 2014 .
  15. ^ Weir, Keith (Nov 28, 2014). "Merlin to open first Legoland theme park in South Korea". Reuters. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
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  17. ^ "Merlin to open Legoland in Shanghai as part of China growth plans". Legoland Shanghai. Reuters. 2015-10-21. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
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  20. ^ "Hansa Park". Roller Coaster DataBase. 
  21. ^ "Meilensteine in der Geschichte des Hansa-Parks". Hansa-Park (in German). DE. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 

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