Legoland Discovery Centre
Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester
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Legoland Discovery Centre is an indoor family attraction chain operated by Merlin Entertainments, a subsidiary of the Blackstone Group. Featuring models and attractions inspired by the Lego building toys, the Discovery Centres are smaller versions of the Legoland theme parks located around the world.
A typical Legoland Discovery Centre occupies approximately 30,000–35,000 square feet (2,790–3,250 m2) of floor area. Like the larger Legoland parks, Discovery Centres include "Miniland" attractions, which feature models of local landmarks rendered in Lego bricks. Visitors can also learn how the Lego bricks are manufactured or take part in classes taught by model builders. Locations may also include localized attractions and 4-D movie theatres. All attractions are included in the admission cost to the Centre.
A number of children's attractions, such as small roller coasters and play fortresses, are also available. The Centres can host birthday parties as well as scholastic and group functions and also include restaurants and gift shops selling Lego merchandise.
It should be noted that these centers are not connected with the Lego company, the stores at these centers are not official Lego stores and do not accept Lego cash nor do they accept the Lego ViP card for points on purchases.
The target audience for the Legoland Discovery Centre is families with young children, normally ages 3 through 12; though a typical location's average guest is about seven years of age. Discovery Centres are located near other family-friendly attractions and dining establishments. In a given year, a single facility can host approximately 400,000 to 600,000 visitors.
- Legoland Discovery Centre Berlin at Potsdamer Straße, Berlin, Germany
- Legoland Discovery Centre Oberhausen, Germany (opened March 14, 2013)
- Legoland Discovery Center Chicago at Schaumburg, Illinois, United States
- Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta, Georgia, United States
- Legoland Discovery Center Kansas City at Kansas City, Missouri, United States
- Legoland Discovery Center Dallas Fort Worth at Grapevine Mills, Grapevine, Texas, United States
- Legoland Discovery Centre Westchester at Yonkers, New York, United States (opened March 27, 2013)
- Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester at Trafford Centre, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom (opened 2010)
- Legoland Discovery Center Tokyo (レゴランド·ディスカバリー·センター Regorando· disukabarī· sentā ) at Minato, Tokyo, Japan (opened June 2012)
- Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto at Vaughan Mills, Vaughan, Canada (opened 2013)
Former Legoland Discovery Centres:
- Legoland Discovery Centre Duisburg at Duisburg, Germany
Merlin Entertaintment recently announced plans for a new Legoland Discovery Center in Somerville, Massachusetts. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2013. It is going to open in spring 2014 with the new Assembly Row complex.
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