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Legoland (trademark in uppercase as LEGOLAND) is a chain of Lego-themed children's/family theme parks. They are not fully owned by Lego Group itself; rather they are owned and operated by the British theme park company Merlin Entertainments.
The chain currently consists of:
- Legoland Billund Resort (Billund, Denmark; opened in 1968)
- Legoland Windsor Resort (Windsor, United Kingdom; opened in 1996)
- Legoland California Resort (Carlsbad, San Diego County, California, USA; opened in 1999)
- Legoland Deutschland Resort (Günzburg, Germany; opened in 2002)
- Legoland Florida (Winter Haven, Florida, USA; opened in 2011)
- Legoland Malaysia Resort (Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia; opened in 2012)
- Legoland Dubai Resort (Opening in 2016)
- Legoland Korea (Opening 2017)
- Legoland Japan (Opening 2017)
- Legoland Shanghai (TBA)
- 1 Attractions
- 2 Parks
- 3 Future Legoland parks
- 4 Financial and visitor information
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The parks are marketed to families with younger children (11 and under), and although they have a number of roller coasters, they are not as numerous or as extreme as those in other parks, and there is a greater emphasis on rides suitable for younger children.
The parks are split into various areas, which are common between the 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.
An important aspect of Legoland is education, epistemology, and learning.
- 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 (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, and Knight's 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. The exact set of rides varies between parks, although as with the Disney parks there is some overlap.
Legoland Malaysia Resort
Legoland Malaysia was opened in Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia on 15 September 2012, and 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 Billund Resort
Legoland in Billund, Denmark, is the oldest Legoland build 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 opened in 1968 and has 1.6 million visitors annually, making it the largest tourist attraction in Denmark outside Copenhagen.
Legoland Deutschland Resort
Legoland Deutschland is located in Günzburg, Germany, and opened in 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
Legoland Windsor was built on the site of the previous Windsor Safari Park in Windsor, Berkshire, and opened in 1996. As of 2010, there are twelve areas in the park, including: The Beginning, Imagination Centre, Miniland, Duplo Land, Traffic, LEGO City, Land of the Vikings, Kingdom of the Pharaohs, Pirates Shores, Knights Kingdom, and Adventure Land. It is the largest Legoland park in the world in terms of area – its area is approximately 5 times greater than that of Legoland Billund.
There was an earlier Legoland Park in Germany, from 1973 to 1976. 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.
Legoland California Resort
Legoland California is in Carlsbad, California, in northern San Diego County. The park opened on March 20, 1999, and is split into nine sections, which are: The Beginning, Dino Island, Explore Village, Fun Town, Castle Hill, Miniland USA, Imagination Zone, Pirate Shores, and Land of Adventures. A Sea Life aquarium is adjacent to Legoland California. In 2010, a water park opened on its grounds, as one of the only two Legoland parks (the other one is Legoland Florida) to feature a water park.
Legoland Florida opened on October 15, 2011 as 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. The park was built on the former site of Cypress Gardens, a historically famous Florida theme park. This park is divided into 10 areas: The Beginning, Fun Town, Duplo Land, Miniland USA, Kingdoms, Pirates Cove, Imagination Zone, Technic, Land of Adventure, Lego City, 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.
Future Legoland parks
Currently three further Legoland parks are being developed.
Legoland Dubai is scheduled to open in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2016. It was originally scheduled to open in 2011 in Dubailand as "Legoland Dubailand", but has since been delayed until October 2016 and is now located at Dubai Parks and Resorts as "Legoland Dubai".
In November 2015, Merlin Entertainments announced that it would invest £50 million in India over the next 10 years, some of which will be used to open Legoland Discovery Centres across Indian cities.
Legoland Korea will be the world's largest Legoland at nearly 1.3 million square meters including a Lego hotel, condos, water park, spa and outlets. It will be the world's first Legoland located on an island. Construction officially began in 28 November 2014 and it is scheduled to open in 2017. 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.
On the 30th of June in 2014, Merlin and Nagoya city officially announced that they signed the contract that Legoland Japan would be to open in a Nagoya harbour, Japan in February 2017. Construction officially began on April 15, 2015. The park is expected to cost around $US315 million to construct for the first stage. According to the contract, the second stage of the Legoland will be completed in 2021.
On the 21st of October in 2015, Merlin and China Media Capital announced a $300 million joint venture investment to build a Legoland amusement park in Shanghai, China. 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.
Financial and visitor information
In June 2005, a 70 percent stake in the Legoland theme parks was sold to Blackstone Group of New York, an investment and advisory firm, under its Merlin Entertainments brand. Lego Group retains a 30 percent stake.
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