Legoland

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about the theme park. For the PC game, see Legoland (video game). For the Lego theme previously called Legoland, see Lego City.
The entrance of Legoland Deutschland

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:

Attractions[edit]

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[edit]

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

An important aspect of Legoland is education, epistemology, 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[edit]

Asia[edit]

Legoland Malaysia Resort[edit]

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® Water Park was built up by 11 March 2016.

Europe[edit]

Legoland Billund Resort[edit]

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[3] and has 1.6 million visitors annually, making it the largest tourist attraction in Denmark outside Copenhagen.

Legoland Deutschland Resort[edit]

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[edit]

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, Heartlake City, 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.

Legoland Sierksdorf[edit]

There was an earlier Legoland Park in Germany, from 1973 to 1976.[4] 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.[5][6]

Middle East[edit]

Legoland Dubai Resort[edit]

Legoland Dubai is scheduled to open in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2016.[7] It was originally scheduled to open in 2011 in Dubailand as "Legoland Dubailand",[8] but has since been delayed until October 2016 and is now located at Dubai Parks and Resorts and Water Park as "Legoland Dubai".[9] It will have 6 areas: Factory, Lego City, Imagination, Kingdoms, Adventure, and the first indoor Miniland.

North America[edit]

Legoland California Resort[edit]

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, 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 (the other one is Legoland Florida, and Dubai) to feature a water park. On May 24th, 2014, an add-on was built for the water park, themed after Legends of Chima.

Legoland Florida[edit]

Main article: Legoland Florida

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.[10] 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[edit]

Currently five further Legoland parks are being developed or are planned.

Asia[edit]

Legoland India[edit]

In November 2015, Merlin Entertainments announced that over the next ten years it will be investing £50 million in India. Some of this will be used to open Legoland Discovery Centres.[11]

Legoland Korea[edit]

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.[12] It will be the world's first Legoland located on an island.[13] Construction officially began on 28 November 2014 and it is scheduled to open in 2017.[12] 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 KTX train.

Legoland Japan[edit]

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.[14] Construction officially began on April 15, 2015.[15] The park is expected to cost around $US315 million to construct for the first stage.[16] According to the contract, the second stage of the Legoland will be completed in 2021.

Legoland Shanghai[edit]

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.[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.

North America[edit]

Goshen, New York[edit]

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,[18] If approved, the project would break ground in spring 2017 and is expected to be completed two years later.

Financial and visitor information[edit]

The Californian,[19] Danish, and German[20] parks all receive approximately 1.4 million visitors per year.

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.[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Legoland confirms plans to develop theme park in Orange County". Mid-Hudson News. Statewide News Network, Inc. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ Bayne, Richard J. "Further study required for proposed Legoland". Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  3. ^ "Billund travel guide". World 66. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  4. ^ Der Spiegel, DE .
  5. ^ "Hansa Park". Roller Coaster DataBase. 
  6. ^ "Meilensteine in der Geschichte des Hansa-Parks". Hansa-Park (in German). DE. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  7. ^ "LEGOLAND® Dubai Unveils Exciting Plans" (PDF). 2015-10-15. Retrieved 2015-06-14. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ McGinley, Shane (26 April 2010). "Legoland Dubai 'will go ahead' despite delays - developer". Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  10. ^ "World's Largest Legoland Park 'Legoland Florida' Will Open Saturday, October 15, 2011". Net news. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  11. ^ PTI. "Madame Tussauds' wax museum to open in Delhi". The Hindu. 
  12. ^ a b News, Donga, Nov 27, 2014 .
  13. ^ Weir, Keith (Nov 28, 2014). "Merlin to open first Legoland theme park in South Korea". Reuters. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Merlin Entertainments to open Legoland Japan", Blooloop .
  15. ^ The Asahi Shimbun. "The Asahi Shimbun Weekly". Getty Images. 
  16. ^ "New Park to Be Built". Legoland Japan. Scream scape. 2014-07-08. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  17. ^ "Merlin to open Legoland in Shanghai as part of China growth plans". Legoland Shanghai. Reuters. 2015-10-21. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  18. ^ "Legoland confirms plans to develop theme park in Orange County". Mid-Hudson News. Statewide News Network, Inc. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  19. ^ Jacoby, Edmond (January 28, 2005). "Legoland California says visitors, revenues up sharply in 2004". The North County Times. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. 
  20. ^ "Deutschland", Legoland (press release), Lego, 2005 [dead link]
  21. ^ Kinsman, Michael (July 14, 2005). "Control of Legoland parks sold". San Diego Union-Tribune. Sign on San Diego. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 

External links[edit]