Legoland Discovery Center Chicago

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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago
Location The Streets of Woodfield, Schaumburg, Illinois, USA
Theme Family Entertainment Center
Owner Merlin Entertainments
Website https://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/chicago/
Status Operating

Legoland Discovery Center Chicago is an indoor family entertainment center located in The Streets of Woodfield shopping center in Schaumburg, Illinois. The attraction includes Lego-theme rides, a soft play area, a 4D cinema and a gift shop. Legoland Discovery Center Chicago is owned and operated by British leisure group Merlin Entertainments.

History[edit]

Lego bricks were invented by Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Kristiansen in 1958.[1] Employees at the Lego factory in Billund, Denmark started to put Lego models outside. These models were instantly very popular with visitors to the factory so it was decided to turn them into a tourist attraction - this became the first ever LEGOLAND.[2] The first Legoland Discovery Center was opened in Berlin in 2007, and since then a total of 12 LEGOLAND® Discovery Centers have been opened. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago opened in 2008 and was the first LEGOLAND Discovery Center in North America.[3] LEGOLAND Discovery Centers are small indoor attractions, whereas the LEGOLAND parks are large outdoor theme parks with roller coasters.

Rides & Attractions[edit]

  • A lego replica of the local area in MINILAND®
  • A Jungle Expedition featuring life sized LEGO models of animals and a quiz trail
  • Kingdom Quest Laser Ride where visitors must zap the ogres, rats and cats and keep an eye out for treasure chests
  • LEGO® 4D Cinema showing 4D films featuring popular LEGO characters throughout the day
  • LEGO® Master Builder Academy offering classes with LEGOLAND® Discovery Center's Master Model Builders
  • An area where visitors can build and test LEGO cars
  • Merlin’s Apprentice Ride where visitors can pedal to lift off the ground and look over the rest of Legoland Discovery Center Chicago
  • DUPLO® Village featuring a play slide, large animal models, and DUPLO bricks to build with
  • Café serving food, drinks and snacks
  • The LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Shop with over 900 products
  • Birthday Rooms for exclusive use as part of LEGOLAND® Discovery Center's Party Package
  • A new Pirate Adventure Island feature opened in June 2015. This replaced the old jungle gym. In the Pirate area, kids can build LEGO boats and race them on a water table.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The LEGO History". LEGO. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Brick By Brick - The History of LEGOLAND". Entertainment Designer. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Legoland Discovery Center to open in Chicago suburb". USA Today. Retrieved 29 June 2015.

Coordinates: 42°02′23″N 88°02′02″W / 42.039746°N 88.034010°W / 42.039746; -88.034010