Legoland Billund, opened on June 7, 1968 in Billund, Denmark, a small town with a population of 6000, next to the original Lego factory. Everything in Billund is about Lego. The City. The Airport.
In fact, this is the first park of the Legoland franchise. The factory and the park are the only reason why such a small town is served by an international airport. The numbers speak for themselves: The Theme park with more than 50 million guests over the years (2,050,000 visitors in 2015).. But to fully understand the scope and the magic of this place you need to visit. Preferably for more than one day.
We went on a glorious Spring day in June 2014 on weak day to avoid crowds. But one hour before opening the main entrance was packed with families. The park have many areas and rides focused more on young kids (5-12 yrs) so if you have kids older than 12 years, there are very few rides for them. As usual in Scandinavia and northern Europe everything was very well organized so even though the park has crowned there were no lines on the main attractions.
Legoland is organized around themes- Piratland, Miniland, Legoredo Town, Imaginationzone, Adventure Land, Knight’s Kingdom, Duploland and Lego City. Miniland area is impressive with very detailed replicas of famous European places and cities. More than 25 million Lego bricks feature landscapes, sights and buildings from all over Denmark as well as famous landmarks from other parts of the world, including several cities from Sweden, Bergen in Norway, Scotland, Germany, the Netherlands, Kennedy Space Center, Mount Rushmore, Abu Simbel in Egypt, Statue of Liberty and Acropolis in Athens (see photo). Amazing stuff!.
Also, in typical Lego fashion you have plenty of water rides, interactive attractions (Fire Academy, Traffic School), and 3 mini coasters (including Polar X-plorer, a steel roller coaster with a freefall drop track section). Ice Pilots School is also a thrill ride located in Lego City is one of the unique rides in the park. Before the ride starts, the passengers program the ride for speed, motion, and intensity. That empowering attribute let this ride soar above all the others in its standing.
In 2013 the park open a new 4D Cinema sensation dedicated to the Legend of Chima franchise, but our first stop was for the new for 2014 The Haunted House, a family dark ride crawling with vampires, ghosts, monsters and all sorts of creepy-crawlies. I personally liked Atlantis by Sealife and the Starwars a lot. But nothing beats in perfection the North American Lego built landmarks in the park , including the impressive recreation of Mount Rushmore with Lego sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln (see photo).
Legoland Billund also has a Hotel and camping site, alongside with Europe’s largest Lego store. Unfortunately the park it’s a bit pricey ($52/45€ for adults) and the Hotel prices are prohibitive (from 150€ to 200€ a night) and the prices inside the park, are also a bit high, like everything else in Denmark. We stayed on a bed and breakfast joint in a nearby town but had to book in advance because there aren’t many places to stay in Denmark countryside. The food is typically overpriced for a big park, but of good quality. The staff is uniformly friendly. The park gets very crowded at weekends during the summer so expect long queues. Also, don’t forget to take clothes for change – there are couple of water attractions that can wet you although if you do forget there are large cloth dryers which you can enter.
Lego is always fun – no mater age or gender. In Billund you’ll find great attractions, great themed “lands” and great fun for both kids and adults. Not the cheapest of places, but good fun day out for the family!
By Ana Alegria and Carlos Canaes. Updated 05/05/2015
Tickets Adults DKK 309.00 13-64 Children DKK 289.00 3-12
Park is open from April to NovemberTop Rides
Miniland, Fire Academy, Traffic School, Power Builder, Legends of Chima
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