[no_toc] By: Katja
Is Legoland Billund fun? Yes, it really, really is. Traditionally, I am not a fan of theme or amusement parks but that annoyingly catchy Lego Movie song has a point and everything really is awesome when it comes to Legoland.
A Summer in Denmark
We hadn’t planned to visit Denmark this summer but after a frantic few months of packing up our home in Mexico and moving to England, we felt that we could do with a week away. Cue a fantastic deal from British Airways where kids fly free with paying adults (quick, the deal is on until the end of October!) and suddenly we were heading to Billund.
Legoland Billund first opened its doors on June 7, 1968. It was built next to the original Lego factory by Godfred Christiansen, the son of the the Lego founder Ole Kirk Christiansen, as a way to promote his toy business. It became an instant success and quickly grew from its original 14-acre plot to cover 45-acres. Today, it’s the most visited place in Denmark after Copenhagen and a further five Legolands have been built around the world, all modelled on this original one.
The park is divided into nine areas; Duplo Land, Imagination Zone, Knight’s Kingdom, Legoredo Town, Miniland, Adventure land, Polar Land, Pirate Land and, the newest kid on the block, Ninjago World.
At the heart of the park is Miniland, where skilled master builders have created Lego versions of famous buildings and cities around the world using more than 20 million Lego bricks. This year, the park is celebrating five of the tallest buildings in the world by replicating them in miniature. On show are Lego versions of the Burj Khalifa, the Shanghai Tower, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel, the One World Trade Centre and Taipei 101. They certainly put my Lego-building skills to shame!
From Miniland, the park spreads out and you simply follow the paths from one magical Lego world to another. We headed straight to Polar Land when we arrived. Located at the far end of the park, we thought we would beat the queues that would form later for Polar Express, arguably the best roller coaster in Legoland Billund.
From here we walked, or rather ran, through Adventure Land, on to Knights Kingdom and then to Pirate Land. No sooner had we finished one ride then it was on to the next. And everything was, according to the kids, just “SO EXCITING!”
What I really liked about Legoland Billund was that there was a lot for kids of all ages. Our children were aged 9- (nearly 10), 7- and 2.5-years-old when we visited. Often when we go places, the age gap between the oldest two and the youngest means that there’s not always something for everyone to enjoy. At Legoland, however, almost every area of the park has something for kids of all ages. What’s more, there were rides that we could all enjoy together such as the ridiculously fun – and wet! – Splash Battle where you try and spray your fellow pirates with water from the deck of your ship.
The newest area to open in the park is Ninjago Land and, not surprisingly, queues for the Ninjago Ride can be very long. But, a bit like Disney, you never feel like you are waiting as there are constantly things to see and do as the line moves forward. Plus, the queues are worth the wait because this ride is fantastic. Your ninja skills are put to the test in a 4D ride that sees you battle through ice, wind and fire with your Ninjago pals before attempting to defeat the giant serpent at the end. Expect a lot of enthusiastic hand flailing as you try to become a master of Spinjitzu.
And then of course, there’s Duplo Land which is heaven for little kids and my toddler loved it!
Our last stop of the day was Atlantis where we joined our Lego explorer friends as they headed deep into the ocean to find the lost city of Atlantis.
What I really enjoyed about Legoland is just how clever it all is. And by clever I don’t just mean the skill that’s required for building all these amazing buildings and cities, and places and faces out of Lego, but the humour that you’ll find throughout the park. Such as the scuba diver standing with an umbrella in Atlantis or the pirate whose trousers have fallen down in Pirate Land. Everything is just designed to make you smile and laugh, and I love that.
- Buy your tickets online in advance and you’ll get a 10% discount.
- Book your trip with British Airways and you’ll get free entry to Legoland! Check here for details.
- Arrive at the park for opening time. We arrived about an hour before the park opened as I got the time wrong but it allowed us to discover this nearby coffee house that gave us the fuel we needed to brave the park!
- Bring a picnic. We quickly discovered that the Danes are great picnickers, largely because eating out is expensive.
- If you stay at the Legoland Hotel then you get access to the park.
- If you don’t want to stay at the Legoland Hotel then I can highly recommend Bolding Apartments. Located just 10 minutes from Legoland, these five self-contained apartments are lovely and perfect for families. You can see some more photos here.
Things to do near Legoland
We didn’t go but Lalandia, the largest water park in Scandinavia, is right next door to Legoland. It’s filled with water slides, wave pools and jacuzzis and supposed to be a lot of fun.
Also nearby is Givskud Zoo which is more like a safari park than a traditional zoo and fun for kids.
However, the most exciting new attraction to open its doors in Billund is LEGO House. Built to resemble giant Lego bricks, the house is due to open on September 28 2017 and promises six experience zones where kids and adults alike can create, explore, play and discover all through Lego. The top of the Lego house is home to the Masterpiece Gallery where you can marvel at the incredible creations built by Lego fans from around the world. I was so disappointed that the Lego House wasn’t open when we visited Legoland Billund – so obviously we need to go back!
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