Last May, we took our family on a trip of a lifetime to see the original LEGOLAND in Billund, Denmark. Thanks to the “Amazing Race,” Prof and I watched contestants try their hand at completing a LEGO puzzle on the spinning Pirate Carousel teacups ride, which spurred our hearts to make the dream vacation become a reality in 2013. I shared our experiences in a five-day post series on The Seoul of Cyprus, but due to the lack of storage space on that blog, I didn’t get a chance to share detailed photos of the what it was like to experience LEGOLAND on the ground. Here’s a re-post of our three-day vacation at LEGOLAND in one photo-rific post. Later this week, I’ll share photos and some comparisons between our experience at LEGOLAND Billund and LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Chicago.
LEGO no longer makes Atlantis sets anymore, but LEGOLAND offers an exhibit to showcase LEGO underwater scuba divers and living sea life. This was one of our last stops of our three-day visit. It wasn’t well viewed, probably because of its location, but we felt like it was a hidden gem at LEGOLAND.
One of the best features of this exhibit was the up close and personal views available. It felt like you were living among them without getting wet. A major plus for this water phobic mama.
You can even touch little sea creatures! Piano Man was a bit nervous at first, but he was a trooper and felt some slimy underwater beings that were out of this world.
For the littlest one in our family, after intense LEGO building stations and rides around LEGOLAND, DUPLO Playhouses were a relaxing getaway to unwind from a busy day of activities.
Piano Man and Prof enjoyed pumping air into the fire truck, moving it to the other end. They pumped water and aimed the fire hose at the “burning’ building, then pumped the fire truck back to their starting position to end the game. Scroll down and pretend you’re in the driver seat.
On your mark! Ready, set….go!
And they’e off!
Once you enter the lobby, a cute green dragon greeted us. Children walked up and down the ree house behind their new green friend and played while adults checked in at the hotel front desk.
If they got bored of the tree house, children played with LEGOs or watched LEGO City videos in the life-size LEGO fire truck.
As we walked down our hallway to our hotel room, look who greeted us:
More LEGO building zones cornered every empty space at the hotel. They even provided LEGOs and DUPLOs for more imaginative play in the privacy of our own room.
The colorful hallway led us out to the back entrance of LEGOLAND, providing immediate access to the amusement park. We learned our lesson on our first day to make sure we got there before it opened as there was already a line.
Legends of Chima Sculpture
One of the newest sets to LEGO, Legends of Chima was one of the smallest exhibits but one that intrigued many kids to this location.
Piano Man enjoyed a 360 view of various Legends of Chima sets in the outdoor elements.
In case we missed one of the LEGO souvenir shops at the front entrance of the amusement park, there were about four other LEGO shops nearby a ride or rest area. (You know, just in case you got a hankering for another LEGO set.) If I recall, there was a Legends of Chima Shop, LEGO Minifigure Shop, LEGO DUPLO Shop, LEGO Main Shop, LEGO kiosks located about every 10 feet like a nearby Starbuck’s in your neighborhood.
This Seattle-like space needle provided a 360 aerial view of LEGOLAND and surrounding area of Billund. There wasn’t much to see in Billund except for LEGOLAND and the LEGO Factory next door.
We must have ridden the mini boats ride at least twice. It was that good! Plus, Linus could drive the boat and ram into the bumpers without getting into an accident. If you scroll down, you’d recognize a couple of U.S. landmarks and several other world famous architectural buildings.
I can’t even tell you how many LEGO buildings, vehicles, and mini figures we saw at Miniland. Just one block of LEGOs to showcase famous buildings on The Netherlands block encompassed about 2.1 million LEGOs.
LEGO Star Wars Miniland
For the Star Wars enthusiasts, this was paradise. Apparently, guys young and old drool over the Millennium Falcon. I can’t tell you how many teenagers swooned over that LEGO. I have to admit that it was pretty cool. LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Chicago also has a Star Wars Exhibit that may or may not be worth comparing. But if you’re a Star Wars fan, it probably wouldn’t matter. Star Wars is just plain awesome.
Pirate Splash Battle Ride
Step onto the Pirate Splash Battle Ride and get ready for some water shooting adventure with other LEGOLAND guests.
Pirates Boat Ride
After waiting for this ride, we walked onto a slow rotating disk to ride and view impressive LEGO creations of pirates, treasure, and more.
Enter the tunnel into a magical show….
Another kiddie ride that allowed Piano Man to feel like a big boy, this easy train ride gave young ones the chance to drive and see LEGO safari creatures big and small.
Even little Linus got to feel like like a big boy driving the wheel.
As you can see, when you go to LEGOLAND during off-season, there are hardly any lines. This indoor laser shooting ride was perfect for those who liked to cool off from the heat.
You can see your scores after the ride, and we’d have to say it was a blast! (No pun intended.)
Timber Ride in Legorado Town
Legorado Town was filled with activities to feel like you’re in the wild west. The Timber Ride was small and short enough for young LEGO enthusiasts.
Toyota Driving School
For older kids, kids learn the basics of driving and then have their turn around a mini course. Piano Man was too young, so we had to skip this one and long waiting list for this ride.
Like any good amusement park, LEGOLAND offered a train ride around the entire facility. We sat and watched millions and millions LEGO pieces moving around Miniland, the safari ride, and other fun parts of LEGOLAND. Toddlers and infants could ride this or the DUPLO train ride located by the DUPLO Play houses.
There was so much more to see at LEGOLAND, if only the kids were a little older. Someday, if we ever make back, we’d give the Toyota Driving School a try and the larger roller coaster rides for teenagers and up. We were left only one question after this family vacation, “Would we enjoy visiting other LEGOLANDs now that we’d been to the original?” You’ll have to check back and read about our trip to LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Chicago. The travel post is posted here.
If you’d like to read more about our vacation at LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark, check out these posts: