Chicago is our city of choice when it comes to weekend getaways. It’s far enough away to make it an overnight trip and big enough to indulge in some big city culture. Years ago, friends told us to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Chicago, and one fateful weekend in April, we made our journey to experience the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Chicago. Having visited and experienced the original LEGOLAND in Billund, Denmark, I thought it would be fun to make some comparisons.
MINILANDs are fabulous LEGO compilations of cityscapes and iconic buildings around the world. LEGOLAND Discovery Center stayed true to the essence of Chicago’s landscape complete with changing daylight to night, completing a 24-hour day cycle.
LEGO really hit the spot on this one, “Hello, Batman and Robin!”
However, seeing LEGOs move in the outdoor elements, like in Bllund, is such a different experience. You’re completely in the outdoors and see various European cityscapes in rain or sunshine, which brings the MINILAND viewing experience on a whole other level.
After seeing the construction crew, moving mechanical pieces to Chicago’s cityscape, we moved onto the next exhibit.
An Indiana Jones LEGO figure greeted us at LEGOLAND in Chicago. While a Harrison Ford look-a-like would make a girl drool, I think the LEGO figure version is much cuter.
LEGO Star Wars MINILAND Model Display of Episode IV
Recently, Piano Man’s been obsessed with Star Wars. Even his friend Liam asked for a LEGO Star Wars Birthday banner. LEGOLAND Discovery Center featured a a very popular Star Wars Exhibit of Episode IV: A New Hope.
Kingdom Quest Laser Ride
Very similar to the Temple Ride at LEGOLAND Billund, we waited for this laser tag ride.
You can see the wait for the Kingdom Quest Ride extended into the Star Wars exhibit.
LEGO Factory Tour
Have you ever wondered how LEGO bricks are made? This exhibit demonstrated the process of mixing, melting, moulding, cooling, printing, and delivery of a LEGO brick. Each child received a DUPLO piece to take home at the end of the demonstration.
LEGO 4D Cinema
Our boys must have watched the Legends of Chima movie in 4D at least three or four times at LEGOLAND in Billund, and it was no different at the 4D Cinema in Chicago. The theater in Chicago showed the same Legends of Chima movie, but the theater seats were much closer to the screen, which made the visual effects less appealing. We experienced actual water spray at the theater in Billund, but only experienced white foam droplets at the Chicago theater. My best guess is that movie goers would rather experience a light spray of water then walk out in the blazing heat outdoors in Billund, not so much in Chicago’s fully indoor LEGOLAND park.
LEGO Master Builder Academy
Only available for kids ages 7+ to 12, Piano Man didn’t get a chance to build at this exhibit. We’ll have to try this again in a few years. But this reminded me of the Toyota Driving School at Billund, which was nice that LEGO offered exhibits for older children too. We’ll have to make another trip to try these exhibits someday.
As the only rotating ride at LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Chicago, the Technicycle Ride was a blast for little ones. It reminded me a bit of the Pirate tea cup ride in Billund.
There quite a few other exhibits at LEGOLAND Discovery Center, which aren’t mentioned or shown in detail here, but I have to say LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Chicago was a nice short visit during our weekend away.
TRAVEL: LEGOLAND Billund Resort
LEGOLAND Billund Resort Day 1
LEGOLAND Billund Resort Day 2
LEGOLAND Billund Resort Day 3
Hotel Legoland Review and Overall Review of Legoland Billund Resort
Chicago’s LEGO Store on Magnificent Mile, The Disney Store, Joyee’s, and H Mart