LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
Reviewed by Louisa Nashir
Recently I was invited to review the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre's brand new attraction the Star Wars Miniland in a special sneak preview. I jumped at the chance as I had never been to the Discovery Centre and couldn't wait.
I went with my family on 31st January 2013 and was greeted warmly by a member of staff who pointed us all in the right direction. We made our way to the LEGO Factory where we were met by Professor Brick-a-Brack who demonstrated how each LEGO brick was made. The factory was really interesting and we were all involved in the making process. Professor Brick-a-Brack was great with both the children and adults in our party and the girls were thrilled when they were given a special LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Lego brick to keep.
We then made our way to the Kingdom Quest and were soon aboard a rollercoaster type ride and supplied with laser guns to shoot all the baddies that popped up before us. We all thoroughly enjoyed this ride and were able to purchase a photograph at the end at a very reasonable £8.
Our next stop was the spectacular Miniland which was filled with local and national landmarks such as Big Ben, The Trafford Centre, The Etihad stadium and Alton Towers, my daughter loved the Alton Towers display and was laughing in excitement that she could operate the Oblivion Rollercoaster display. We spent the best part of an hour in there and noticed several times that the lights dimmed and fireworks were projected onto the walls, it was simply breath-taking!
It took a while to entice my daughter away from the displays and onto the LEGO City Forest Pursuit and I have to say how fabulous the staff were manning the ride. I explained that my daughter had Autism and she may try and get off mid-ride but this was not a problem and a lovely lady walked beside my daughters go kart throughout the ride ensuring she was ok. That really made my evening special and I really cannot praise the 2 staff members enough.
The next ride to catch our eyes was the Merlin's Apprentice ride which was made even more fun by pedalling to move the kart we were in higher and lower, my daughter legs were too short so it was up to mummy to do all the pedalling! The staff member on this ride was efficient and polite and checked every riders seatbelt before the ride started.
We then walked round to the LEGO Friends area and the girls were thrilled that they could sing on the karaoke machine and have fun building with the Lego bricks on the tables. My daughter chose Madonna's Holiday and had the adults in our party in fits of laughter.
Just as we were deciding where next to go an announcement on the radio mentioned the 4d cinema so we walked over and watched a brilliant short film and we all loved the snow falling and jumped several times by the amazing graphics.
Our final stop was to the Star Wars Miniland and WOW it is absolutely out of this world! The displays looked awesome and you could see a lot of time and effort had been used to make this fantastic attraction. The girls loved racing the pods and helping Jar Jar Binks defeat his enemies. We were all mesmerised and thought the attraction was fantastic and looked magnificent!
On our way out we popped into the LEGO Shop for a few souvenirs before we went home and I found the shop big, bright and fun! The girls each came away with a little something and it's safe to say we all had a Lego-tastic time.
I cannot recommend the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre enough and will be visiting again very soon.
LEGO STAR WARS MINILAND Model Display is open from 1 February 2013 – 2 June 2013.
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