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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Legoland, Denmark, 2012

# Posted by Joel Dixon at 05/09/2012 00:13:12

Rather late in the planning of EuroJoel 2012 I was struck with the realisation that I was going to be close enough to Denmark to justify a visit to Legoland - a place of dreams and wonderment from my younger (and older) years. It took some last minute alterations, and forced Hamburg to be no more than a lunch stop, but I managed to squeeze in a day in Billund for the magic brick factory. I can't really say I visited Denmark as the only other Danish experience was a 15 minute wait at a bus stop in Kolding (which I was a little annoyed about until I saw that the next bus after mine was scheduled for 3 hours later).

Trying to cram as many interlocking bricks into my stay as possible, I choose the Legoland Resort Hotel for my accommodation. While exorbitantly expensive, the hotel was admittedly awesome - Lego bricks were everywhere. Checking in (there was a Lego brick keyring on my room key), eating (each of the restaurants had a different theme implemented in Lego), sleeping (Lego bedspread) and just walking around (Lego models on pretty much all walls) I've never seen so much Lego in my life - and this was just the hotel. I got an early night and prepared mentally for the next day.

This is Ollie, the dragon mascot of Legoland. Here he is, hands on hips, saying "Nuh-uh bitch! No you didn't just leave your bags here like I'm some kind of bellhop. Rawr!"

Lego bedsheets and classy Lego artwork. Not shown here - the Lego brand pregnancy test that told me I was expecting

Delicious Lego dessert, and another blurry excitement photo

I woke up early with brief doubts about how my day was going to unfold. I was a single, male adult about to tour through Legoland on his own - what would people think? I quickly dismissed these concerns and decided that it doesn't matter what anyone else thought - I would have as much fun as possible to make up for all the years that were not spent at Legoland. I may only be here once - I should make the most of it. That being said - I did make sure I neatened up the stubble that morning to ensure I was looking as non-pedobear as possible.

Any feelings of doubt quickly evaporated once I made it into the Legoland grounds - it was amazing! I started my day walking through Miniland - basically a whole bunch of Lego models. It was very impressive - the models looked great and perfectly to scale (as far as I could tell) but I was most impressed by the sophisticated automation. Pretty much everything moved and was perfectly in synch. For example a boat would pass under a raised bridge, the bridge would then lower to the flat position to allow a train and car drive over it, the car would then drive onwards and park inside a huge ferry to be later transported away. It was all very well organised and they did a good job at hiding the strings (I still don't know how the cars were operated). Most of Miniland was dedicated to showing off Denmark which was kind of lost on me as I had never seen the full-sized versions of the buildings they were representing. But universal models such as the Statue of Liberty, a shuttle launch and Mount Rushmore were more awe-worthy for me.

The level of detail in the models was extraordinary, I spent over an hour strolling through Miniland. When we were young my eldest brother invented a game that involved building Lego buildings to be destroyed by the throwing of a golf ball - this would be the classiest venue for that game's grand final

The automation and synchronisation between the models was incredible - almost as if the Lego mini-figures were actually alive and manually controlling each model. I'm pretty sure that's not what is happening.

This model of Horsey Sorehoof only lacks a complimentary Lego model of me taking a picture of it

After a tour of the Lego models, I went on a couple of the rides and had the time of my life. I had forgotten how much fun a roller-coaster could be, and it left me looking forward to Euro Disneyland even more. I absolutely loved my time and enjoyed every minute - but I couldn't help but wonder how much better this would be if I were my 8-year-old self. I would certainly have lost my shit, both figuratively and possibly literally (I was never good with thrill rides as a youngster). I'm glad I finally had the chance to see Legoland myself - but it also makes me wish I could have been there when I would most appreciate it.

The newest section of Legoland - Polarland (with a cameo by Inukshuk, my old friend). The Polar Express roller coaster can be seen in the background - by far the most dizzying but enjoyable ride in the park

All throughout Legoland and the Lego Hotel I was constantly shocked by the extortionist prices in force. $6 for a Coke, $100 steak meals and even $60 for an average buffet - it makes me shudder to think how much Disneyland is going to cost. When I was entering the Lego Shop, I was prepared for the worst (typically Lego is amazingly expensive in Australia). Funnily enough, the Lego itself was the cheapest part of Legoland. The most expensive Technical Lego set I could find was around $200 Australian - the same kit back home would cost at least $300. the only downside of this is that they couldn't ship the purchases to Australia and my luggage is already bursting at the seams! It's like I'm trapped in a room of books and my glasses have just broken.

All the Star Wars branded Lego on offer - that's no moon!

Although I could have spent the afternoon on the roller coasters, I decided to head over to the nearby Lalandia amusement park, mainly for the water slides on offer. Admittedly, the water rides weren't as cool as the ones at White Water World in the Gold Coast, but I still had a fun time. After a few hours in the water, I headed back to my Lego-filled hotel, had some dinner and got some sleep - I had a big day

This is the 14th in the EuroJoel - 2012 series
City 1 - Lisbon, Portugal - 2012City 2 - Porto, Portugal - 2012City 3 - Madrid and Toledo, Spain - 2012City 4 - Valencia, Spain - 2012City 5 - Barcelona, Spain - 2012City 6 - Naples, Italy - 2012City 7 - Rome and Vatican City, Italy - 2012City 8 - Florence and Pisa, Italy - 2012City 9 - Milan and Bologna, Italy - 2012City 10 - Venice, Italy - 2012City 11 - Prague, Czech Republic - 2012City 12 - Dresden, Germany - 2012City 13 - Berlin, Germany - 2012City 14 - Legoland, Denmark, 2012City 15 - Edinburgh, Scotland - 2012City 16 - Nice and Monte Carlo, France - 2012City 17 - Lyon, France - 2012City 18 - Dijon, France - 2012City 19 - Provins, France - 2012City 20 - Paris, France - 2012City 21 - Ireland - 2012City 22 - London, England - 2012City 23 - Killarney - Ireland, 2012City 24 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - 2012City 25 - Brussels and Bruges, Belgium - 2012City 26 - Warsaw, Poland - 2012City 27 - Krakow, Poland - 2012City 28 - Vienna, Austria - 2012City 29 - Budapest, Hungary - 2012City 30 - Bucharest, Romania - 2012City 31 - Nile Cruise, Egypt - 2012City 32 - Cairo, Egypt - 2012 Back to Top

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