My family and I recently moved to the Dallas area. It has been a lot of fun exploring our new home. One of the recent places we visited was LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth. Both of my kids, a two year old boy and four year old girl, had a lot of fun during our two hour visit. There was a lot for us to do and see and we could have easily spent more time exploring.
*I received tickets to LEGOLAND in exchange for my honest opinion of our visit.
After you get your tickets you enter a waiting room to wait for the previous factory tour to end. Once the time ticks down to zero the doors will open and you file in with other visitors. The “tour guide” then explains to the kids (in a fun and kid friendly way) how Legos are made. There are even parts of the tour when volunteers are asked for and kids help with the Lego making process.
I think that this was a fun area of LEGOLAND. There were however a couple things that could have been improved. The first was that it was a very small room and they packed it with a lot of people. Luckily I was able to push my daughter to the front so she could see what was going on but I only saw about half of what happened. It would also be nice to make this area a free for all area instead of a “tour” that way it won’t be as crowded every time you go and your child has the opportunity to help with every part of the experience. Or it would be nice to set aside areas for kids to stand so no adults stand in front of the kids.
Besides those two things this “tour” was a lot of fun for the kids!
LEGOLAND also has a few fun rides!
The first ride you encounter is the Kingdom Quest. This is an interactive ride where you use a blaster to help free the princess by blasting trolls and skeletons. While you shoot you score points and it is fun to go on different carts than your friends and try to beat each other’s scores!
The second ride we rode was the Merlin’s Apprentice Ride.
This ride was one that both of my kids liked riding. On this ride you pedal and your seat will move up and when you stop pedaling your seat moves down. If you are a parent of a child smaller than 48 inches than you need to ride with them and you will be the only one pedaling. If they are taller than 48 inches than they have to ride alone or with another child. The down side of this ride is that the wait for it is a long one. We waited in line after watching the ride three times. Luckily my kids were having a good day and waited patiently but waiting in line in such a confined space made it a very uncomfortable experience.
There is one other ride that is at LEGOLAND. It is the Lego City: Forest Ranger Pursuit. On this ride if you are between the ages of 4 and 13 than they can drive your own car, it is like a miniature go kart ride. We didn’t end up going on this ride because we didn’t find it until we were on our way outside and the line looked long.
My personal favorite part of our visit was the Lego 4D Cinema.
They have three 15 minute videos that they show at LEGOLAND, one right after the other. During the video air blows in your face to make it feel like you are moving fast, lights blink and at the end foam falls from the ceiling. My daughter especially loved this because it also had interactive segments and she loved watching the falling foam. I liked how it is only 15 minutes so even when your child gets impatient it is likely that the video is almost over. It is also nice how it has a count down outside of the cinema so you can know when the next showing will be.
The last thing we did on our trip to LEGOLAND Discovery Center was visit the Pirate Beach.
We have been to a LEGOLAND Discovery Center once before and it had pretty much the same things as the Dallas location. One of the things that Dallas/Fort Worth had that the Atlanta location didn’t was an outdoor water area. This is a great feature for the kids in the Dallas heat. My daughter spent pretty much the whole time going down the small water slides. My son spent his time building with the giant Lego blocks. I think it would be a great idea if LEGOLAND charged a smaller fee for those who just wanted to visit Pirate Beach. It is so hot here in Dallas so playing in water is a must during these hot summer days. If a separate fee was available I could see my kids and I spending almost everyday here!
The attractions mentioned above were just a few of the fun things you can do at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth. There are also places for the kids to climb, build and check out awesome mini Lego sculptures. My kids had a lot of fun and I could see them wanting to go back again in the future. Unfortunately it is a little pricey to get into. If you pay at the door it is about $23 a person (kids and adults). You can get a combo ticket and visit both LEGOLAND and the SEA LIFE Aquarium, which is right next door, and it makes it a little more reasonable. It would be nice if they would charge less for adults if they purchased a ticket for a child since we are there for our children.
If price is something that would stop you from going I do have some good news! They have some great promotions coming up.
The first is their Teacher Appreciation week. If you are a teacher you can bring proof and you get in for free. Then you can invite 6 of your friends and they can get in for only $10 each! This is going on from August 13-20. Also going on that week you can get $5 off of admission by donating a school supply from a list of accepted supplies.
Another good deal, if your kids love Legos, is to get a annual pass. This is as low as $60 so you make up for this after just 3-4 visits.
One more piece of advice that I have is that I would not visit during the summer on a weekend. We went a week ago which was a Friday and school is still out here in Dallas. So LEGOLAND was as crowded as could be. It would have been a much more enjoyable experience if we had gone after school was back in session and on a day in the middle of the week instead.
Who do you know who would love to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth? What would their favorite attraction be?
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