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Now for those of you who spent countless hours of fun as a kid (or even now ) building and playing out the fantasy of being in another world through that well known toy label, LEGO, (I know I had a chunk of my childhood dedicated to Lego´s Duplo), well imagine having the chance to actually be part of those numerous Lego worlds through entering LEGOLAND. Legoland does exist!!!! It is big, full of kids and made out of Lego!!! So as soon as I heard about this, I knew I had to go!
One of Denmark's top theme parks, and home to Lego itself, Lars and I took a trip to Billund, south Denmark to experience LEGOLAND. We caught a train down to Lars's Auntie's house, where we stayed for a few nights with her and her little doggy companion, Oni.
Arriving to LEGOLAND took me make to my early days where I would be in awe of the detail that went into the pirates of the Caribbean set, or the medieval Viking special edition collection, because seriously Legoland is like you have just stepped into one of these LEGO worlds. On a beautiful sunny day, we are welcomed with a huge Legoland sign that frames the entrance into this enchanting notion of a theme park. As you walk in, it feels as though you have shrunk into one of the little LEGO character pieces as everything towers over you and is made to look like every little thing is made of LEGO.....the buildings, the signs, the exteriors of the rides...up to the garbage bins which I really found cool. It, yes, typically caters for the younger generation but for a one time visit you wouldn't be disappointed, and no matter how 'kiddy or piss weak' some of the rides looked, I made sure we went on them. There was one ride that was in short a ride that involved you racing against other fire trucks to drive your fire truck to the wall of flames and then you pump water into a targeted hole, then once the fire was out you race back to the fire station. Yeah it was my 'Survivor challenge obsessed' personality that made me want to show these others kiddy teams, who the 'Fire man'....yeah bad joke, oh well. But unfortunately at first Lars was like 'yeah if I go on that ride, it will ruin my rep' but I think the fact that the winners got a certificate got home on there.....or was it 'a man in uniform' cliché? Well we got to the front, and yeah pretty much we were the only 2 adult team, the competition having a least one kid. We were next to a family that had a mum, dad and two kids as a team, and it was like one of those movie-like situations where the sweet innocent kids look you up and down and their eyes signals 'Your going down'. Well the only thing that was going down was our fire and first! So as the start gun blasted, we jumped into our LEGO fire truck and pumped up and down like there was no tomorrow so we could move the truck fast to the firewall. We jumped out, equal with the other family, and started pumping the water house up and down to get the house fire out. Looking over, the kids weren't aiming the hose right, so HA HA, we were winning!!! Ok mean, mean Kate....but the Monica in me from the TV show Friends was letting it rip inside to me. As soon as the Lego figure raised his flag that we had the fire out, we raced back onto our truck and pumped our little hearts out, giggling inside that Lars was really getting into it. I swear this family had either been on this ride too many times that they were that fast, or they pumped their kids with red slush ice before getting on the ride but before we knew it they got their truck up to ours, and we only had 5 metres left till the finish! The other 5 teams were like so behind us, so the ride conductor did that whole racehorse commentary...TRUCK 1 IS EQUAL TO TRUCK 2...NO WAIT TRUCK ONE HAS LOST THEIR FLOW IN PUMPING.....(shut up dude!) .... WHO KIDS WILL BE OUR WINNING FIREFIGHTERS.....2 METRES TO GO ....
Well we did get a certificate, but not for winning unfortunately but it was fun. More so seeing Lars giving it his all into a 'pissy kiddy ride', hehe.
Next ride we tried was more our style and probably the most 'adult' one we saw. It was based around 2 people getting in a Lego cube, strapped up like the demon ride with a safety barrier locked on your chest. And pretty much you would get twisted and turned in different positions and speeds too lasting 4 minutes. It was really cool actually in the way that it was us who decided how the ride would go. You line up and get handed a ride chip which then you are led to your ride design computers. You slip the chip in and are presented with the speed you want to go and the various moves you can choose to experience, up to 4. Backwards flips, figure 8 moves, even shooting forward then getting spun backwards and shooting back again. And once you choose you gave your chip to the ride attendant and then experience it all....the awesome moves this ride spun on us and dodging the money that was flying out of Lars's pockets! So of coarse we went twice on it...pockets empty the second time
Now after a ride like that we thought nothing could top that...but there were a few roller coasters that had to be tested so we went in search of them. Like all rides that day, being the first sunny day in ages, crowds were a mass that day, so as you would expect lines for rides were packed. To be honest the roller coaster ride looked pretty piss-weak, looking at it, only showing a few loops and quick turns that seem to last to a 30 second ride, would it be worth it?? Well the line and wait wasn't worth it, 45 minutes for yeah pretty much a 'blink of an eye' ride, but the picture we just had to get (which is on the album) was the highlight. We seriously don't know why we look like we were maybe on the world's scariest ride but I reckon it was because it looked weak that we presumed it would be, but man did that first dip freak us out! As we slowly made our way up to the first dip, we realised crap that is a pretty big dip, and flash! the photo says it all.
We did try another rollercoaster but they seem to really promote it as you wait forever in this lines as the ride of the day, yet when you get thankfully into the ride before you know it you are already back to where you started, in a matter of seconds, literally. So yeah after that ride we decide to yeah get some lunch and like all amusement parks, its fast food paradise! But I did find a nice gelato place and by george did I get a whooper of a cup full of cookie, Ferro Roche and walnut caramel gelato! Yummy!
As we walked around the park eating gelato, there we cool things we saw like random open area LEGO play pits or benches that have a hole in the middle of the table where a box full of play Lego so the kids can play while eating. One pf the focus points of the theme park, well mainly catering for the parents, is the pre-made Lego showpieces that are shown in the gardens, of different countries, landscapes like the beach, or historic moments like the take off of Apollo 13 with a full countdown and smoke triggered to come out he bottom when it was taking off (not literally taking off though, im sure the technicians that use 2 million pieces of Lego to create this ship wouldn't like to do this daily.)
After with a 3D show, buying a few Lego Darth Vader & Viking character keyrings and an unsuccessful hunt for a Lego t-shirt for Lars we decided it was a day and once again entered back into the real world and into the rain....