Location of Legoland Theme Parks, Lego Discovery Centres & Lego Stores
Lego is a universal system of plastic building bricks for children, invented in 1949 by carpenter and toy maker Ole Christiansen ( 1891 - 1958 ) from Billund in Denmark.
The bricks are made from Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene ( ABS ) and are encouraged to be played with in order to enhance children's hand / eye co - ordination, dexterity and imagination.
Since Christiansen's invention Lego has gone on to become one of the world's most popular toys, which has in turn inspired a world wide phenomena of interlocking building bricks, themed building sets, video games, stores, discovery centres and theme parks.
There are 46 Lego Stores in Europe and North America, thirty four in the USA, five in the UK, five in Germany, one in Canada and one in Denmark. For your nearest Lego Store, please visit stores.lego.com
There are eight Legoland Discovery Centres situated in Europe and North America, these centres are smaller versions of the larger theme parks which comprise of indoor family attractions with inter - active Lego building master classes, Lego manufacture, miniature, Lego built local attractions as well as cafes, shops and childrens play areas. These Legoland Discovery Centres are located in the U.S cities of -
Kansas City, Missouri
Atlanta, Georgia, USA - legolanddiscoverycenter.com
And Berlin, Germany - legolanddiscoverycentre.de
And Manchester, U.K - legolanddiscoverycentre.co.uk.
There are at present four Lego Theme Parks known as Legoland, which consist of Lego built, fantasy attractions and miniature replicas of real life, famous landmarks and cities all situated on large sites with various other attractions and rides These theme parks are situated in Denmark, the U.K, Germany and the U.S.A.
LEGOLAND BILLUND, JUTLAND, DENMARK.
Opened in 1968 on a 140,000 square metre site next to Ole Christiansen's original Lego factory, this park is Denmark's second largest tourist attraction after it's capital city Copenhagen.
The site includes a Lego shop and six themed areas consisting of:
The theme park is operated by Merlin Entertainments and Lego Group and is open to the public from March until October with various opening times.
LEGOLAND WINDSOR, BERKSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
Opened in 1996 on a 150 acre site which used to be the town's former safari park, this attraction is the UK's third most visited theme park after Alton Towers and Thorpe Park.
The site consists of fifty rides including two rollercoasters and six water rides, a Lego shop and the eleven themed areas of:
The site is operated by Merlin Entertainments and is open to the public from March until November with various opening times dependent upon children's school holidays.
LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA, CARLSBAD, SAN DIEGO, USA
Opened in 1999 on a massive site that also incorporates a water park, three roller coasters and a Sea Life Aquarium Centre, this site consists of a Lego shop and the nine themed areas of -
Mini USA Land
This park, which is the only Legoland sited outside Europe and the only one open to the public all year round is operated by Merlin Entertainments and Lego Group. The park operates five days a week - closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays - with various opening times dependent upon the time of year.
LEGOLAND DEUTSCHLAND, GUNZBURG, SWABIA, BAVARIA
Opened in 2002 on a 107 acre site situated on the outskirts of an ancient, Bavarian, county town set in stunning countryside, this park consists of a Lego shop and the six themed areas of -
Lego X - Treme
The park is operated by Merlin Entertainments and is open to the public from April until November with opening times daily from 10.00 until 18.00 hours.
THE LEGO WEBSITE www.lego.com
LEGO GAMES WEBSITE universe.lego.com
Billund image courtesy of Ian and Robert MacCallum and Windsor image courtesy of Kaishu Tai, wikimedia commons.