Legoland Parks
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryTheme parks, attractions, family entertainment centers
Founded7 June 1968; 55 years ago (1968-06-07) (Legoland Billund)
Services
  • Theme parks
  • Hotel lodging
ParentMerlin Entertainments
Websitewww.legoland.com Edit this at Wikidata
The entrance of Legoland Deutschland

Legoland (/ˈlɛɡ.lænd/, trademark in uppercase as LEGOLAND) is a chain of family theme parks focusing on the Lego building toy brand. They are owned and operated by the British theme park company Merlin Entertainments, which shares a common owner (Kirkbi A/S) with The Lego Group.

The Legoland Billund Resort opened in Billund, Denmark in 1968, followed by the Legoland Windsor Resort in Windsor, UK in 1996. Further parks opened in Germany, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates (Dubai), the United States (California, Florida, and New York), and a Legoland Water Park at Gardaland in Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy in 2021. Parks in Beijing, Shanghai, Sichuan and Shenzhen are currently under construction.

Attractions

The parks are marketed to families with children ages 2 – 12[1] and most attractions are geared towards younger children. Attractions consist primarily of outdoor flat rides, dark rides, interactive play structures, and splash pads, as well as designated stations for playing with Lego bricks.[2][3]

Parks

There are 11 Legoland parks currently in operation and 4 planned parks.

Legoland is located in Earth
Locations of Legoland parks across the world — Parks are opened, Parks are in progress of build, Water parks


Europe

Site Location Opened Details
Legoland Billund Resort Billund, Denmark 7 June 1968[4] The oldest Legoland and was built near the original Lego factory. It is divided into ten different worlds: Duplo Land, Imagination Zone, Legoredo Town, Adventure Land, Miniland, Pirate Land, Lego City, Knights Kingdom, Viking Land, Ninjago World, Lego Movie World, and Polar Land. The park has 1.6 million visitors annually, making it the largest tourist attraction in Denmark outside Copenhagen.
Legoland Deutschland Resort Günzburg, Germany 17 May 2002 The smallest Legoland outside of Asia. There are eight areas in the park: Imagination Center, Miniland, Lego X-treme, Lego City, Knights Kingdom, Adventure Land, Ninjago World, and Land of the Pirates.

The resort will see the addition of Peppa Pig Park for 2024, making it the second Legoland resort to have a non-Lego themed attraction and Peppa Pig theme park.[5]

Legoland Water Park Gardaland Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy 15 June 2021 At Gardaland Resort.[6][7][8]
Legoland Windsor Resort Windsor, Berkshire, United Kingdom 17 March 1996 Built on the site of the previous Windsor Safari Park. There are twelve areas in the park: The Beginning, Bricktopia, Miniland, Duplo Valley, Heartlake City, Lego City, Land of the Vikings, Kingdom of the Pharaohs, Ninjago World, Pirates Shores, Knights Kingdom and Lego Mythica. It is the largest Legoland park in the world in terms of area – its area is approximately five times greater than that of Legoland Billund.

North America

Site Location Opened Details
Legoland California Resort Carlsbad, California 20 March 1999 The park is split into nine sections, which are: The Beginning, Explorer Island, Lego Movie World, Fun Town, Castle Hill, Miniland USA, Imagination Zone, Pirate Shores, Ninjago World, and Land of Adventure. A Sea Life aquarium is adjacent to Legoland California. In 2010, a water park opened on its grounds, as one of the only three of Legoland parks (Followed by Legoland Florida [Formerly known as Splash Island], Malaysia, and Dubai being the newest) to feature a water park. On 24 May 2014, an add-on was built for the water park, themed after Legends of Chima. The park and hotels were shut down from March 2020 until April 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[9]
Legoland Florida Resort Winter Haven, Florida 15 October 2011 The second Legoland park in the United States, and the world's second largest Legoland park after Legoland Windsor which is 5 times bigger than the one in Billund.[10] The park was built on the former site of Cypress Gardens, a historically famous Florida theme park. This park is divided into 13 areas: The Beginning, Fun Town, Duplo Land, Miniland USA, Kingdoms, Pirates Cove, Imagination Zone, Technic, Land of Adventure, Lego City, Lego Movie World, Lego Friends, Ninjago, and a restored replica of Cypress Gardens.

Legoland Florida opened a water park replacing the former Cypress Gardens "Splash Island" water park on 26 May 2012, and became a resort following the opening of the Legoland Hotel in 2013. A theme park in-relation to the children's animated series Peppa Pig opened on the resort grounds on 24 February 2022, making it the first Legoland Resort to feature a park based on a non-Lego related property.[11]

Legoland New York Goshen, New York 29 May 2021[12] In May 2016, Merlin Entertainments reported that it had purchased 520 acres (210 ha) in Goshen, New York, just south of the former Arden Hill Hospital, to develop a Legoland theme park.[13] The park was originally scheduled to open along with a hotel on 4 July 2020,[14] but the opening was pushed back until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eventually, the park opened on 29 May 2021.[12]

Asia

Site Location Opened Details
Legoland Malaysia Resort Iskandar Puteri, Johor, Malaysia 15 September 2012 The first Legoland in Asia. Initially, there are 8 themed areas of attractions for all ages which are: Miniland, The Beginning, Lego Ninjago World, Land of Adventure, Imagination, Lego Kingdoms, Lego Technic, and Lego City. The centerpiece of the park is Miniland, where almost all Asian landmarks were built using Lego bricks. A companion Legoland Water Park was built by 11 March 2016.
Legoland Dubai Dubai, United Arab Emirates 31 October 2016[15] It was originally scheduled to open in 2011 in Dubailand as "Legoland Dubailand",[16] but was then delayed until October 2016 and is now located at Dubai Parks and Resorts and Water Park as "Legoland Dubai".[17] It has 6 areas: Factory, Lego City, Imagination, Kingdoms, Adventure, and the first indoor Miniland. The Park contains over 15000 Lego models by using 15 Million Lego Bricks.
Legoland Japan Resort Nagoya, Japan 1 April 2017[18] On 30 June 2014, Merlin and Nagoya city officially announced that they had signed a contract to construct Legoland Japan, to open in Nagoya harbour, Japan, in February 2017.[19] Construction officially began 15 April 2015.[20] The park was expected to cost around US$15 million to construct for the first stage.[21] The park officially opened on 1 April 2017. The second stage of the Legoland was completed in 2021.
Legoland Korea Resort Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, South Korea 5 May 2022[22] It is the first Legoland built on an island and is Asia's largest Legoland at nearly 1.3 million square meters including a Lego hotel, condos, water park, spa and outlets.[23] Construction of the bridge connecting the Legoland island to Chuncheon Station officially began on November 28, 2014, and construction of the theme park finished by 26 March 2022.[24] Located next to Seoul Metropolitan Subway's Chuncheon Station, the site is a 1-hour trip from Seoul via the ITX train. The park officially opened on 5 May 2022.

Future parks

Asia

Site Proposed location Planned opening date Details
Legoland Beijing Resort Fangshan District, Beijing, China 2024 Merlin Entertainments is continuing its expansion across China with plans for a new Legoland resort in the Fangshan district of Beijing. The resort will cover an area of 304,000 square meters and will house a theme park and hotel.[25]
Legoland Shanghai Resort Jinshan District, Shanghai, China 2024 On 6 November 2019, Merlin and China Media Capital announced a £500 million joint venture investment to build a Legoland amusement park in Shanghai, China. It is expected to open in the area in Jinshan District after 2023.[26]
Legoland Shenzhen Resort Dapeng New District, Shenzhen, China 2024 A Legoland Shenzhen Resort is planned to open in the Dapeng Peninsula in 2024. It is said to become the world largest Legoland Resort and will cover 580,000 square metres Construction has officially begun with a groundbreaking ceremony that outlined the plans for the huge brick-based theme park.[27][28][29]
Legoland Sichuan Resort Chengdu, Sichuan, China 2025 On 27 September 2019, Merlin and Global Zhongjun announced a Legoland Resort in Sichuan Province. The resort was scheduled to open in 2023,[30] however this date was pushed back to 2025.[31]

Former parks

Europe

Site Location Opened Closed Details
Legoland Sierksdorf Sierksdorf, Germany 1973 1976 There was an earlier Legoland Park in Germany, from 1973 to 1976.[32] It was located in the city of Sierksdorf in northern Germany. In 1976, the park was sold; the former Legoland Sierksdorf is now Hansa-Park.[33][34]

Cancelled parks

Europe

Site Proposed location Year planned to open Year cancelled Details
Legoland Belgium Gosselies, Belgium 2027 2023 In September 2020, the Brussels Times reported that Merlin Entertainment was planning on building a new Legoland park on the former site of Caterpillar's Gosselies factory. Although Walloon Minister for the Economy Willy Borsus confirmed it was possible, it is still in the early planning stages.[35] On 30 August 2022, it confirmed it will open in 2027.[36] The project was cancelled on 24 March 2023.[37]

See also

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