Legoland Deutschland Resort
Legoland Deutschland logo.svg
Legoland de Entrance.jpg
LocationGünzburg, Germany
Coordinates48°25′28″N 10°17′59″E / 48.42444°N 10.29972°E / 48.42444; 10.29972Coordinates: 48°25′28″N 10°17′59″E / 48.42444°N 10.29972°E / 48.42444; 10.29972
StatusOperating
OpenedMay 17, 2002; 20 years ago (2002-05-17)
OwnerMerlin Entertainments
General managerManuela Stone
Operating seasonApril–November
Attendance1,7 million (2019)
Area107 acres (43 ha)
Websitewww.legoland.de

Legoland Deutschland Resort is a Legoland park located in Günzburg in southern Germany, roughly halfway from Munich to Stuttgart, which opened in 2002. It is 43.5 hectares (107 acres) in area, and it is one of the four most popular theme parks in Germany.[1] The Miniland contains Lego reproductions of various German cities and rural landscapes.[2]

History

Legoland Deutschland was opened by the LEGO Group on May 17, 2002 in Günzburg, Germany,[3] nine months earlier than planned.[4] During the initial operating year, the park welcomed 1.35 million visitors.[5] In 2005 the four Legoland parks were sold to Merlin Entertainments in a 375 million Euro deal.[6] Although generally credited as the fourth Legoland park to open and the first in Germany, an earlier theme park (now Hansa-Park) in Sierksdorf used the Legoland branding under licence from the Lego Group from 1973 to 1976.[7]

All of the lighting for the park was done by Gallegos Lighting Design which had done the lighting for Legoland California Resort and the sound and video production for the park was done by Edward Technologies Inc.[4] The park features Lego explore centers, roller coasters, water attractions and shows.[8] When it opened in 2002, it contained 40 attractions, 7 themed lands and was made out of 50 million Lego bricks.[3] 10 years later, the park expanded to eight “adventure worlds” with 50 attractions and 55 million Lego bricks.[3] Legoland Deutschland is home to the world's largest Lego building, representing Munich's Allianz Arena and weighing 1.5 tons with dimensions of 5 meters in width and 1 meter in height.[9] Legoland Deutschland also contains many other world records such as the largest Lego flower bed (2007), largest amount of energy generated through cycling underwater (2010), highest Lego tower (2010), largest Lego mosaic (2011), longest Lego millipede (2002), and the largest Lego brick (2005).[10]

The park celebrated its ten-year anniversary in 2012: in that occasion, the attraction Flying Ninjago debuted, and six scenes in Miniland based on the Lego Ninjago toy series were added.[11]

On April 22, 2013 Merlin Entertainments Group introduced an app entitled “LEGOLAND Deutschland” available for Android and Apple devices.[12] The app features an interactive park map, ticket purchasing, a “Find my car” feature, and a day planner that has all of the day's events listed for visitors.[12] Legoland Deutschland also introduced the electronic “express pass” which allows guests to purchase either a Standard, Premium or Gold express pass, allowing guests reserve a spot in the queue line for select attractions.[13] In 2013, the CEO of the park, Aksel Pedersen, announced the largest expansion in the history of Legoland Deutschland and consisted of 86,000 Lego bricks.[14] The park expanded by building the “Kingdom of the Pharaohs” themed land within Adventure Land which added the ride "Temple X-pedition".[8] Additionally in 2013, the park expanded the Star Wars Miniland Model Display when they added a Yoda Lego model display.[8] In 2014, Legoland Deutschland introduced the 5 million Lego block X-Wing Model Display which used to be in the theme park in the Hero Factory attraction hall for a limited time.[15] Also Legoland introduced the new Königsburg hotel with 68 rooms.[16] On March 28, 2015 Martin Kring, the then new general manager of Legoland, introduced the LEGO City Polizeistation, a walkthrough maze with special effects.[17] The attraction was built into a existing building in the Imagination themed area. In 2016 High Five in Miniland and the new Drachenburg at Holiday Village were opened.[18] In 2017 Ninjago World was opened based on the Lego Ninjago theme. The area includes LEGO Ninjago: The Ride and Lloyd’s Spinjitzu Spinner (opened in 2020). The new area ist the biggest investment since the opening in 2002.[19] The following year, Legoland opened its next hotel. The Pirateninsel Hotel (Pirate Island Hotel) is based on a pirate theme and costed 26,6 million Euros. The building offers place for up to 594 guests.[20]

On May 10, 2019 Manuela Stone, the former F&B director, took over the position as general manager from Martin Kring.[21] In 2020, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the park opened late on May 30 with only half of the normal capacity.

Rides/Attractions

Roller Coasters

Ride name Manufacturer Type Year opened Themed land Status
Feuerdrache
Fire Dragon
Zierer family sit down 2002 Knights Kingdom Operating
Drachenjagd
Dragon Hunt
Gerstlauer family sit down June 2003 Knights Kingdom Operating
Das Große LEGO Rennen

The Great Lego Race

Mack Rides Wild Mouse 2002 Lego Xtreme Operating
Themed areas and key locations within Legoland Deutschland Resort

Lands

Entrance Area/Eingangsbereich

The entrance area is where the guests first enter the park through one of twenty entrance gates.[22] There are three shops and one food outlet in this area, and it is also where guests can purchase an Express Pass and visit tourist information booths.[22] At the information booths, guests can find out more information about the park.[23] At the reception outside of the park, guests are able to check in the Holiday Village.

Miniland

Neuschwanstein Castle model (2017)
Neuschwanstein Castle model (2017)

Miniland contains 1:20 scale recreations of various European cities and landscapes such as Berlin, Frankfurt, Venice, Swabian Village, The Netherlands, Hamburg Harbour, the Neuschwanstein Castle and several tall buildings from around the world including Legoland's own observation tower which is also to scale.[24] All of the recreations were built entirely of 25 million Lego bricks.[10] Many of the people, animals and vehicles can be moved by hitting a button.[2] Miniland also housed several Star Wars models: seven scenes reproduced from the franchise, including large Yoda and Darth Vader models.[25] These Star Wars models were removed after the 2019 season.[26]

Lego City

Little Asia

Knights Kingdom/Land der Ritter

Imagination

Kids Power Tower (2010)
Kids Power Tower (2010)

Kingdom of the Pharaohs/Land der Pharaonen

Adventure Land/Land der Abenteuer

Pirate Land/Land der Piraten

Lego X-treme

Wave Racers (2017)
Wave Racers (2017)

Lego Ninjago World

Legoland Holiday Village

Legoland Holiday Village Castle area.
Legoland Holiday Village Castle area.


In 2008, Legoland opened the first ever Legoland Holiday Village directly across from the Legoland Deutschland theme park.[10] Holiday Village is an 11-hectare village with 72 holiday houses, 4 hotels, 39 camping barrels and a campsite.[41]

Accommodations

Legoland Deutschland Resort offers the following accommodations at Legoland Holiday Village:[41]

Restaurants & Shopping

Attractions

Awards

In 2011 and 2012, Legoland Deutschland won the Parkscout Award of "Germany's Most Child-Friendly Theme Park".[3] In 2012/2013, Legoland Deutschland won another Parkscout Award for the "Best Family Amusement park".[48] Additionally in 2013, Legoland Deutschland received the Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice 2013 Award.[49]

See also

References

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