Reporting from Copenhagen
01.07.2015 - 03.07.2015 27 °C
After we crossed the Danish Border, we were heading to Billund, and then as we approached Legoland we explained to the kids that we would be visiting Legoland the next day, and then suddenly it dawned on them, just as we were getting closer and closer, ARE WE STAYING AT THE LEGOLAND HOTEL??? Well, as a matter of fact kids, WE ARE! In a themed room. A Lego Friends themed room...
The details were amazing... the carpet was printed, all the way along 'Friends Street' the hallway of the hotel we were staying on, there were full scale Lego hairdryers, decorations on the walls and decals that apart from being enlarged, looked like they came straight out of a Lego kit... like paw prints, butterflies and paraphernalia!
Around the hotel, and in all the restaurants, were massive pits of Lego or Duplo - it was definitely a hands on experience. Rooms screening various Lego films, big walls to make your own contribution to the art installations using Lego bricks. At dinner, there were people in fancy costumes circulating, making balloon figures for the kids. Child-centric hotel, that's for sure. Although how old is that child??
The next day we went to the Theme Park. It was great. Because it is not yet school holidays all across Europe, the queues for rides weren't too long. And because we were there from the minute it opened at 10am, until all the rides shut and we had dinner, we were in the park for nearly 12 hours! No, we didn't head back to our Lego Friends Hotel Room for a midday siesta! One of the clever ideas, was to have a Lego Pit in the centre of the way the queue would snake around, which meant that kids could play with Lego while parents queued, and then jump back into the queue when they got close to the end - no moaning children.
The rides were varied, from rollercoasters to boat rides through a Small Lego World or Pirates Den, there was lots of splashing. The great thing, was that both kids met almost all the height restrictions. They were mostly required to be accompanied by an adult, but there were only 3 rides that Didi was too short for, even accompanied... so we skipped them!
I loved the attention to detail in all the buildings, we roamed through Miniland - which is a huge village built out of Lego, and the buildings stood at about a metre tall, houses, airports and even an oil rig. It also had moving trains, boats and some road traffic. Very clever and super impressive. Also the model of Heartlake City, which is of course the home of the "Lego Friends".
Jie Jie decided that she would like to try the Lego Seat Driving School. We had to book in and pay extra for this. It was promoting safe driving from an early age including respect on the road. She was booked in for a 40 minute session, which started with 15 minutes of driving theory. And then they got out in the cars. They needed to get 'petrol' (after getting a low fuel warning), interpret and make the right action at traffic lights and signs, indicate and stay on the correct side of the road (the right hand side!). Then after driving around the little town, the children aged between 7 and 13 were issued with a driving licence. I was amazed that the coordinator of the Driving School, who had a microphone, remembered which language to speak to each car. Jie Jie and Car #2 were in English, then the rest were in Danish, Swedish or German.
There is also a water play area, and the kids loved cooling off in that at the end of a long day. We were all exhausted when we finally got back to our hotel room. It doesn't get dark here until about 10.30pm, so it's hard to say "it's time to go to bed!"