My family and I were recently invited to check out the Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto (located in Vaughan Mills), and with two big Lego fans in the house, we were excited to finally check it out.
The first thing you’ll see when you arrive is a Lego store (well played Lego people) filled with every set you could possibly imagine, if not every set actually available, including that wall with all the bulk pieces that my children love. Perhaps you’ll want to put the child blinders on until you get into the attraction. Just a thought.
Once inside, you’re invited to stand in front of a green screen to take some pics, which will be available for purchase later on inside. The kids were into it, so we agreed and all the employees were really nice and great with the kids so it was fun to watch them get into it. We then moved into a small area for a Lego Factory Tour where you can see how Lego is made and also get on a scale that will tell you what your body weight equals in Lego bricks.
Next up was the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride where we climbed onto a moving “chariot” and using the attached laser guns, shot at various targets throughout the ride. You can see each person’s score and our eight year old kicked everyone’s butt by far. Little do you know that your picture is taken during the ride and you have the option to purchase that as well. Right after the ride exit, is where you will see the pics taken at the green screen and the one taken during the ride.
Up next was MINILAND, my favourite, where you can see a Lego reproduction of some of the great landmarks, including the CN Tower. It really is fantastic to see the incredible detail in the replicas, created with over 1.5 million bricks! The exhibit moves from day to night as well – it’s quite fantastic.
After MINILAND, the Discovery Centre opens up into a large room that houses the rest of the attraction. Including the Lego Racers Build & Test (where you can build your own racecar and race them on ramps), the Lego 4D Cinema, Merlin’s Apprentice (a pedal ride), Lego Fire Academy and Construction site (a play area for the younger set), a cafe and birthday rooms.
My son’s favourite part of the attraction was the Lego Star Wars MINILAND Model Display. It had several displays of Star Wars scenes and battles, some interactive, others involving sound and light effects. It was very well done, and according to the 11 year old, very, very cool.
Overall, the kids had fun at the Legoland Discovery Centre, and especially enjoyed the MINILAND exhibits, the laser ride and the pedal ride. I do think a lot of the attraction is geared towards younger kids, so if you have little ones (age 2 and younger are free), you might want to consider annual passes.
Have you been to the Legoland Discovery Centre in Toronto yet? Want to? I’m giving away a FAMILY PASS (four tickets) to one lucky winner! Please enter below – the giveaway is open to Canadian residents, but please keep in mind that you’ll want to live close enough to be able to get there, or if you’re planning a trip to Toronto soon. The giveaway will run until Thursday, May 14th and the winner will be chosen using Random.org. GOOD LUCK!!