3 April 2010
We were lucky enough to be given review tickets for the hottest new family attraction in Manchester, the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre (LDC).
The LDC opened on 22nd March 2010 and judging by the queues it is staggeringly popular already. It's located in Barton Square at the Trafford Centre in Manchester.
The location. Ladies, it's at the North West shopping mecca that is the Trafford Centre!
The free parking.
Andy and I loved MINILAND where Northern landmarks had been recreated from LEGO. We could appreciate the skill involved. We wondered how much a professional LEGO builder was paid! The boys were fascinated by this area too, but were disappointed that they weren't allowed to touch any of the models.
The children loved the many areas where they could get their hands on some LEGO.
Here are Presley and Cash at the Earthquake Zone. The idea is you make a LEGO building and test it on the earthquake simulator.
We didn't like
The crowds and the queues. The LDC is a victim of its own success. We had trouble negotiating the main area with a double buggy. We couldn't even get to the DUPLO area. We also left the shop without buying the boys any new LEGO because the queue was too long.
The lack of signs. It wasn't made clear, for instance, that we could go straight into the main section. We queued for ages for the Kingdom Quest ride - that we had no intention of going on!
The map. I would have preferred a proper map, instead we were given a cartoon that was not representative of the LDC either in scale or layout.
There was little supervision of the activities. At the LEGO Racers Build and Test area wheels were in short supply.
Here is Presley holding on to a precious wheel!
I'm sure a lot of these issues are just teething problems that will be ironed out the longer the LDC is opened.
All the children we saw were clearly having a wonderful time. We overheard one little boy say to his mum that he was loving it.
Presley and Cash had a great time, even though a lot of the activities were for older children. We will go back, but only once the fuss has died down - if it ever does!
Facts and Figures
The LEGOLAND Discovery Centre,
The Trafford Centre,
Manchester M17 8AS
Tickets are available on the door, but be prepared for queues:
Adults - £11.85
Children - £ 9.80
Age 2 and under - FREE
There are many other ticket options. You can book online and save 15%. This is recommended and the only way to guarantee entry, especially over the Easter holidays.