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LEGOLAND Discovery Center/Centre

edited April 2011 in Community and Events
The LEGOLAND Discovery Center in the Dallas Fort Worth, Texas area, specifically Grapevine, TX, official grand opening is March 30. However, those who purchase an annual pass, can visit the 27th and the 28th of March before the grand opening.

Of course I purchased my annual pass but have questions on what to expect. I'm not concerned paying for an annual pass, but for those who have experienced and/or attended one of these Discovery Centers is it what you expected? I'm one who gets a thrill out of visiting the two local Lego stores around my area....so I'm sure visiting the Discovery Center would bring much more enjoying. Am I overhyping the situation? How's the PAB selection....bigger and different than the local Lego stores? Nonetheless, I can't wait and will take plenty of pictures.

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  • edited March 2011
    The one in Chicago is a little underwhelming. The mini-land of Chicago is the highlight. Pick-a-brick I would rate as a 5 next to a 10 for a typical lego store. I guess I would rather spend the $ on sets. But I would imagine there is a difference across the different centers. Maybe DFW will be better. I went once. I don't think the displays change all that often, but they did have a Star Wars event over the holidays, which I missed out on and would have liked to see what additional stuff they had. The grand opening might be good as for the lego stores they have master builders come and build a very large scale model. However, I think the discovery centers are not actually owned by Lego and TLG might not role out the red carpet like they would at the stores.
  • The LEGOLAND Discovery Center in the Dallas Fort Worth, Texas area, specifically Grapevine, TX, official grand opening is March 30. However, those who purchase an annual pass, can visit the 27th and the 28th of March before the grand opening.

    Of course I purchased my annual pass but have questions on what to expect. I'm not concerned paying for an annual pass, but for those who have experienced and/or attended one of these Discovery Centers is it what you expected? I'm one who gets a thrill out of visiting the two local Lego stores around my area....so I'm sure visiting the Discovery Center would bring much more enjoying. Am I overhyping the situation? How's the PAB selection....bigger and different than the local Lego stores? Nonetheless, I can't wait and will take plenty of pictures.
    The PAB section in the one in Manchester is shocking. In BAM they had police, blue checked shirt and hi-vis vest torsos, black legs, square glasses and that new smile that's replaced the classic one. There was no hair in BAM so the woman said to look in PAB, they only had red construction hats, the only other things in there were 2x4 bricks in basic colours and a couple of 2x2 plates. They charged me extra for those, (by weight) there were no cups, just bags. All the other things were marked up to a £ too like they were selling 7285 for £10 and 7286 for £15. I wish we had got a Lego store not this LDC: You're wasting your time looking forward to it.
  • edited March 2011
    From everything I've heard, all the LDC's are pretty poor retail opportunities;for me, visiting one just to buy LEGO wouldn't be a good reason to make a special journey.
    Remember that the LDCs are part of the LEGOLAND group (i.e. Merlin Entertainment), so aren't officially anything to do with the LEGO company; they don't routinely carry the Brand Store 'exclusive' sets for example.

    Having said that, the best time to visit one would be on one the opening event days :-)

    So it might be worth reigning in the enthusiasm a little; if it's a bit 'meh', you won't be too disappointed, and if it's great you'll have a nice surprise ... and who doesn't like a nice surprise ;-)
  • The only exclusive things they had were keychains, magnets and a city coat hanger which I haven't seen online. It had a construction worker, a policeman and a fireman.
  • ...and a city coat hanger which I haven't seen online. It had a construction worker, a policeman and a fireman.
    I've got that, and it is actually in use as a place for my little lad to hang his coats. I think it's one of the better pieces of tat I've bought.

  • ...and a city coat hanger which I haven't seen online. It had a construction worker, a policeman and a fireman.

    I've got that, and it is actually in use as a place for my little lad to hang his coats. I think it's one of the better pieces of tat I've bought.

    How much did you pay for it?
    Did you go to the LDC then, what did you think of that dreadful music and the giant mechanic waving a screwdriver? I couldn't hear myself think!
    I bought loads of sale keyrings as I seemed to have forgotten that keyrings on sale are only a good deal if you wanted them anyway, otherwise buy something that isn't on sale that you actually want!!! (I know now) I did manage to get them off they keyrings though, even if they did have a hole in their head!
  • I bought it from LegoShop@Home over a year ago. I've never been to the LDC.
  • So I was wrong about never seeing it online then.
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