Not only is today Halloween, but Legoland Dubai has finally risen brick-by-brick from its desert landscape to open to the public! A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to Legoland’s soft opening just for employees and their families. I’ve never been to any other Legoland, so I can’t compare it to anything, but I can say with confidence that Legoland Dubai is amazing!
Legoland Dubai is part of the groundbreaking project Dubai Parks & Resorts, which includes a cluster of 3 theme parks (Motion Gate, Bollywood Parks, and Legoland) and 1 water park (Legoland Waterpark), a waterfront shopping area called Riverland, and a Polynesian-style resort called Lapita. Whew! My husband is part of the creative team, designing everything from trash cans to light posts to his new expertise – food and vendor carts! 🙂 We’ve been here over 2 years, and it’s amazing to see how everything is coming together after all this time.
I loved all of the random Lego sculptures throughout the park, whether they were huge ones like these sports-playing giraffes, or smaller Lego people on the sidewalks.
When we got there, I was so excited to see a costumed Lego guy standing there greeting people. I always wanted to take a photo with one, but Micah was terrified. -_- Guess I’ll have to get my photo with Lego Man next time. The sacrifices that we make for our children. Doesn’t he know that Mama desperately NEEDS a photo with the big, walking Lego person?
Anyway, the crowning jewel of Legoland is definitely the indoor (and beautifully air-conditioned, might I add) domed building called MINILAND. It has Lego sculptures of dozens of buildings in Dubai and other Middle Eastern landmarks. The sculptures were so immaculate and intricately detailed that it was hard to remember that they’re actually Legos! The website points out that it’s the FIRST indoor and air-conditioned MINILAND out of all of their parks, which makes sense since it’s built in the middle of the desert. 😀
Legoland Dubai targets kids from ages 2 – 12, so you know that you’re not spending an exorbitant amount of money just for your kid to go on a couple of lame rides. Not at THIS Legoland! When we went, there were only a handful of rides open, but they were the ideal thrill level for my 4-year-old. We went on this gear-themed ride that was basically like the teacups at Disneyland, and a plane ride that was basically Disneyland’s Dumbo ride. Not complaining! Micah had a blast and that’s all that matters.
Besides these two rides, there were a couple of 4D immersive experiences and several Lego building stations that were open, but we didn’t try them out. We walked around the entire park, checking out everything that was in progress and wishing that it was October 31st already so we could experience it all!
As for Legoland’s food, we ate at the park’s Fried Chicken Co., and honestly I wouldn’t bother with it again. Maybe they’re still working out the kinks, but they continuously told my husband that his food was coming, only to make him wait 20 minutes before they said they were out of the chicken that he ordered. -_- The food was pretty terrible, typical overpriced amusement park fare. When we go back, I would bring my own snacks or find a place to eat outside the park in Riverland (also open now!) or the Outlet Village down the road.
Even though we were able to only get a taste of Legoland Dubai, we are definitely going to go back to try out everything. You know it’s a good sign when you’re impressed with a park that has only a fraction of the entertainment open at the time. 😉
If you live in Dubai or are visiting with your kids, Legoland Dubai at Dubai Parks & Resorts is a definite MUST DO.