LEGOLAND Discovery Center – Atlanta

We recently visited LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Atlanta and had a great time.   All of the boys loved it (including daddy) and had fun building race cars, riding Merlin’s Apprentice, and climbing in the Fire Academy.  After reading some reviews online, we expected to be there no more than 2 hours.  Well, after 5 hours, we just had to say that it was time to go.   Here are a few highlights of our trip.

We started out in the Lego Factory where we learned how LEGOS are made, what our weight and height was in LEGOS, and at the end, everyone received a Duplo LEGO for a souvenir.

Next was Kingdom Quest, a short ride where you battle it out against evil soldiers with your own “gun”.   We were able to ride this twice because there was no one waiting in line.  The boys really enjoyed it and tried really hard every time to beat Daddy’s score.  They didn’t succeed, but they had fun trying.   I enjoyed it because we were all able to ride it together, and it was fun watching the boys.  As an aside, this is a “dark” ride and if your child scares easily, either avoid it or make sure they sit next to you so they can hide their eyes.  It didn’t bother any of our boys – 6, 4, and almost 2.

After Kingdom Quest, you enter Miniland.   This is a room full of buildings, parks, and people from Atlanta all built out of almost one million LEGOS.   They have the Capital Building, Turner Stadium, Stone Mountain, the Governor’s Mansion, and so many others.  Every 10 minutes or so, the day turns to night and everything lights up.  Truly amazing!

After Miniland, you enter the main room of LEGOLAND, and first up, was  Merlin’s Apprentice.  Two people sit together and pedal to make your “car” go higher.  The boys enjoyed this (rode it twice), and the worker even shortened Noah’s pedals so he could help.  Oh, and I do have to mention that the worker for this ride had a quick smile and really seemed to enjoy her job.   Before every ride started, you could hear her yell, “Are you ready?”  If the response wasn’t loud enough, she would ask again.  She (along with all the workers we encountered) was very friendly and  helpful.

Next up was LEGO Racers: Build and Test where you will find all the LEGOS you need to build your own race car.  Now, I will say it takes quite a bit of time to find all the parts you will need because there are so many other people looking for the same parts; however, there are plenty, and after about an hour, the boys and daddy had built a nice race car.  Then comes the fun part.  There are three ramps where you can race the cars to see how they do.  The boys loved this and did it over and over.  The worker for this area had his own car that he raced against the kids.  Of course, he won every time, but the kids enjoyed the challenge!

So what did Levi and I do while they were building and racing cars.  We wandered around (okay, he wandered and I followed) the rest of the room and found several fun things.

After the racers, we moved on to LEGO Fire Academy and Construction Zone.  This was a huge, soft-play area with obstacles, a swing, and lots of room to run and play.  The older boys loved it, but I felt Levi was a little too small for it.

Right next to the Fire Academy is Heartlake City, home of the LEGO Friends, where you will find Karaoke, LEGO cupcakes and candles for a birthday party, and cute benches and nooks.  The boys didn’t spend much time here, but Noah and I did build a huge cupcake tower which he then knocked over.

Finally after 5 hours, it was time to leave.  We all had a great time, and we would definitely make the trip again.The only area we did not explore was the Lego Master Builder Academy.  Every time we tried to join a class, it was full, so I guess we will have to try that next time.

A Few Tips

  • Children must have socks to go into the soft play area.  If you forget, they do sell them.
  • LEGOLAND is located on the third floor of Phipps Plaza, and this means that there is plenty of free parking.  We parked in the parking garage and there were plenty of signs pointing us to the best place to park for Legoland.
  • Children must be three feet tall to ride Merlin’s Apprentice, and  they must be able to walk to ride Kingdom Quest.
  • Please keep in mind that LEGOLAND just opened this past March, so I would think that they are going to be very busy this summer.   We went first thing in the  morning, so it was pretty quiet, but it was also while school was in session.  LEGOLAND recommends going after 2:00 for the quietest times.
  • Read reviews.  There are many reviews online, good and bad, so it gave us a good idea of what to expect when we arrived.  Do your homework, and everyone will have a better time.

Tickets

LEGOLAND highly recommends purchasing your tickets online because they limit how many guests can enter per hour, and this is the only way to guarantee you will be able to get in.  Also, tickets are cheaper online, but they are also non-refundable. Children 2 and under are free.

  • Walk-up:  Adults $20.52; Children $16.20
  • Online:  Adults $18.46;  Children $13.50
Hours
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Last admission is at 5 p.m.)
  • Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Last admission is at 7 p.m.)

LEGOLAND also does birthdays parties, and you can find all that information here.

Information

LEGOLAND Discovery Center
3500 Peachtree Rd. Suite G-1
Atlanta, GA 30326404-848-9252
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