Posts Tagged ‘Sealife Center’

Man turned away from LEGOLAND Discovery Center

July 9, 2013

Via CTV News

An article on the CTV News website from Canada brought about a little known and rather stupid (in my opinion) rule of the LEGOLAND Discovery centers — “Adults must be accompanied by a child to visit the attraction.” (straight from the website).

And sure, its on the website, but John St-Onge didn’t even think about checking there before he and his adult daughter took the 3 hour drive to get to the Toronto attraction. And who would? I certainly didn’t when I was recently in Chicago for BrickWorld. I only found out when I was there that they would turn you away at the door.

I was almost curious to go and see if they really would turn me away, even though I have a Merlin Pass — which lets you into all the LEGOLAND parks and discovery centers in the US. No one mentioned this rule when they were upselling me the pass at LEGOLAND California, and of course they don’t turn non-accompanied adults away at the theme parks, they’d loose too much money. I did end up making it there, but I went with a friend and her kids, so there wasn’t an issue — for me.

Apparently to compensate for this, they have an “Adult’s Only” night once a month, but that too is rather stupid and weird in my opinion. I suppose I can see reasons for not allowing lone adults into a kid’s attraction, but still, its not like there are lots of dark corners in the tiny two story building that takes less than an hour to go through. And as far as I can tell, its only the Discovery Centers, they don’t have this rule at the SeaLife Center that is next door to LEGOLAND California. I guess its okay for adults to want to see fish, but heaven forbid they want to actually look at the LEGO models.

There is an alternative to going to the Discovery Centers — LEGO Conventions (which have many more interesting models anyways in my opinion). And I have it on good authority that Mr. St-Onge has been invited to BrickFete, Canada’s only LEGO Convention happening this weekend in Toronto. As it is an AFOL (Adult Fans of LEGO) event, all LEGO loving adults are welcome. πŸ˜‰

I still haven’t made it up there yet, partially because I already go to five conventions a year, and partially because its too near to the San Diego Comic Con, which is happening next week. But from all that I’ve heard its a great show!

I feel sorry for Mr. St-Onge that he didn’t know ahead of time, so I’m posting it here — if you want to go to a LEGOLAND Discovery Center take a kid, or they won’t let you in. Not cool Merlin Entertainments, not cool at all.

LEGOLAND California’s Waterpark

June 9, 2010

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The world’s first LEGOLAND waterpark opened up last Thursday to the public. Being as my friend Bill Vollbrecht designed it, I wanted to see how the real thing compared to the concept model.

Now don’t let the gray sky fool you, here in Southern California we have what is called “June Gloom” all along the San Diego coast. The temperature was actually pleasant for the most part, although just a tad chilly with the ocean breezes. πŸ˜‰

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The kids I saw in the water looked like they were having fun. πŸ˜€

It does look like they aren’t completely finished with everything yet. Some of the giant gears on the main tower were still laying on the ground and the main waterfall wasn’t working yet.

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The build-a-raft inter tubes were not yet available, although a park employee told me that they do have 20 that they just got in and will get more later on.

There are 4 large waterslides, 3 mini waterslides, a lazy river, and even a mini lazy river for the kids.
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As my interest naturally turned to the LEGO models on display, I had to check them out. I really like the Duplo figures. There were also some giant 6 feet tall LEGO Minifigures
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Its an up-charge of $10, which if you are already paying $244 (general park entrance) for a family of four I guess it’s not too bad for the $40 extra. That is one of the downsides, you can’t visit only the waterpark. Unlike Sealife, which has a separate entrance, the waterpark is inside LEGOLAND. For kids this is a nice addition and another excuse to get wet. There are two other, smaller water play areas in LEGOLAND — Pirate Shores and Duplo Playtown — that are completely free.

My general impression is that its small but cute. I might check out the slides when the weather is warmer, but most likely not until the summer crowds are gone. It wasn’t very busy when I visited, but with only 4 large slides I can see long lines and lots of wet, cranky children on the busiest days.

It is a nice expansion of the LEGOLAND resort, and I definitely can see that it will be popular. I just don’t like how expensive theme parks in general are getting. 😐

One Fish, Two Fish, Big Fish, Blue Fish!

August 18, 2008

On a recent visit to LEGOLAND California I was able to see the store of the Sealife Center, the actual center wasn’t open, I was there the week before it opened. But I did manage to take a few pictures of the models that are on display at the shop.

Big Fish!

Big Fish!

The “Big Fish” as I like to call it was the most impressive of the fish models, but unfortunately, it is on the roof, so you can’t get a good look at it!

Blue Fish

Blue Fish

The blue fish was OK, if a little lacking in design style. I did like the color scheme though.

Yellow Fish

Yellow Fish

I really liked the design of this model. Both in the color and stripes.

The only unfortunate thing was that although there are a lot of fish models on the outside of the building, they are all just copies of the yellow and blue fish. I would have liked to have seen more color variation, if not more fish models all together. But at the same time, I understand how tight the deadlines for getting a project like Sealife Center finished is. So I can see why they just designed two fish and then copied them over and over.

I look forward to seeing the rest of Sealife on my next visit!