After an interesting and informative company visit at Lego, we had an afternoon free in Billund. If only there was somewhere to go for the group to relax and have some fun. Oh wait, there is…Legoland.
I have to confess that as a child, I never was that interested in going to Disney. But a Lego catalog had a couple of pages showing the model village in Legoland (back when the only Legoland was at Billund.) That was my kind of place.
So in a way, you could say that going to Legoland was a childhood dream come true. But in another more accurate way, you could say that I outgrew that particular childhood dream. But it was still fun to visit.
The weather was nice, albeit a bit warm. The group quickly fragmented and as it ended up, I was in the aforementioned model village as was Laura. So many jokes were made about us looking for more churches, which where naturally closed. Thus began the third chapter in Laura and my adventures, now in miniature. Neither of us was that into rides, although we took a ride on the Observation Tower to see the entire park. We also stumbled into a ride that was vaguely like It’s a Small World at Disney World combined with a very small roller coaster at the end. (Virtually all of the rides at Legoland are designed primarily for kids. )
We did have one group event, on a “ride” (sorry, but it’s not a real ride if it’s human powered!) that was a competition between four cars of VT MBA students and a couple of cars of other park visitors. Sadly, without the brave leadership of our Ramoa captain Anna, we did not win (we came in third among the VT teams, but we mopped the floor with the two cars of Danish children.)
Laura, Dr. Hoopes and a few others had dinner at a Tex-Mex place inside the park, but since we were still in Denmark, I guess it would be more accurate to call it a Tex-Mex-Dan place. The food was OK, but it at least satisfied Laura’s craving for Taco Bell. (One of the few times that “OK” Mexican food is better is when you have a craving for Taco Bell.)
We wandered the park a little more, did a small amount of shopping, but we were already pretty well equipped with Lego swag by then. We assembled for a group picture and hit the road for Copenhagen.
So Legoland was nice and it was fun to wanted the park for a few hours. I probably wouldn’t have gone if I hadn’t been with the group, but I’m glad we went. I mean where else are you going to find a funicular made out of Legos?
So I’ve made it through two blog posts about Lego without mentioning the Lego Movie and a certain song. I’ve also been trying to up my blogging game but incorporating video. So posted without comment is a very short video of my initial arrival at the entrance to Legoland…