We were at the official opening day of LEGOLAND Dubai last October 31, 2016. The park is UAE’s first amusement place designed for families with children aged 2-12 years old.
Before we reached LEGOLAND Dubai we had a lovely long walk along RIVERLAND but sadly not all of the establishments are open yet.
First impression on ATTRACTIONS
The park features 6 themed land – Miniland, LEGO City, Adventure, Kingdoms, Imagination and Factory. One obviously have a lot of ground to cover and a day might not be enough to fully enjoy the whole park.
Miniland which is located at the center of the park and is sort of the gateway for the visitors to go through to visit other themed lands is beyond beautiful. It features mostly UAE’s landmarks like the buildings along Sheikh Zayed Road, Grand Mosque, Dubai Airport, Burj Khalifa with the fountain and my favorite Dubai Creek. The attention to detail is so impressive and they have added more by making some of features interactive. Go press a button and you will witness the Dubai Metro train speeding one stop to the other. We’ve been to the Kansas City LEGO Center and was amazed but this one just took our breath away. I can spend half my morning admiring every single building. The Miniland dome is fully air conditioned, spacious to maneuver a stroller and for the kids to run around, seats are available around the dome with small building stations situated next to it.
However at the opening several rides were still not available and then we have to face height restriction on some – minimum is 80cm We are definitely looking forward for the Submarine Adventure and Duplo Valley to welcome guests soon.
photo credit – LEGOLAND Dubai
My children are not so much into rides, if you have one like mine don’t fret because a lot of building stations that caters to every guests are available in all themed lands. Around the park expect to meet some LEGO characters, be in awe at LEGO figures and arcade games.
We highly recommend making time to watch the 4D LEGO Movie and Ninjago Puppet Show.
First impression on FOOD
I packed lots of water and snacks for us the day we visited but it was still not enough for my hungry bunch. Our bags were not checked for food or drinks during the event so I can’t guarantee if a guest is indeed allowed to bring one inside.
Knight’s Table – we chose to eat here because it was near the theatre where Ninjago Puppet show is played. The burger combo with drinks and fries cost 45 DHS while the kids combo meals cost 35 DHS each. We were not impressed with the food we ordered – thin burger patty and the chicken tenders were tough.
The Café – located at the front of the park and has access to Miniland offers quick snacks – a typical coffee shop. Kids had muffins and juice while Daddy C and I shared a coffee and sandwich. We were happy with what we ate and can say that it was yummy.
We can’t help but compare our dining experience at Disneyland which was really yummy and cute with all the character shaped food and packaging. Our family have not been to other LEGOLAND besides the center at Kansas City which did not have any restaurants inside.
I hope the management works on making everything LEGO themed, yes even the food.
Is it worth the visit?
YES. We definitely recommend checking it out with the whole family specially when all of the rides are open. If you are planning to visit the park more than two times then it would be economical to purchase an Annual Pass. Like any other amusement parks prepare to spend a lot for food, games and souvenirs from the LEGO store. Once the waterpark opens we are looking to visit both parks.
Watch the video below to see how much fun we had that day
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Disclaimer: We were invited as a media guests to the LEGOLAND opening event, but all opinions expressed as always are my own.