Lalandia holiday village in Billund is a little like a Center Parcs site but without the woodland setting. The chalets are comfortable and well kitted out. The main attractions are the large indoor waterpark and, of course, Legoland next door in Lego’s home town of Billund. The waterpark had a good variety of slides and pools with a particularly good wave pool that had much bigger and stronger waves than at Center Parcs. It was also nice that the water was not chlorinated. Having already had to undergo “waterboarding” at OMB’s behest in Barcelona it was Mrs B’s turn to stand under the large bucket in the children’s climbing area though!
The main atrium of the complex is rather disconcerting – as you can see from the photo above, it has been designed to look like a Tuscan village, complete with a blue sky (handy when it is flat and grey outside!).
Of course, Legoland is the big local draw. As a boy I loved Lego and had always wanted to visit. Although my family travelled very widely when I was growing up due to the opportunities to accompany my dad in his job in the Merchant Navy, Billund is inland and so was never a likely option! We’d visited Legoland in Windsor but had been a little disappointed with it, mainly because of the massive queues even for the most sedate of the rides for young children and the clear impression that it was a theme park with a little Lego added on rather than a land where the Lego was the star.
As you can see, this is not a problem with Legoland Billund. The Lego model dioramas are the first thing you see as you enter the park and cover a large area. The rides and other elements of the park are actually hidden away from the entrance past the dioramas so they don’t distract from the Lego and we spent a long time exploring the scenes, many of which had motorised elements like boats, cars, trains and planes moving around to OMB’s (and me and Mrs B’s) fascination.
There were of course also a lot of the usual rides and they were all very good fun, particularly the roller coaster going through a castle dungeon and the Egyptian Temple dark ride where you were armed with a light gun to shoot at coloured light targets. Despite it being a sunny Sunday in early August the crowds were not huge and we didn’t have to queue for more than a few minutes for any ride. Later in the afternoon the queues were short enough that we were able to end by having back to back goes on our favourites. There were a couple of more exciting rides which OMB was slightly too small for, not quite being 120cm tall but missing them didn’t take away from the fun. Realistically it isn’t a theme park for those looking for the thrills of the biggest rollercoasters.
The acrobatic/diving pantomime show. So good OMB made us see it twice. The equivalent play in Legoland Windsor was the most enjoyable thing there.
I couldn’t resist a visit to the world’s largest Lego shop on our way out. OMB was very good though – at his age I would have wanted everything there. In the end we chose a relatively modest set which we’ve had a nice time building together.