New Pirate Adventure Island broadens Legoland’s appeal

In their natural state, Legos seem to appeal to a certain type of kid: meticulous, design-oriented, a rule-follower. But the great thing about Legoland Discovery Center – a big Lego-themed playspace – is that it appeals to all kinds of kids, from the builders to the adventurers to everything in between. And the new Pirate Adventure Island adds a fresh element that my five-year-old nephew said is a great fit for “kids who like to run around.”

Pirate Adventure Island is, essentially, a Lego-styled playground for miniature buccaneers. Kids will enjoy climbing rigging, crossing gangplanks and navigating at the ship’s wheel, not to mention building with large, soft Lego bricks in the crystal cave. There’s also a fun water table where kids can suit up in swashbuckling smocks, then custom build their own pirate ship to take on an aquatic obstacle course, complete with doubloons and water creatures to dodge.

The new attraction is a welcome addition to Legoland, which already coasts photo-op perfection with Miniland Chicago, a 4D movie theater, the educational Lego Factory tour and an amusement park-ready ride, Kingdom Quest Laser Ride. Of course, for kids who can’t get enough building (or have a competitive streak), there’s the Lego Racers area that encourages visitors to be creative and create a vehicle fit for the racetrack.

And by the time you get to the Discovery Center Shop (which now sells pirate-themed goodies to go along with the new attraction), we can pretty much guarantee your kids will find at least a dozen items they just have to have – no matter what type of kid they are.

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