LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Merlin Entertainment / Blackstone
New Attraction News - (12/9/15) The local news reports that a new LEGOLAND Discovery Center is coming to the greater Philadelphia area at the Plymouth Meeting Mall in 2017, with construction set to begin in Summer of 2016.
It's starting to sound like Merlin may be trying to hit up all the major population centers in the north-east, as another LEGOLAND Discovery Center has already been confirmed to be one of the offerings of the American Dream Meadowlands mall project in New Jersey when it opens in late 2017 (about a 90 minute drive from the Plymouth Meeting Mall site). There are also existing Discovery Centers in Westchester, NY (35 minutes from the American Dream site) and another to the North in Boston, MA as well.
Early 2016 - LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure - (10/13/15) Merlin Entertainment, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and The LEGO Group will bring "The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure" attraction to life starting in January 2016 to LEGOLAND theme parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers around the world.
The new 4D film will actually premier at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort on Jan. 29th, 2016, followed by LEGOLAND California on Feb. 6th, 2016. From there it will open at LEGOLAND Windsor, Billund, Germany and Malaysia and later it will expand to all 11 LEGOLAND Discovery Centers worldwide.
The new production will bring back several popular characters (and their voices) from The LEGO Movie such as Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle, Alison Brie as Unikitty, Nick Offerman as MetalBeard, and Charlie Day as Benny who will face off against a new villain named "Risky Business" voiced by Patton Oswalt.
“The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure” follows a new journey for Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, Benny and MetalBeard after they receive a mysterious invitation leading them to a new theme park where all of the rides are based on the characters’ adventures in “The LEGO Movie.” But not all is as it seems as the heroes are once again thrust into the middle of an evil secret plot, only this time, it will be up to the audience to use their Master Builder skills to help save them! Using elements such as wind, water, smoke and special lighting effects, the larger-than-life experience brings the film’s main characters, Emmet and Wyldstyle, back together with their friends for another awesome adventure.
A LEGOLAND Discovery Center is a small indoor LEGO themed parks experience that typically feature a flat ride or two, a fun interactive dark ride, a 4D Theater as well as several interactive areas where kids can play hands on with LEGOs for hours on end.
Currently there are nine open North American locations:
Kansas City, MO
Phoenix, AZ (Spring 2016)
Auburn Hills, MI (Spring 2016)
Philadelphia, PA (2017)
American Dream Meadowlands, NJ (Late 2017)
Click here for all the official information about the individual attractions, but be advised that their policy dictates that “Adults must be accompanied by a child to visit the LEGOLAND Discovery Center.” In other words, any adult who shows up to visit without a child, will not be permitted into the attraction.