LEGOLAND Discovery Center is a new attraction just outside of the five boroughs dedicated to the famous LEGO building blocks, complete with a miniature Manhattan skyline. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
About 20 miles away from the Manhattan skyline is a miniature Manhattan skyline, at the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center, that is no small miracle.
From its miniature subway tunnel to the bandshell in Central Park, dangling window washers and the Wall Street bull, the details are painstakingly made from LEGO bricks. There are so lifelike, visitors can see themselves on the miniature Times Square Jumbotron.
"It took six months to build Miniland, 20 builders, 1 million bricks. You won’t find this number of bricks anywhere else," says Chris Mines, the general manager at LEGOLAND Discovery Center.
The total number of bricks in the 32,000-square-feet indoor attraction is 3 million, so at a cost of $12 million to build, that is about $4 per brick.
Beyond the gravitational pull of Manhattan, there are plenty of other imagination-provoking locations that are parent-pleasers.
"It's better to get them away from the technology that we have nowadays," says Yauris Pena, a visitor from Inwood.
"It's your imagination. You can do whatever you want with them," says Yauris Pena Jr., another visitor from Inwood.
Designed for three-hour visits, LEGOLAND Discovery Center has two rides, a 4-D cinema, a Duplo Village of larger bricks for little builders and activities to make these traditionally boy-centric bricks more girl-friendly.
Located in Yonkers Ridge Hill, the LEGOLAND Discovery Center is the only one of five in the country and the lone center in the northeast. Prices are $22 for adults and $18 for children ages 3-12, which is pretty much their target market. Annual passes are available for $230 for a family of four, which includes discounts on birthday parties, in the café and LEGO shop.
For more information, visit legolanddiscoverycenter.com. And don't forget before you leave to come through the Factory Tour to get a commemorative brick.