Part of the 40 man delegation of BeLUG that travelled there as part of an invited RLUG program, I left past saturday and returned yesterday for a great voyage and an awesome time. Everything really was Awesome as we say ;-)
The trip consisted of a bus journey of about 12 hours to (and later from) Denmark. The sunday we would visit Legoland Billund itself, and the sunday involved a visit to the P-Storren, the Billund Moulding Factory, a lunch, the Lego Ideas House and a presentation of the Lego House that is being build and the concept behind it.
Saturday: travelling to Lalandia
Very early on the sunday morning, we gathered for our bus journey. As we where spared some big traffic jams, we arrived there only slightly behind schedule. The bus trip was of the usual kind, including a Burger King lunch stop (salad for me, though some really took the opportunity to grab those burgers we don`t have in Belgium) and watching some culture on the television (Black Sails the full first season).
The delegation stayed at the Lalandia holiday resort, right next door to Legoland. This bungalow parc has a big swimming dome, including some spectacular looking waterslides, but I didn`t go in that one though.
The market dome is designed in an italian village style, including a fantastic painted skyline.
Ready for Antwerp!
It also has a large miniland scale Star Wars display on hand.
The new Ninjago attraction was a ride where using 3D you where firing bolts of energy at all the different enemies from the story.
Next stop was the Western town, while not Lego`s most succesfull area, this was a well detailed area of the parc.
I personally loved this ride the most, the Pirate cavern. It`s a slow boat tour, around some fantastic Pirate builds including a very large ship which left me drooling twenty-fold.
The Castle ride was build within, well, a castle, and was made of the same great formula as the whole parc. Build are displayed around the waiting in line area, you then travel in the ride around some more builds, to end with a short, more or less wild (for children) rollercoaster.
As to be expected, the whole parc is Lego themed, including the garbage cans.
My only bit of "meugh" was that apparently you could exchange just random put together minifigs in the park in every store, food truck or employee, but that I didn`t know. Well, next time I`ll be "armed" with a whole lot of police and firebrigade figures when I go there! But considering this is a parc aimed at young children, it never the less was a great experience and one I`ll happily repeat.
Saturday evening: The Dirty Brickster
After returning to the parc, it was dinner time again, and this time we got fries and potatoes with chicken and ribs, the dinner of champions
Moving on, we played The Dirty Brickster with the attendees of the trip. I had entered a pull back Technic formula one car as a present, and went home with a nice stack of polybags (two more lake guard for my forces!!!) and I really wanted the "joke gift" that was attached to the package, a Nanoblocks santa claus.
And then, it was time for a nap ;-)
Early wake up call on the Sunday, as we would be going on the Lego tour. But of course, we had to strengthen ourself first once more.
After that, it was time to move to the Billund Moulding factory. Pictures, like in the store, where not allowed to be taken, but it was a great learning experience. You also could grab a doublesided engraved brick (instead of a piece of candy actually) when going out, but I sneaked out two so I could stack them and have the whole text visible. And yes, I selected those colours on purpose, red and white being the danish flag colours.
Next, there was a lunch in Billund itself. Now, my steak wasn`t all that great (and ice cold), but it was a nice way to chat with people and catch up on things. There where also 5 Lego employees present, and Lego people don`t use business cards, they use minifigs as cards. I managed to aquire those from Tanja and Yun Mi here.
It was also here that the special Event brick, sponsored by Cathy from Mijn Blokje, was handed out to the attendees. I`m proudly wearing that on my Brick badge.
The next and final part of the tour is the Lego House, which is called The House of the Brick and whom they want to make the `capital` of Lego worldwide. It`s opening is planned for autumn 2017, and the concept is really great as Astrid and Stuart walked us through the in and out`s of the project, from it`s design up to what it will stand for. And all those present received the exclusive minifig!
And I managed to obtail Kim`s business card here as well.
And so ended the toured day at the heart of Lego and it was back to home base. here, the dinner was once again top, Panos and his team of Pepe`s Cantina had really outdone themselves for our final dinner. The starter was a bruschetta with tuna and salmon, followed by a hump of beaf with mashed potatoes and vegetables, rounded out with some delicious brownie, mouse and icecream desert. I had a great chat with the restaurant manager and the cook, and I managed to obtain some of his recipies for the `brown sauce` from this night, as well as the tomato chili sauce from the first night.
That evening, there was also a one hand build activity with the Batman Scuba set, won by Stefaan Eeckmans, but at that time I was already under the shower as my knees really demanded some rest after these hectic two days.
Tuesday: and we are back to the homefront
And so it all ended, the bungalows where put back in order, the bags brought back to the bus (thanks to busdriver Mark for such a great service he provided to us all trip long) and we started the rather smooth journey back home, in the end we only had about 30 minutes of delay, not to shabby on an 800 kilometer drive through rush hour in Germany.
Lunch was at a KFC for me, a nice wrap with chicken fillet, and then the last straight line with the Back to the Future trilogy ended this memorable trip.
Thanks to BeLUG`s Stefaan Naessens for organising the trip, it was a lifetime experience and edged into memory. Later this week I will also bring the not so subjective report on the BeLUG blog, compiling all the picture books I`ve received from our members for use (Facebook, Flickr etc) so you can see a lot more of material and opinions.
But for now, Leg Godt!