THE TRAVEL GUIDE
See the small
sights of the world
“Skull’n crossbones dead
ahead!” PIRATELAND p. 7
The fastest gun in a vest!
See him in LEGOREDO®
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If you’re fourteen,
you're past it!
TRAFFIC SCHOOL p. I0
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There's nothing like it in the whole wide world.
You don't have to be five years old to surrender to its charm.
It does help, though, to be guided along by a child
or to draw on your own inner one.
Nothing is real, of course.
It’s all a state of mind.
Aerial map of LEGOLAND®
Park tells you what's where p. I2
The Indoor Collections start
with an enchanting selection
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See one of the world's
finest collections of dolls
and their homes p. 14
But just watch a child in the traffic school, intensely
concentrated on securing a personal driving license with
picture, official stamps and all.
Or think of the very macho 6-foot adult, who become all
misty-eyed when he found his own birthplace in the
small, Norwegian mountain village of Miniland.
Of course it’s not real. Magic never is.
symbol is the white butterfly
with orange-tipped wings.
See her beautiful palace p. 16
The amazing story of
the LEGO® bricks — to be
continued and continued.
Start on p. I7
Assorted fun and games
for all ages — and some good
restaurants, too p. 20
It’s a fine sight when the
LEGOLAND Brass Band
comes marching by p. 20
stamps at the
Post Office p. 13
The secret life of
See the small sights...
Actually, there wasn’t room
for the whole wide world, but a
large chunk of the better parts
fitted in very nicely.
If you want to see the small
sights of the world, just take a
stroll in the park.
A slightly more than fair share
of the scenery is Danish. We’re
part of that kingdom, as it were.
Adults are often impressed by
sheer numbers... by the many
millions of LEGO bricks that
went into Miniland.
Children are not. They just
sense the magic and the
imagination that went
into it. And they enjoy
great buildings - and
humble ones, too -
in a setting they will
never find in real life.
No modern buildings
to dwarf the wonders.
It really is a small
world. And here you
can watch the rest of it
Tall, narrow houses
50 by, if JOu stand still with dabs of whipped cream.
long enough. They can only be Dutch.
Scout around and try to
find the Danish
She's been a teenager
for about 3,000 years.
No, it’s not New York Harbor, but you can see
the Statue of Liberty and other great sights
from the mini-boats.
Famous Nyhavn in Copenhagen
is one long row of old houses
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Skull’n crossbones dead ahead!
Some time ago we were invaded by pirates,
led by a certain one-legged Captain Roger with parrot
ie and all. Jolly Roger himself, we presume.
€ a The smoke hasn’t quite cleared yet. But the good captain
has withdrawn into the deep caves - together with
his gang of cutthroats and lots of wine and loot.
Visitors can expect broadsides at the entrance.
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By boat, past Fort Sabre and
notorious Shark Island.
(Yes, they are still circling it.
But no, they are not allowed
to nibble visitors).
Take a boat ride into the caves
and see the pirates enjoying
themselves between fights.
Captain Roger himself seems to be
a nice enough fellow - off duty.
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panning for bright yellow stuff in the river sand.
Or you can board a dump waggon and rattle along the old mining
track inside the mountain.
Or just follow the smoke signals.
They tell tales of broiling steaks or spare-ribs.
Other aromatic wisps will lead you
to the camp fire of Chief Playing Eagle.
He’s about 192 LEGO bricks tall,
but very human.
Small one-feather members of
his large tribe mingle noisily with a lot
of sheriff’s deputies in
10-gallon hats. It’s wild.
But your scalp is quite safe.
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Scores of other famous people
have seen the jail
from the wrong side
of the bars.
The artist, Bjorn Richter,
created the sculptures:
The Bison Hunt,
the Mount Rushmore
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where it belongs.
Never mind the sheriff.
Heroes wear white hats.
Grill party at
Playing Eagle's campfire.
No doubt about it.
He's the fastest gun in a vest.
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world of Sitting Bull,
most famous of all
Four American presidents carved in LEGO bricks:
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, :
Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. fies
No need to fight.
This is a gold river with plenty of
the stuff that coins are made of.
Fantasy in motion
Oddly enough there is not a single submarine in sight. Yellow or otherwise.
Apart from this little flaw there are all kinds of public transportation by land,
by sea and by air. They move around in every conceivable direction —
often at the same time.
A good number of them are just for fun. But others are strictly official
and the only possible access to other worlds.
There is also an international traffic
school for the 8 to 13 year-olds,
always obscured by crowds of
parents. Don’t be too impressed
by their hypnotic concentration.
It’s not concern for the kids.
It’s just plain envy.
You're not really that Ride one of the few monorails in the world,
high up. But it’s just just feet above everybody else’s heads.
like seeing the wo Or bounce up and down in the LEGOCOPTERo.
from a balloon < You won't get anywhere,
feet up in the air. but it’s heaps of fun.
for the under-8s without a
There are many ways of travelling the world in relative comfort. Take a safari ride so close to the animals
that you can almost smell them. Or drift down the canals and see more famous buildings in five minutes
ng licence. than you would in a lifetime. Mind the canoes, though. They may leave you just a wee bit soaked.
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. LEGO TRAIN. Start your day
. LEGOTOP® Tower has a S Sine “alate A
. LEGOCOPTER helicopters spin up
. LEGO SAFARI. Hop aboard a safari
. LEGO TECHNIC LAND - a workshop for
. DUPLO CARS for the under-8s.
. LEGONDOL. A Ferris wheel for very young
. DUPLO PLANES - a merry-go-round for small
. DUPLO MERRY-GO-ROUND has spinning tubs.
. MONORAIL. The only one in Denmark. A great ride
WHERE TO FIND IT
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Activities in and
with a trip round the park to get
revolving panorama lift which q 1 Me s = Da
offers splendid views of Billund and 4 RS ye 2 ~
the surrounding countryside.
MINI-BOATS. Take a round-the-
world cruise. Among the famous
sights you ll see are the Statue of
Liberty, Bangkok’s Golden Temple,
the Acropolis, Abu Simbel.
CATERPILLAR. A tummy-tickling ride.
truck and meet Africa’s wildlife.
It's quite safe — the animals are made
from LEGO bricks.
the whole family. Build robots or vehicles
and try them out.
Activities in and around
TRAFFIC SCHOOL for the 8-13 year-olds.
The twenty-minute driving lessons in small
electric cars are given in the pupils’ own
languages. "Driving licences” for those who
pass the test.
You don't need a licence.
children and their parents.
for all ages, 4-5 metres above the ground.
Activities in and around
LEGOLDMINING CO. Pan for the yellow stuff in the
river and have it turned into a souvenir medal.
MINE TRAIN. Ride deep into the mountains,
where lots of surprises await you.
The station is at Sitting Bull.
TIMBER RIDE. Tree-trunk waggons whirl round the
mountain rift. Next to the "Great Bison Hunt” relief.
Eagle’s campfire and get a headband with a feather.
SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND JAILHOUSE. Be appointed a
deputy sheriff, with your own silver star.
LEGO CANOE. A canoe ride on the rushing river through
the wild country, with its richly varied animal life.
WESTERN RIDE is a real old-fashioned carousel in the
LEGOREDO Town Square.
PIRATELAND. An exiting boat-trip into the rocky grotto,
where the pirates lead their colourful lifes.
SERVICE AND INFORMATION
Visitors’ Service Centre
E e ; Bank:
s p / Vee Money exchange, cashing of traveller’s cheque,
E K and other bank services.
All ordinary postal services.
Special LEGOLAND stamp will be applied
to all letters and postcards.
WA Fae Tourist Office:
a m2 We'll help you with information about
Denmark, leaflets, reservations etc.
Drinking trays for dogs
at several points in the park.
There is a First Aid Station next
to the Traffic School.
Many benches and tables are available.
Special picnic area
behind LEGOREDO Town.
At your disposal at the entrance.
Several pay phones in the park.
You can buy telecards at
the Information desk.
83 toilets in the park.
There is an attended wardrobe
room next to the entrance.
May be borrowed free of
charge at the entrance.
The park is accessible
wheel chair users.
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The collection has no finer kitchen than this one from Holstein in Germany, from about 1800.
The tin- and copperware is in a class by itself.
Any girl could get itchy fingers from this glorious
collection of dolls and doll’s houses. They reflect
the everyday life, furniture styles, clothes
fashions and coiffures of bygone days. As bygone
as the latter part of the 16th century.
Some of the more antique dolls are not really dolls
at all, let alone playthings. They were the fashion
models of their time, sent by dressmakers to
their customers. You can't play with them either,
but you can get very close to all 500 of them.
scraps are chromolithographies.
They are also bits and pieces from the
good old days: Angels and roses and
other romantic motives from the 1860s
and later. They give us a sort of picture
of those days - though a very glossy one.
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“Madeleine Renaud” from “Lady Elton” from 1690 is very "Madame" from 1750
about 1580. She’s the oldest English and a very rare lady. Note is probably of French nobility.
in the collection. the fashionable mole above her eye. Note the nice, hand-cut smile.
Danish doll’s houses never reached
international heights, but the
"Skottenborg" from 1850 comes close.
Over the years some
fascinating items have
found a good home in
our Indoor Exhibitions.
They are not at all related
to LEGO bricks, but they’re
family of a sort; small play-
things, beautiful or bizarre,
and with no other purpose
than to charm people.
So go and be charmed by an-
cient dolls, stately elfin homes,
glossy pictures of pretty little
girls and rosy angels (same
thing, really), or old mechani-
cal toys and lots more.
THE INDOOR COLLECTIONS
There are several entrances to the
exhibition wing along the south side of
the park. Starting at the main
entrance, the collections are found
in the following sequence:
Just push the button
to make the toys
come to life.
More than 30,000 fine old book
scraps from a private collection.
Special book on sale in the LEGO
25th Annual Exhibition
Highligts of the first 25 years -
and a peep behind the scenes.
and doll’s houses
ý One of the world's largest
: collections with more than 500
dolls and doll’s houses. Special
brochure on sale in the LEGO
TITANIA’S PALACE Of course, mechanical toys aren't much fun,
The most exciting of its kind with more than if they can't move. Most of them can, but they re
3,000 valuable miniatures. too old and too delicate to be exposed to a few
Special brochure on sale. (See p. 16). million small fingers a year. So, nowadays they
only perform in movies.
Mechanical toys The practical tin contraption above is one of
1,400 toys ranging from the 1820s to 1940. more than 1.400 toys in our collection.
Some of them can be seen in action on video They are exhibited in transparent bubbles, so
screens. that you can get very close to them and study
them from all angles.
through the years
(See p. 17).
Thousands of LEGO bricks
to play with. (See p. 19).
The latest theme of the international
exhibitions. (See p. 19).
At first sight you won’t believe it.
Very few of the real grand
palaces in this world measure
only 6.25 square metres.
The official story is that Sir
Neville Wilkinson spent 26
years building this extra- ¢
vagant palace for his little “
daughter Gwendolyn /
— who had one day seení
a poor homeless `
fairy in their
But we know
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is really the `”
home of Titania and
Oberon, Queen and
of the Fairies, and
You can’t see them,
Fairies only come
out at night,
when the park
Just use your fingernail
All these items from
Titania's boudoir are
as large - or small - as life.
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This magnificent room is The Hall of the Note the silk-embroidered banners with
Fairy Kiss for members of that j the royal butterfly and the Latin motto:
most noble Elfin order. = Nihil sine labore. Nothing without work.
Every tiny detail here and in the rest } How very appropriate.
of the palace is exactly what it appears to be. Just try to imagine the tools
If it looks like gold, it is gold. required for such perfection.
Tapestries are woven in the old fashion.
The china may be thin as paper,
but it’s still real china.
For a family of nine this is a cosy little palace.
There are eighteen rooms filled with more than
3,000 miniature objects from furniture down to
jewelry in the two-millimetre range. The bureau
is an example of the meticulous work. It’s
decorated with red lacquer - and yes, we did find
all the secret drawers. We think.
Just behind the small nose you may catch
a glimpse of Titania's throne in the large and
opulent room of state.
It’s inlaid with gems - and they are not imitations.
"I put things
He certainly did.
Putting things together
is what LEGO means in Latin.
But Ole Kirk Christiansen didn’t know that when he foun-
ded the company in the early 1930s. Classical languages
were not part of a Danish carpenter’s education.
He just condensed the Danish words "Leg Godt” (Play
well) into LEGO. No contradiction there.
In the early 1950s his son Godtfred developed the LEGO
System after someone had the decency to invent plastic at
the right time. The LEGO brick is not really a brick.
It’s an idea. An inexhaustible source of solid fuel for
young creative minds.
And for our own staff of eternal children.
In the mid-thirties the small Like all other toys the silently quacking
fact egan branding its popular duck was handpainted
wooden toys with the name LEGO. by local people.
A tentative plastic production was They may look like the real thing, but
started in the forties. The brightly they're not. They are among the first
coloured fish are rattles. attempts from 1949.
Since then the family has grown
- and even grown up a bit.
The little LEGO persons were born
in 1974 and became instantly popular. |
The LEGO company
was one of the car
in the thirties, so it was
only natural for us to
move on to a more
closer to the real thing.
The system is called
and includes a lot of
Apart from the factory across the street
you won't find more LEGO bricks in one place
anywhere else in the world.
Thousands of them are lying around to play with,
and the rest are neatly packed in their boxes
in the shop nearby.
You may have a sneak preview of
the current LEGO Show, before it
starts travelling all over the world.
The show is a thematic
exhibition of what can
be done with LEGO
bricks, if you really put
your mind to it.
Usually, a show includes
a lot of sound, light
It may look like a playroom,
but that’s a naive adult point-of-view.
It’s the workshop.
What you see isn’t play, but small world-famous ,
designers at work. Hard, concentrated work. VK
Outside you've seen the results of professionals
with access to untold millions of LEGO bricks.
In here we just give the kids a free hand and
watch what comes out of it. č
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borrowing a few ideas, either.
Children have many
ways of getting
up and down,
in circles or both.
It’s perfectly safe to board the ship.
The pirates don't run the restaurant.
The letter box is made of LEGO bricks,
of course. But it’s properly authorized,
and all letters will be provided with our
Send a letter to yourself as a souvenir.
You won't see the Changing of the Guard
at Amalienborg Castle. Enjoy the LEGOLAND
Brass Band instead. It’s a bit smaller, but the music
is great — and not limited to marches. The forty
members are all local teenagers, and their own
musical preferences may creep into the repertoire.
RESTAURANTS IN THE PARK
Pizzas, grilled chicken, pasta dishes.
A la carte dishes and desserts.
Spareribs and cold draught beer. Applepie and coffee.
Steaks and kebabs from the open grill.
Light dishes. Hot and cold drinks.
Sausages, burgers, coffee and pastries.
Light dishes. Hot and cold drinks.
Sandwiches, pizzas, hot dogs, ice-cream.
Sausages, burgers and ice-cream.
Sausages, sandwiches, coffee and pastries.
Homemade waffles with strawberry jam.
Sausages, popcorn and ice cream.
First — class restaurant.
SHOPS IN THE PARK
In LEGOREDO Town. Large selection of goods
- souvenirs, hats, ceramics etc.
"Wanted Dead or Alive” posters with your name
printed on them.
In LEGOREDO Town. Leatherware and many
At the Service Centre. LEGO products, posters,
postcards, souvenirs etc.
This is the park’s own hotel with
128 comfortable rooms and a num-
ber of well-equipped conference
The restaurant has an international
alacarte menu, also with delicious
Danish specialities — and a
There is direct access via the Indoor
Collections, and the restaurant is
open to all visitors of the park.
Phone: +45 75 33 12 44
New models are mostly built
at least twice.
One for practice, one for
- which is rather final.
If you study it closely, you
may see that the howling
wolf is a first edition.
(The colouring of the
hind legs is not complete).
Most children believe that getting paid for
playing with LEGO bricks must be
a dream-job. And they're quite right.
It demands talent, patience and nimble
fingers — sometimes a lot of them,
when you have to make 1.2 million LEGO
bricks look like Sitting Bull.
You can't very well avoid to
see the statue, but where is
the original photograph?
At a rough guess there are about 300 million There are more than 1,500 elements to play
LEGO designers in the world today, plus a few with at the moment, and just six 8-stud LEGO
professionals in Billund. They are constantly bricks can be combined in almost 103 million
trying to find new ways of putting things different ways. Just to make things even
together. It’s a long-term occupation, and no tougher they keep on inventing new elements.
wonder they also resort to computers.
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Quite a lot of things are constantly
on the move in the park. Cars go
from one point to another and
back, ferries ferry, cranes lift,
and airplanes eternally roll out
for the take-off that may happen
in somebody’s imagination.
Nowadays kids can’t be fobbed
off with the old explanation that
"there's a little man inside”.
When they reach a certain age
they’ll even want to see the
So we can’t keep up the illusion
that the park runs on a mixture
of little men and magic.
Actually it runs on electricity and
computers. Plus a small army of
question can be answered
with a definite yes or no.
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webb 130 miles long. Obviously,
moles are not welcome in the
park. Above ground, scores of
people work to keep things tidy,
but they tend to blend with the
surroundings. If you happen to
notice a bent back among the
tiny buildings, it’s probably a
gardener pruning the trees.
You'll know him by his nail
® The names LEGO, LEGOLAND, LEGOREDO,
LEGOTOP, LEGONDOL, LEGOLDMINE,
TITANIA'S PALACE and DUPLO are registered
trademarks of the LEGO Group.
© 1993. LEGOLAND A/S, DK-7190 Billund
Phone +45 75 33 13 33
Planning: NP/Grey Arhus A/S
Photos: Gunnar Merrild and others
Reproduction: ReproLine ApS, Arhus
No. 922.936 — Printed in Denmark by
A. Thomsen A/S, Esbjerg
Reproduction in whole or in part,
whether mechanichal, photographic, or otherwise,
is prohibited without written permission from
May 1st until the third Sunday
From Easter until the
2nd Sunday in December.
LEGOLAND Park is open every day
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
(8 p.m. in high season).
LEGOLAND Park is easy to find.
And there are more than 4,000
free parking spaces close to the