On Thursday 30th March 2017, guests attended a star studded VIP launch for the official opening of the all-new LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester.
Celebrity stars made their way down the red carpet at intu Trafford Centre with their families in tow, including soap stars Catherine Tyldesley, Bruno Langley, Lysette Anthony and Simone Holmes. Actor Garth Maunders and actress Alison Burrows were also in attendance with presenters Mark Radcliffe, Chris Hawkins and Clare Nasir.
Coronation Street’s Kym Marsh and Emmerdale’s Adam Thomas (pictured top) added to the excitement of the event, by cutting the ribbon inside the UK’s only LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, officially declaring its Ninjago™City Adventure play feature, a UK exclusive, open, which saw hundreds of excited children (and mums and dads!) run through the ninja portal in to a world of LEGO® Ninjago™.
The new-look Discovery Centre has received a £1million investment, and includes a new modern café with floor-to-ceiling windows, a new bigger Creative Workshop, where plastic brick building fans can watch the Master Model Builder at work, a newly located LEGO® Racers Build & Test Zone and new Birthday Party rooms with three brand new Birthday Party experiences.
The new play feature immerses visitors into a world of Ninjago™; putting their Ninja skills to the test as they embark on a journey through the adventure, as they fight to save a city! Before entering the three-tiered temple, children can practice their Ninja moves in the training camp, from interactive play to imaginative play, the Dojo Training Camp teaches all there is to know on becoming a Spinjitzu Master; play features include a dual-sided Batak Game so friends and family can battle it out and become top of the leader board!
There are thousands of bricks waiting for fans in the new look Build & Test Zone. What shapes and vehicles will your imagination create next? Time your racing car on the speed test track; the stopwatch is exact to the hundredths of a second, so even the smallest change could make all the difference! Ready, set, go!
“LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre is a popular attraction for families, and we wanted to build on that, by offering much more interactive and imaginative play. LEGO® Ninjago™is so iconic for LEGO® fans, we wanted to give our young visitors an immersive adventure, combined with fantastic play. This all new-build is the biggest investment, since launch and we can’t wait for families and children to enjoy it for themselves.” – Jenn McDonough, General Manager of LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre