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Plymouth Meeting Legoland Opening April 6

Get ready for what's sure to be a star local attraction.

The Legoland Discovery Center Philadelphia will open April 6, bringing a new attraction to the Plymouth Meeting Mall.

 

Tickets are on sale now, starting at $19 for a pre-bought, one-day ticket. Annual passes are $54.

 

The 33,000-square-foot center will basically be heaven for any kid (or adult) who loves the little bricks and the possibilities they hold. It will feature a themed ride, a 4D theater, and 10 Lego play zones with thousands of pieces to tinker with. Visitors can also check out replicas of Philly’s landmarks made out of Legos — including Boathouse Row and Liberty Place —  race their own Lego car creations, and more.

 

Michael Taylor, general manager of the new center, called it the “ultimate Lego indoor playground” at a groundbreaking ceremony last fall. Visitors will enter through what used to be the food court entrance, near Mercy Health Center and Boscov’s.

 

During the October ceremonial groundbreaking  dumping 50,000 Lego bricks in front of a pack of thrilled schoolchildren  company and mall officials spelled out what’s coming when the attraction opens. As the adults talked, a crowd of first-graders from Plymouth Elementary School brimmed with excitement, donning yellow hard hats and playing with bricks of all shapes and sizes. They squealed as the loader delivered the giant pile of Legos, then dug in with toy shovels.

 

 

Kids are, of course, the target audience for the new center, and its location is no accident. Joe Coradino, CEO of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, which owns the mall, said there are a million children between the ages of 2 and 12 living within an hour’s drive. Dean Eisenberger, senior chair of the Plymouth Township Council, said 90 million cars a year pass through the area around the mall, which sits at the intersection of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 476. (There are plans to improve the traffic flow around the mall, he said.)

 

And that’s before you factor in tourists. More than 30 percent of Philly vacation visitors come here with children, according to Rachel Schwartz, special projects manager for Visit Philadelphia.

 

“I have a feeling a lot of our residents are going to be getting calls from long-lost friends and family, wanting to come for a visit,” she joked.

 

 

 

Photograph courtesy of Legoland Discovery Center.

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