Mini Land, Legoland, Billund, Jutland, Denmark
My kids loved Legos from the time they were small and playing with Duplo sized bricks to when they were older teens creating fantastic, huge, amazing things with or without instructions. In 1982 we had the opportunity to visit cousins in Scandinavia and added a special stop at Legoland in Billund, Denmark. Today’s postcards show two sections of the park. Legoland A/S Produktion, Grønlund, “Top Card,” distributed the postcards. The card above has LB 115 at the center bottom on the reverse. The picture, from Mini Land, shows a Lego construction of Nyhavn, Kopenhagen in miniature. For size comparison, note the people at the upper left.
The park is located near the original Lego factory and the Billund Airport. Since it opened in 1968 over 50 million people have visited with about 2 million guests visiting annually in recent years. Even before the park opened the Lego factory was attracting about 20,000 visitors a year. Legoland was originally built to promote the toy business. Today there are several other Legolands in other parts of the world including here in the United States with one in California and another in Florida. The company made wooden toys and added plastic toys in 1949. The park has grown from 14 acres (5.7 ha) to over 45 acres (18 ha) and is divided into themed areas.
Mount Rushmore constructed of Legos
Lego cars for kids to drive
Towns reconstructed in miniature using Legos
Rides like this one on a track especially for younger children
It is the third most visited attraction in Denmark. Like most amusement parks there are rides ranging from roller coasters, boats, trains and cars to things specifically for younger children. There are also entertainment shows and special events.
The observation tower, Legoland
The second card, seen above, has LB 118 in the center bottom of the reverse. It is also a Legloland A/S/ Produktion Gronlund “Top Card.” Aerial views of the park can be seen from the tower. As clever advertising, both cards have raised Lego buttons along the borders.
While we were there we purchased a book that contained pictures and information about how the bricks are made, the designs, and how the many displayed were created and built. It shows how the liquid plastic is poured into molds for the different shapes and sizes of bricks, connecting pieces, heads and body parts for mini-figures.
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Den store LEGO bog, in Danish, published by Lego System A/S, Billund