Opened at the end of April, cold times came to Danish Jutland: Snowy landscapes and real penguins found their home in LEGOLAND Billund. Main attraction of the new theme area “Polar Land” is the “Polar X-Plorer”: After more than ten years, the family-friendly amusement park launched a roller coaster that has a great surprise in store and, additionally, provides a world novelty.
16 brave explorers can start their trip through the polar world by taking a seat in one of the snowmobile-themed cars and climb up to 19 metres up in the air. But what goes up comes down again: Rushing with up to 65 km/h through curves and hills, the passengers will cross waterfalls and caves, facing polar bears, seals and other polar animals – all made out of Lego, as it is typical for the park – till the train stops in a snow-covered hill. Suddenly, something unforeseen happens: Sounds of breaking ice appear and the train drops five metres down to earth. This is the first time, manufacture Zierer created a free-fall element for an entire train on a roller coaster worldwide.
Real animals in Polar Landscapes
However, after thihs breath-taking sudden drop, there is time to relax: When getting out of the icy cave the track takes course close to the ground and just passes few more curves and hills. Now is the time to take a closer look at several Lego-models and notice the plenty details and floating into the final break, the explorers will get a chance to see real animals as well. As part of the new theme land, LEGOLAND gives home to 17 penguins as well, which can be observed through big picture-windows and the passengers will get a chance to take a glimpse at the flightless seabirds before ending their expedition in the station after nearly half a kilometre. Although the ride seems quite expeditious, even children of a minimum height of 1,20 metres are allowed to discover their inner explorer.
Besides the roller coaster, “Polar Land” offers the new Pizza&Pasta restaurant and an amphitheatre, both providing a more detailed look at the vivarium called “Penguin Bay”. If the roller coaster was not thrilling enough, the bravest can dare to take a flight in the “Ice Pilots Schools”: the Kuka-Robocoaster, formerly known as “Bionicle Power Builders”, or “Hero Factory”, were re-themed and integrated in the new theme land. Covering 12,500 square metres, the snowy area with its over 751,000 Lego bricks cost about 75 million krone, which has marked the biggest investment of the Danish LEGOLAND so far.