As many people know, Sunday night was the premiere of the new season of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. In celebration of the upcoming season, Irish Kat, SK2 and I attended the Brick of Thrones event at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester, located in the Ridge Hill Shopping Center in Yonkers. Now usually adults must be accompanied by children in order to enjoy the LDC, but on the first Thursday of the month, all the area Adult Fans of Lego (aka AFOL) are allowed in for a few hours to enjoy Lego on their own. For those of you, like myself, who are sans kids, and can’t find any to rent, borrow, or steal for a few hours, here is what what you have been missing out on……
Once you walk through the small entry area, the first thing you encounter is the Kingdom Quest Ride. Similar to the Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger ride at Disney, we got in our cart and were whisked through a maze where we had to shoot at the bad guys who were trying to take over the kingdom. After the ride, we walked over to Miniland which is a replica of New York made entirely out of Legos. This is probably the most amazing part of the place and worth the price of admission.
Miniland is complete with a Met Life Stadium, George Washington Bridge, Time Square (with a Jumbotron that projection your photo!), A Yankee Stadium/Citifield Subway series in progress, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Rock Center Ice Rink, Empire State Building (with Kong climbing the side), Staten Island Ferry Terminal, Ellis Island, Liberty Island / Statue of Liberty, The Guggenheim, The Met, Belvedere Castle, The Met Life Building, Grand Central and a working 6 train under the station! It even has a replica of Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill as well as a few Westchester landmarks like Sunnyside and Lyndhurst Castle. It is really impressive. My pictures do no do it justice. You just have to find a way to see it for yourself.
After you are blown away by Miniland, There is a large open area with different stations. They had a build (and race) a race car area, an earthquake area where you build lego skyscrapers and see if they can sustain the simulated quake. They also have a few other areas that were closed to us “Big Kids” including an alternate ride, a 4D Cinema, and the cafe. Even though the cafe was closed, they do bring in a small cash bar from their neighbors at Havana Central for the AFOLs to enjoy sangria, mojitos, soft drinks and beers. In this area we took some time to play Lannister Bingo and Game of Thrones Trivia, in which SK2 won a cool GOT poster. There was also a building competetion for those who wanted to participate. I noticed that most of the people who attended were really hardcore Lego builders. A lot of them were looking to win the bingo games not because they were winning a Game of Thrones Collection, but because they were winning extra pieces for stuff they were building at home.
Because I felt that one of the trivia questions was a little obscure (Anyone know who built the wall?) and challenged the answer, their lovely social media director gave me passes to attend next month’s event Brick Trek; Lego’s version of Star Trek. Chatting with her, we found out some of the upcoming themes – Star Trek, Video Games, Harry Potter, Halloween, Star Wars, and Holiday (of course these are subject to change). Make sure you follow Legoland Discovery Center of Westchester on twitter for the latest updates – @LCDWestchester
The next AFOL Night, Brick Trek, will be held on May 7th at 7pm. Who is going to live long and prosper at Lego Discovery Center with me?