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I like the idea of a day trip! Will have to look into cheap Ryanair flights.
I’m quite envious of people able to go for a day trip to Billund - I certainly wouldn’t want to fly back at 23:30 because it’d take at least 2 hours to get back from the airport after my flight came in and not keen on driving at that time of night - but there might be opportunities slightly earlier perhaps. Otherwise a one-night trip is quite tempting.
Also interested to hear or see what you created to get the award if you have time to share at some point. I saw some fantastic creations from my fellow fans (adult or kid) and in my tour the awards were about 50:50 between kids and grown-ups. I distinctly remember one kid doing a Weathertop-style medieval hill hideout and another doing a 4x4 with functioning Technic suspension and they both won awards. Of those one trophy had 2 delicate dragons twisted around it (bet they didn’t make it through customs) and the other had a microscale medieval valley with mountains and dozens of loose 1x1 trans blue round plates as a lake in the cup (also bet some of those pieces got lost). I might try and dust mine off (literally) to share at some point, but I’m still envious of yours!
I’m with Aanchir loving your award’s name - does it mean anything special like best constraction creation or fantastic IP/story perhaps? We didn’t have that award on my tour 2 years ago.
We're all probably back home by now... to all those on the tour, thank you, you were all amazing. I don't think my idea to Lego of a 5 year reunion will be taken up of course but had to ask haha.
Flying home with so much Lego was a challenge... honestly i'd have preferred to have shopped there on a smaller basis for the "interesting" items, and to have been given say a promo code for [email protected] to just buy online in-country on my return for the items that are current (and big)... and by buying in-country no issues on tax etc for either party. Just a thought.
But I did manage to get it all home, and nothing squashed at all. Special thank you to three people who helped in particular, you know who you are.
for reference for anyone interested..... a standard large suitcase eg. around 79 x 52 x 30cm with volume of 111 litres... even stuffed full with boxes of lego - still only weighed 17.5Kg at check in (the empty case is lightweight around 4.1kg).... a box the same as the one used in the employee shop but used to check in on the plane stuffed to the rafters - also weighed 17kg... as BA (for example) allows oversize (max is a massive 190cm x 75cm x 65cm).. I was able to duct tape a couple of smaller boxes to the top and still was only 23kg...... you are able to check in plastic or cardboard boxes in lieu of a case but of course that carries increased risk of impact damage - mine survived 100% intact but that was just one shorthaul flight. there is an oversize luggage belt at the airport and was super easy. And you need to get it to the airport and of course home at the other end... I duct taped together at the airport after they had weighed the main box first.
one word of warning, the supermarket in Billund (behind LegoHouse) appears to be aimed at smaller shoppers / those there for a week in Lalandia etc.. so for example their rolls of duct tape were half the width of normal ones and only 9m long... so do take your own if planning a big shop.
But trust me.... shopping is not the highlight of the tour, it comes way down the list near the bottom, see it as a bonus.. you'll be far more rewarded by all the engagement with Lego people.
Since phones/camera's weren't allowed for most of the tour (factories, innovation house etc) you were really paying attention instead of shooting pics all the time. Which for me made the experience all the more relaxed.
Do you get to bring what you have built home as well, regardless if you win or not?
I will for sure not win, but if I can build something with animal moulds like those 2 horses and bring them home that would be a bonus :P
In our creative challenge some of the minifigs provided were essentially white monofigs with yellow hands and I made 3 of them part of my build which I’m pleased I kept.
Thanks for the Castle Hotel review - very detailed and thorough. Not surprised the rooms might be slightly smaller - the park view rooms in the main hotel are probably the largest ones there.
An earlier post asked about recommendations for sightseeing in Denmark - my wife and I are on the June tour and are spending a few days in Copenhagen before going to Billund.
If anyone else is heading to Copenhagen, I can recommend the "Copenhagen Card" (https://copenhagencard.com/) as it gets you free access to all mass transit in that part of the country (including the Copenhagen airport, and as far north as Elsinore) and free admission to most of the sights of interest (i.e. Kronborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle, Denmark National Museum, The Round Tower, Tivoli Gardens, etc etc etc).
I read the previous posts about the shopping opportunities in the employee store, and have a question for previous participants if they are willing to weigh in...
How would you say the employee store prices compare to, say, Amazon.com prices as a benchmark? I read that you don't have to pay customs when you receive your box at home, but I'm wondering if that is because you are paying Danish VAT (25%!) on your purchases.
If you come from outside the EU, you can shop in the normal Lego Store in the park tax-free (well, you pay the VAT, but can then claim it back at the airport when you leave the EU), which saves you about 25% in the end. With the LegoLand season pass, I *think* that would be another 20% off in the park store. If I'm right, that means you can shop in the park for ~45% off.
Thus my curiosity, whether it's cheaper to buy kits in the park at a 45% discount and bring them home in my luggage, or buy kits in the employee store and have them sent home in my free box. Depending on how the math works out, it might even be better to pay for an additional checked bag on the flight home and do all the shopping in the park!
I know it's not the focus of the tour, but I'm still hoping to take advantage of the opportunity to stock up - assuming it's more economical... :-)
And I'm already bummed that you're not allowed to buy Lego brand clothing! I've been to Legoland Denmark before (just not the Inside Tour), and the only Lego clothing available was in children's sizes. Was hoping I could find something for the "big kids" at the employee store - but cest la vie!
Counting the days... :-)
I can only speak for myself and other UK tourers, but the box we shipped directly from the Lego employee store had no strings attached - once you’d filled it up ready to send you didn’t have to pay any shipping charges or import and just enjoy getting it later. We can’t say how much discount there is in the store but suffice to say it is far better than anything else you will ever get from TLG direct on a regular basis - and worth a dedicated spend. Particularly as there will be many rare sets there that you won’t find in the Legoland store - like a massive range of polybags, GWPs, retailer exclusives, Education/Serious Play sets, D2Cs and many more.
I can’t be 100% sure on it mathematically, but in terms of value I wouldn’t abandon spending at the employee store in favour of some potential discounts in Legoland. There’s also a certain type of glee at seeing all the sets lined up to buy in the employee store that makes you want of buy when you’re there!
If you want to see what kind of deal you’re getting for certain sets in the employee store, before going, write their RRP in your currency, then the Danish RRP, then translate your currency RRP into DKK to see the difference. You might be surprised at how some sets wildly differ in price from your country whilst others are much closer. At the end of the day it’s down to how much you want and can afford to spend - but remember the experience is always the focus -even in spite of my TLDR post specifically about the shop!
Shop for more than DKK 300 and get 20% discount on your purchase in the LEGO Shop at LEGOLAND. You can get this discount in April, May, June, and September and October. In order to obtain the discount, you must bring along your discount coupons from the Season Pass booklet and show them with your valid Season Pass. From 30 March, you can collect the Season Pass booklet in the LEGOLAND park's Information. We hand out one Season Pass booklet per Season Pass.
More here: https://www.legoland.dk/en/tickets/season-pass/
Forget buying in the park, the prices are astronomical in comparison, even with 20% off.
You're only paying VAT on the reduced price rather than the original, so actually 40% discount overall. I guess they'll take an "admin" charge at the airport too which will further eat into your discount.
No spoilers here.... when you've been on the tour you appreciate how much time and effort TLG put into it, not just what you see (your hosts and others who spend time with you such as designers) but all the pre-meetings / briefings / planning sessions etc that have gone into it as well as Lego you're given during and at the end.
If you say 140 people a year - that's a total tour income of £238k per year.. less direct spend on accommodation / food / transport /shipping your boxes etc... you can ignore income/profit from the employee shop spending as it won't be massively different from selling to retailers on a wholesale basis so no real upside as such.
Anyone can see for a ~£4bn per annum turnover company, the tour from a direct commercial aspect of ~£250k per annum is a distraction or at least wipes its face.. The indirect benefits however such as the outreach to community engagement and feedback / interaction is what will make it something they are so committed to and is the real value to TLG. There'll be a small cash upside for LEGOhouse, but when you account for all time invested it's entirely something done for the indirect benefits.
So reason for the post.... to get VIP points on the tour fee would be like getting a cherry on another cake balanced on top of the cherry already on the cake you already had.. i.e. it would be just giving you "money" for the sake of it.. so, personal opinion, I think to give VIP points would be way beyond what's considered reasonable and maybe that's why they stopped doing it.
Anyway. My "shipped" box arrived yesterday and it's school holidays this week - so we are metaphorically up to our knobs* in Lego being built as am typing this. Saturn V today... yay ! (*knobs - inside joke from inside tour - you'll know when you go, maybe more a Brit thing....)