LEGOLAND Discovery Center – Philadelphia, PA

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia is located in the Plymouth Meeting Mall, near I-276 and I-476 just north of the city of Philadelphia.  The Discovery Center had its grand opening in 2017, and is now celebrating its 5th birthday through June 30th, 2022.  

Birthday Celebration
LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s 5th Birthday LEGO Cake

When arriving at the mall, the Discovery Center entrance is toward the back of the mall. The closest mall entrance for LEGOLAND Discovery Center is around the corner from Whole Foods Market, near the AMC theaters and Benihana.

LEGOLAND DC Entrance
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Mall Entrance

A large giraffe made of LEGOs greets you at the outside doors, so you know you are in the right place. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the ticket counter. After entering LEGOLAND, there is a photo opportunity in front of different LEGO scenes. Then, you can board the ride that takes you into the Discovery Center.

Imagination Express

The ride into LEGOLAND Discovery Center is a slow-moving ride on a track called the Imagination Express. It travels through different LEGO-inspired interactive scenarios where you can use your magic wand to perform certain tricks. Make sure you use the button on the wand!  You can rack up points and see who wins at the end when you arrive in LEGOLAND.  

LEGOLAND Imagination Express

Inside the Discovery Center, there are several areas to play and build.  The areas include: Lego Friends, 4D Cinema, Ninjago Training Camp (Laser Maze), Build Challenge Circle, Miniland, Build & Test, Duplo Park, Earthquake Tables, Pirate Adventure Island (a multi-story play area), and a small children’s play area with slide.

4D LEGO Cinema

The 4D LEGO cinema is located in the right corner when entering the Discovery Center. It is near the LEGO Friends area and the birthday party rooms.

LEGOLAND Cinema

The interactive movies blow air and spray a bit of water while watching a 3D movie with special glasses. The LEGO-theme of the movie rotates between showings, so check out the list of movies when arriving at the Discovery Center. This allows you to schedule your play around the movies you and your children would like to see.

Arctic Adventure

Beside the Cinema is a small room with winter-themed LEGOs that make up an arctic adventure. The build table in this are includes special lighting to make the LEGOs look like they are in a frozen tundra. There’s even a giant polar bear made from LEGOs!

LEGOLAND Polar Bear
LEGOLAND Artic Adventure

LEGO Friends

Beside the Cinema is the LEGO Friends area. The Friends area has many build stations to create with the LEGO Friends and add your own creations to Heartlake City.

LEGO Friends
LEGO Friends Area

Pirate Adventure Land

On the far side of the Discovery Center from the Cinema, there’s a pirate-themed area with pirate ship play structure and build station. Note that there are height requirements to enter the play area. Socks are also needed.

LEGOLAND Pirate Play
Legoland Pirate Play Area

Miniland

Beside the pirate play area is Miniland. Be sure to walk through Miniland and try all of the buttons to make the LEGOs move and play music.  Miniland cycles through day and night, and if you wait until night there is a special surprise over the boat house row exhibit.  Be sure to notice all of the details in Miniland; it’s quite impressive.  

LEGOLAND Miniland
Miniland Interactive Display

LEGO Racers: Build & Test

Another favorite area is the LEGO Racers: Build & Test area. Kids can build their own race cars and then race them down the slide.  The slide allows kids to go down with a race track beside the slide, so the kids can race their own cars.

Build and Test
LEGO Racers: Build & Test Slide

Coffee Shop

If you need a break from building and need a snack, LEGOLAND Discovery includes a coffee shop for snacks and drinks. Meal options include hot dogs and pizza. There are also snacks like nachos, fruit cups, applesauce, pretzels, and more.

LEGOLAND Coffee Shop
Coffee Shop

LEGO Duplo

For the younger children, LEGOLAND Discovery Center has a Duplo area with larger brinks. There’s also a slide and LEGO-made animals to see in this area.

LEGOLAND Duplo
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Duplo

LEGO Store

Overall, plan at least two hours in LEGOLAND Discovery Center. If your child loves to build, add an hour or two onto that. After your visit, check out the attached LEGO store.  There was an area where you could fill a bucket with a wide variety of LEGOs. Of course, there is also a wide-variety of LEGO build kits.

Legoland Store
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Store

It’s fine for the kids to choose the brick colors and accessories needed for a custom build.  Before leaving the mall, check out the other kid-friendly activities including the two-story carousel, bungee jump area, and ride-on animals.

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Things to Remember

  1. Bring socks to play in the Pirate Adventure area.
  2. The movie themes rotate, so see which ones are playing on the day you go.  You can try to time it to see the one that will interest your child the most.
  3. The Laser Maze can get a line, so try to do that first.  There are different levels to the game, so your child can try to work their way up to the hardest one.

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