Lego adult fans claim discrimination over Legoland age limit
Most kids are used to asking for parental permission, but for Legoland in Melbourne, parents will need to be the ones asking for permission to join their kids.
Grown-up Lego fans were furious when they were turned away from the grand opening of Chadstone shopping centre's Legoland Discovery Centre, when staff refused them entry unless they were accompanied by a child.
The centre is designed for children aged between 3 and 10, and management says it is a place "not suitable or designed for adults". But adult-aged Lego enthusiasts were furious that their pre-purchased $77 AUD annual tickets are now worthless to them.
Legoland Discovery Centres are different to the thrill-seeking Legoland theme parks. In a statement, Lego said the discovery centre was a “small, indoor attraction designed to provide safe and fun environments for families with children aged 3-10."
“In order to constantly maintain a welcoming environment in which to play, the centres do not permit entry to any groups of adults, adult couples or lone adults, who are not accompanied by a young child or children,” it said.
On Facebook, the park has received several one-star reviews from outraged Adult Fans of Lego (AFOL), as they are known.
“Extremely disappointed to have purchased an annual pass at launch where they failed to state I needed to attend with a child,” a one-star AFOL review said. “Just got turned away at the preview opening.”
See a video of the Legoland Discovery Centre in Melbourne above.