Monday 14 March 2016

The LEGO Movie 4D: A New Adventure at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Manchester

Last weekend we were treated to early morning access to the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Manchester for the launch of The LEGO Movie 4D: A New Adventure. The film is an exclusive 12 minute movie which can only be seen on screens in official LEGOLAND attractions.

It's been a heck of a while since we went to a preview of a new 4D LEGO short film, in fact it was March 2013 to see the LEGO Chima 4D Movie. We loved The LEGO Movie, so we were looking forward to seeing Emmet and Wyldstyle again! I hadn't realised just how much until went inside and they were there - apparently it made my partner's day...

The boys were quite pleased to meet them too and thankfully didn't leap on them the same as their Dad! They were more of a 'gentle handshake' than a 'flying hug'.

We were first in to see the movie, which features 4D effects such as wind, smoke, foam and water. Not enough to get you actually wet, but sit further back if you don't want to be lightly sprayed. The front 3 rows take the brunt, especially in the middle. That's where we like to sit. 

The LEGO Movie 4D: A New Adventure was really good. We weren't disappointed at all. Plenty of tongue-in-cheek humour and it was really self-referential, with lots of jokes especially for LEGO fans of all ages. 

The story is easy to follow, and is nicely done to be understandable for 3 year olds, and interesting to the adults. Emmet, Wyldstyle, Benny, Unikitty and Metalbeard all get an invite to a brand new theme park next door to LEGOLAND. When they arrive they find rides themed for each of them, and immediately split up to try them out. Unfortunately the park is a trap run by Lord Business' brother and staffed by evil robots in disguise, and they want to add the star attractions to their park to bring in visitors. 

It's up to the gang to defeat the bad guys and escape. LEGO creativity is called for, and there are some pretty interesting builds along the way. 

The 12 minutes was over far too soon, the movie was very funny and had us all laughing aloud. I felt the 4D effects were less noticeable than with previous LEGOLAND 4D movies, but it could be because it was my first viewing and I was concentrating on the storyline. 

Definitely well worth watching for all the family, even if only for the lines about Lord Business' brother having a 'much cheaper sounding voice than Lord Business', which was frankly hilarious.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is open every day except Christmas Day from 10am until 6.30pm. It is situated at Barton Square at the Trafford Centre in Manchester. Entry is £16.95 on the door, or only £9.95 if you order online via the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester Website, where you can also find more information to plan your visit. A joint ticket with Sealife Manchester costs £20 per person (under 3's are free to both attractions, and adults must be accompanied by a child under 17 to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Centre).

I'm delighted to say we will be blogger ambassadors for both LEGOLAND Discovery Centre and Sealife at Trafford Park in Manchester for the next year, so we'll keep you informed about any new events and activities as they come along. 


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