As you all know Cyclops is a bit of an AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO), and by a bit of one I mean that he has a LEGO Store VIP card and frequently talks about all things LEGO to me like I care.
Anyways after years of begging to go I finally took him to LEGOLAND for a past birthday, and even though it really is a park designed for children we had a great time.
This is why it hurt I was flabbergasted when a reader informed me of a recent story from our neighbors to the North. The LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, which we posted about back in October finally opened but due to their policies not everyone is allowed admittance.
Here’s a bit of the story as reported by Gawker.com:John St-Onge started playing with Lego many years ago as a way to bond with his then-young children. His kids inevitably grew up and out of the toy brick sets, but John, now 63, kept right on collecting them, and has amassed over 50,000 Lego pieces in his unassuming Windsor, Ontario, home. In recent years, Lego has provided John with a welcome distraction from a host of health problems, including diabetes and cancer. His failing health has prevented John from fulfilling his dream of traveling to the flagship Legoland park in Denmark, so it should come as no surprise that the self-described “Lego fanatic” was overjoyed when he learned that a Legoland Discovery Centre had recently opened up in Toronto, just three hours away. But John’s hopes of seeing a Lego replica of the Toronto skyline with his own eyes were dashed before he and his daughter Nicole even reached the door. A Legoland employee informed the two that they would not be allowed to enter the attraction because they were not accompanied by a child. Their subsequent request to speak with a manager was rebuffed. “My dad is 63 years old, he was devastated,” Nicole told CTV News. “The look on his face was like a child not getting the gift at Christmas that they want. He felt discriminated against because he’s a senior citizen who also happens to like Lego.”
This must only be a policy at some parks, because obviously we got in. While I did mock Cyclops for wanting to go to LEGOLAND I would never say that he shouldn’t be allowed. I think that with this type of policy LEGOLAND is really going to piss off one of it’s biggest markets, AFOLs. I mean think about it, are children spending hundreds of dollars on sets? I doubt it, and I doubt their parents are paying for that either.
Because of numerous complaints the Centre has started having “adult-only” nights once a month, I don’t like this either, it really feels like they are saying that adults who like LEGOs shouldn’t be around children. I dunno that’s just me. Fellow LEGO lovers what do you think?
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