Legoland Dubai reveals massive Taj Mahal model
It took a staggering 20 years to build the Taj Mahal, with an estimated 20,000 people involved in its construction. Have you ever wondered how long it would take to build a model of the Taj Mahal out of Lego? No, us neither, but somebody has and it’s really impressive.
It took the people at Legoland Dubai 2,019 hours to build the model, using 280,741 Lego bricks.
Although the park isn’t open until October 31, the model has been unveiled early to mark India’s Independence Day on August 15.
The Taj Mahal will be part of ‘miniland’, an air-conditioned space featuring hundreds of models of iconic landmarks and sights. The park as a whole will have 15,000 lego structions made from a whopping 60 million Lego bricks, as well as 40 rides, shows, attractions and Lego building experiences.
The first ride to be revealed was The Dragon, which will weave through an interactive Lego animation, going through Legoland castle before twisting and twirling into an outdoor track. At 16 metres high, it’ll be a thrilling ride for park visitors.
This is the central feature of the park’s Lego Kingdom. “It’s also the Park’s biggest ride at 16 metres high and reaching speeds of up to 60 kilometres per hour,” said Siegfried Boerst, General Manager of Legoland Dubai. “We are very excited that the first roller coaster has finally reached Dubai Parks and Resorts. More than 50 percent of the ride engineering and manufacturing across all of the theme parks has been completed and ride components such as Legoland’s Dragon ride have started arriving on site for installation. So this is now obviously a very exciting stage in the destination’s journey to completion.”
Legoland Dubai is part of Dubai Parks & Resorts which opens on October 31. The massive resort is also home to Motiongate, Bollywood Dubai, Legoland Waterpark and Riverland.