Legoland Considers Theme Park in Stafford, Virginia

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Car Ride at LegolandLocal government officials in Stafford, Virginia are in early talks with Merlin about a possible Legoland Theme Park. If built, it would be only the third Legoland park in the United States. The other parks are: Legoland California (Carlsbad, CA) and Legoland Florida (Winter Haven, FL). It is all very early . More here: Legoland Considers Building Theme Park in Stafford County

The proposed location is Centreport Parkway (exit 136) off of Interstate 95. The interchange was built to serve the small regional Stafford Airport. The proposed site is about 50 miles south of Washington D.C. and 60 miles north of Richmond, Virginia. This southern part of Stafford County is often lumped into the neighboring city of Fredericksburg as some addresses that are technically in Stafford County have Fredericksburg addresses. So don’t be surprised if you see it referenced as project for a Fredericksburg theme park.

I’m going to try to view this as objectively as possible, but I’m going to go ahead and include a disclaimer. Stafford is my hometown and the proposed location of the park is probably 15 minutes or so from where I grew up. I’m going to put on my journalist hat, even though I’m admittedly very excited that this is even being talked about.

Neighboring Parks & Competition: Kings Dominion, Six Flags America, & Busch Gardens

Those not familiar with Legoland, might wonder why they’d choose to build a park not too far from Kings Dominion (42 miles), Six Flags America (63 miles) and Busch Gardens Williamsburg (91 miles). I visited Legoland Florida last year with my wife and two young daughters and I can see how it’s a different kind of park. Legoland is aimed at children from 2 to 12.
Virginia Area Theme Parks - Legoland Stafford County
With this specific demographic I think that the park would do just fine. You’re not going to find high-flying, sky-scraping thrill rides like Kings Dominion’s Intimidator 305 or end of the World, zombie-themed stand-up roller coasters like Six Flags America’s Apocalypse. Instead, the largest rides are junior roller coasters meant for the children and parents to ride together. The Florida park also had a collection of fun rides for kids I had never seen. Here’s a video showcasing some of Legoland Florida’s rides:

Read my full Leogland Florida Review.

Traffic Might Be a Speed Bump for Legoland

Unlike Legoland Florida which certainly seemed far from a metropolitan area, this proposed site is in the southern end of the suburban sprawl surrounding the Washington DC metro area. Traffic is a very real concern for locals as this area has some of the worst traffic in the country. I haven’t lived in Virginia since 2007, but my family lives in Stafford. During rush hour, congestion runs south from Washington DC some 40-plus miles outside of the city. The proposed site would be inside of that traffic zone.
Centreport Parkway - Stafford - Legoland Virginia Proposed Site
The Google map above shows evening traffic on a Monday at 5:30 PM. That yellow line is a head ache to thousands of commuters known as I-95 South. I would hope that local officials and Legoland can work together on some creative ways to lessen the impact on traffic that the park would have. The article mentioned that the park would be open from dusk until dawn, which makes sense given that it’s aimed at children. This might not be feasible, but what if the park’s hours were off-set from rush hour, say 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM.

Talks are still very early and Virginia has seen other proposed parks come and go over the years. Remember the proposed Disney’s America theme park or even the Military Theme Park? I’ll be posting updates as this story develops. For now though, leave your take below.

What’s Your Take?
What do you think of the proposed Virginia Legoland theme park? Do you think it would be a good area for a Legoland park? Have you been to a Legoland? Leave a comment below.

10 Comments

  1. Very good would like see it In Stafford va

  2. Oh, man. If I’d heard this news at age 8 my head would have exploded.

    But the traffic is a potential nightmare. My parents moved out of Chantilly to Colonial Beach because the traffic up there had gotten so bad, and the draw for the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum was the last straw. That whole stretch of 95 is already clogged all the time.

  3. Tough competition……….

  4. I’d go In a heartbeat!! And I have no kids… Who needs a babysitter for a day?

  5. I think that adding a Legoland park in the location considered would be an excellent one. Since the park would be relatively close to some major thrill parks, having a park aimed at kids would be a great idea.

    Sorry to get off topic, Joel, but do you mind telling me which theme in WordPress you use? I think it looks great!

  6. I dont think putting a them park on route that is already know for the worst traffic in the U.S. is going to help it out any. It will especially be bad on weekends which is already a difficult time to travel in this area.

  7. My kids and I both would love to see this park come to Stafford. While traffic is bad here, I’ve lived in several places where that’s true. Mostly here, its due to bad design – so few 95 exits so once an accident people are stuck for miles. Be great if the park could have it’s own exit. If using 136 that’s close to working. The park would be outstanding, given the focus level: younger kids who need more in the very rural area despite the recent growth.

  8. While I like this location, I think that texas could be an even better location for a Legoland theme park. If it would happen, I would love to see it in San Antonio.

  9. Loved Legoland in Denmark when our kids were small. Would love to see a Lego land theme park in VA to experience with our grand kids.

  10. It’s an insult to our county and our children. If you want these kids to grow up to be intelligent than go to Washington, D.C. and get a real education from one of many of the greatest museums in the country.

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