Readers' Opinions

From Merl Clark on April 19, 2007 at 6:07 AM
A total waste of money
From David Renteria on April 19, 2007 at 10:11 AM
I still don't get it. What a horrible location.
From Robert Niles on April 19, 2007 at 10:44 AM
I've mentioned this before, but I really believe that Lego is trying to avoid obvious, popular locations as a way of limiting attendance at its theme parks. A Legoland simply isn't designed to handle four-million-plus visitors a year.

Designing it to handle those crowds would require Lego to fundamentally alter its concept of individual play-driven attractions (as opposed to attractions designed for large and more passive audiences, such as those on a roller coaster or watching in a theater).

So that leaves a couple other options for reducing crowds: Jack up the price (the Discovery Cove model), or put the park in an out-of-the-way place. Lego's decided, I suppose, that it better serves its family audience with the second.

That said, Lego's not picking bad locations for its parks. Carlsbad is beautiful and has lovely family-friendly amenities near. And this Kansas City suburb appears to have the yuppie demo that Lego's after. And it's located reasonably near a major interstate, as well.

So I think they'll get their million a year there. Yes, Legoland could do five million a year in Garden Grove or six in Orlando. Legoland reminds me of an art-house filmmaker, who could try to make a blockbuster, but is actually happier making a living crafting critically acclaimed films that relatively few people ever see.

From Kevin Carlyle on April 21, 2007 at 4:38 PM
That's a great location. It's booming part of the state full of homes with kids to visit it. It's near two major interstates, I-35 and I-70, both transcontinental.

The metro area is already a tourist destination. The second KC metro Bass Pro Shop is being built less than 30 minutes away, which draws in tons of families. A new arena is being built downtown. The speedway was built in KCK.

The city is becoming a theme park destination city

Oceans of Fun (Cedar Falls property) is in KCMO
Schlitterbahn Vacation Village is being opened in KCK