“By discovering this information in the press this morning, I, like you, asked myself questions”, explained the minister to the parliamentarians of the majority and of the opposition who questioned him on the subject.
“I contacted the Merlin group and it appears that the two projects, rather than being mutually exclusive, could be strengthened, offer synergies and make it possible to offer packages to visitors,” added Willy Borsus.
If these two leisure concepts bearing the Lego brand are complementary, they are indeed different. Legoland Discovery Center is a chain of exclusively indoor family fun parks. These parks are open year round and feature models and attractions inspired by Lego and Duplo building sets. Europe currently has 6 Legoland Discovery Centers, in Berlin, Birmingham, Istanbul, Manchester, Oberhaussen and Scheveningen.
Legoland parks are much larger – we are talking about 700,000 m2 in Charleroi – and offer outdoor activities. They are intended for families with children, but also for adults looking for a unique adventure including rides, shows and attractions inspired by the Lego and Duplo brands. Some structures also allow stays in Legoland hotels in themed rooms.
“The opening of a Legoland Discovery Center in Brussels does not therefore call into question the project to set up a large Legoland park in Charleroi,” the minister continued.
“However, I speak in the conditional because the project is still in the study phase. The Thunderpower project – named after the Chinese group which was approached to build electric cars on the carolo site, editor’s note – no longer being a priority, we must study all the possibilities, ”he nevertheless qualified.