We’ve all got dreams. And while you might never have a vault filled with so many gold coins you can swim through it, one Canadian man thought it his bit of bliss was attainable with a visit to his local Legoland. Unfortunately for him, he made the mistake of not having a child with him when he showed up at a Toronto location after a three-hour drive.
The 63-year-old man and longtime lover of Lego has been a fan of the colored blocks since his children were young. As his kids grew up, John has kept up his hobby — first by rebuilding all of their sets and then adding new ones for a total of about 75 sets, reports CTV News. He’s always wanted to visit the Legoland flagship location in Denmark, but that’s simply not possible because of various health problems.
Then, like a sign from the land of dreams fulfilled, John found a flyer for a Legoland Discovery Center three hours away near Toronto. He and his daughter planned, saved up, and went on a road trip to arrive at the Legoland’s doors — where they were turned away because adults must be accompanied by a child in order to get in.
“They wouldn’t let us go in and so we asked to see a manager,” his daughter said. “Five minutes later the employee came back and said the manager was too busy to see us, but that was their policy, they weren’t allowed in without a child and there was nothing they could do about it.”
The rule regarding adults and kids is posted on the location’s website — after clicking “Book Online” and then “More Information.” But that’s not something John would’ve thought to check, he says, as he’s not one to surf the Web.
“It made me feel awful. I felt discriminated against. I thought what the heck is the reason for this? If they gave me a reason maybe I could understand but they gave me no reason,” he said, adding that he didn’t want to go on any of the kids’ rides or build in the interactive section of the center. He just wanted photos of a Toronto skyline exhibit so he could try to build something like it.
The marketing manager of the location says if she had known about his visit, she would’ve brought him through as her guest, and is sorry that he left disappointed.
Instead, she pointed out that there are adults-only nights once a month for grown-up fans, but that on a daily basis, “it is a child attraction so we do have this in place to protect the families and children that visit.”
We hope you go back, John.