LEGO Star Wars Kessel Run Millennium Falcon Time-lapse & Review Speed Build, Set 75212

A review and time-lapse speed build of LEGO Star Wars Kessel Run Millennium Falcon, set 75212, from the Han Solo movie. This is also known as the “White” Millennium Falcon due to the use of largely white LEGO bricks, as opposed to the usual grey look. In this video we give a run down of the basic structure, play features and other tid bits. Is it worthwhile buying?!

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Transcript from the show:

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder here and in this video we are going to do a quick time-lapse / speed build of LEGO Star Wars Kessel Run Millennium Falcon Set number 75212. For an extended kids play and review, check out our kids version of the video, which should be linked on or around this video.

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There are 1414 pieces for £170 pounds or around $200 US dollars. So that works out to 12p or 14cents US per part. It was released in 2018 and still available at time of recording this video (so you maybe able to pick it up cheaper).

The finished set is a really good size, and much bigger than what we expected. It is really sturdy as the kids have been bashing it around. They can also pick it up and swoosh it around without any real issues. This model has the better part of a dozen hinged plates to access the interior of the model. The latest Rise of Skywalker Millennium Falcon set 75257 has fewer, larger hinge pieces to access the interior.

This version has a detachable escape craft between the two front forks. So you can choose to have it with or without, if you are after the more classic look of the vehicle. There is also a center gunners bay that slides out on rails and can hold minifigures.  

The white, with hints of blue, colour scheme is a nice change from the usual grey colour schemes, and I do quite like it – although not sure how well it fits in with the Han Solo movie it was based off. Hence it has become known as the white Millennium Falcon version.

There are 6 minifigs and 1 droid which seems to be a really good number for a set like this. There are also a couple of spring-loaded missile shooters in the front for additional play features.

To get the curve on the rear engine it’s done by assembling these little hinge pieces and connecting them together. A bit of flexible tubing is used to get that blue engine feel archways interconnect of four main play areas in the Millennium Falcon. Thus characters are able to move from area to area.

There is an entry ramp on a hinge joint which opens and closes so characters can get in and out of the Falcon. There are fixed landing gears so the model can always be put down and it doesn’t have much impact when kids are playing around with it and flying it through the air.

Drop in the central Gunners detachable piece. The Headroom for the minifigures can get a little bit crowded as you go more towards the perimeter of the Falcon but there are plenty of studs to connect the minifigures to for when the vehicle is flying around and not becoming loose during flight.

Here you can see the dozen hinge pieces being attached and open showing you how the mechanism works to get to the interior. The detachable escape craft or cargo hole feature is also something which is really quite interesting and unique to this set.

The cockpit allows two minifigs to sit in it and comes on and off relatively easy but it is connected to a solid wall of studs. So there’s no way for the character to walk through from the cockpit to the rest of the ship

And there you have it. The white version of the Millennium Falcon based upon the Star Wars Han Solo film. A great set even for just a casual Star Wars fan or somebody wanting a Lego spaceship.

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Desert Safari Tour Dubai: Dune Bashing, Sand Boarding, Camel Riding, Belling Dancing, Fire Performer and Local Food Review

This is our review of a Desert Safari Tour we did in Dubai while staying at LEGOLAND Dubai. This was the VIP tour done with Arabian Adventures. In this overview / review, we cover the dune bashing, sand boarding, drinks at sunset, camel riding, belling dancing, fire performer, spinning dancer and local food. A great way to spend an afternoon / evening.

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Transcript from the show:

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder of mattelder.com here and today we are going to talk about a desert tour we did while staying at LEGOLAND Dubai. It is independent of LEGOLAND. A desert tour was a great 6 hours or so which covers 4-wheel driving, sand boarding, drinks at sunset, camel ride, and a meal with some local entertainment. We did ours just outside Dubai with pickup and drop off from our hotel at LEGOLAND.

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Please feel free to comment on the videos and let me know any other topics you’d like to cover. I read through them all and try to answer every one of them. Back to the tour.

We did our tour with Arabian Adventures. There are 2 levels of the tour, one standard and 1 VIP. The VIP limits the group to 40 people while the standard takes almost as many people that book. We did the VIP tour so these shots are from that. It means we had a 4×4 to ourselves with a driver, which having little kids with us, didn’t put off anyone else who may have ended up with us.

First stop at the park was to let some air out of the tires to travel across the soft sand, as opposed to hard road. At this point, you start to realise how many other people do these tours when you see another 30 or so 4x4s all in the queue.

Off into the desert and you get to see different types of gazelles. On the VIP tour, the first stop was sandboarding, and the standard group would come after. It was good to have a relatively small group and able to go at a leisurely pace.

It is no coincidence that we sand boarded in the shadow, as  it was still at balmy 33 degrees Celsius at this time in the afternoon. Good bit of exercise as the sand is really soft and you sink straight into it. Surprisingly, this sand hill didn’t have the hard, course, graininess of beach sand (guessing it doesn’t have fragments of marine life in it).

Sand boarding was really fun as if you aren’t confident to be able to stand up, you can still go down seated and enjoy it.

And now you take photo. <laughter>

Then we had 10 minutes of bouncing up and down in the sand dunes while the 4×4 was being thrown about. One of the kids loved it wanting to go higher, faster, longer, while the other, just wanted it to stop. Are you enjoying? Yeah!! One is, one isn’t.

While the red jeeps might look good, they don’t have the power of the Toyota Landcruiser’s (and are better suited for larger rockier formations with the higher ground clearance).

Next stop was some drinks at sunset. Great just to relax, watch the sun go down and get a few good happy snaps. As all kids will do, it was time to play in the sand on the sand dunes. Sometimes with little kids, you do wonder about travelling when the only priorities will be soft plays, playgrounds and sand pits.

It was a quick drive to our evening meal area. Out front where camel rides and weird to have to lean back while they angle up into the air. They are up higher than horses. With little kids, 2 people can ride the camel at once so the parent can be there to reassure any little ones that aren’t too sure.

Next into the seating area for an extensive 3 course meal – the food just keeps coming and coming, and was really tasty.

Throughout the evening entertainment is provided, starting with a belly dancer.

After this was a fire performer. He got really up close and personal with the guests, leaving a great many tales to be told later on.

This was followed by a spinning dancer. I’m always amazed how these guys go on for the better part of 10 minutes spinning around. I spin the kids around a couple of times and have to stop or risk getting too dizzy. Again, there was an interactive element whereby audience participation was encouraged. One of our little ones gave it a good shot too.  

You can also sample arac (as I think it is called), and kick back with a smoke.

The guides will indicate the end of the evening, without prompting a hard time to leave. With little ones we were happy to be back in the 4×4 around 8:30pm for the 45-minute drive back to the hotel.

For next time, we may consider spending a night staying in the desert. We were fortunate that our guide had been with the company for 12 years and in the country for 23, so very experienced and knowledgeable.

One hint I would give is to make sure you have some local currency as tips are expected.

Overall a great experience and would definitely recommend it. Haven’t done the standard tour but happy to pay the extra for a more intimate group and just being able to go at our own pace.

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LEGO Christmas Tree Review and Speed Build Time-lapse – Set 40338

A kids review of Lego set 40338 Christmas Tree, which we got as a promotional “free with purchase”. The kids give a run down of all the key features from their point of view. There is also a time-lapse speed build of the whole model.


How to Make a LEGO Cupcake Stand MOC with FREE Instructions Speed Build DIY Yin Yang Design

This tutorial video shows How to Make a LEGO Cupcake Stand MOC* through speed building and commentary (pointing out key design features). FREE PDF instructions here:


This was done as a cupcake stand for ours kids birthday parties.

*My Own Creation

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Transcript from the show:

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder of mattelder.com here and in this video, we are going to show you how to make a cupcake stand with a Yin Yang design entirely out of LEGO.

This was made for son’s birthday which had a ninja theme, hence the black and red colour scheme, and going for a yin yang design in the cupcake stand design. We’ve created FREE Instructions for this, which are available on our website mattelder.com There should be a link around this video. Later in the video is a time-lapse showing the full build.

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Build Introduction

The actual build we’ve tried to keep pretty straight forward, using pretty standard LEGO blocks and techniques. So, if you have a modest collection of LEGO blocks, you should be able to build it. If not, you could go into any LEGO branded store and they should have a “pick a brick” wall with loose bricks. It may not be in the colours you want however so failing this, you may be able to order bulk lot parts of eBay relatively cheaply.

Check out our other video showing a full breakdown of our custom Master Wu LEGO MOC with instructions.

We’ve found this cupcake stand not to be a single time use, and used the cupcake stand at other parties. Here is our other son’s party which had a Dinosaur / Jurassic Park theme. Here you can see it in use and works just as well. You can also find FREE building instructions for our custom 5 and a half thousand-piece Triceratops Dinosaur and video on our website mattelder.com

Build Commentary

Now onto the build. As always, we’ve presorted the colours to make for a faster build. We start by building out the base which has a cross shaped, feet arrangement. Then we build the vertical stand part, and then add the “wings” in to both tiers.

You build the wings up at the same time for the top and middle tier. In building these wings, it is the only time don’t use the thicker 2 by something bricks. Thus, if you didn’t care for the yin yang design, these wings could be built more simply.

If you wanted something even stronger, you could use some technic beams and pins. We kept away from this to keep the design simple and accessible to everyone. As it stands, we were able to put a large 5kg/ 12 pound object on the top and it was supported fine. So you could put a regular cake on the top.

One Construction Trick

There is one trick here to connecting the base to the vertical stand part. On the vertical stand, you do need to pry apart either side at the bottom just slightly. Then slide it onto the base bricks and squeeze all the bricks together.

Alternatively, you could remove the middle tier and reduce the height on the vertical stand and create a pure cake stand. If you’d like to see a cake stand modification, get in touch and let me know.

 The whole model turns out to be relatively light. The feet to the model have a little flex in them, so you can bend them ever so slightly if not on a dead flat surface.

The yin yang is missing the 2 smaller circles. They weren’t put in as by doing so, it would just weaken the wings on each tier.

If you do make your own versions of the cupcake stand, we would love to see them. Please email matt@mattelder.com with any photos, videos / social media links etc. and we can share your creations out (if you like).

And there you have it. A cupcake stand with a Yin Yang design all made out of LEGO bricks. Be sure to check out our other video showing all the various bits and pieces we sourced relatively cheaply to theme out this LEGO ninja birthday party theme.

Finishing Up

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TOP 5 LEGOLAND Dubai Miniland Models – Indoor Walkthrough Tour of Iconic Buildings in LEGO

In this video, we count down our top 5 picks for the best LEGO models at LEGOLAND Dubai Miniland. This searches out the best models based upon buildings in the middle east. Does your favourite get a mention in our list? This is an indoor walkthrough tour of some Iconic Buildings in LEGO!

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Transcript from the show:

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder of mattelder.com here and in this video we are going to countdown the TOP 5 LEGOLAND Dubai Miniland Models. The great thing with LEGOLAND Dubai is they have models that are Middle East focused, so different from western LEGOLANDs and their models.

There will be snippets of the Miniland Dubai light show but see this video here for a more comprehensive review. My apologies if I mispronounce any names as I’m not use to them.

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So without further ado, lets count them down.

Number 5 – Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is very much the centerpiece of LEGOLAND Miniland Dubai, and  is the tallest building in the world. Construction began in 2004 and finished in a short, 5 years later.

The building is 828m tall and this LEGO model is 1:50 scale, being 17m tall (that is 1774 LEGO bricks stacked on top of each other). This is the tallest LEGO building that I’ve come across. This took over 5,000 hours to design and build and has 439,000 LEGO bricks.

It also has its own water fountain sequence set to music. The real Dubai fountain is the world’s largest with 6,600 lights, 24 colour designs and shoots water up to 152 metres high. The Miniland version has 112 jets and took 3 months to build

Check out some of the other tallest buildings in the world, made out of LEGO, right behind this Burj Khalifa model

Number 4 – Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. It is a tomb to the emperor’s wife. It was commissioned in 1632 with the majority of work finishing in 1643 (other phases continued on for another 10 years). It is made from an Ivory white marble, and sits on a 17 hectare site. The estimated build cost would be about $800 million dollars in today’s money.

It expands upon the design traditions of Persian and earlier Mughal architecture. It is visited by some 8m visitors a year, a four fold increase from 2 million visitors in 2001. No polluting traffic is allowed near the complex, so visitors either walk from parking areas or catch an electric bus.

This Miniland Taj Mahal took 2020 hours to design and build, and is made up of some 281,000 bricks. The whole thing weights about 645 kilograms.

Number 3 – The Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Ishtar Gate

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the 7 wonders of the Ancient world. It was described as a remarkable feat of engineering with an ascending series of tiered gardens, resembling a large, green mountain constructed of mud bricks.

It is partly the story of myth, as it is unsure where it was, and no definitive archaeological evidence has been found in Babylon. The Miniland Hanging Gardens took 1,283 hours to design and build, using 73,000 bricks, and weighing in at 163 kilograms.

The Ishtar Gate was the main and eighth gate of the city of Babylon, constructed around 575 BC. It was covered in lapis lazuli – a deep blue, precious stone. There are alternating rows of lions, dragons and flowers, representing powerful gods. These were on enameled yellow and black glazed bricks, symbolizing the Goddess Ishtar. It was excavated in early 20th century and reconstructed in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.

The Miniland version has 34,000 bricks, took 286 hours to build, and weights 75 kilograms.

Number 2 – Petra

Petra is a historical and archaeological city in southern Jordan. It is a combination of caves, temples and tombs. In 300BC it became the capital city of the Arab Natabaeans. Originally Petra was on an important land trade route but declined with the advent of sea trade routes.

The Monastery is probably the most famously recognizable, having appeared in films like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Mummy Returns and the 2nd Transformers film, Revenge of the Fallen. Hence why the little Easter egg of Optimus Prime, Megatron and Bumblebee …. Although they are in the G1 incarnations, as opposed to their movie versions.

There are several versions of the monastery and this one has a Sponge Bob Square Pants hidden away in it. It is a little strange seeing pop culture characters in these ancient Arab buildings.

The Miniland Colonnade is made from around 20,000 bricks and took 485 hours to create.

Here is a series of tombs known as the royal tombs, due to their levels of decoration.

Number 1 – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the largest in the UAE and located in Abu Dhabi. It was constructed between 1996 and 2007, seeking to unite the cultural diversity of the Islamic world with the historical and modern values of architecture and art. It was named after its founder, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan.

This LEGO version is 1:30 scale and took 6,300 hours to design and build. It is made from 537,000 bricks. You can also crawl through a little tunnel and come up inside the model. Thus you can get another view from inside the model looking out which is fun to do, and see all the details.

It is really a quite impressive model and why it takes the number 1 spot on this list.

The one comment I would make about LEGOLAND Dubai Miniland is that the models on display have very little information on the signs about them. Thus, it is hard to get a good sense of their importance and history. A large portion of the information in this video comes from subsequent research.

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Happy building until next time when we talk about all things LEGO.


LEGO Mosaic Image Makers

Below are a list of links / programs that will take photographs and turn them into LEGO Mosaics.






Mosaic Maker With File Select by Pennyforge (python script in a zip file):


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What is a LEGO GBC (Great Ball Contraption)? Review Time-lapse Fire Rescue First Responder to GBC 34

What is a LEGO GBC (Great Ball Contraption)? Here we review LEGO Fire Rescue First Responder set 42075 and see it converted to a Great Ball Contraption module. This is done through FREE instructions produced by PV-Productions: “GBC 34 Tilt Lift Workshop Module”.


A time-lapse is shown of the breakdown and build of this GBC module. I also have a subtle design tweak which I think improves the module.

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Transcript from the show:

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder here and today I’m going to review turning this Fire Rescue First Responder Lego set, 42075, into this Great Ball Contraption module. The second part of this video has a time-lapse breakdown and build of this.

What is a LEGO GBC?

First you might be wondering, “What exactly is this I’m looking at, and what does it do”?

This is a single unit which has an entry point for these little balls, and then moves them along to an exit point. You join a number of these modules together, so it forms a continuous loop. Thus, balls move along the system in perpetual motion.

This is a sub-genre of LEGO building called the GREAT BALL CONTRAPTION, or GBC for short. My apologies to any purists out there, I’ve only just discovered this so might be butchering any explanation.

Online Instructions

I was looking around on the internet and discovered PV-productions.com . They happened to have free instructions on how to convert this First Responder set to a single module. My son only recently got the set and thought this would be an easy entry point, he was also very excited at the idea.

We have some of the larger technic sets PV-productions make into more elaborate GBCs so thought this would be a good  chance to see the quality of their instructions. Their instructions were reasonably easy to follow, although a couple of steps weren’t super clear. The build is probably a medium Technic challenge.

Rather than constantly having to feed balls in, you can bring this boom piece across. Thus, the motion will continue with a set number of balls in it, and is quite rhythmic to watch.


Now for the time-lapse on how the model was broken down and built.

First up we must break down the Fire Rescue First Responder vehicle. I have a trades screw box and some plastic bowls off to the side to sort pieces into. This just helps when building the model to find pieces rapidly, as this isn’t exactly coming in the standard numbered bags out of the box.

I’m always amazed how people can come up with the alternative MOC models with the fixed number of pieces in a given set. I would love to know the thought process or what critical elements of the build get done first. This even manages to use the engine blocks and pistons. Very cool.

Wheel Positions

One of the things to appreciate with this build is the wheels don’t actually rotate. One set of wheels also need to have enough clearance so can slide up beside part of the frame. This was a little hazy in the instructions and can be difficult to tell where exactly the wheels should sit.

I found the more angle you could get on the moving ramp, by adjusting the wheel height, the more likely the ball would be pushed along to the exit point.


You can hand crank the ramp, but you really do need a separate power functions motor, which we had but doesn’t come with the First Responder set. As at time of recording, November 2019, you can still get these motors but believe in a couple of months, they will be retiring the motor.

As our first attempt at a Great Ball Contraption module, we think this came out rather well. The kids spent a fair bit of time tinkering around with it and they have been asking questions around gears and seeing the inner workings.

Also being kids, they have been sticking their fingers into the gears, and finding out the gears that will hurt. They have loved loading up the balls … and sometimes chasing them around the room when they overloaded.

Thoughts on Instructions

The PV-productions instructions are pretty good in the main but you really do need to watch the orientation of the build as you go. Having made some of my own instructions for builds, I know how fiddly it can be to make instructions.

There are around 70 steps in the instructions and will take a solid couple of hours to build. They even include a little piece to build, to put on your power functions on/off switch. This blocks the switch being turned to the wrong direction. The gears can go in both directions, but only 1 really works to get the ramp action working correctly.

Design Tweak

There is one design tweak I would make. There is a gap here where balls can get stuck. Looking at PV-productions promo video, they have balls that get stuck in there too. It just creates a little pocket where balls can sit and restrict the general flow across the module.

I discovered you can just roll this piece over here on either side, and it creates enough of a barrier, balls can’t get stuck in there anymore.

PV-Productions also password lock the PDF file. While I get this in terms of protecting their IP and the time and effort that goes into these, when every page has your email address on it, it is a little annoying. I also found my Chrome downloader manager corrupted the PDF so had to download the file normally – first time I’ve run into that problem.


This was fun to do and really got the kids excited and engaged. Will be checking out more of PV-Productions instructions and more of these Great Ball Contraption modules.

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DO NOT GO TO LEGOLAND DUBAI before seeing this video!! Full LEGOLAND Dubai Tour in under 3 minutes

DO NOT GO TO LEGOLAND DUBAI until you’ve watched this Video!! This is a full tour of LEGOLAND DUBAI UAE park in under 3 minutes. This has some hints and tips on how to get the most out of your day, and a time-lapse walk through of the park. This will help you get familiar with the park, layout and attractions.


We run through a few ideas to help navigate the day.

Full LEGOLAND Windsor Park Tour in under 3 minutes.

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Transcript from the show:

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder here and in this video we are going to do a full tour of LEGOLAND Dubai in under 3 minutes. Links may pop up for more detailed information on attractions.

We start coming in the main entry. On the screen you can see the names of different attractions pop up as we go past them.


The first area we go into is Miniland. This can be used as a base as the main 4 areas of the park can be accessed from here. Miniland has refreshing air conditioning … apart from when they lock the doors open and decided to air condition the outside, something I’ve never quite understood.

General Information

LEGOLAND Dubai is outdoors with many indoor areas that generally have air conditioning. The heat can be brutal in summer being 45 degrees Celsius or more, or over 110 Fahrenheit. Even in cooler months it will still be around 35 degrees or 95 Fahrenheit.   

LEGOLAND Dubai is not huge as this walk through in real time took about 30 minutes (and that is with stretching out the Miniland section). LEGOLAND Windsor UK will take about 20 minutes just to walk across the park (see that time-lapse walkthrough video in the link above). There is a separate LEGOLAND Dubai Water park adjoining this one.

Height Restrictions

The park is ultra-strict on height restrictions – every kid will get measured on every ride so kids in the 3-5 years age range may be limited with what they can go on. Grab a little builders guide to see what the options are.

Q Fast

As it is hot and visitor numbers are soft, queues are quite short. Thus, you won’t really need a Q Fast queue-jumping pass. See our Q Fast video for further details below

That was the adjoining entrance to the Water Park but we never did figure it out.

Miniland Again

Back into the main Miniland area. One good tip is to ask about the Miniland light show. It isn’t advertised at all and we actually stumbled upon it. When the park closes at 6pm, it usually runs at 5:40pm. They turn off all the main lights, then sync lights in the Miniland buildings to music – its actually really good. See our video of it linked above.

We’ve seen many reviews that state you can’t bring outside food or drink into the park. We never had a problem with this but don’t be surprised.


Coming up is the LEGO Factory tour where you can see how LEGO bricks are made, and we have a full video on this here.

We recommend doing this tour between 1pm and 2:30pm. Outside these times the machines are turned off and not running. If nothing else, you get a free LEGO Factory Dubai 2x4x3 custom brick, which is always a hit.

This is touted as the largest LEGO store in the Middle East. Items on sale were quite competitive, those not on sale, really expensive.

And that is the completed time-lapse walk through.

Sneak Peak

As a bonus sneak peak, here is the Miniland light show we referred to earlier. Link in the video above.

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QFast LEGOLAND Review Dubai. Is it Worth the Money? Fast Track Motiongate IMG World of Adventure

A review of the Q Fast system at LEGOLAND Dubai and Motiongate. Also consider the Fast Track at IMG Worlds of Adventure. We will answer the question of whether or not it is worth the money.

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Transcript from the show below:

G’day Everyone, Matt Elder here. Today we are going to ask:

Is Q Fast at LEGOland Dubai, MotionGate or Fast Track at IMG World of adventure worth the money?


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Just kidding.

Not Enough People

In all seriousness, there simply isn’t enough people going to Legoland Duabi, MotionGate, or IMG worlds of Adventure, to have long queues. The footage shown here was taken in the holidays in October 2019 and as you can see, there aren’t many people around at all.

I think you’ll find if you have purchased this queue jumping systems, you’ll be quite annoyed to get in and discover there are virtually no queues to begin with. In some instances, the Q Fast lines are actually closed.

Clips here show some shots where the queue times are 5 minutes (which I think is the lowest because they can’t say a queue has 0 wait time). You could say these are selective edits but they have been taken when they have been seem.

Even on a popular ride like the LEGO boats, which usually has a 45+ minute queue in LEGOland Windsor UK, it is about a 5 minute wait. Motiongate is much the same and you probably spend more time walking through the lines themselves, than actually waiting.

IMG Worlds of Adventure

IMG was much the same. Here is there board showing waiting times. Haunted House was the only one with a real wait. Most are showing 5 minutes wait. The ones that show 30 minutes are usually shows that start every 30 minutes, so not an accurate wait time display.

Some Numbers

This was during school holidays. While its great to virtually walk straight onto rides, you do wonder how the park survives. Reading through some of the numbers, LEGOland Dubai seems to only average 2000 visitors a day. To put this in context, a regional theme park in the USA averages about 10,000 visitors a day. That’s a regional theme park, that isn’t a Disneyland or a major park.Reading through Tripadvisor reviews at ‘peak’ times, the comments are still that the parks are quite.

International guests make up a tiny percentage of the market,. Emirates Airlines is meant to be advertising to international guests but analysis of their advertising seems to indicate they haven’t been doing this.

On the Emirates flight back, LEGOland gets a verbal mention in the same breath as IMG. While IMG has a logo on screen, LEGOland does not. So in the short term, take advantage of the short queue times while they exist.


The biggest challenge is the heat. In the cooler months it gets up to 35 Celsius /95 fahrenheit. In summer, you are looking at 45 Celsius, or well over 110 fahrenheit. Not sure if or when, the park visitors numbers pick up, I’d want to be standing in a 45 minute queue in 45 degree heat with little kids. That almost sounds like a nightmare.

Check out our other video for other hints and tips while visiting the park.

But if you think this is all too good to be true, I’d suggest, go to park and if it looks busy, go back to the main entrance point and purchase the Q Fast or equivalent queue jumping system tickets.

Check out our other video on the queue jumping system in LEGOLAND WIndsor UK called “Qbot” here. You’ll be able to see the comparison, and how expensive and complicated it can get when it gets busy.

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Here are some other videos you might be interested in. That brings us to a close so happy building til next time when we talk about all things LEGO.


LEGO 1989 Batmobile

Lego Batmobile 1989 spotted at LEGOLAND Dubai Big Store today for 1299AED ~ £279GBP. Sliding canopy looks awesome.
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UPDATE 3rd November 2019

Stupidly didn’t buy it last night and when I went back first thing this morning, mysteriously was all “sold out”, “come back in 2 weeks”, “We only got 2”, and the sticker price on the shelf was gone. All the while they were smiling in a very knowingly way… think somewhere up high told them to remove from sale.

Lego Batmobile 1989
Lego Batmobile 1989

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Lego Batmobile 1989 Back
Lego Batmobile 1989 Back

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Pop up guns also look pretty cool.