Man Is Denied Admission to Legoland Because He Was Not Accompanied By a Child – Fair?
My sons, Ethan and Evan are two of the biggest Lego fans on the planet and their dream is to go to a Legoland theme park. Lego popularity is at an all time high right now and the sets just fly off of store shelves. I also know plenty of adults who share a Lego passion with their kids, which brings me to 63-year-old John St-Onge from Windsor, Ontario Canada who was denied admission to the park for a pretty lame reason. St-Onge has been a huge fan of Legos since he started buying the sets for his kids when they were young. After they outgrew Legos and grew up to start their own lives, St-Onge continued to rebuild their old sets and buys new ones all the time to add to his collection, which is about 75 sets and more than 50,000 Lego Pieces.
St-Onge is retired and has diabetes, cancer and recently underwent heart surgery. Because he spends most of his time indoors, especially in the winter months, he spends that time with his Legos. His dream was to visit the Vaughan Mills Legoland Discovery Centre in Toronto, Canada.
St-Onge and his adult daughter Nicole saved their money, planned the trip and finally made the three hour drive to the Legoland Discovery Centre, but were turned away at the gate because of a park policy that they were unaware of that requires adults to be accompanied by a child.
St-Onge asked to speak with a manager, but was told the policy is what it is and he would not be admitted to the park. St-Onge said he was crushed, not to mention completely embarrassed and felt discriminated against and I agree with him.
Imagine if adults here in the Tri-State were not allowed to enter Holiday World without being accompanied by a child. These kind of parks should be for everyone and anything short of that, in my view is unacceptable. The rides and building rooms at Legoland are designed for kids and St-Onge said he had no intention to ride the rides, he just wanted to see the displays and take some pictures and what the heck is wrong with that?
Disney certainly does not have a policy like this and markets themselves as having something for everybody young and old alike, which has always been Disney's policy, so why should Legoland be any different? The no kids allowed unless accompanied by an adult policy is for the safety and welfare of the children and we all get that.
Hopefully Legoland will receive a big enough reaction to this story that they will take a second look at their policy. For the record, I totally understand the idea of keeping child predators away and to be fair, I'm sure that's why the policy exists, but if it's good enough for Disney and Holiday World, it should be good enough for Legoland....don't you think?