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The Lego Imagination Center in Downtown Disney has been reopened for a few weeks now but I was just able to get over and check it out this past weekend. It was worth the wait!! While the Lego merchandise within the store is certainly enough to entertain even the oldest Lego-maniac, what I was most excited about seeing were the new giant Lego scenes put together off-site and shipped over to install at the Downtown Disney location. I had seen pictures, but nothing compares to seeing them in person. Well, if you aren't visiting the area any time soon, hopefully these photos will tide you over, or if you've seen them before, serve as reminders of the amazing talent on display!

It was a super crowded Mother's Day when I arrived but there was still plenty of space to explore and take photos. Actually, too many photos for one post, so I threw them all into a video for you! I am so completely impressed with the Lego sculptures, especially the Maleficent dragon, left, which I seriously could have taken about 100 pictures of.

The way the Legos seem to have texture and shadows on the dragon and the Prince's cape, and the colors in the flame from the rocket with Buzz and Woody…just breathtaking. This will definitely be a favorite spot for me to explore in future visits.

Inside the store the newly re-imagined Lego Imagination Center is bigger. The old outdoor play patio has been moved to the entrance adjacent to World of Disney. There are tubs of Legos for kids to play with, and a slope for racing their creations. The store itself is more spacious and computers are set up for kids to design structures and play games, shown at left.

--Suzannah DiMarzio

Look for more theme park reviews on Suzannah DiMarzio's blog, where she shares her insight for her two stints as a member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel.

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Posted by Sharon Wynne at 7:00:00 am on May 11, 2011