THE dad of a young man with Down’s Syndrome was left furious at Legoland after they refused to let his son in.
Lego lover Ethan Wheale, 18, was turned away from Birmingham’s Legoland Discovery Centre because he is now considered an adult.
Lego lover Ethan Wheale was told he was too old to get into Lego Discovery Centre – leaving dad Gordon lividCredit: BirminghamLive/BPM
The barring was a kick in the teeth for the lad who loves nothing more in life than his LegoCredit: BirminghamLive/BPM
On Tuesday, Ethan – who also has ADHD and a mental age of about six-years-old – was told he and his aunt needed to have at least one child in their group to get into the workshop he was booked onto.
Dad Gordon told BirminghamLive: “Even though he is 18, Lego is something he has always loved.
“He didn’t really understand why he wasn’t allowed in.”
The barring was a kick in the teeth for the lad who loves nothing but Lego and holds a Merlin Annual Pass that lets him into dozens of attractions across the UK.
Gordon added that despite the family’s protests, Legoland staff “were not interested” in making adjustments for the lad from Whittington near Lichfield.
Being kicked out was made worse by the fact rest of his family had headed to Harry Potter World, but Ethan didn’t go as he’s not interested in it.
After being booted out him and his aunt – who was over from Australia for the first time in two-and-a-half years – headed to nearby Sea Life Centre.
But Ethan got bored and they left after just half-an-hour.
Once they got home Ethan got his Lego out and sat in front of the TV while his family rung up Legoland before being told the issue would be “passed onto higher management”.
And despite Ethan turning 18 back in May, dad Gordon says other factors should have been considered to let his lad in just the one time before attending adult evenings in the future.
A Legoland Discovery Centre spokesman said: “In order to constantly maintain a welcoming environment in which to play, the centres do not permit entry to adults who are not accompanied by a young child or children.
“We appreciate, as in this case, that this does occasionally mean disappointment for some of our older teen fans and we are truly sorry for this.
“However, this policy has been in place for many years, and was developed in discussion with our visitors from our sites across the globe. It is in place to create a safe and welcoming space for small children and their carers, and is clearly signposted on our website.”
The Sun Online have approached Legoland Discovery Centre for comment.
The Insidexpress is now on Telegram and Google News. Join us on Telegram and Google News, and stay updated.