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Legoland New York Unveils Park Model

by The Editors on August 28, 2018

Legoland has reportedly unveiled a 10-foot LEGO model of their newest, biggest, brightest, bestest theme park set to to open in Goshen, New York in 2020, according to a story on Inparkmagazine.com.

The model is made of more than 135,000 LEGO bricks and took 20 Master Model Builders more than 1,300 hours to design and build. . . “LEGOLAND New York is coming and it’s time to get excited,” said LEGOLAND New York’s Public Relations Manager Matt Besterman. “This will be the ultimate must-see destination for families in the Northeast.”

You know, so they won’t have to travel to Carlsbad or Florida to get their Legoland fix. Not only that, but this new park (sorry Carlsbad) will be parent company Merlin Entertainments’ “largest investment in a single park to date.” Ouch. For the rest of the story, please click the link.

[Link: In Park Magazine]

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Legoland California Opens Second Hotel

by The Editors on April 24, 2018

This week Legoland, California is hosting media receptions for the opening of the newest addition to the park — the Castle Hotel at Legoland. The official opening will be on Friday, April 27, 2018, but Merlin Entertainment’s isn’t wasting any time introducing Legoland’s latest attempt at keeping visitors on-property for the duration of their stays (so Merlin doesn’t lose any vacation dollars to locally owned Carlsbad businesses).

The new hotel doubles Legoland’s onsite lodging bringing the park’s room total to 500. Just think, back in 2009 Legoland had to convince the Carlsbad City Council to “change a planning document” to get their first hotel approved. Guess, those changes are working out pretty well now.

The three-story, 250-room hotel immerses guests into a creative LEGO® world and every room is fully themed to create a castle fantasy.  Guests can choose from three different room themes: Royal Princess, Knights and Dragons and Magic Wizard. Upon entering the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel, guests will first step into a Grand Hall where they are met by a LEGO wizard before taking a magical levitating lift (elevator) that will take them to one of three different floors to continue their adventure. 

With a place like this to stay, and eat, and sleep, and shop, why would anyone want to leave? Exactly.

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Happy Holidays From Legoland California

by The Editors on December 22, 2017

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Hillary Duff Lights Up Legoland

by The Editors on November 28, 2017

Award-winning actress and singer Hilary Duff helped Santa pull the switch to light the world’s largest LEGO® Christmas tree at Legoland California Resort during the 15th annual tree lighting ceremony in Carlsbad, California last night (Monday, November 27, 2017).

“We feel so fortunate to be at LEGOLAND California Resort, “ said Duff. “We spent the whole day with family and close friends and this is definitely one of our favorite places. We had the best stay at Legoland Hotel and now Luca wants to know why his room at home can’t look like the pirate bunk bed room at the hotel!”

At the ceremony, Legoland California Resort donated $10,000 on Duff’s behalf to Baby2Baby, which provides low-income children ages 0-12 years with diapers, clothing and other basic necessities. By distributing to non-profit partner organizations including homeless and domestic violence shelters, Head Start programs, foster care programs and children’s hospitals, Baby2Baby will serve more than 150,000 children in Los Angeles this year and tens of thousands more across the country through the Baby2Baby National Network.

For the official word from Legoland, please follow the jump.

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Legoland’s Best Park Being Built In New York

by The Editors on October 30, 2017

Legoland, the Denny’s of amusement parks, is reportedly building its “most expensive park ever” in the town of Goshen, New York according to a story in Travel and Leisure.

The park will have a 250-room hotel filled with hundreds of Lego models and millions of Lego bricks, beloved Lego characters, and themed Lego zones to enjoy. . . Visitors will also find more than 50 rides, shows, and attractions, including Legoland Driving School, where kids can learn how to drive a Lego car.

Sound familiar? Yes. And we thought Carlsbad’s would be the only one in North America. Merlin Entertainments appears to be putting them in everywhere now. This one will cost a reported $350 million. We can’t wait to visit. Can you?

[Link: Travel and Leisure]

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Legoland Plans “Massive” Park In New York

by The Editors on June 2, 2016

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Back in the mid 1990s when proponents of the Legoland theme park in Carlsbad, California were pressing for votes to get the park approved by City voters they often pointed out that the “little park aimed at kids” would draw tourists from all over the world, because there were only two other Legolands and they were both in Europe.

How things have changed in 20 years. Since opening in 1999 the “little park” in Carlsbad Legoland USA has doubled the number of attractions, added an aquarium, built a hotel, applied to build a second hotel on the property and, oh yeah, built another theme park in Florida on the former grounds of Cypress Gardens. In fact, Legoland (now operated by British theme park mega corp Merlin Entertainments) now has six Legoland parks around the world with their seventh opening in Dubai in October 2016).

Apparently, that’s not enough. The company is now rallying the citizens of Orange County New York to approve the “worlds largest Legoland” in Goshen, New York, according to story in the Times-Union.

Merlin plans to present its plans at a special meeting of the Goshen Town Board at 7:30 p.m. June 14. . . The meeting will be held at the town’s Emergency Services Center, and outline project details for the park. . . The park would be the third in North America. Legoland theme parks already operate near Los Angeles and in Winter Haven, Fla. . . The $800 million project would create 1,500 jobs, according to the Mid-Hudson News Network. The site, off Route 17, is about two hours south of the Capital Region.

The story claims this new park is going to be “massive.” Go get ’em, Merlin. The world needs more theme parks. For the rest of the story, please click the link.

[Link: Times-Union]

 

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Legoland Tickets At A Reasonable Price

by The Editors on March 22, 2016

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Tickets are now on sale for the one (partial) day each year when Legoland is arguably worth the price of admission. April 23, 2016 is Carlsbad Day at Legoland thanks to the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. This means that if you buy tickets in advance from the Carlsbad Education Foundation you can get a partial day (1 PM to 8 PM) entry to Legoland for $35. In addition, “a percentage of ticket sales” will help fund “enriching STEM programs” (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) that the Carlsbad Unified School District is apparently unable to provide to the students of our fair city.

In other words, if you’d like to help the Carlsbad Educational Foundation help the students of a school district that can’t figure out how to provide the education Carlsbad kids deserve and visit an overpriced theme park for a reasonable price then please, Click here to purchase your tickets.

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CEF’s Annual Affordable Legoland Ticket Day

by The Editors on March 19, 2015

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Ever wondered what’s behind those massive berms on the North side of Palomar Airport Road just northeast of the Carlsbad Costco parking lot? Well, it’s a theme park called Legoland and thanks to exorbitantly expensive tickets few of us have ever seen what’s behind those berms up close and personal.

But do not fear! Our time in the dark is nearly over. The Carlsbad Education Foundation has a solution. Together with Legoland they are presenting the annual Celebrate Carlsbad Day on April 25, 2015. On that day (beginning at 1 PM and not when the park opens) park guests (who purchase tickets ahead of time) will be able to explore Legoland for the much more realistic price of $25 per person.

LEGOLAND will donate a portion of the event proceeds to the Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) to support district-wide science initiatives for students at all Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) Schools. LEGOLAND will also donate hundreds of free field trip admission tickets to Carlsbad students for hands-on science field trips.

Get Legoland tickets at a reasonable price and help Carlsbad Schools at the same time? That’s a win-win for everyone. For all the official details (including exactly how and where you can buy these properly priced tickets) please follow the jump, or click here to purchase your tickets online. [click to continue…]

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Firefighter Appreciation Day At Legoland

by The Editors on September 4, 2014

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On September 20, 2014 Legoland California will be remembering all the work Carlsbad Firefighters did this year with a Firefighter Appreciate Day.

Guests can board a real fire engine and ambulance, try on firefighter gear, race against firefighters at Fun Town Police and Fire Academy and meet Sparky the fire dog. An appreciation rally at 11 a.m. kicks off the Big Test Show. Tickets, which include a full day admission to LEGOLAND, are $35 per person with a portion of each ticket donated to the foundation. Tickets are valid Sept. 20 and can be purchased only through the Carlsbad Fire Department Foundation.

For more information on how you can get tickets, please call 760-212-8825 or email davisbeach@roadrunner.com.

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World’s Largest Lego Model At Legoland

by The Editors on June 11, 2013

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Tomorrow (Thursday, June 13, 2013) members of the Rebel Legion and 501st Legion will unveil the largest Lego model ever built when they present the Lego Star Wars X-wing star fighter at our very own Legoland California theme park.

The massive replica took 32 Master Model Builders, five million LEGO bricks and more than 17,000 hours to complete. The LEGO model weighs nearly 46,000 pounds, stands 11 feet tall and 43 feet long, with a wingspan of 44 feet.

The X-wing will debut at 9 AM. But don’t think you’ll get to see it for free. No, no, no. It will only be up for viewing by people who’ve spent a large chunk of their life savings to buy tickets to the park. And even then you’ll have to wait until after 2 PM because “Pass Members” get an exclusive look at it from 10 AM to 2 PM. For the official word from Legoland follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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