LEGOLAND® CALIFORNIA REVEALS MAJOR ADDITIONS FOR 2017 AND BEYOND!
CARLSBAD, Calif. (September 15, 2016) – As 2016 finishes its last few months, LEGOLAND® California Resort’s General Manager Peter Ronchetti announced at today’s press conference that big plans are already in action for 2017 including: new LEGO®NINJAGO™ rooms at LEGOLAND® Hotel; an expansion at LEGOLAND® Water Park and a new addition to LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland!
A familiar droid joined Ronchetti in announcing a new addition that’s sure to bring out the Force in all of the Resort’s guests in 2017: LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens Miniland Model Display.
"Right now, at our secret Model Shop in Carlsbad, Master Model Designer Nik Ehm of our Merlin’s Magic Making team is working on creating six scenes that represent the first 30 minutes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” said Ronchetti. “There are two primary focal points – the more traditional character-driven scenes on the planet of Jakku, and an enormous LEGO® model of the Star Destroyer Finalizer. At 16-feet long, it will be the longest LEGO Star Wars Miniland model ever created!”
LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens Miniland Model Display will be in the center of LEGOStar Wars Miniland and will include these scenes: Kylo Ren’s capture of Poe at planet Jakku; Rey’s rescue of BB-8; Poe and Finn’s escape from the Star Destroyer Finalizer; The wreck of Finn and Poe’s TIE Fighter; Rey, Finn and BB-8’s escape from Niima Outpost; and the escape from the Starship Graveyard. Lights, sound effects and animation will further bring the scenes and characters to life from this blockbuster film.
The new LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens Miniland Model Display opens to the public in March 2017 just in time for spring break and will kick off the fan-favorite LEGO® Star Wars™ Days on March 4 and 5 in 2017.
A giant wave took center stage as LEGOLAND surfers announced little guests can ride their first wave in Surfer’s Bay opening in time for summer 2017! This competitive water raceway is designed for children to compete against each other by jumping on a mat and racing down one of six water slides in this California beach themed expansion of LEGOLAND Water Park. Surfer’s Bay includes a new “spray ground” with multiple water jets splashing on and off and plenty of new LEGO models to create a fun place to cool off next summer.
“Surfer’s Bay is a winning combination of LEGO theming, water and, of course, healthy competition to inspire our guests,” said Ronchetti. “ We’re truly providing guests a family environment filled with fun, interactive experiences that create lasting memories!”
Also opening in 2017: LEGO® NINJAGO™ rooms at LEGOLAND Hotel! Immersing hotel guests in the popular LEGO NINJAGO universe, they will be able to sleep in the company of Cole, Nya, Kai and Lloyd and other cool LEGO ninjas throughout 18 premium themed rooms and two premium themed suites. The NINJAGO rooms are replacing kingdom themed rooms in preparation of the new LEGO Castle themed hotel opening in 2018. Ronchetti presented a first look of the new premium themed 250-room hotel at the press conference revealing the entrance and pool area . The ground breaking is expected in early 2017 and the new hotel will feature a new restaurant, pool area and themed Castle décor throughout.
“At LEGOLAND California Resort, we pride ourselves in innovation, creativity and memorable experiences for our millions of guests we see each year and 2017 continues that tradition,” said Ronchetti. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens set records as the top-grossing film nationally of all time and we’re excited to bring it to life here in our popular LEGO Star Wars Miniland!” said Ronchetti.
The LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens Miniland Model Display is included in the cost of admission to LEGOLAND California Resort. For ticket prices, operating schedule and additional information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call 760-918-LEGO (5346).
One of our favorite parks has always been Legoland California. While sure we aren't the age range for this park it's just awesome to have a park dedicated to our favorite toy and we love any chance we get to head to this park.
Last week we were at the premiere for the all new Lego Movie 4D (be sure to check out our review if you haven't yet) but we also had some fun in the park prior to the premiere and were able to get some pics of the all-new Ninjago land that's opening later this spring.
Written by Gregg Condon
We'll start off with a look at Ninjago which kind of to our surprise is going to be located very close to the front of the park.
We really love this new trend that parks have of doing entire lands around new attractions.
Some of the Ninjago characters
No date on the new ride/land has been announced, but it will be this Spring.
Below on the map you can see the area where the new land is going just to the right of the main entrance of the park.
A few weeks ago the park sent us some sneak peek pics of the ride building and the new vehicles. Be sure to check it out here (and some of the pics below).
New since our last visit is the all new Lego Heartlake City addition.
It's definitely an area for the girls.
The Carousel was very large and oddly didn't play any music, just clopping of the horses.
Nice characters of the Lego Friends.
We are definitely not the intended audience for this area of the park, but we thought it was very nicely done.
Before we move on into the rest of the park be sure to check out our HD POV of the Fairy Tale Brook at the park. It's a great little ride. We'd also taken some video of Mini-Land but we didn't really care for the way it turned out. Next time we're at the park we're going to spend some time getting some great video of Mini Land. We've got some cool ideas on how to pull that off.
One of our favorite parts of Legoland are all of the quirky little Lego figures.
The Dragon coaster which if you haven't ridden it is basically a Lego version of Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios. Those who have ridden will know what I mean.
One of these days we'll try and arrange it with the park to get some POV of this great fun family coaster.
Legoland also has one of the best Splash Battles we've seen.
Don't forget to head down to the park and check out The Lego Movie 4D ... NOW OPEN!!!
Thanks again for checking out the update and for all of the incredible support.
Yesterday we were invited out to Legoland California to check out the all new Star Wars Death Star Mini Land exhibit. As a huge fan of Lego and Star Wars, this is probably my favorite exhibit in all of the Star Wars Mini Land. It's truly a marvel.
Below you'll see some pictures from the event as well as the official press release. The Death Star display opens today!!! So head down and see it.
It was weird arriving at Legoland at 4:30pm.
Behind here is the ultimate battle station
Before the reveal we got to check out the trench battle display which also has a building station where you can build your own Star Wars vehicle
"The Force is Strong with this one"
They had a nice little band playing Star Wars music which really set the mood
I still want a Lego R2
Legoland General Manager Peter Ronchetti addressing the crowd
Oh no, the party is disrupted by some uninvited guests ...
"Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed"
"Don't Underestimate the power of the Dark Side"
Use the force Darth ... =)
"That's no moon, it's a Space Station"
After the reveal we were able to get a closer look, pictures really don't do it justice, you need to see this for yourself.
You can see Luke's X-Wing circling around the trench while being followed by Darth Vader and Tie Fighters
Turns out they are proud of the technological terror they constructed, as they should be.
As it got darker we were able to get some cool shots, I think this is my favorite.
As the sun continued to set, we took the advantage of getting some sunset pictures of miniland.
Thanks to Legoland for having us out, we love the new display. Be sure to go check it out, it opens today!!!
See the full press release below.
The empire returns to lEGOLAND® CALIFORNIA RESORT with the unveiling of the new
LEGO® STAR WARS™ MINILAND DEATH STAR MODEL DISPLAY
Resort adds largest Lego star wars miniland lego model
CARLSBAD, Calif. (March 4, 2015) – Stormtroopers rushed to secure the area as Darth Vader used the Force to unveil the LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star Model Display and ignite its superlaser during the opening ceremony at LEGOLAND® California Resort. The LEGO Death Star model is LEGOLAND California Resort’s latest major addition to LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland and opens to guests on March 5, 2015.
With the help of R2-D2, LEGOLAND California’s General Manager Peter Ronchetti welcomed guests before the massive LEGO space station model and its planet-destroying superlaser was unveiled. At 8-feet wide, 13-feet high, weighing more than 1900 pounds and made out of more than 500,000 LEGO bricks, the LEGO Death Star model is the largest addition to LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland. The new model display features iconic film scenes made of LEGO® bricks that were filmed inside the Galactic Empire’s space station including the famous trench run scene where Luke Skywalker maneuvered his X-wing fighter through the combat zone to destroy the Death Star. Adjacent to the planet-shaped LEGO model, guests are invited to use their imaginations to construct their own LEGO starships at building stations.
“Since opening in 2011 and making the first major addition in 2012, LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland has become one of the most popular areas for children and their parents,” said Ronchetti “We are thrilled to add a LEGO model that our guests have been asking for, the LEGO Death Star! Truly, this addition is galactic!”
The LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star is designed from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. It includes six animated Turbo Laser Turrets and LEGO starship models built out of more than 20,000 LEGO bricks. The unveiling of the new LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star Model Display kicks-off the fan favorite, LEGO Star Wars™ Days event on March 7 and 8, where guests can spend the day participating in Star Wars™ related activities.
LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star Model Display is included in the cost of admission to LEGOLAND California Resort. For ticket prices, operating schedule and additional information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call 760-918-LEGO (5346).
LEGOLAND® California Resort includes LEGOLAND® California, SEA LIFE® Aquarium, LEGOLAND® Water Park and LEGOLAND® Hotel. All are geared for families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. At LEGOLAND California, you’ll find more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display, Pirate Reef and Dino Island. SEA LIFE Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 living creatures and incorporates LEGO® models into a child’s voyage to the depths of the ocean featuring play zones, fun facts and quiz trails. LEGOLAND Water Park features more than seven slides, sandy beaches and the unique Build-A-Raft River. New this year, LEGO Legends of Chima Water Park presented by Cartoon Network where guests splash about in a Lion Temple Wave Pool, slide out of a crocodile’s mouth and race LEGO boats. The nation’s first LEGOLAND Hotel features 250 rooms, all themed either as pirate, adventure, or kingdom plus more than 3,500 LEGO models throughout the three-story hotel. For more information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).