The results are in! Generous guests and Model Citizens ‘fill the bus’ to help local kids in need

Recently we asked brick fans to help us support our local community by filling one of the LEGOLAND® Florida Resort shuttle buses with school supplies.  The response was brick-tastic!  After adding up everything donated by guests and our Model Citizens, the final tally was nearly 2,800 items. FilltheBus Warehouse

All items will be distributed to elementary and middle school students assisted by the HEARTH Project, a Polk County program that assists homeless and in-transition families and children “by eliminating barriers to school enrollment, attendance, stability, and overall academic success.”

According to Dee Dee Wright, homeless liaison for the Polk County School Board, last year 3,691 Polk County students were in a homeless situation sometime during the school year.  In 2015, the organization was able to distribute school supplies to more than 850 students. She says this year they will be able to give even more due to this collaboration.IMG_8057

“We were very excited that LEGOLAND Florida Resort chose to support the HEARTH Project and provide assistance to our homeless students,” she said. “We were moved by the overwhelming generosity of the LEGOLAND staff and our community members. Giving school supplies not only equips students for success, but also makes them a confident learner.”

The supply drive was part of a global campaign called Being a Force for Good by Merlin Entertainments, the parent company of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, and represents the latest in a long line of LEGOLAND efforts to support our community and its children. Thank you to everyone that participated! You’re awesome!

 

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COWABUNGALOW! Enjoy a sneak peek inside LEGOLAND® Beach Retreat, opening in mid-2017

LEGOLAND Beach RetreatWhen it opens next year, LEGOLAND® Beach Retreat will offer a great new way for families and friends to stay and play at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. The all-new accommodations combine the fun of surf and sand with the creativity of LEGO® building sets while offering beautiful views of Lake Dexter from nearly every sun-kissed corner.

Today, with construction moving right along, we’re giving a sneak peek at the awesome LEGO décor that awaits guests in each of the 83 beach-themed bungalows, which offer 166 separate accommodations that sleep up to five. There’s even a cozy area designed just for kids. Check it out in the latest episode of LEGOLAND Florida Resort TV:

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The village-style resort was announced in March, less than a year after the May 2015 debut of the popular LEGOLAND Hotel, a five-story tower with 152 LEGO themed rooms and suites. With the opening of LEGOLAND Beach Retreat next year, we’ll be the first LEGOLAND resort in North America to offer two highly immersive resorts with LEGO theming inside and out.

2016.08.12_LEGOLANDFLORIDA_LBR_034Designed with the same mix of imagination and kid-centric detail that made the LEGOLAND Hotel an immediate hit, LEGOLAND Beach Retreat invites guests to relax in an oasis of endless outdoor fun. Kids can slide, swing, jump and climb at one of many outdoor play areas, and each candy-colored bungalow will include a shaded patio where parents can put their feet up, kick back and relax.

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LEGOLAND Beach RetreatA short stroll away, a themed swimming pool will offer hours of fun in the sun alongside a giant sandy play area. A central clubhouse topped by a LEGO lighthouse will feature a buffet restaurant, pool bar and a beach-themed space where kids can build with LEGO bricks and proudly display their creations.

Plus, LEGOLAND Beach Retreat guests will enjoy a breakfast buffet every morning of their stay and early access to the theme park. More amenities and room rates will be announced soon, along with a new check-in service that will make vacationing at LEGOLAND Florida Resort as carefree as a day at the beach.

Sign up for exclusive details at www.legolandbeachretreat.com!LEGOLAND Beach Retreat

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Meet the team bringing #BrickPony to life

Can you believe there are people who get paid to build things out of LEGO® bricks?

Believe it. LEGO Master Model Builders Pete, Dave, Colin, Greg, Nate, Sam and TJ are currently assembling the life-size replica of the “1964½” Ford Mustang at the U.S. headquarters of The LEGO Group in Enfield, Conn. Here’s an exclusive peek at the team inside the model shop:

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The team of veteran Master Model Builders creating #BrickPony have more than three decades of experience building dazzling models out of millions of LEGO bricks.

Led by Pete, a LEGO veteran, Team #BrickPony is making swift, brick-by-brick progress on the giant model, which is set to arrive at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort this fall, where it will go on permanent display outside the Ford Driving School attraction sponsored by Southern Ford Dealers. Altogether, the talented team has more than 30 years of building experience — that’s a lot of bricks!

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Designed by LEGO Master Model Builders using special software, the giant model is assembled from the bottom up in layers, just like an ordinary LEGO set. Large DUPLO® bricks are used for support in the model’s unseen interior.

According to Dale, the build’s senior project manager, while creating a LEGO car may not resemble the way they’re built in Detroit, the process is remarkably similar to assembling a typical LEGO set.

“We are building it like you would at home — one brick and one layer at a time, starting from the bottom,” he said.

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LEGO Master Model Builder Sam is part of the seven-person team building the life-size Ford Mustang brick by brick, layer by layer.

Check out Sam, shown here working on layer No. 63 out of the 165 layers it will take to create the Mustang. When complete, the finished model will measure more than 15 feet long, nearly 6 feet wide and more than 4 feet tall.

How many LEGO bricks will it take to build this American classic? We’re not saying — yet. Leave a reply with your best guess!

Less than three weeks remain before #BrickPony debuts at a special four-day event in Indianapolis. You can follow its travels here on our blog and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Help us ‘fill the bus’ Aug. 19-21 with school supplies for Polk County students

It’s back-to-school time for local students, but not every child begins the year with the items they need to succeed. This month, we’re asking brick fans to help us support our community by donating school supplies.

IMG_8049Items will be distributed to elementary and middle-school students in the Polk County School Board’s homeless education program.  The HEARTH Project and Polk County Public Schools work to ensure that homeless children throughout the county have equal opportunities for educational success.

On Aug. 19-21 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., LEGOLAND® Model Citizens will accept donations at one of our colorfully decorated shuttle buses near the archway as you enter the park. Help us “fill the bus” with items for needy students!

 

All supplies are welcome, but these are the items needed most:

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  • Full-size spiral notebooks
  • Composition notebooks
  • Calculators
  • Pocket folders (with brads)
  • Pencils (minimum 12-pack)
  • Pens (blue, black and red packs)
  • Markers (minimum 12-pack)
  • Crayons (minimum 12-pack)
  • Colored pencils (minimum 12-pack)
  • Highlighters (assorted packs)
  • Rulers
  • Blunt-tip school scissors
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Large pink erasers
  • Glue sticks (minimum 2-pack)

Everyone who donates 10 items or more from the most-needed list will receive a LEGO® NINJAGO® Sky Pirate building toy with exclusive Minifigure (subject to change while supplies last). NINJAGOGiveaway

The drive is part of a global campaign called Being a Force for Good by Merlin Entertainments, the parent company of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, and represents the latest in a long line of LEGOLAND efforts to support the community and its children. Our goal is to collect at least 7,000 school supplies during the donation period.

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LEGO® Star Wars™ Days takes kids to a galaxy far, far away Sept. 10-11

The Force is strong with LEGOLAND® Florida Resort as the anticipation builds for LEGO® Star Wars™ Days presented by LEGO Club.  This must-see event is happening for two days only on Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11.

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2015) -- The Force grew stronger at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort on the first day of the new LEGO® Club Weekend featuring LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display. The event, which continues tomorrow, attracted fans of all ages dressed as their favorite LEGO® Star Wars™ characters, and the best of the bunch were awarded LEGO® Star Wars™ prizes. (Photo by Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort/Merlin Entertainments Group)

Strike a pose with Darth Maul, if you dare!

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Meet LEGO Darth Vader during LEGO Star Wars™ Days. Just don’t make him mad.

In MINILAND USA, kids will discover some of the most famous scenes from the Star Wars™ saga made out of 1.5 million LEGO bricks, including displays inspired by “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,” “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” and “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi,” plus giant LEGO models of Darth Vader, Darth Maul and R2-D2.

You’re invited to #BuildTheForce with fun Star Wars™ activities throughout the theme park, including a hands-on opportunity to create a large mural out of thousands of LEGO bricks, meet-and-greets with LEGO Darth Vader, a Yoda-themed scavenger hunt and photo ops with members of the 501st Legion, a global organization of costumed Star Wars™ fans.

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2015) -- The Force grew stronger at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort on the first day of the new LEGO® Club Weekend featuring LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display. The event, which continues tomorrow, attracted fans of all ages dressed as their favorite LEGO® Star Wars™ characters, and the best of the bunch were awarded LEGO® Star Wars™ prizes. (Photo by Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort/Merlin Entertainments Group)

Dress the part and show the world which LEGO® Star Wars™ character you think is best.

Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, who has designed many licensed LEGO Star Wars™ sets, will host a Q&A session to discuss his work as a LEGO Master Model Builder and offer his own building tips.  Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite LEGO Star Wars™ characters and take part in a colorful parade for a chance to win a LEGO Star Wars™ prize.

All activities during LEGO Star Wars™ Days will take place both event dates and are included with park admission. No extra ticket or Jedi mind tricks required!  LEGO Star Wars™ Days is the only LEGO Star Wars™ theme park event in Central Florida.

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#BrickPony to debut at Mustang Club of America’s 40th anniversary celebration Sept. 1-4

Recently we revealed that a giant new LEGO® model is coming soon to LEGOLAND® Florida Resorta 1:1 replica of the iconic, “1964½” Ford Mustang that will go on permanent display outside the Ford Driving School attraction, courtesy of our friends at Southern Ford Dealers.

 

Currently under construction by a team of LEGO Master Model Builders, the sleek new model is already preparing for its public debut. The #BrickPony, as we’ve nicknamed it, will make its first appearance Sept. 1-4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 40th anniversary celebration for the Mustang Club of America, a grassroots organization of Mustang enthusiasts that has grown to more than 12,000 national members and nearly 200 regional clubs with more than 40,000 local members.

 

Join us in Indianapolis and see the car that redefined cool brought to life in a brick-tacular new way!

If you can’t make it, follow #BrickPony on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find out where it will appear next before arriving at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in late September.

Come back to our blog on Friday for an exclusive sneak peek inside the model shop!

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Your last chance to stay up late at LEGOLAND® Night Lights is this weekend

Don’t let summer come to an end without staying up past your bedtime at the only place #BuiltForKids! There’s still time to enjoy fireworks, dance parties and all the other exciting summertime fun with our new event, LEGOLAND Night Lights!

LEGOLAND Night LightsFinal dates for the Lightiest Nightiest Nights of All take place this Saturday and Sunday!

Here’s what’s happening:

  • Meet LEGO® NINJAGO™ Kai and Nya along with NEXO KNIGTS™ Lance
  • Dance and sing with your favorite BFFs in “Olivia’s Night Light Extravaganza”
  • Find all the LEGO stars for a chance to win a sweet prize
  • Light up the night with a spectacular fireworks show

…and more! And it’s all included with regular park admission.

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Visit our events page for show and activity times!

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Built for safety, local firefighters celebrate the arrival of new fire engines

On this #FirefighterFriday, the Winter Haven Fire Department stopped by the LEGOLAND Hotel to capture a colorful photo of its brand new, custom designed pumper.  The firefighters were all smiles as they posed in front of the new truck which they say is sure to improve service and increase safety for the firefighters.

Chris Humphrey, Assistant Fire Chief of Winter Haven Fire Department tells us the hotel was the perfect backdrop as they prepare to share this great news with the local community. “When you ask firefighters which toys were their favorite as a kid, most will pick firetrucks and LEGO.  How fortunate we are to have both of our favorites in our backyard.  We are very excited to present our new apparatus at LEGOLAND Florida Resort.”

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Winter Haven Fire Department captures a colorful photo of their new fire engine at the LEGOLAND Hotel.

The new truck will replace two pumpers that have been in service for 18 years.  They can pump 1,250 gallons per minute and carry 500 gallons of water!  Firefighters tell us they are most excited about the new look and spacious feel of the new engines.

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