Monthly Archives: October 2015

Happy Halloween!

From all the Model Citizens at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, have fun enjoying a safe and spooky Halloween tonight.

If you’re joining us for the last date of our expanded Brick or Treat event, don’t miss the brick-tastic fireworks finale at 8 p.m. in Pirates’ Cove, including a colorful LEGO® surprise you can only see with our free viewing glasses. It’s all included with regular park admission.

Did you enjoy all the kid-friendly fun of this year’s event? Leave a comment and let us know what you’d like to see during next year’s Brick or Treat.

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Last chance: Don’t miss Brick or Treat this Friday and Saturday!

Two dates remain for Brick or Treat, our awesome Halloween celebration built just for kids. On Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31, guests can enjoy all the spooky, kooky fun throughout the theme park, including several all-new offerings:

  • An exclusive, pirate-themed fireworks spectacular lights up the night starting at 8 p.m. Before the show in Pirates’ Cove, pick up a pair of free viewing glasses to see a special LEGO® twist in each exploding burst of color.
  • In Market Plaza, don’t miss the 13-foot “Vampyre Hearse” made entirely of LEGO bricks. Designed and assembled by our Master Model Builders, the hotrod hearse is inspired by an actual LEGO set that’s now out of print.
  • At four locations, guests can meet exclusive LEGO Halloween characters, including two new additions to Brick or Treat — Mad Scientist and Frankenstein.
  • Count the spiders in Miniland and receive a collector’s-edition LEGO brick featuring Vladimir the Vampyre.

Sound like fun? Kids also can trick or treat along the Brick or Treat trail, help the Master Model Builders create a couple of enormous LEGO models and show off their outfits during the “Everything is Awesome” Costume Contest. And there’s no need to buy a separate ticket — all Brick or Treat activities and entertainment are included with park admission.

Want an unforgettably LEGO Halloween experience? Book a VIP package by registering online or calling (855) 753-7777.

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Extra! Extra! LEGOLAND Water Park will be open Nov. 1 for an extra day of fun

Enjoy an extra day of fun at LEGOLAND Water Park on Sunday, Nov. 1.

Enjoy an extra day of fun at LEGOLAND Water Park on Sunday, Nov. 1.

We’re giving guests one more day of fun in the sun by opening LEGOLAND Water Park on Sunday, Nov. 1, from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. How will you spend it?

Before it closes for the rest of 2015, come enjoy an extra day floating along Build-a-Raft River or zooming down the Splash Out and Twin Chasers slides. Catch some waves at LEGO® Wave Pool or slide, splash and play among the many levels of Joker Soaker.

LEGOLAND Water Park will open for the 2016 season on Saturday, March 12.

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Building spooky fun during Brick or Treat

Be a Master Model Builder in-training when you help piece together a 10-foot-tall LEGO® model of Vladimir the Vampyre!

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What will it look like? Come to Brick or Treat and see for yourself. Here’s a hint: The mini Vlad shown here was built as a reference for the giant model to be built in the theme park.

During each Brick or Treat date, we encourage kids of all ages to help our Master Model Builders construct ginormous LEGO® models of Vladimir the Vampyre in LEGO® Kingdoms, a humongous ghost in Fun Town and a mystery mosaic guests have been building all month in The Beginning.

There’s still plenty of time to enjoy our spook-tacular event. Brick or Treat continues Oct. 23, 24, 25, 30 and 31 and is included with park admission. Special VIP packages are available by booking online or calling (855) 753-7777.

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Chefs and students win People’s Choice Award during culinary competition

The LEGOLAND® Florida Resort team tasted victory Oct. 16 by capturing the coveted People’s Choice Award during the first-ever Culinary Cook-Off as part of the 15th annual Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival.

Students from Lake Region High School in Eagle Lake, Fla., joined with chefs from LEGOLAND Florida Resort to win the People’s Choice Award at the first-ever Culinary Cook-Off during the 15th annual Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival.

Lake Region High School students Rebecca Radney, Taylor Waltz and Allison Klimaszewski joined chefs from LEGOLAND Florida Resort to win the People’s Choice Award at the first-ever Culinary Cook-Off during the 15th annual Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival.

Held at the historic Magnolia Building in downtown Lakeland, Fla., the cooking competition partnered several LEGOLAND Florida Resort chefs with three students from Lake Region High School in Eagle Lake, Fla., all to raise money for Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay, Polk District.

According to James Boheim, executive chef at LEGOLAND Hotel and a JA board member, the community event was a great success.

“It was wonderful to watch these students take so much pride in their dishes,” he said. “I look forward to supporting the growth of these talented young leaders at more events in the future.”

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Behind the model: Building The Vampyre Hearse

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The LEGO® Vampyre Hearse photo op, located in the Market Plaza in The Beginning.

One of the most exciting additions to this year’s Brick or Treat event is a 13-foot-long LEGO® hearse on display in the theme park’s Market Plaza.  Created with more than 280,000 bricks, it’s sure to be a popular stop for photos but there’s more to this model than meets the eye.

 

 

 

Hearse Set

The Entertainment team came up with the idea for a large-scale LEGO hearse then turned to our on-site Model Shop to bring the vision to life. Master Model Designer Jason Miller says the team decided to build a scaled-up version of the now-retired LEGO Vampyre Hearse from the 2012 Monster Fighters series (set No. 9464, for you collectors out there).

Building the hot-rod hearse required the talents of every Model Citizen in the shop, under the direction of project manager Sam Dalessandro.  According to Sam, since LEGOLAND Florida Resort opened in 2011 his team has continued to tackle bigger and bigger designs, from a small tractor measuring only a few feet long to a massive model of Planet Earth. “As the size of the models grew, so did my confidence in the team,” he said.

Unlike smaller creations, a mammoth model like The Vampyre Hearse requires the specialized skills of Jimmie Curby, the Model Shop’s animator. His job is to design a solid set of “bones” to build upon (pun intended), creating the moving parts and structures hidden inside the model.

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Master Model Designer Jason Miller with the LEGO® Vampyre Hearse from the 2012 Monster Fighters series.

Once the specially ordered LEGO bricks arrived, Jason led the team of Master Model Builders on a project that took more than 2,400 hours to complete.

“Teamwork and camaraderie were very important to keeping spirits up throughout this build,” he said. “Not to mention a great selection of music.”

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Model Shop team members pose with the LEGO® Vampyre Hearse.

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Celebrating four years of kid-tastic, brick-tacular fun

Can you believe it? LEGOLAND Florida Resort turns 4 today! And my, how we’ve grown.

Adrian Jones, general manager of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, celebrates the grand opening of Central Florida's newest theme park on Oct. 15, 2011.

Adrian Jones, general manager of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, celebrates the grand opening of Central Florida’s newest theme park on Oct. 15, 2011.

On Oct. 15, 2011, our general manager, Adrian Jones, welcomed thousands of eager guests gathered at the theme park’s entrance arch. “Wow. What an amazing sight,” he marveled before counting down to a blizzard of confetti that marked the park’s official grand opening.

Since then, 1,460 days later, we’ve grown to include LEGOLAND Water Park, LEGOLAND Hotel and uniquely LEGO® expansion areas such as The LEGO® World of Chima™, DUPLO® Valley and Heartlake City. And we’re just getting started, with more kid-friendly fun on the way.

To the millions of guests from around the world who’ve visited us during the past four years, thank you. And to the millions more yet to come, welcome.

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LEGOLAND Hotel chef cooks up creativity with local students

Three Lake Region High School students from Eagle Lake, Fla., are teaming up with three LEGOLAND® Florida Resort chefs this week to prepare an appetizer, entrée and dessert that will compete in a fundraiser for Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay, Polk District.

On Friday, Oct. 16, their creative cuisine will be featured at the 15th annual Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival in Lakeland, Fla., during the first Culinary Cook-Off, a competition between local chefs that JA plans to make an annual event.

The nonprofit organization relies on volunteers to share their personal experiences and bring classroom curriculum to life. James Boheim, executive chef at LEGOLAND Hotel, recently was named a JA board member and says he looks forward to sharing his knowledge with students.

“At LEGOLAND Florida Resort, we’ve created a world where imagination and creativity thrive,” he said.   “Opportunities like this help us to bring those values into the community where we live.”

The Culinary Cook-Off will take place Oct. 16 from 6-9 p.m. at the historic Magnolia Building in downtown Lakeland. Advance tickets are $30 each and include tastings of all three competition categories (appetizer, entrée and dessert), plus two drink vouchers.

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Adding character to Brick or Treat meet-and-greets

Part of the spooky fun of Brick or Treat is meeting exclusive LEGO® characters who only come out in October. This year, the Halloween event built for kids has expanded with all-new fun, including two never-before-seen LEGO characters: Mad Scientist and Frankenstein.

Exclusive LEGO Characters you can only meet at Brick or Treat.

Exclusive LEGO characters you can only meet during Brick or Treat.

Returning favorites Wanda the Witch, Mortimor the Mummy and Vladimir the Vampyre also will greet LEGOLAND Florida Resort guests each date of Brick or Treat.  Here’s where you can find them all:

Brick or Treat LEGO Characters in front of the World's Largest LEGO Pumpkin.

Brick or Treat LEGO characters pose with the world’s largest LEGO pumpkin.

Be sure to pick up a Brick or Treat event guide, which lists locations and times for all Halloween activities happening throughout the park, including LEGO character appearances.

Brick or Treat continues Oct. 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30 and 31 and is included with park admission. Special VIP packages are available by booking online or calling (855) 753-7777.

Which of the LEGO characters are you most excited to meet? Leave us a comment and tell us!

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“The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure” to open Jan. 29 at LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Awesome news! Emmet and the gang from “The LEGO® Movie™” will return in an all-new adventure opening Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. “The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure” reunites the popular characters of the smash-hit film from Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and LEGO System A/S in an original story featuring the same zany fun and excitement of the movie.

"The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure"In “The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure,”  Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, MetalBeard and Benny are invited to visit a strange new theme park where all the rides are inspired by the madcap events of “The LEGO® Movie™.” But all is not as it seems when the heroes are once again thrust into the middle of an evil secret plot and must rely on the Master Builder skills of a surprise ally to save the day.

"The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure"“The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure” will screen multiple times per day at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in the Wells Fargo Fun Town Theater. “4D” elements such as wind, water, fog, lighting and other special effects will bring the larger-than-life experience off the screen and into the audience.

The attraction was developed by Merlin Entertainments in conjunction with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and The LEGO Group to further explore the sprawling, imaginative LEGO® universe introduced in the movie. The creative team received input from “The LEGO® Movie™” writer-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, as well as Rob Schrab, who is set to direct the movie’s sequel, which will open in theaters May 18, 2018.

We’ll post more details soon, including some exclusive, behind-the-scenes sneak peeks showing how this exciting new adventure was, um, pieced together.

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