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Looking back at a year of awesomeness

Here’s a look back at some of the awesomeness we debuted in 2016! What was your favorite new attraction or event?

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See what happens when #BrickPony growls!

#BrickPony, our life-size LEGO® replica of the “1964½” Ford Mustang V8 coupe, is now on permanent display outside the Ford Driving School attraction at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.

Before we brought her home to our theme park, we took #BrickPony to Orlando’s I-Drive 360 complex, home of The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, to have a little fun with a few hidden cameras, some concealed speakers, several temporary sound effects and lots of unsuspecting visitors.

See what happened next:

The giant model was sponsored by Southern Ford Dealers and has working headlights, taillights and a few built-in sound effects, including the rumble of a real Mustang engine starting and revving!

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LEGOLAND® Florida Resort’s #BrickPony parks for the last time

On Oct. 1, more than 100 special guests welcomed #BrickPony to her permanent home outside Ford Driving School at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort with the help of a few friends representing Make-A-Wish® Central and Northern Florida and Merlin’s Magic Wand.

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#BrickPony is a life-size replica of the Ford Mustang V8 coupe introduced in April 1964, made with nearly 200,000 LEGO® and DUPLO® bricks.

After traveling more than 3,100 miles through 13 states, our life-size LEGO® replica of the “1964½” Ford Mustang V8 coupe finally came home to the place #BuiltForKids, where a special celebration took place featuring two visitors straight from 1964 — Gabby and Tommy.

Representatives from Ford Motor Co. and park sponsor Southern Ford Dealers were on hand to commemorate the occasion, which ended when three special kids named Hunter, Zyon and Xander helped Gabby, Tommy and dozens of other children pull apart two large panels to reveal the giant LEGO model.

Here’s how it went down:

 

#BrickPony’s engine roared as guests snapped pictures and videos of the theme park’s dazzling new addition, which has been chronicled around the world since it debuted early last month at a special gathering of Mustang owners and fans.

Special thanks are due to Southern Ford Dealers, one of our oldest and most supportive sponsors, for making the entire project possible. And if you’re wondering about the LEGO Ford Explorer that was on display in the same spot for nearly five years, don’t worry! After giving the 380,000-brick model a little bit of TLC, Southern Ford Dealers is making plans to give it a permanent home at an awesome new location we hope to announce soon.

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“Gabby,” left, and “Tommy” came all the way from 1964 to celebrate the homecoming of #BrickPony, which is now on permanent display at LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

Come back to our blog Sunday, Oct. 9 to see what happened recently when we captured dozens of  unsuspecting Orlando visitors reacting to some temporary #BrickPony sound effects on hidden cameras!

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LEGOLAND® Florida Resort’s #BrickPony leaves tread marks from Connecticut to Florida

Quick: Name something that united Ford Mustang fans, LEGO® fans, football fans, Florida vacationers and bloggers over the past four weeks.

Give up? It’s #BrickPony, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort’s 1:1 replica of the so-called “1964½” Ford Mustang V8 coupe, which has been traveling from Connecticut to Indiana to Florida on the way to its permanent home at the theme park #BuiltForKids.brickpony_13

Sponsored by Southern Ford Dealers and created brick by brick by a team of Master Builders at LEGO Systems, Inc., in Enfield, Conn., the giant model was finished in late August and soon loaded into a colorfully decorated trailer for its debut in Indianapolis.

There, Mustang Club of America hosted its 40th anniversary event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sept. 1-4, where thousands of Mustang owners and enthusiasts from around the world celebrated their mutual love for the American classic. Original Mustang designer Gale Halderman and racing legend Richard Petty stopped by to marvel at the precise re-creation, and both added their autographs to the model.galehalderman_autograph_01richardpetty_autograph_01

Next, she headed back to Enfield to receive a special UV coating to protect her 194,900-LEGO brick body from Florida’s abundant sunshine. Then it was southbound to the Sunshine State.

Orlando, Fla., was stop No. 2 on the #BrickPony tour. On Sept. 22, this more-than-one-trick pony amused visitors at the popular I-Drive 360 entertainment complex with a few fun surprises built into its trunk. Come back to our blog soon to see what happened next!

 

Two days later, #BrickPony showed up in dozens of tweets and Instagram photos as bloggers snapped selfies during the fourth FLBlogCon at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla. The next day, Sept. 25, thousands of football fans arriving to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face off against the Los Angeles Rams saw #BrickPony parked outside Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.img_0122

What’s next? Come see her in her new home at LEGOLAND Florida Resort outside the Ford Driving School attraction starting Saturday, Oct. 1! We’ll have a full recap of the special “homecoming” ceremony here on the blog next week.

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#BrickPony dazzles Ford Mustang fans in Indianapolis; here’s where to see it next

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#BrickPony was visited by Ford Mustang fans from around the world during its debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Last week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we unveiled #BrickPony to an enthusiastic audience of Ford Mustang owners and fans from around the world during the 40th anniversary celebration of Mustang Club of America. Made of 194,900 standard LEGO® and DUPLO® bricks, the life-size replica of the “1964½” V8 coupe was embraced by enthusiasts who have made the Mustang one of the most famous brands in automotive history.

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A team of LEGO Master Builders spent 1,200 hours assembling #BrickPony out of 194,900 LEGO and DUPLO bricks.

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Gale Halderman, center, who helped design the original Ford Mustang in the early 1960s, stopped to chat with members of the team from LEGO Systems, Inc. who designed and built #BrickPony.

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Gale started with Ford in 1954, at age 21, and retired in 1994.

Among her many admirers were two legends — Gale Halderman, a member of the Ford team that designed the original Mustang more than 52 years ago, and racing’s “king,” Richard Petty, the most decorated driver in NASCAR history. Both marveled at the detail of the giant model, which took a team of LEGO Master Builders 1,200 hours to assemble at LEGO Systems, Inc., in Enfield, Conn.

What’s next for #BrickPony? If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of her rolling south in a custom-decorated trailer on the way to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. But first, our friends at Southern Ford Dealers will show it off at two upcoming events they’re sponsoring:

Saturday, Sept. 24
FLBlogCon
Full Sail University
Winter Park, Fla.

Sunday, Sept. 25
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams
Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Fla.

Follow #BrickPony on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Follow #BrickPony on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Finally, on Saturday, Oct. 1, we’ll unveil #BrickPony outside our Ford Driving School attraction during a private “homecoming” event for members of the Southern Ford Dealers family and our annual passholders. When the theme park opens later that morning, she’ll be on display for everyone to see and enjoy for years to come!

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LEGOLAND® Florida Resort’s #BrickPony rolling to Mustang Club of America’s 40th anniversary event in Indianapolis

Weighing in at 1,712 pounds and measuring more than 15 feet long, nearly 6 feet wide and more than 4 feet tall, #BrickPony is on its way to dazzle attendees during Mustang Club of America’s 40th anniversary celebration, which kicks off Thursday, Sept. 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Look for this colorful trailer hauling the life-size “1964½” Ford Mustang made out of thousands of LEGO bricks.

Keep an eye out for the colorful truck and trailer carrying the life-size LEGO® replica of the “1964½” Ford Mustang as it rolls from Connecticut to Indiana. If you spot it, snap a photo and share it with hashtag #BrickPony!

Breaking records is awesome! So check back here next week for an exclusive report from “The Brickyard,” where #BrickPony will lead a huge parade of ‘stangs representing more than 50 years of the Ford Mustang in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record on Friday, Sept. 2.

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#BrickPony was created in association with longtime LEGOLAND Florida Resort sponsor Southern Ford Dealers, which also helped arrange its eye-catching transportation.

You can check out the 1:1 model of the classic car Sept. 1-4 during the anniversary festivities. Plus, stop by our booth to guess the number of LEGO bricks used to build the model for a chance to win a trip to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and help us create a giant LEGO mural honoring the American icon.

Follow #BrickPony on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find out where it will appear next before coming home to LEGOLAND Florida Resort this fall outside the Ford Driving School attraction.

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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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#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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COMING THIS FALL: An American classic born in 1964 will be reborn in bricks at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

This fall, kids can discover the car that re-defined cool when we unveil the next giant LEGO® model here at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.

In the spring of 1964, the Ford Mustang’s long hood and short rear deck made it an instant sensation when it was introduced to an eager public. More than a half-century later, we’re introducing that American classic to a whole new generation in an awesome way.  In association with Southern Ford Dealers, one of our longtime sponsors, we’re creating a life-sized version of the original Mustang out of thousands of LEGO bricks.

Mustang-CLIP-Working-PD-WhiteThe giant Mustang model will be built at the U.S. headquarters of The LEGO Group in Enfield, Conn., and then will make several appearances around the country before arriving at the theme park this fall. It’s a 1:1 replica of the so-called “1964½” V8 coupe, the very first model that delighted American car buyers after debuting at the New York World’s Fair on April 17, 1964.

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The life-size “1964½” Ford Mustang model will go on display outside the theme park’s popular Ford Driving School attraction, courtesy of longtime sponsor Southern Ford Dealers. Visiting the park recently were, left to right, Joe Cohen, Global Team Blue; Jim Scott, Jarrett-Scott Ford; Blakeley Vinicky, Global Team Blue; Philip Weikert, Weikert Ford; and Brian Jarrett, Jarrett Automotive Group. Blakeley is holding a LEGO® Ford Mustang GT, from Speed Champions set No. 75871, released in 2016.

Ford Driving School is where this timeless beauty will call home, replacing the LEGO version of the Ford Explorer that has appeared in thousands of guests’ photos since the theme park opened in 2011. Don’t worry — we’ve got plans for the Explorer. After a bit of TLC, it’s going on permanent display at an exclusive location we’ll announce at a later date.

Detroit produced 92,705 versions of the 1964½ Mustang, but only LEGOLAND Florida Resort guests will be able to beam at this original. Don’t be surprised if this pony has a few secrets under its hood!

The LEGO Master Model Builders in Connecticut know approximately how many bricks it will take to re-create the first Ford Mustang. Do you?

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