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LEGO® Star Wars™ Days takes kids to a galaxy far, far away May 6-7 & 13-14

The creativity of the LEGO® building system meets the thrilling adventures and beloved characters from “a galaxy far, far away” when LEGO® Star Wars™ Days returns to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort May 6-7 and 13-14.

Authorized by Lucasfilm, this year’s event will double the fun on two weekends — from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14. Here’s the event guide, which lists all the fun.

In MINILAND USA, kids can explore some of the most famous scenes from the Star Wars™ saga made out of 1.5 million LEGO bricks, including detailed displays from the desert wastes of Tatooine to the snowy slopes of Hoth, plus giant LEGO models of Darth Vader, Darth Maul and R2-D2.

Kids also can:

  • Create a giant LEGO® Star Wars™ mural, brick by brick
  • Build their own LEGO® Star Wars™ model
  • Search for LEGO droids throughout MINILAND USA
  • Learn tips and tricks from our LEGO Master Model Builders
  • Build the world’s largest LEGO Yoda model
  • Meet LEGO Darth Vader
  • Dress up as their favorite LEGO® Star Wars™ character and participate in our intergalactic costume parade (ages 12 and under)

…and much, much more, including giveaways, fun photo ops, and opportunities to win LEGO® Star Wars™ prizes!

New this year: Are you more rookie or Wookiee? Test your family’s Star Wars™ knowledge and LEGO building skills against other families during a just-for-fun competition!

Guests who purchase at least $30 of LEGO® Star Wars™ products at The Big Shop or LEGO Studio Store will receive a free R3-M2 droid Minifigure with collectible stand, a $5.99 retail value, while supplies last. LEGOLAND annual passholders who purchase $9.99 or more of LEGO® Star Wars™ products will receive a free R2-D2 LEGO set, a $4.99 retail value, while supplies last. Restrictions apply. See a store associate for complete details.

All activities will take place both weekends and are included with all forms of park admission. No extra ticket or Jedi mind tricks required! It’s the only LEGO® Star Wars™ theme park event in Central Florida.

Join us. It is your destiny!

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Pick up a Kids Go Free coupon inside a McDonald’s Happy Meal, then enjoy The LEGO® Batman Movie™ Days!

McDonald's Happy Meal

A Kids Go Free coupon good for one free child’s ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket can be found in McDonald’s Happy Meals through March 6 at participating U.S. restaurants.

How’s this for a great deal on a visit to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort?

Now through March 6, a Kids Go Free coupon is included with every “The LEGO® Batman Movie™” Happy Meal at participating U.S. McDonald’s restaurants.

The coupon is good for one free, single-day child ticket with the purchase of a full-price, single-day adult ticket, for visits through Nov. 30.

The free child ticket must be of the same type as the adult ticket purchased, and can include a theme park-only ticket or a water park combo ticket.

Here’s the fine print:

  • Only one free child ticket per coupon.
  • This offer cannot be applied to pre-purchased, discounted tickets or combined with any other offers.
  • No photocopies or facsimiles accepted.
  • Additional restrictions may apply.
  • Not for resale.
The LEGO Batman Movie Days

This exclusive celebration of the smash-hit film will take place on the first two weekends in March.

Meanwhile, fans of the caped crime-fighter who “only works in black. And sometimes, very, very dark gray” can enjoy The LEGO® Batman Movie™ Days at LEGOLAND Florida Resort on March 4-5 and 11-12.

Developed with The LEGO Group and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, the exclusive weekends promise bat-loads of fun for kids, with everything centered on the star of the smash-hit movie from Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Animation Group and LEGO System A/S.

LEGOLAND guests can meet the Caped Crusader in person all four days and work with LEGO Master Model Builders to create a giant LEGO Joker and a colorful movie-inspired mosaic, and much more. The fun happens all day long and it’s all included with admission — no extra ticket required!

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Fun with EvanTube and the cast of ‘Fuller House’ at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort!

The awesome family behind the wildly popular EvanTube network of YouTube channels visited us for the recent grand opening of LEGO® NINJAGO® World. Take a look at the fun they had:

Several cast members from the Netflix Original Series “Fuller House” also joined the fun, including star Jodie Sweetin. Hear what they had to say about LEGO NINJAGO The Ride on the red carpet:

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SNEAK PEEK: Train to ‘become the ninja’ when LEGO® NINJAGO® World opens Jan. 12!

When LEGO® NINJAGO® World debuts Jan. 12 at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, kids can sharpen their martial arts skills in an outdoor area we call the ninja training camp, a collection of hands-on attractions that will prepare you for the ultimate adventure on LEGO NINJAGO The Ride.

Here with another exclusive sneak peek are kid reporters Grace and Kade:

Meanwhile, the sophisticated vehicles that guests will board on LEGO NINJAGO The Ride recently arrived on site and are being programmed and tested. Take a look:


In our next episode, we’ll take you inside the ride building for a preview of the action-packed experience that awaits when YOU become the ninja!


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Brick or Treat Presented by Shutterfly returns this weekend with lots of spooky, kooky fun for kids

Get ready, boys and ghouls! It’s time for the awesome Halloween event #BuiltForKids!

2011.10.14_LEGOLANDWATERPARK_001.jpgKicking off this Saturday and continuing every weekend through October — plus Monday, Oct. 31 — Brick or Treat Presented by Shutterfly promises plenty of lightly frightful fun at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., kids will enjoy Halloween fun with a uniquely LEGO® twist, including a new-this-year costume parade for multiple age groups, LEGO monster meet-and-greets, scavenger hunts, opportunities to create giant LEGO displays, trick-or-treating for kids 12 and under, and a spectacular, brick-tacular fireworks display.*

llf-brickortreat_2Want even more awesomeness? Book our exclusive Brick or Treat VIP Experience! Here’s what’s included from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on select dates*:

  • Enjoy a delicious self-serve buffet dinner of seasonal delights, as well as a gourmet mac & cheese bar, pulled pork and a kids selection!
  • Party with your favorite Halloween characters, who will join you for the VIP-exclusive Dance Party and Games Zone
  • Face painting
  • Enjoy the fireworks show from front-row VIP seating*
  • Build with a Master Model Builder — and keep what you create!
  • End the night with a spooky flashlight tour of MINILAND USA

2011.10.14_LEGOLANDWATERPARK_001.jpgThis exclusive VIP Experience is available Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30.*

The cost is $95 per person (plus tax) and does not include park admission or parking. Book now as availability is limited!

Annual passholders will receive a 10 percent discount ($85.50 per person, plus tax) when booking by telephone at (855) 753-7777. The annual pass discount is available only by telephone.

*Please note: On Monday, Oct. 31, no fireworks are scheduled and the VIP Experience will not be offered — it’s a school night!

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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


#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.


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


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.


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
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.


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.


#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:


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!


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.


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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