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.

Southern Ford Dealers

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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The summer celebration continues with a patriotic fireworks display July 4 during LEGOLAND® Night Lights

2016.06.21_LEGOLANDFLORIDA_NIGHTLIGHTS_0026On Monday, July 4, grab a pair of our special viewing glasses and head over to Pirates’ Cove for a red, brick and blue spectacular! The free glasses are available beginning at 8 p.m. before the shores of Lake Eloise fill up with a patriotic presentation to end another awesome day of LEGOLAND® Night Lights, our all-new summertime event included with park admission.

In addition to all the LEGOLAND Night Lights fun, on July 4 only kids can join a special star-spangled activity inside the new Imagination Zone. Help us create a giant American flag out of LEGO® bricks starting at 11 a.m.2016.06.21_LEGOLANDFLORIDA_NIGHTLIGHTS_0014

Upgrade to a VIP Fireworks Experience by calling (855) 753-7777. For just $30 per person plus tax, you get reserved seating for the show, several yummy snacks and an exclusive LEGO collector’s button. Space is limited, so reserve your space now! Annual Passholders get 10 percent off.

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Get your boogie on at the DJ Glow Dance Party during LEGOLAND® Night Lights

Jump, spin and two-step your hearts out as the music booms over Project X and AQUAZONE® Wave Racers!

2016.06.21_LEGOLANDFLORIDA_NIGHTLIGHTS_0003Now through July, DJ Sparky Plug is mixing a playlist #BuiltforKids every Saturday and Sunday night during LEGOLAND® Night Lights, the awesome new summertime party happening only at LEGOLAND Florida Resort!

The DJ Glow Dance Party kicks off at 6:30 p.m. in LEGO® Technic, featuring kid-friendly pop hits, colored lights and appearances from some of your favorite LEGO characters.

It’s the perfect way to get your enthusiasm going before we light up the sky over Lake Eloise with the exclusive LEGO® NINJAGO™ themed fireworks spectacular.

2016.06.21_LEGOLANDFLORIDA_NIGHTLIGHTS_0009Shimmy your way to LEGOLAND Night Lights this weekend! “The Lightiest Nightiest Nights of All” continue July 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31, and are totally included with park admission. If you’re here, you’re in!

 

 

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Make-A-Wish kid claims victory against NASCAR great Casey Mears in MINILAND 400

Earlier today, 10-year-old Layla Popoff of Orlando, Fla., zoomed to victory in the MINILAND 400 against veteran NASCAR driver Casey Mears, during a special event #BuiltForKids to celebrate the giant new Daytona International Speedway model at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.

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NASCAR driver Casey Mears, left, races 10-year-old Layla Popoff of Orlando, Fla., in the MINILAND 400.

Driving the No. 00 car in honor of the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, which returns to the “World Center of Racing” on July 2, Layla was a tough competitor for Casey, who drove a kid-sized version of his No. 13 GEICO car for Germain Racing.

MINILAND 400After taking off from between LEGO® models of the Statue of Liberty and the U.S. Capitol in MINILAND USA, Layla and Casey quickly reached a top speed of nearly four miles per hour in the electric vehicles borrowed from our popular Driving School attraction.

MINILAND 400

Casey’s dreams of a MINILAND 400 victory came to abrupt end when he crashed into a wall of giant LEGO bricks near the finish line.

Neck-and-neck they zoomed past the New York City skyline, remaining close as they barreled down the Las Vegas Strip.  With the finish line in sight at the new Daytona display, Casey suddenly plowed into a pile of giant LEGO bricks near Kennedy Space Center while Layla raced ahead to claim victory.  Her prize? A giant LEGO trophy accepted with a triumphant smile. Take a look:

Layla was selected for the one-of-a-kind race with the assistance of Merlin’s Magic Wand, a global charity that has helped nearly 300,000 children and their families enjoy a magical day out at more than 100 attractions operated around the world by Merlin Entertainments, parent company of LEGOLAND. Earlier this year, Layla’s dream of a huge backyard playhouse was fulfilled by Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida.

MINILAND 400Afterward, the friendly competitors headed to the theme park’s new Imagination Zone.  Let me tell you, this place is what your LEGO dreams are made of.  It’s filled with hands-on LEGO building activities where kids can put their imaginations into overdrive.

Imagination Zone

After the MINILAND 400 race, Casey and Layla headed to the new Wheels Zone inside Imagination Zone, where they built and tested LEGO race cars.

Since Casey is a racing expert (even if he did get beat by a 10-year-old) he gave several young fans great tips for building creative LEGO vehicles to race down timed ramps in the new Wheels Zone. I wonder who had more fun, Casey or the kids?

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Layla helped Casey and Chip Wile, president of Daytona International Speedway, place Minilander likenesses of the two men into the giant new LEGO model of the “World Center of Racing.”

2016.06.20_LEGOLANDFLORIDA_DIS_0064Casey’s fans can watch him in the Coke Zero 400 at the real Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 2. Good luck, Casey!

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LEGOLAND Night Lights

LEGOLAND® Night Lights kicks off Saturday, June 18 with spectacular themed fireworks and much more!

Starting this Saturday, join us as we light up the night every Saturday and Sunday through July with a summertime party filled with fun and fireworks.

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Guests can meet Kai and Nya from LEGO® NINJAGO™, plus Lance from LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS™.

LEGOLAND® Night Lights is a brand-new event taking place exclusively at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, and all the awesome excitement is included with the price of admission.

Like what?

OK, how about longer park hours? Plus, meet-and-greets with some of your favorite LEGO® characters, including Kai and Nya from LEGO NINJAGO™ and the dashingly handsome Lance Richmond from LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS™, who stars in the new 4D NEXO KNIGHTS attraction, “The Book of Creativity.”

Wait, wait. There’s more!

2015.12.19_LEGOLANDFLORIDA_FIREWORKS_0013Dance to the summer’s hottest hits at a “glow” party in LEGO Technic starting at 6:30 p.m., featuring a live DJ! Complete a giant LEGO mural alongside our Master Model Builders beginning at 4 p.m. next to Lakeside Sandwich Co. Go on a park-wide scavenger hunt searching for LEGO stars that fell from the sky for a daily chance to win a LEGO prize pack!

How’s that?

Don’t answer, because there’s even more!

LEGOLAND Night Lights

A themed fireworks show inspired by LEGO NINJAGO will light up the sky above LEGOLAND Florida Resort starting at 9 p.m.

The “Lightiest Nightiest Nights of All” wouldn’t be complete without two spectacular new entertainment productions:

  • In Heartlake City, enjoy an original signing-and-dancing stage show featuring the LEGO Friends called “Olivia’s Night Lights Celebration,” presented each date of LEGOLAND Night Lights at 4:30, 6 and 7 p.m.
  • End your day at 9 p.m. in Pirates’ Cove with a dazzling new fireworks show themed to LEGO NINJAGO, which will light up the sky above Lake Eloise with brilliant colors and triumphant music. Plus, starting at 8 p.m. near the twin waterskiing stadiums, our Model Citizens will hand out free viewing glasses that add a brick-tacular twist to the exploding action overhead.

Finally, LEGOLAND Night Lights guests will receive one free LEGO NINJAGO Sky Pirates Battle Toy Pack (which includes two exclusive Minifigures), with any $35 NINJAGO purchase at The Big Shop, including LEGO toy sets, LEGO Extended Line and LEGO Licensed products. Guests also can sign up for a free subscription to LEGO Club Magazine and receive a giveaway and free issue.

For a complete guide to all the festivities, pick up a free event guide at the theme park turnstiles or at Guest Services near Market Restaurant. While the theme park will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on LEGOLAND Night Lights dates, most of the special activities will begin starting at 3 p.m.

LEGOLAND Night Lights

A special patriotic fireworks show is set for Monday, July 4.

Don’t think we’ve forgotten the Fourth of July! All the LEGOLAND Night Lights fun listed above will take place Monday, July 4 too, with a special one-night-only fireworks spectacular celebrating the patriotic holiday.

Wanna kick it up a notch?

For just $30 per person plus tax, upgrade to a premium VIP experience featuring reserved seating for the fireworks show, several yummy snacks and an exclusive LEGO collector’s button. Space is limited, so reserve your space now! If you’re an Annual Passholder, call (877) 753-7777 to book and receive 10 percent off the cost of each person. Spaces currently are available beginning the weekend of June 25-26.

Over at the awesome LEGOLAND Hotel, sign up for the free Tours and S’mores Adventure and depart from Bricks Family Restaurant on an exclusive, 45-minute tour of the historic Lake Eloise boardwalk led by our intrepid Adventurers and featuring lots of LEGO animals. Each tour ends with delicious s’mores around the hotel’s rustic campfire near the lakefront. A family s’mores pack is available for $10 plus tax, and feeds up to nine people.

This experience will take place weather permitting, and hotel reservations are not required. Sign up is first-come, first-served at the front desk.

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The fun is building at LEGOLAND® Water Park

School’s out, so why not cool off with some awesome new fun at LEGOLAND® Water Park?

In March, we debuted the park’s first expansion area, Creative Cove, featuring a great new attraction #BuiltForKids called Build-A-Boat.

2016.03.11_LEGOLANDFLORIDA_BUILDABOAT_063Using thousands of loose LEGO® bricks, kids can customize floating boat hulls before racing their creations through fast-flowing rivers in a giant, hands-on activity center inspired by the LEGO City Coast Guard sets. Take a look:


We’ve also added two new locations for quick snacks, more seating capacity and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the entire water park.

one-day, two-park ticket offers admission to LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park and LEGOLAND Water Park, and starts at just $91 plus tax when purchased online at least two days in advance.

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#AwesomeAwaits for guests of all abilities

The best way to make the most of every moment here is to plan ahead.  For guests with disabilities, we’ve created a downloadable guide that makes it easier than ever before.
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The comprehensive document will walk you through each aspect of your vacation, from arrival to departure, and offers helpful tips on everything from dining to rides that can be enjoyed in a wheelchair, advice for guests with prosthetic devices, and accommodations such as written aids and interpreters for guests with hearing disabilities.

Here are a few tips to help make your visit even more brick-tastic:
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  1. Download the Awesome Awaits! Guests with Disabilities Guide
  2. Review our handy “what to bring” checklist
  3. Pick up a Hero Pass to enjoy easier access to popular rides
  4. Get your Brick Height Band and stand tall while conquering rides designed just for you
  5. Decide which restaurants fit your diet so you can keep the adventure going

If you have concerns or questions unanswered on our website, our Model Citizens are happy to help. Just let us know at least a week in advance.

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NEW DATE: ‘Drivers, start your engines!’ NASCAR veteran Casey Mears to challenge Make-A-Wish child in June 20 race #BuiltForKids

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, this event has been rescheduled for Monday, June 20.

Our Daytona International Speedway model in MINILAND USA has a sleek new look.

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The 1/20-scale model of the “World Center of Racing” was updated following the DAYTONA Rising project — a $400 million frontstretch renovation that made DIS the first motorsports stadium in the world.

On Tuesday, June 7, Monday, June 20, we’ll celebrate to the sound of roaring engines and cheering fans during the “MINILAND 400,” a special, one-day-only race #BuiltForKids. Veteran NASCAR driver Casey Mears will visit LEGOLAND® Florida Resort to preview the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ return to DIS for the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola on July 2.

MINILAND 400And you’re invited to witness history in the making!

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Casey Mears is driver of the No. 13 GEICO ChevroletSS for Germain Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Picture this:  Mears will be snugly seated in a kid-size vehicle customized to match his No. 13 GEICO Germain Racing stock car, up against a 10-year-old girl representing Make-A-Wish® Central and Northern Florida in a race through MINILAND USA, home to dozens of LEGO landmarks from cities across the U.S.

LEGOLAND guests are welcome to witness the fun, which will start at around 11:30 a.m.

With a wave of the green flag, the drivers will take off from between the Statue of Liberty and U.S. Capitol, zoom past the New York City skyline and barrel down the Las Vegas Strip before reaching the finish line at the giant new Daytona International Speedway model.

Wheels Zone

Kids can build and test LEGO vehicles in the racing-themed Wheels Zone, part of the newly re-imagined Imagination Zone.

Afterward, Mears will greet fans in the newly re-imagined Imagination Zone.  Using his years of competitive driving expertise, he’ll help kids build and test creative LEGO vehicles before sending them zooming down timed ramps in the racing-themed Wheels Zone.

If you can’t join us in person, follow the fun with hashtag #MINILAND400 on our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels!

Fun facts

  • Designed by Merlin Magic Making, the new Daytona International Speedway display took a team of more than a dozen Master Model Builders to create out of 282,384 LEGO bricks.
  • The new stadium model stretches 31 feet and weighs more than 1,400 lbs.
  • The project required approximately 250 design hours and 2,100 build hours to complete.
  • Look for the word “Daytona” spelled out on fans’ shirts, a group of spectators holding letters that spell TURN LEFT and a contingent of misdirected soccer fans using their G-O-A-L signs to cheer on racers with G-O!
  • Sharp-eyed guests might also spot a cheeky nod to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s recent heart-stopping moment when his steering wheel came off during a race.
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LEGOLAND® Night Lights, Imagination Zone, LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™ and more promise summer full of fun

Kids will discover a summer packed full of fun at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort this year as the place #BuiltForKids offers new attractions, fun new LEGO® building activities and a brand-new summertime event that will light the night with a dazzling fireworks display:

LEGOLAND Night Lights — new event for 2016!
logos-legoland-event branding_v10The “Lightiest Nightiest Nights of All” invite guests to enjoy a brand-new event included with theme park admission and held exclusively at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Here’s what’s in store every Saturday and Sunday from June 18 through July 31, plus Monday, July 4:

  • Extended park hours
  • All-new fireworks spectacular featuring LEGO® NINJAGO™  at 9 p.m.
  • New character meet-and-greets
  • New LEGO® Friends stage show
  • Minifigure mural build
  • LEGO® scavenger hunt
  • DJ glow dance party

LEGOLANDNightLights_01For an additional cost, a special VIP experience is available with preferred fireworks seating, special snacks and more! Space is limited, so book now!

Imagination Zone — newly re-imagined!
The theme park’s Imagination Zone venue, a popular indoor space filled with hands-on LEGO building activities in a variety of themes, has debuted several all-new areas where kids can unleash the power of their imagination in fun new ways. Following a months-long refurbishment, the awesomely re-imagined space gives LEGOLAND Florida Resort guests many great new reasons to come and play.

20160527_162139While a few favorites remain, several new activities promise endless possibilities to dream it, build it, race it, fly it, swim it and more in a cool indoor play area that’s been totally transformed with colorful furnishings and floor-to-ceiling graphics. Highlights include Creation Zone, Water Zone, Wheels Zone, Building Zone and Flight Zone.

“LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS™: The Book of Creativity” — action-packed 4D film starring the new LEGO heroes!
Playing daily in the Wells Fargo® Fun Town Theater alongside “The LEGO Movie™ 4D A New Adventure,” this all-new 4D attraction is an immersive, animated adventure created especially for LEGOLAND Parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers around the world. Take a look:

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Lance Richmond, one of the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS, is available to greet theme park guests.

Set in the futuristic kingdom of Knighton, the 12½-minute film follows five young knights in their quest to defeat Jestro, the Book of Monsters and their Lava Monster Army. Led by heroic Clay Moorington, the band of knights join forces with the great digital wizard, Merlok 2.0, to vanquish the enemy and stop him from getting his devious hands on a powerful book of magic.

Afterward, kids can go on a quest to discover six shields scattered across the theme park that will unlock exclusive NEXO Powers in the free LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS Merlok 2.0 mobile app, available for iOS and Android devices.

Plus, Lance Richmond, the handsome hero of LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS, will be available to greet guests outside the theater. Check the theme park’s free Show Guide for character appearance times.

Build-A-Boat — nautical new attraction at LEGOLAND Water Park!
Creative Cove is a new expansion area at LEGOLAND Water Park that adds a fun, hands-on attraction, Build-A-Boat, where kids can create and race LEGO watercraft through fast-flowing rivers alongside cheering crowds in a setting inspired by the popular LEGO City Coast Guard sets.

2016.03.11_LEGOLANDFLORIDA_BUILDABOAT_076Additional dining offerings, increased seating capacity and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the entire water park round out the all-new offerings for 2016.

It’s all here at the place where #AwesomeAwaits!

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Tommy Parker, Kid CEO, LEGOLAND Hotel

Meet Tommy Parker, Kid CEO, LEGOLAND® Hotel

Now that our “5-Gazillion Star” LEGOLAND® Hotel recently celebrated its first birthday, we thought it was time to introduce the person responsible for making it such a smashing success.

Meet Tommy Parker, Kid CEO, LEGOLAND Hotel:

 

Who is he? Oh, just the 7¾-year-old whiz behind such awesome amenities as our four LEGO® guest room themes, the breakfast buffet included with every stay, exclusive workshops led by our LEGO Master Model Builders and of course, the world-famous disco elevators.

“How’d I get so lucky?” Tommy pondered. “Hard work and juice boxes — that’s how.”

Tommy Parker, Kid CEO, LEGOLAND Hotel

Tommy’s trusted team of advisers includes a colorful cast of characters.

During its first year, Tommy was busy making sure the LEGOLAND Florida Resort hotel was running smoothly. Now he’s ready to share a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the inner workings of his pride and joy.

In a just-launched TV commercial, Tommy steps out of the boardroom and in front of the camera for the very first time, giving viewers a tour of the 152-room hotel while dispensing nuggets of kid wisdom that show the kind of visionary leader he is.

“Mac and cheese is for closers,” he says.

 

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