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Behind the Scenes – Miniland USA!

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2011.10.13_MINILANDUSA_008.jpgThis week, we are deviating from our normal blog format to give you answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Miniland USA and behind the scenes fun facts!

If you’ve been to LEGOLAND Florida, you know that one of the highlights of any visit to the park includes spending time in Miniland USA. If you haven’t had a chance to visit us yet, then it may be time to add this one to your bucket list!

How many bricks did it take to build Miniland? Miniland USA was constructed using over 20 million bricks and is considered the heart of LEGOLAND Florida. It’s home to seven specially themed areas in addition to multiple displays of cities and attractions in Florida.

TMIn California, behind the sea lions at Pier 39 there is a tombstone with the initials “TM” with a skeleton. What does the “TM” stand for? The “TM” refers to the initials of the Project Manager that said the LEGOLAND Florida project would be the death of him. (He is alive and well)

How do you cut the grass in Miniland? Great question! In areas with small models or Minilanders, they have to remove them and use a weed whacker. In places where models cannot be moved, the grass is cut by hand.DaytonaSpeedway

How many Minilanders are in the grandstands at Daytona International Speedway? There are over 750 Minilanders in the grandstands. The groups of Minilanders are all wearing the colors for their favorite drivers.

Is there anything hidden in the Kennedy Space Center section of Miniland? An Alien is hidden in group watching the shuttle launch.

KennedySpectators2How long did it take to make all the Minilanders in Miniland? It took the model shop 3 weeks with 3 builders to populate all of Miniland.

In the St Augustine section, the treasure hunter ship has the numbers 0937 on it. Do the numbers have any significance? Yes! The numbers 0937 when upside down spell LEGO.TreasureHunter1

What happens to the coins collected from the pools? Our Facilities team cleans the pools with tiny fishing nets. Any coins that are collected from the pool are donated to our Merlin’s Magic Wand charity!

What is the most recent addition to Miniland? In the Las Vegas area, our Model Builders added a motorcross track!

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Miniland Santa Scavenger Hunt

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For the second installment of our Miniland USA Scavenger Hunt, we have a seasonal favorite for you! Our Master Model Builders have created and placed 30 versions of jolly St. Nick and his reindeer throughout Miniland USA! Can you find all 30 Miniland Santa models?

Here are some hints to help you along (and photos too)!

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1) Someone forgot to tell the Secret Service about Santa’s arrival.

2) While in Florida, Santa may have stopped to check out a NASCAR race.

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3) You might get wet looking for Santa in New York City.

4) Santa and his reindeer have no trouble navigating the most winding street in San Francisco.

5) Santa may have wanted a little poolside time in Las Vegas.

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Good luck! And let us know which Miniland Santa models are your favorites!

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Miniland USA Scavenger Hunt, part 1.

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Miniland USA is certainly the heart of LEGOLAND Florida, and many guests spend hours just taking in the details. If you are one such LEGO enthusiast with a keen eye for detail, we’ve got some fun trivia for you. Each month we will highlight a few scenes found in Miniland USA that are hidden in plain sight as part of a new “Miniland Scavenger Hunt” blog series, so get ready to learn about the secret lives of our Minilanders!

For the first Miniland Scavenger Hunt, we’ll give you five scenes to look for;

  1. Where in Florida can you find a man trying to herd cats?
  2. A couple is tying the knot in Washington DC, can you find them?
  3. Which college football team gets a shout out in Las Vegas?
  4. Can you find the dog on the run with a hot dog in New York?
  5. Where in California can you find a reference to the first LEGOLAND Park?

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Stay tuned for more fun facts and hidden scenes from Miniland USA, and be sure to share your favorite scenes in the comments below!

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