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New LEGOLAND Features Spell Fun For the Whole Family

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The LEGOLAND Water Park
The LEGOLAND Water Park
Courtesy of LEGOLAND California

What began as a simple toy consisting of brightly colored, interlocking plastic bricks has now become a full-fledged theme park. In an effort to build upon the success of the many popular attractions, LEGOLAND has added several exciting new features for children of all ages to enjoy.

Opened on March 20, 1999, LEGOLAND California has continued to impress visitors with its originality, while at the same time offering a nearby alternative to Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. This 128-acre family theme park located in Carlsbad offers more than 60 interactive rides, shows and attractions, and boasts more than 22,000 LEGO models in the Park created from more than 57 million LEGO bricks!

On your next visit to LEGOLAND, be sure to check out these new attractions:

Legoland Water Park
The world's first and only LEGOLAND Water Park has just been upgraded with a brand new area for toddlers called Splash Zoo (watch SanDiego.com video here). This interactive section features spray pads, fountains, a teeter totter, and giant DUPLO animals specifically geared for children ages one to three. The Legoland Water Park also includes: Kid Creek, a lazy river built for younger children; Imagination Station, an area with two interactive tables where kids can let loose with DUPLO bricks and a musical water stand; and four slides of varying sizes all built around a 45-foot-tall tower designed to soak children in the imaginative world of LEGO. Legoland Water Park admission is a $12 upgrade from the standard LEGOLAND California admission ticket for guests three years of age and older.

STAR WARS Miniland
In a galaxy far, far away, the all new STAR WARS Miniland has opened. Visitors can experience seven live-action scenes and relive the major events of the beloved movies, built with more than 1.5 million LEGO bricks. Life-size models and interactive features allow children to activate animations throughout the scenes. "This is a really exciting day for LEGOLAND California -- we are the first LEGOLAND in the world to introduce STAR WARS Miniland," said Peter Ronchetti, General Manager of Legoland California Resort. Scenes include Tatooine, where Luke Skywalker grew up, and the Millenium Falcon.

Octopus Garden at Sea Life Carlsbad Aquarium
Located right next door to LEGOLAND California, Sea Life Aquarium Carlsbad launched Octopus Garden. This interactive exhibit introduces visitors to the fascinating world of cephalopods and includes hands-on activities showing some of the unique skills of cephalopods. This exhibit showcases a Giant Pacific Octopus, a Common Octopus, a Zebra Octopus, Pharaoh Cuttlefish and Chambered Nautilus. It also includes a projection floor, games, quizzes and two educational presentations at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily. Octopus Garden replaces the Shark Revealed exhibit. Sea Life Carlsbad Aquarium admission is $20 for aduts, $17 for seniors and $13 for kid ages three to 12.

Fun Town Police and Fire Academy
One of LEGOLAND's most popular rides is reintroduced as the Fun Town Police and Fire Academy. On this well-known ride, families now load into a fire truck and power it by pumping levers up and down as they race other families. The first family to finish putting out the "fire" wins. Police cars have now been added so families can work together to stop the "bad guys." This is truly a ride where everyone can feel like the hero.

Hero Factory
Inside the I-Zone, design, equip and build heroes based on special missions from across the galaxy. These heroes are being called into action to help defeat evil in a variety of ways. Also, you may have the chance to meet with some of LEGO Hero Factory's greatest heroes, Preston Stormer and William Furno. And don't forget to check out the largest LEGO mural ever built at LEGOLAND California using 300,000 bricks!


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  • City: Carlsbad, CA
  • Organization: LEGOLAND