Legoland Florida announces opening date for 'Star Wars' area
WINTER HAVEN - Legoland Florida in Winter Haven announced Thursday that its new "Star Wars"-themed Miniland area will officially open to the public on Nov. 9. The area will include interactive Lego scenes and characters from the six "Star Wars" films as well as the animated "Clone Wars" television series, according to the park's general manager Adrian Jones. The seven scenes will be built with 1.5 million Lego blocks. The section will follow a chronological path through the "Star Wars" timeline. Some of the 2,000 Lego models will be more than 6 feet high. Visitors will be able to activate animations throughout the scenes using interactive buttons. During a news conference on Sept. 6 to announce the expansion, Jones displayed a 5-foot-long Millennium Falcon spaceship made with nearly 20,000 Legos.Legoland Florida, built on the 150-acre site of the former Cypress Gardens, is based on the building-block toys and has rides and attractions geared toward ages 2 to 12. Since opening last October, the park has been developing nearby as well, adding a water park and hotels. Jones said the park's goal is to move toward becoming a resort destination. The company does not disclose financial results, but it has been successful enough to reach capacity several days since opening. Legoland Florida is the second park in the United States built by the Lego Group of Denmark and operated by Merlin Entertainments Group in Great Britain. The other park is in Carlsbad, Calif. There are also Legolands in Great Britain, Germany and Denmark, with another slated to open this month in Malaysia. The Legoland in California previously opened a "Star Wars" Miniland area.
News Channel 8 reporter Natalie Shepherd contributed to this report.