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LEGOLAND California Expanding in 2017

Earlier today, LEGOLAND California announced the park will be expanding next year and in the next few years. The first thing that was announced by General Manager Peter Ronchetti was that the LEGOLAND Hotel will be having LEGO Ninjago themed rooms which will open in Spring 2017.

Speaking of the themed rooms, the Kingdom themed rooms at the hotel have become so popular that LEGOLAND will be building a new LEGO Castle Hotel. Construction will begin next year and will open in 2019 in front of the Sea Life Aquarium.

Probably the biggest news of the day, at least for me, is the expansion of the LEGO Star Wars Miniland. Opening in March 2017 just ahead of Star Wars Days, the area will have a new area for Episode VII: The Force Awakens. There will be six scenes from the first 30 minutes of the film including Kylo Ren’s capture of Poe Dameron at Jakku, Rey’s rescue of BB-8, and Poe and Finn’s escape from the Star Destroyer Finalizer. With an expansion at a limited space, The Force Awakens area will be replacing the Clone Wars Christophsis scene.

Finally, the water park will also be expanding with a new area called Surfer’s Bay. There will be a water slide with six lanes going 17 feet high and more than 100 feet of track. There will also be an area where water is sprayed up from the ground where kids can run through called the “spray ground.”

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LEGO Star Wars Rebel A-Wing Pilot (5004408) Available at LEGOLAND California as Star Wars Days Promo

LEGO Star Wars Rebel A-Wing Pilot

A couple of weeks back, it was revealed that there was a new LEGO Star Wars Rebel A-Wing Pilot (5004408) minifigure polybag. There was no details on how to obtain it until today. My friend John was at LEGOLAND California today for Star Wars Days and one of the promotions in the shop was a free gift with purchase of $30 or more on any LEGO products which was the Rebel A-Wing Pilot.

As of this point, this weekend is the only way to obtain the minifigure that I know of so if you know any people who live close by to LEGOLAND California, you may want to ask them to pick it up for you. I’ll let you guys know if this polybag will be available anywhere else.

LEGO Star Wars Rebel A-Wing Pilot (5004408)

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The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure Opens at LEGOLAND California February 6

LEGOLAND California - The LEGO Movie A 4D Adventure

Yesterday, I was invited as part of the press to LEGOLAND California for the premiere of The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure which will be opening to the public on February 6th. When I got there, we checked in at the front gate and was whisked in shortly after. There was a whole red carpet set up where kids and adults were able to take pictures with some of the main characters from The LEGO Movie like Emmet, Wyldstyle, Benny, and Unikitty. There I also ran into my friend Mariann from Model Building Secrets who was also doing her coverage of the event. After the red carpet, there was food stands set up where we could grab what ever we wanted to snack on.

LEGOLAND California - The LEGO Movie A 4D Adventure

LEGOLAND California - The LEGO Movie A 4D Adventure

As for the 4D Adventure itself, it is new attraction the 425-seat theater that incorporates effects like wind, rain, and fog to what you see on the screen. The story is pretty neat as the main characters end up in a mysterious theme park called Brick World which is ran by Lord Business’ brother, Risky Business, who voiced by actor and comedian Patton Oswalt. From what I saw, both kids and adults were digging the 12 1/2-minute film as it was very enjoyable throughout.

LEGOLAND California - The LEGO Movie A 4D Adventure

After the film, there was a post-screening Q&A which had The LEGO Group’s vice president of licensing and entertainment and producer of The LEGO Movie Jill Wilfert and Joshua Wexler from Pure Imagination Studios as the guests. Wilfert gave fans some details of what LEGO projects we can expect in the future including The LEGO Batman Movie, the LEGO Ninjago Movie, The LEGO Movie Sequel, and a Star Wars related project that they’re working on. If you follow this blog, you would know that it is the LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures which was announced at the Nuremberg Toy Fair last week.

LEGOLAND California - The LEGO Movie A 4D Adventure

Again The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure opens this Saturday, February 6 at LEGOLAND California. Check out the official press release as well as the trailer and some image that were taken at the red carpet event from last night below.

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Teamwork Made Everything Awesome During
Making of ‘The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure’

Action-Packed LEGOLAND® California Attraction Paired Merlin Entertainments, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and LEGO® to Develop Hilarious New Story Starring Emmet and His Master Builder Friends

Carlsbad, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2016) – Everything is cool when you’re part of a team!

That lyric from “The LEGO® Movie™” signature song perfectly sums up the collaborative approach it took to bring Emmet and his friends back in a brand-new, theatrical attraction appearing exclusively at LEGOLAND® theme parks and LEGOLAND® Discovery Centers in 2016.

The challenge was how to follow a blockbuster film that charmed fans all over the globe with a critically acclaimed mix of humor, heart, action and adventure.

For Rob Schrab, who directed and co-wrote the attraction and is set to make his feature film directorial debut on “The LEGO® Movie™ Sequel” for Warner Bros., the attraction represented an opportunity to explore the movie’s sprawling LEGO® universe in a new yet familiar way.

“This is the story of our gang letting off some steam between films,” he said. “The humor and tone is very similar to ‘The LEGO® Movie™.’ ”

To create the attraction’s visuals, nearly 200 artists and technicians at Los Angeles-based Pure Imagination Studios supplied their expertise in crafting cutting-edge 3D computer animation while maintaining the movie’s carefully rendered “built with LEGO®” look. Consulting on every step of the process were Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the writer-directors who brought “The LEGO® Movie™” to the big screen, along with producer Dan Lin.

“[Phil, Chris and Dan] were involved from the beginning,” Pure Imagination’s Joshua Wexler explained, “from the story process to the look. We received assets from the animation studio that did the first movie, so we got the actual models used for Emmet and Wyldstyle. We had to re-create that look ourselves but we had an amazing body of work to study.”

It all started with the iconic LEGO brick and a virtual building program LEGO offers online for free.

“Everything [in the attraction] is actually built out of brick,” he added. “Every element is a real element used in actual LEGO toy making. We usually build everything in LEGO Digital Designer and then export that into our 3D software.”

Actor-writer Nick Offerman, who returned to voice MetalBeard, the towering pirate made of more than 200 LEGO pieces, said his affinity for the role has its roots in childhood.

“I sincerely love voicing MetalBeard for the LEGO projects,” he said, “as it reminds me of the animated characters of my youth, like Popeye and Grape Ape and ‘The Flintstones.’ ”

Schrab said the experience of making the attraction was a great opportunity to work not only with old friends but new collaborators.

“I’ve been lucky enough to work with Nick Offerman on ‘Parks and Recreation,’ and Allison Brie on ‘Community,’ so it was like hanging out with my buds. Those two are way fun,” he said. “Elizabeth [Banks] and Charlie [Day] are solid talents, and brought the goods. I make it a point to trust actors with their characters and not restrict them. They were up for anything – I can’t wait to work with everyone again on ‘The LEGO® Movie™ Sequel.’ ”

In creating the attraction’s new villain, Risky Business, brother of President Business in “The LEGO® Movie™,” the filmmakers needed someone who presented a real but comical threat to Emmet and friends.

To supply Risky’s unique mix of arrogance and frustration, Schrab turned to actor, comedian, author and film buff Patton Oswalt.

“Patton is a friend,” Schrab said, “and so talented, and we’re very lucky to have him.”

To develop the attraction, LEGOLAND parent company Merlin Entertainments Group worked closely with LEGO and Warner Bros. Consumer Products to ensure that this “new adventure” met the high standards of its motion picture predecessor while delivering an exciting, multisensory experience for LEGOLAND guests.

“No matter where you go, kids adore Emmet and the other characters so it was critically important that we stay faithful to the tone and style of ‘The LEGO® Movie™,’ ” said Paul Harvey, global marketing director for LEGOLAND Parks. “By working hand in hand with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, LEGO and Pure Imagination, we’ve created a fun experience that puts the Master Builders in a new predicament but with the same humor and action that made the movie such a hit.”

Now open at LEGOLAND California Resort, “The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure” had its world premiere Jan. 28 at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven, FL, and will be seen soon at all other LEGOLAND theme parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers worldwide in 2016.

In addition to “The LEGO Movie Sequel,” which opens May 18, 2018, two more LEGO feature films are on the way from Warner Bros.: the as-yet-untitled LEGO Batman™ movie opens Feb. 10, 2017 and “NINJAGO” is set to debut Sept. 22, 2017.

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LEGO Ninjago Land Coming to LEGOLAND California

A few hours ago, LEGOLAND California announced the latest addition to the theme park with the new LEGO Ninjago Land which will be opening in spring 2016. The main attraction will be the LEGO Ninjago The Ride where riders will be able to use hand gestures to send elements at a 3D screen. The ride will also use 4D technology effects like heat, smoke, and wind to give riders an interactive experience. Head on over to The San Diego Union-Tribune to see a video on how the ride will function.

The ride will be part of an one-acre attraction which will be behind the Imagination Zone and it will also includes a training camp. There will be games and activities that will let attendees “train” to be a ninja. Also in store is a shopping venue and Asian cuisine.

The LEGOLAND Ninjago Land is part of ongoing attractions to the part with the expansion of Star Wars Miniland, Heartlake City, and the Legends of Chima water park.

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LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2015 Recap

LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2015

Star Wars Days 2015 took place at LEGOLAND California this past weekend and there were some new things at the park this year. One thing is the massive 500,000 LEGO brick Death Star model at the LEGO Star Wars Miniland area. To give you some perspective, it stands 13 feet high and 8 feet wide weighing more than 1,900 pounds. Words doesn’t really describe how big it actually is. You have to see it in person to get the full effect.

LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2015

LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2015

LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2015

LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2015

LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2015

Below the Death Star are some vignettes from Star Wars Episodes IV and VI. Each scene have some action effects with them when you press the button underneath the scene plaque.

LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2015

LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2015

LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2015

LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2015

LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2015

LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2015

LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2015

LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2015

LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2015

LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2015

LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2015

LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2015

Next to the Death Star is another model which features a trench run with a couple of Y-Wings being chased by some TIE Advanced x1s.

LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2015

LEGOLAND California Star Wars Days 2015

Another thing to see at Star Wars Days is all the cool MOCs in the fan gallery area. Members of SandLUG, LUGOLA, and other local builders had many of their builds on display for the public to see.

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Overall Star Wars Days 2015 at LEGOLAND California was another cool event that I was able to attend. Unfortunately I did was unable to stay as long as I wanted and missed photos of some of the MOCs. Be sure to click through the smaller images to see a larger version of it. Hopefully I can do it again when next year rolls around. Full disclosure, I was able to attend the event courtesy of a very good friend.

Update: Here’s a link to fellow SanDLUGer Miro’s Flickr album of some pictures that I may have missed.

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LEGO Star Wars Miniland Death Star Unveiled at LEGOLAND California

Yesterday, LEGOLAND California opened their doors to the public for to see the new LEGO Star Wars Miniland Death Star model which was created with more than 500,000 LEGO bricks. It is the largest LEGO model in the Miniland standing at 13 feet high, 8 feet wide and weighing more than 1,900 pounds. Check out the video below of Fox 5 giving you a sneak peek of the Death Star.

The unveiling of the Death Star kicks off the weekend early with the LEGO Star Wars Days event being held on March 7 and 8. Local builders will be on hand to display lots of cool MOCs. I’ve seen some early shots of the builds and they look awesome so far. I’ll be at LEGOLAND on Sunday, March 8 to cover Star Wars Days so stay tuned for lots of pictures of the event.

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LEGOLAND Premiering New The LEGO Movie 4D Film

It was announced yesterday that Merlin Entertainments is teaming up with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and The LEGO Group to bring a new 4D animated film based on The LEGO Movie characters to be shown exclusively at LEGOLAND parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers worldwide later this year. The film will incorporate many of the film’s main characters as well as external special effects like wind, water, smoke, and lighting effects to give you a show that fans have never experienced before. Check out the full press release below:

CARLSBAD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Merlin Entertainments announced today it is partnering with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and The LEGO Group to bring a new 4D animated film based on the popular characters of The LEGO® Movie™, from Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and LEGO System A/S, to guests at LEGOLAND® Parks and LEGOLAND® Discovery Centers around the world later this year. The new 4D animated film will open exclusively at the six LEGOLAND Parks and 11 LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in North America, Asia and Europe.

“We’re excited to be partnering with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and The LEGO Group on such a, dare I say, awesome, adventure”

Using elements such as wind, water, smoke and special lighting effects, the larger-than-life experience brings the film’s main characters, Emmet and Wyldstyle, back together with their friends for another awesome adventure.

“We’re excited to be partnering with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and The LEGO Group on such a, dare I say, awesome, adventure,” says Merlin Entertainments Chief Executive Officer Nick Varney. “Emmet and Wyldstyle have become immensely popular at our theme parks and Discovery Centers across the globe and bringing this new 4D movie exclusively to our guests continues our Merlin philosophy of creating memorable family experiences.”

“More than a film, The LEGO Movie became an anthem for creative building, inspiring families around the world to pull their LEGO collections out and piece together their imaginations,” says Jill Wilfert, vice president licensing & entertainment for the LEGO Group. “I know that LEGOLAND guests are going to love seeing these characters in a fun, new adventure.”

For the latest news on this 4D adventure, check the Merlin website at www.MerlinEntertainments.biz

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