• Legoland Florida opens Star Wars Miniland

      Legoland Florida officially opened its Star Wars Miniland on Friday morning, introducing guests to built-from-Lego-brick scenes from the six "Star Wars" films.



      General manager Adrian Jones ceremoniously cut the ribbon with a lightsaber, assisted by dozens of children in Darth Vader costumes.

      The models of Darth Vader, Millennium Falcon, tiny stormtroopers and other elements of the Star Wars universe are up a hill from the New York section of the theme park's Miniland USA and near the Coastersaurus roller coaster. Planets represented include Hoth, Tatooine, Geonosis, Naboo and others.

      The displays have interactive elements. Push a button and figures spring into action.

      The centerpiece of the new area is a scene from the animated TV series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," including an 8-foot-tall building from Crystal City. More than 2 million bricks were used for the Star Wars displays.

      Jones said he doesn't believe the sale of Lucasfilm including its Star Wars properties to Walt Disney Co. to disrupt operations at Legoland Florida.

      "I think for us, it doesn't really affect us in the short-to-medium term, actually," Jones said. "At the end of the day, let's be honest, they will benefit also by the extension of the Star Wars brand. Lego Star Wars is still a very popular toy, and it extends the life span of the brand."

      It's the major second expansion of the attraction since it opened in October 2011. A water park was added this spring. Look for more growth in 2013, Jones said.

      "We will continue a number of smaller and possibly one or two very large ones [expansions] next year," said Jones, who would not be more specific.

      "The plan here is to continuously add new, new, new, new," he said.

      Check out more photos at OrlandoSentinel.com
      Buy the hottest collectibles from: BigBadToyStore.com and BriansToys.com.


      Comments 2 Comments
      1. XmasDVD's Avatar
        XmasDVD -
        Heard an advertisement for this on the radio today. WOW cool!
    • Recent Forum Posts

      JediTricks

      Why can't I post pics right now?

      Oh, yeah, it is acting squirrelly, I'll have it looked into.

      JediTricks 3 Hours Ago Go to last post
      Maradona

      Star Wars Rebels - Season 3

      I liked the "Zero Hour" two part season finale. I'm glad that the show didn't get rid of Thrawn, who is such a strong character, the way that

      Maradona 5 Hours Ago Go to last post
      Bel-Cam Jos

      Star Wars Rebels - Season 3

      Timothy Zahn must've LOVED these two: Interdictor Cruisers, Thrawn in ground battle gear, his plans would've been flawless were it not for the (blatantly-obvious)

      Bel-Cam Jos 8 Hours Ago Go to last post
      Bel-Cam Jos

      How did you spend your Saturday?

      Mostly grading and TVing: saw the girls basketball team come up one game short of a STATE TITLE (still a great season, ladies) and other sports and cartoons

      Bel-Cam Jos 9 Hours Ago Go to last post
      Bel-Cam Jos

      Possession Arrow! (college basketball start-up)

      And speaking of the least-surprising news in the history of sports news: a certain dad's son declares for the draft the very next day.

      And

      Bel-Cam Jos 9 Hours Ago Go to last post
      Tycho

      Star Wars Rebels - Season 3

      I'm going to start spoiler discussion.

      I liked seeing Thrawn with Death Troopers.

      So much for Fulcrum 2.0. But I don't trust

      Tycho 14 Hours Ago Go to last post
      Bel-Cam Jos

      Star Wars Rebels - Season 3

      There's a lot to unpack in this 2-parter, "Zero Hour." I'll wait for others to see it... impatiently so. But I'll say, wow.

      Bel-Cam Jos 19 Hours Ago Go to last post
      Bel-Cam Jos

      How is the weather by you today?

      Today was supposed to have rain. Nope: the winds blew those clouds out and made it a bit "cool" (mid-60s IIRC). Tomorrow's NASCAR race should

      Bel-Cam Jos 19 Hours Ago Go to last post
      Maradona

      Possession Arrow! (college basketball start-up)

      I'm so glad the basketball gods colluded to remove UCLA so that we no longer have to hear from THAT DAD...or at least hear less from him.

      Maradona 23 Hours Ago Go to last post
      Bel-Cam Jos

      Possession Arrow! (college basketball start-up)

      Still have 1/2 the Elite 8 (but only a Kansas win would give me a single Final Four team), and the OSU women's team lost to ND. I'm now completely de-tourney'd.

      Bel-Cam Jos 1 Day Ago Go to last post
    Single Sign On provided by vBSSO