LEGOLAND LEGO Star Wars Days Rumored to be Cancelled

Some good things never last, and sometimes the end comes all of a sudden. For the majority of LEGO fans who are looking forward to next year’s LEGOLAND LEGO Star Wars Days, then it might be prudent to consider that there is none to expect any more from Merlin Entertainment (owner of the LEGO Star Wars Days hosting locations). A report from LEGO and Star Wars insider Rebelscum mentions the sad news that the much-anticipated celebrations will no longer take place in all LEGOLAND locations, with the very last of these events held last month at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, NY.

Rebelscum states that they’ve received official word from Lucasfilm that says, “2018 would be the last year they do them”, referring to the highly attended LEGO Star Wars fan event. Word on the streets has it that Lucasfilm and Disney are now focused on preparing to reset the longstanding franchise, with expenditures being rechanneled so as to minimize and limit Star Wars exposure. It seems to be part of a master plan to somehow help the Star Wars faithful move on from the Star Wars that we used to know, towards new and unchartered territories that will somehow reboot the decades-old franchise.

WINTER HAVEN, FL — April 5, 2018 — Captain Phasma and Darth Vader preview for LEGO Star Wars Miniland display. (PHOTO / LOCK + LAND, Edward Linsmier for LEGOLAND Florida Resort)

It is also possible that Disney is now consolidating all of its Star Wars related properties and theme parks in order to bring them under one roof. Only time can tell if this will be the path that Disney and Lucasfilm have chosen. But what is sure right now is that fans of the LEGOLAND LEGO Star Wars Days is better off not to look forward to another event like this, that yielded so many attractions such as a large-scale LEGO Millennium Falcon made out of 250,000 bricks, and several hard-to-find minifigure promos.

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Upcoming LEGOLAND Discovery Center in San Antonio to Preview Miniland Building Models with Best Replica of City Skyline

In the same manner, perhaps, as the exponential increase of branded LEGO Stores, so too has been the pace of opening new LEGOLAND Discovery Centers – small indoor attractions that offer guests an experience of what can be had in the larger LEGOLAND Resort theme parks. One such LEGOLAND Discovery Center is expected to open in San Antonio, Texas by next year. But just because it’s not yet now it doesn’t mean they can’t show off a few things to drum up interest in future visitors. The Miniland area, while not a huge as can be in a LEGOLAND theme park, is sure to draw the city’s attention thanks to its predominant theme.

That’s because the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Miniland will include choice buildings from the San Antonio skyline. These include the Alamo, Alamodome and the Tower Life Building. That last one is scaled at 6 feet 6 inches, or as tall as Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs.

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LDC San Antonio general manager Jeremy Aguillen even shared some statistics on the Miniland model buildings’ construction: 24,000 LEGO bricks for the Tower Life Building, assembled in over 300 hours; 180 hours for the LEGO Alamo; and 2,000 minifigures put inside the Alamodome, for starters.

While LEGOLAND Discovery Center San Antonio won’t be welcoming guests until 2019, these Miniland models will be displayed on Wednesday, December 12, in front of The Shops at Rivercenter where the LDC will be located.

They also plan to hold a building competition from January 12-13 next year to select their resident LEGO Master Builder.

Kids Get Free Entrance at LEGOLAND California Resort in Celeberation of its 20th Anniversary

In the shadow of a certain mega-complex of theme parks in Anaheim, California there’s a smaller but no less popular destination in Carlsbad, for families who are fans of one of the world’s biggest toy brands, operating for almost two decades. Come 2019, LEGOLAND California Resort will be turning 20.

So while the bigger theme park complexes are celebrating the birth of the world’s most famous animated mouse (something LEGO also has a hand in), LEGOLAND California Resort for its part is gearing for a most enjoyable promo next year to celebrate their opening back in 1999. What they have in mind will blow guests’ minds.

Considering the topic is “birthdays”, on 2019 LEGOLAND California will allow free admission to children age 3-12 if they visit the theme park on their birthdays. To quote LCR general manager Peter Ronchetti, “2019 is our 20th birthday and we’re proud to announce that all year in 2019, children of 12 and under will come in free on their birthday.”

This promo is effective in LEGOLAND California Resort from January 1 to December 31, 2019. Parents can avail this for their birthday celebrant children by presenting a document to prove birthdate (original birth certificate, passport or government ID). The free admission tickets are for Sea Life aquarium, LEGOLAND + Sea Life Aquarium, and LEGOLAND + Sea Life + Water Park.

Of course, in the event that a child’s birthday falls on a day when LEGOLAND is closed, there are two options available: the celebrant can go to Sea Life Aquarium for free instead, or they can come back on the closest date to the birthday when LEGOLAND California Resort is operating.

These free admission tickets for children under 12 are non-transferable, though the terms and conditions may change without notice throughout the year. As for children age 2 and under, they’ve always been admitted free to LEGOLAND, and that won’t change.

Retired NFL Player Jason Witten Honored with LEGO Statue Outside Dallas Cowboys HQ

It’s become quite the acceptable medium to honor some famous person or other who has earned an achievement in his or her career by having a life-sized statue of them made out of LEGO bricks. It’s simply a natural development from building LEGO figures of favorite characters from any franchise.

Quite recently, the Dallas Cowboys also commissioned a LEGO statue to be put in front of their team headquarters at The Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas. Said figure is none other than their former player and now-ESPN color analyst for Monday Night Football, tight end Jason Witten.

Twitter first became aware of the LEGO Witten statue the week before, when the first posts came up November 23. Needless to say, it’s become an additional tourist attraction and selfie magnet in the Cowboys HQ. No info was shared as to who built the figure for The Star, but its construction fits the styling of past sporting-figure LEGO constructs.

LEGO or otherwise, having such an honor done for Jason Witten is well-earned. He spent all 15 years of his NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys after all, from 2007 to 2017. In that time he established himself as one of the best tight ends in the league with 68 TDs and 1,152 receptions over the span of 239 games.

Nobody knows if the real Witten has gone on to see his LEGO rendition yet, but the brick-built statue remains at Cowboys HQ in the Star for all future visits.

LEGO White House on Display at White House (Visitors Center)

Last month, Australia’s Parliament House celebrated the 30th anniversary of its opening by, among many activities, playing host to a LEGO rendition of itself by Aussie LEGO Certified Professional Ryan “Brickman” McNaught. This November saw America’s turn to immortalize an important government building in LEGO, displayed at its real-life counterpart.

Last Monday, a LEGO scale model of the White House was unveiled at the real White House’s Visitors Center. The monumental MOC was a project envisioned by the National Park Service and White House Historical Association, with respective representatives and that from the Danish Embassy presiding over the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Actual design of the LEGO White House was courtesy of project coordinator Andrew Little from exhibit consultant Creatacor. No less than four LEGO Master Builders went to work assembling the 1:30 scale brick-built model at the LEGO North America HQ itself in Enfield, Connecticut, a process that took over 825 hours assembling over 100,000 pieces.

NPS Superintendent John Stanwich hopes a LEGO version of the White House would spark interest about the national landmark and Presidential residence in a new generation of children. Andrew Little himself noted that during the ribbon-cutting, Visitors Center security had to cordon curious families from approaching the exhibit table until the ceremony was over with.

The LEGO White House is part of a larger LEGO Exhibit of models of other historic structures called the Americana Roadshow, opening February next year in Albany, New York. This model will remain in the White House Visitors Center until the end of January 2019, before it joins the other LEGO models in Albany in time for the Roadshow opening.

LEGOLAND Florida Teases “LEGO Movie 2” Inspired “Masters of Flight” Attraction with Brick-Built Mock-Up

Last month, there was a buzz of excitement when LEGOLAND Florida first announced that they were constructing a new themed area in their theme park, one that’s inspired by The LEGO Movie and its upcoming sequel. They expect the expansion area to be open for guests by spring next year.

Among the several new ride attractions that are being planned for the soon-to-be-called LEGO Movie World area of LEGOLAND Florida, is the Masters of Flight flying theater, where guests could go on a ride aboard Emmet’s couch with a full-dome virtual display. During the IAAPA 2018 event, the management demonstrated a scale version of the ride assembled using LEGO bricks.

Merlin Entertainments’ global creative arm Merlin Magic Making touted LEGO Movie World in Florida as the ultimate destination for those wanting a full LEGO Movie universe experience. Merlin Magic Making project director Keith Carr adds, “We are confident this will be an incomparable and unforgettable escape that the whole family will want to experience again and again and every seat will offer an amazing view as wind, mist, and scent fully engage the rider’s senses.”

The virtual journey that riders of Masters of Flight will undertake include white-knuckle tours Cloud Cuckoo Land, Middle Zealand, Pirates Cove and others, with LEGO Movie characters popping up, all voiced by their film portrayers.

Other rides to be expected when LEGO Movie World opens in LEGOLAND Florida in 2019 are Unikitty’s Disco Drop and Battle of Bricksburg, alongside the Emmet’s Super Suite meet-and-greet area. Establishments include The Awesome Shop (themed merch) and the Taco Tuesday Everyday light dining eatery.

Life-Sized LEGO Bugatti Chiron is Headed to the UK on November

The hype may have long died down at this point, but we’re sure lifelong LEGO fans can still remember the warm reception given to LEGO’s unbelievable achievement of using Technic pieces to create a working replica of the life-sized LEGO Bugatti Chiron sports car. By now that life-sized LEGO car may perhaps be more popular than the actual LEGO Technic Chiron (42083) introduced earlier in June.

We know that LEGO has sent their brick-built Bugatti Chiron on a European tour, making stops at racetracks or car shows along the way. The last we heard was that it was an “honored guest” at the Paris Motor Show this early October. Its next stop: across the English Channel.

Indeed, the life-sized LEGO Bugatti Chiron that impressed even veteran professional drivers despite its sub par top speed will now be making its way across the UK. On the first day of November it’ll be on proud display at the Westfield London.

Next, brick car will move to Westfield Stratford on November 3, before finally arriving at the Bluewater Dartford on November 8. So next month it’ll be England’s turn to get a closer look at The LEGO Group’s proud creation. Visitors will be allowed to rev the Power Functions-powered engine and fiddle with its other features.

LEGO Inside Tour 2019 Now Open For Registration

We’ve featured a lot of stories and articles on the LEGO Inside Tour for the past couple of years, and if you’re up and ready to join one of the most awesome experiences that any true LEGO aficionado can have during their lifetime, then you might want to know that registration for the LEGO Inside Tour 2019 is now officially open. To be exact, registration begins at 10AM CET of October 29 and will end on November 2, 10AM CET. Though LEGO allots 5 working days for the registration, the slots are usually filled very fast since each schedule of the LEGO Inside Tour can only accommodate a very few number of guests. It is wise therefore to register right away if your planning to participate in this annual event.

The LEGO Inside Tour 2019 is scheduled four times throughout the year, and will take place at the LEGO Group’s headquarters in Billund, Denmark and at Hotel LEGOLAND:

  • May 8 to 10, 2019
  • June 12 to 14, 2019
  • September 11 to 13, 2019
  • September 18 to 20, 2019

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Here’s a gist of what to expect from the LEGO Inside Tour 2019, followed by its promotional video.

What is LEGO Inside Tour? 

LEGO Inside Tour provides a unique look into the LEGO Group often referred to as ‘a once–in-a-lifetime experience’. You are invited inside Ole Kirk Kristiansen’s original house, featuring an extraordinary exhibition of LEGO sets and models that date back to 1934. You will meet LEGO employees and especially LEGO designers, who will introduce you to their daily work at the LEGO Group, and you will take part in a unique building experience together with LEGO designers. Part of the LEGO Inside Tour consists of a factory tour, where you can see how LEGO bricks are produced. LEGO Inside Tour also stops at the LEGO staff shop.

At the end of the tour, you will receive a unique gift exclusively produced in close cooperation with Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen especially for this year’s LEGO Inside Tour participants.

The LEGO Group’s headquarters are based in Billund, Denmark, and here the LEGO Inside Tour will take place. Starting point of the 2-day tour is Hotel LEGOLAND®: www.hotellegoland.dk.

 

With a price tag of DKK 14,500 per person (roughly equivalent to $2,200), the LEGO Inside Tour may perhaps be the single, most expensive LEGO activity that you may engage in. However, it is a once in a lifetime experience that any bonafide LEGO fan surely dreams of joining.

If you haven’t thought of your perfect vacation getaway yet, then you may want to consider the LEGO Inside Tour 2019. Just be sure to visit this link during the registration period.

New Awesome LEGO Sports Venue MOC Unveiled: Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena by LEGOLAND Discovery Center Auburn Hills

And now we’re going to have a look at yet another awesome MOC of a sports venue – a favorite large MOC subject – that’s been making the rounds online. This one’s fairly new in that it opened only last year, but has been a public favorite due to its multipurpose nature.

This is Little Caesars Palace in Detroit, current home to the NHL’s Red Wings and NBA’s Pistons. The MOC was created by resident builders of the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Auburn Hills, and was unveiled to appreciative viewers at the actual stadium concourse Monday, October 22, during the first-second period break in the Red Wings’ game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Composed of over 30,000 LEGO bricks, the MOC Little Caesars Arena is 6 feet long, with more than a thousand windows of the stadium, plus tenant businesses replicated. The set’s also populated by about 600 minifigures, and has attached lighting.

LDC Auburn Hills master builder Clint Parry described the construction process on Little Caesars as very challenging, especially when replicating the arena’s curved exterior and domed roof. Total work time was about 60 hours, with correspondence from the Red Wings and Olympia Entertainment to accurately copy logos and related signage.

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The scale MOC of Little Caesars will be temporarily displayed on its life-sized counterpart. Afterwards it will return to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Auburn Hills, where it will be regularly reconfigured to have alternating playing surfaces and players to depict either Red Wings or Pistons games. All LEGO pieces used on the MOC by Parry were bought at retail, pricing the completed work at around $3,000.

LEGO Star Wars “Build the Galaxy” Event on First Weekend of November at London Science Museum

A while ago we made mention of the massive following of LEGO Star Wars, with the new set releases, promos, and events that keep getting attached to the product line by the company. Even Star Wars-themed occasions not organized by LEGO itself can garner plenty of interest and fan participation.

For instance, the London Science Museum in the UK is organizing a great LEGO family event on the first weekend of November. We can certainly expect quite the wave of families and groups of fervent LEGO and Star Wars fans to eagerly participate in “LEGO Star Wars: Build the Galaxy”.

There’s just one quibble however. LEGO Star Wars: Build the Galaxy at the London Science Museum is a ticket-only event. While tickets for it are free, they can only be gotten from a prize draw promo hosted as a Universe.com ballot. What’s more, the ticket ballot is only open until the midnight of October 29.

Still, if you’re an avowed LEGO Star Wars fan in the UK with companions in tow, passing the hoops involved will reward you with a weekend of building in the Museum to recreate scenes from the sprawling Star Wars saga. They’ll even get LEGO Star Wars character photo-ops and a goody bag for the occasion.

For more info, check out the LEGO Star Wars: Build the Galaxy Facebook event page, as well as the Universe ballot to join the draw. The big event itself runs from November 3 to 4.