If you are a Star Wars fan then you may want to plan a visit to Legoland California, where the new Star Wars Miniland is now open! We were able to sneak down to the Carlsbad area and check out the new attraction. It was quite possibly the most excited I have seen my husband to date!
“Take your family to a galaxy far, far away as LEGOLAND® California introduces an all-new STAR WARS™ Miniland area! Guests experience scenes from the six live-action STAR WARS movies, plus one from the animated series STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS™ –all made of 1.5 million LEGO® bricks. Interactive features, life-size LEGO models, and more than 2,000 LEGO models will delight guests young and old. Scenes include Tatooine where Luke Skywalker grew up; Endor; the icy planet Hoth and the Millennium Falcon.”
As we entered the gates at Legoland California, we were met by an area filled with the most amazing Star Wars sand sculpture, and the detail was amazing…..
As we entered the Miniland area we were engulfed in the world of Star Wars. The Master model builders really poured their hearts into this Miniland and equipped with sounds, and movement, it was truly a sight for all to see……
Of course, it certainly wouldn’t be a Star Wars Miniland without giant, life-sized figures of Chewbacca and R2-D2….
How the Lego Models are created:
The roughly 2,000 LEGO Star Wars models are being developed and built by eight model designers and two animation electricians at our sister park, LEGOLAND Deutschland in Günzburg, Germany. It is up to the Master Model Builders at LEGOLAND California to bring the scenes to life with the help of animation electricians, technicians and landscapers all working to ensure the LEGO models appear as realistic as possible with special effects and landscaping.
Planning started in March 2010. The individual film scenes were selected after careful consultation with Lucasfilm Ltd. Pictures and drawings of the figures, spacecraft, vehicles, landscapes, etc. were taken as the basis for the detailed construction blueprints. The model designers used a special LEGO drawing paper for this, on which one square is equivalent to one LEGO knob. In the next step, they calculated how many bricks and which colors and forms would be needed for the models. For particularly difficult model parts, prototypes are first built, before the model is constructed brick by brick. To help the LEGO models last longer, all of the bricks are glued together and then sprayed with a special UV coating.
Authentic Star Wars sounds, actions and lighting effects help to make the models even more lifelike. For all models, only commercially available LEGO pieces are used. LEGOLAND Deutschland and LEGOLAND Billund will also be opening new Star Wars Miniland displays in 2011.
Star Wars Miniland is open now! Head over to www.Legoland.com and plan your vacation for summer 2011!
Thank You to Legoland California for providing park hopper tickets for our family to enjoy. My thoughts and opinions remain my own.