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LEGOLAND Hotel now set to welcome its first guests on April 5th

LEGOLAND Hotel now set to welcome its first guests on April 5th

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It was a bright, sunny morning in Carlsbad, CA today, when LEGOLAND California held a brief presentation outlining the upcoming plans for the resort in the next year, including a new 4-D experience based on their new Chima series & toys and the opening of the first LEGOLAND Hotel in the United States. General Manager Peter Ronchetti spoke, outlining the successes of the past year and unveiling the new attraction, which will open to the public March 7 at LEGOLAND California and the LEGO Discovery Centers in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City and Westchester NY. The 12-minute long attraction follows the adventures of different animal warriors as they race speeders to win the mystical Chi.


Legoland California General Manager Peter Ronchetti welcomes
  guests to yesterday's Legoland Hotel preview event.  Copyright
The LEGO Group. All rights reserved

Ronchetti also teased an upcoming LEGO Star Wars announcement. "Watch this space in June!" He revealed, however, that this secret is a BIG addition to Legoland!  With the new hotel, SEA LIFE Aquarium and the LEGO Water Park, LEGOLAND California will become a solid, multi-day attraction. The hotel construction is actually ahead of schedule, now set to open April 5th.  The hotel will bring in 250 more jobs to the area, plus the growth for the parks, which has been at around 5% every year since 2004.


Construction crews continue to work in preparation of the Legoland Hotel's April 5th
grand opening. Photo by Shelly Valladolid

They're looking for 6 new people to work in the Model Shop and LEGOLAND Studios (the other model shop the public doesn't see, where most of the Lego creations for the resort are built). They're also looking for six children, ages 8-12, to become Junior Concierges. The lucky kids will receive a free weekend at the hotel with their families, park hoppers, and, as Ronchetti says, "TONS of LEGO products!" They will receive full job training and an orientation of the entire hotel, then, throughout the year, they will "serve their terms" one at a time at the LEGOLAND Hotel. Apply online at LEGOLAND.com. Winners will be announced February 28th.


The friendly dragon gets ready to greet guests at the still-under-construction Legoland
Hotel, Copyright The LEGO Group. All right reserved

Frank Idris, the new General Manager of the hotel, talked about how it was all about kids, and walked us through the hotel. The lobby will have a teardrop-shaped Lego free play area, a friendly dragon greeting guests, and a huge LEGO play castle, with lounge next to it for parents to relax and enjoy watching their kids play.  There's a large, zero-entry swimming pool within view of the entrance, which Idris told us has lots of room for expansion. There are three themes to the rooms: Kingdom, Adventure and Pirate - there are two levels of regular rooms and about 10% of the hotel's 250 rooms are suites. LEGO characters - male and female - decorate the long hallways of the three-story building. As you enter the rooms, there is a special alcove just for kids, with a trundle/bunk bed combo that sleeps three and a small video screen and play area. There is a safe in each room that's not meant for valuables - the children have to decipher a puzzle (I'm not going to spoil it, sorry) and if they enter the correct code into the safe, they get a special surprise inside.


Look for all sorts of Lego-themed detailing to be found in each of the Guest rooms ...
Photo by Shelly Valladolid

There are two levels of decor in the room, some are fully decorated on all four walls and some are decorated on two, providing both a higher-value experience for families on a budget and reduced sensory input for people with autism and other sensory sensitivities. The restaurant downstairs is a buffet. The smaller kids' buffet, which will feature both familiar comfort foods and a challenge or two, is surrounded by the larger adult buffet. Across the hall is a place to get snacks and light meals during the day, as well as drinks and a full bar. This cafe will also serve as the pool bar, with service windows that open directly into the pool area.


...right down to the pillows and the bedding. Photo by Shelly Valladolid

None of the rooms look directly into LEGOLAND Park, but offer views of the LEGOLAND nursery on one side, and the Pacific Ocean and the swimming pool on most rooms on the other. LEGOLAND Hotel is now taking early reservations for hotel packages which include early entry into LEGOLAND Park. If you are a LEGOLAND Passholder, you will receive a $50 LEGOLAND gift card upon check in.


A Lego Bellman welcomes visitors to the still under-construction Legoland Hotel.
Copyright The LEGO Group. All rights reserved

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  • I've always been impressed with Legoland. They are able to use theming VERY effectively. They show that a TRUE theme park doesn't HAVE to cost billions of dollars (like a Disney park). I think the best example of highly themed and fun, but clearly wasn't built with a "Disney" budget is the Firetown academy. The excuse by most operators is they don't have the money to build themed attractions. They just need to go to Legoland to see that theme can be done effectively, but without the HUGE budgets that Disney and Universal have.

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