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Nation’s First LEGOLAND Hotel Opening Summer 2013



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LEGOLAND® California Resort
announces expansion at press conference

Calif. (Aug. 25, 2011)

"LEGOLAND® California
Resort is ready to grow
again," announced General Manager of LEGOLAND California Resort Peter
Ronchetti. "In the summer of 2013, right where you are sitting, we
are opening LEGOLAND® Hotel" he announced to invited guests and media at today's press conference.

The three-story LEGOLAND Hotel is being designed to give guests the interactive family experience
that has brought success to LEGOLAND California, SEA LIFETM Carlsbad Aquarium and LEGOLAND® Water Park. Created to bring
children's imaginations to life, the 250-room LEGO® themed hotel will feature brightly colored LEGO décor, a pool area and
restaurant. LEGOLAND Hotel will be the first of its kind in North America and construction is set to begin in October.  

The announcement was made at the site where the hotel will be built
which is to the right of
LEGOLAND California's entrance in an area currently used for bus
parking. Icons from each of the Resort's attractions flanked the
background as Ronchetti spoke to each one's success. Ride cars from
Safari Trek and Volvo Driving School and the costumed character
"Buddy" represented LEGOLAND California which opened in 1999 and
continues its stellar growth streak by having the most successful year
the history of the family theme park in 2010. A 12-foot acrylic shark
along with two Aquarists represented SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium which
opened in
2008 and focuses on educating children on the wonders of the underwater
world in a way specifically designed for their understanding. Two
wearing customized Build-A-Rafts represented the world's first LEGOLAND
Water Park which opened last year and was honored with the World Water
Park Association's prestigious Industry Innovation Award. And lastly, a
six-foot tall model of a hotel bellhop built out of more than 37,000
LEGO bricks was revealed – the first model built for LEGOLAND Hotel.

Mayor Pro Tem Ann Kulchin from the City of Carlsbad congratulated
Ronchetti on the announcement after she rode in on LEGOLAND California's
whimsical "Brick Mobile" pulling behind it a queen-sized bed decked out
with colorful bedding and LEGO brick graphics. "We've
been waiting for this and now it's finally happening and I'm so
pleased," said Kulchin. "Carlsbad has the reputation of being
family oriented and this is the piece of the puzzle that really needs to
be here."  With that declaration, more than 28,000 thousand
multi-colored DUPLO® bricks (a DUPLO brick is exactly twice
the dimension of a standard LEGO brick) weighing more than one-thousand
pounds were poured out of a big front loader onto the bed below.
Children invited from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad wore pajamas
to the press
conference to get in the "hotel mood" and squealed with delight as the
bricks came pouring down on to the bed.

The City of Carlsbad Planning Commission approved LEGOLAND
California Resort's request for
permission to build a hotel on Resort property in 2009. "Once the rest
of the proper approvals were attained, we had to consider many factors
including economic recovery, before establishing the perfect opening
date for this remarkable hotel," Ronchetti explained. "But now, we
are ready to move forward in our development and I can't wait to bring
the LEGOLAND experience to the next level for our guests."

Like LEGOLAND California and the SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium, the
hotel will be
designed for families with young children and will feature rooms and
suites themed after the most popular LEGOLAND areas. The LEGOLAND Hotel
joins the
Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa and the Grand Pacific Palisades already
on Resort property.

While this is the first LEGOLAND Hotel in the United States, it will be the third in the world following LEGOLAND Windsor Hotel
opening in 2012 and LEGOLAND Billund which opened a 176-room LEGOLAND Hotel in 1991.

To follow the progress of LEGOLAND Hotel, visit For more information on LEGOLAND California Resort, visit or call 760-918-LEGO.

California Resort includes LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFETM Carlsbad
Aquarium, both geared for families with
children between the ages of 2 and 12. At LEGOLAND California, you'll
find more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including the 5.5 acre
LEGOLAND Water Park and the all-new Star WarsTM Miniland. SEA LIFE
incorporates LEGO® models into a child's voyage to the
depths of the ocean and features play zones, fun facts, quiz trails and the new Octopus Garden. For more information, log on to or
call (760) 918-LEGO.

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS is the leading name
location-based, family entertainment, and has seen the most successful
and dynamic growth of any company in the sector over the last five
Europe's Number 1 and the world's second-largest visitor attraction
operator, Merlin now operates 77 attractions, six hotels/two holiday
villages in 17 countries and across four continents. The company aims to
deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 43.6 million
worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the
commitment and passion of its managers and more than 16,000 employees.
Entertainments operates the following attractions – SEA LIFE, Madame
Tussauds, LEGOLAND, The EDF Energy London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland,
Discovery Centres, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, Thorpe Park,
Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Heide Park, Earth Explorer,
Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife World, Sydney Tower Observatory and Skywalk,
Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter Underwater World, Oceanworld Manly
and Hamilton Island Koala Gallery.  All brands which are distinctive,
challenging and innovative – and which have great potential for
growth in the future. Visit for more information.


and schedules subject to change without notice. LEGO, the LEGO
logo, the Minifigure and LEGOLAND are trademarks of the LEGO Group.
©2011 The LEGO Group.




Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

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Disney’s New Trailer Reveals How Ralph & Vanellope Get to the Internet in “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”



Wreck-It Ralph 2

When “Wreck-It Ralph” opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release. Now Disney is hoping Ralph will not only break the Internet but the 2018 Thanksgiving boxoffice records as well.

The film re-teams the original director, producer and co-writer behind “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The screenplay is currently being written by Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon. Director Rich Moore, producer Clark Spencer, and co-writer Phil Johnston partnered with fellow director Byron Howard and co-writer/co-director Jared Bush to create the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster feature “Zootopia.”

ROYAL REUNION – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2,” Vanellope von Schweetz-along with her best friend Ralph-ventures into the uncharted world of the internet. When she finds herself surrounded by Disney princesses, she’s surprised to learn that she actually has a lot in common with them. The scene, highlighted in a new trailer for the film (below), features several of the original princess voices, including Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Idina Menzel (Elsa in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Ming-Na Wen (“Mulan”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”). Featuring Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 21, 2018. 





U.S. Release Date:  Nov. 21, 2018

Voice cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk

Directors: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Producer: Clark Spencer

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Marvel Fans: See Props, Costumes, New Games, Exclusive Content and More at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim





BURBANKCalif. (June 1, 2017) – Marvel will make its way to D23 Expo’s show floor from July 14­-16 with an exciting look at its upcoming film titles in the Marvel Studios Pavilion, featuring an array of props and costumes from the Studios’ upcoming slate, including Thor: RagnarokBlack Panther, and more.

In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, in theaters November 2017, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok-the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization-at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela., played by Cate Blanchette. 

But first he must survive the Grandmaster’s gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger-the Incredible Hulk. 

Fans will get an up-close look at the costumes and props from this highly anticipated movie as well as photo opportunities with exclusive set pieces from the film. 

The incredible costumes from Black Panther will also be on display. 

Black Panther follows the journey of T’Challa after the events of Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War,where he returns to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. 

In addition to the exciting props and costumes on display, Marvel Studios will host multiple giveaways and events within its pavilion space in Hall B.

Fans will get the chance to meet with Marvel Studios’ filmmakers, development team, and talent. Exclusive artwork will be given away daily, along with other surprises. Details on talent appearances and special signings will be made available on the D23 Expo app.

Fans will also be able to enjoy all-new console and mobile Marvel Games, plus incredible exclusive content and announcements throughout the weekend!

For the first time at D23 Expo, guests will be able to get their hands on the hottest new console and mobile games featuring favorite Marvel Super Heroes, playing as the world-famous Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, and more! 

LEGO®Marvel Super Heroes 2 is an all-new, original adventure and sequel to the smash hit LEGO®Marvel Super Heroes.Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, along with signature LEGO humor,the latest epic adventure from TT Games transports players into a cosmic battle across myriad Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis.

Adding to the infinite excitement of D23 Expo, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will offer attendees hands-on opportunities with the next era of the highly revered action-fighting game series. 

Marvel and Capcom universes collide like never before as iconic characters team up for action-packed player-versus-player combat. 

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite features a variety of exciting and accessible single-player modes and rich multi-player content for new players and longtime fans alike and will be released on September 19, 2017, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Gazillion will offer a chance to play Marvel Heroes Omega and win fantastic prizes.

Marvel Heroes Omega combines the core gameplay style of Action-RPGs and MMOs with an expansive library of heroes from the Marvel Universe. With thousands of hours of character progression and rewards,Marvel Heroes Omegacomes packed with tons of replay value and a steady stream of new challenges with regular updates.

Netmarble is bringing its best to D23 Expo with MARVEL: Future Fight.

Featuring 120 Marvel Super Heroes to choose from, players create teams of their favorites to fight for their future. D23 Expo attendees can try their hand at saving the universe.

Marvel Puzzle Quest is where the best in match-3 puzzle gameplay meets Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes and Super Villains in the most epic puzzle adventure game available on your phone, tablet, and PC.

Marvel Puzzle Questcombines favorite Marvel characters with deep RPG leveling, player-versus-player tournaments, Alliances, and much more. Guests can unleash their inner Super Hero and wage war against their enemies. Learn more

Marvel will present incredible panels during D23 Expo, including the fan-favorite Cup o’ Joe on Friday, July 14, at 1:15 p.m. in the D23 Expo Arena, featuring Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, Joe Quesada, in a no-holds-barred panel of everything Marvel!

That same day at 6 p.m. on Stage 28, Marvel Animation presents a surprise-filled panel of sneak peeks, special guests, exclusive footage, and big announcements about the future of Marvel Animation on Stage 28. Details will be available on the D23 Expo app.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 forchildren 3-9. Membersof D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3-9. Multi-day tickets are also available. 

For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit

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Shanghai To Host World Premiere Of Disney’s “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”



First-ever Mainland China Hollywood Movie World Premiere Will Take Place at Shanghai Disney Resort with an

All-star Lineup of Special Guests on May 11

BURBANK, CALIF. (April 25, 2017)-Disney announced today that Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will have its World Premiere in Shanghai, China, at Shanghai Disney Resort on Thursday, May 11, marking the first time a Hollywood movie will premiere in Mainland China. Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer plan to attend the gala event.

The red-carpet event will take place in Disneytown at Shanghai Disney Resort. After the red carpet, the “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” screening will be held in Walt Disney Grand Theatre at Disneytown. Shanghai Disney Resort is also home to Shanghai Disneyland, featuring Treasure Cove, the first pirate-themed land at a Disney park, inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. 

Premiere guests will enjoy a stunning presentation of the film in Dolby Vision laser projection and Dolby Atmos immersive audio provided by Dolby and delivered through QSC speakers and amplifiers with Q-SYS control at the Walt Disney Grand Theatre.

Samsung is the title sponsor of the World Premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which will be released on May 26 in China, day and date with its release in the U.S.

About the Movie:

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea-notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.  

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs,  Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, David Wenham as Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum, Orlando Bloom as Will Turner, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are directing “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr., Terry Rossio and Brigham Taylor. The story is by Jeff Nathanson and Terry Rossio, and Jeff Nathanson wrote the screenplay. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” drops anchor in U.S. theaters on May 26, 2017.     

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