Disney’s not the only theme park to have a Star Wars presence. On Nov. 9, LEGOLAND Florida officially opened its LEGO Star Wars Miniland, the park’s most recent expansion.
Guests could feel the Force of the day’s events, which started out with just a touch of the Dark Side. A legion of Darth Vaders, mini-sized to match the land, took part in official opening ceremony.
The day marked a friendly encounter between the two iconic, pop-culture universes, with the result being a “Star Wars” galaxy that’s appropriate for its youngest fans.
Watch the LEGO Star Wars Miniland video to see of what’s on display.
“We are celebrating much more than the opening of a new model display,” said LEGOLAND Florida General Manager Adrian Jones in a press release. “We are witnessing the collaboration of two unequaled brands. LEGO is one of the most powerful toy brands in the world, and Star Wars is arguably the best-known and loved franchise in the history of film, television, literature and gaming.”
The four and five-year-old Darth Vaders were joined by adult members of the 501st and Rebel Legions as part of the official welcome of LEGOLAND’s imaginative tribute to the “Star Wars” universe.
The LEGO Star Wars Miniland display area, an extension of the theme park’s Miniland U.S.A., includes a scene from the six live-action “Star Wars” Movies and one scene from the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
The models include representations of “Star Wars” planets (e.g. Naboo, ENdor), famous scenes (the Tattoine Cantina, the Battle of Hoth), props (Millennium Falcon) and characters (Luke, R2D2 and C3PO, Darth Vader, Stormtroopers).
It took more than 12 months, 2,000 models and 1.5 million LEGO breaks to create the scenes, which were built on a 1:20 scale. The displays are make use of sound effects, lighting and animation, and have interactive buttons for children.
The seven LEGO Star Wars Miniland displays:
Episode I: Naboo – This scene depicts the Battle of Naboo and the capital Theed, with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn in a fight with Darth Maul.
Episode II: Geonosis – Here, Padmé Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker fight ferocious creatures and guests can see the battle between Count Dooku’s droid army and the Republic.
Episode III: Kashyyyk and Mustafar – This display features Kashyyk, Chewbacca’s home, and Mustafar. The first area features the Clone Turbo Tank, while the second provides a look at the battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.
Episode IV: Tatooine – In Tatooine, visitors will see scenes where the saga began, as well as Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO and R2-D2. Look for Uncle Owen’s far, the Cantina and it band, and the spaceport that houses the largest LEGO model of Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon.
Episode V: Hoth – This icy planet, where the Rebels flee, visitors will encounter models of the Imperial AT-ATs, Rebel snowspeeders and Luke Skywalker’s X-wing starfighter. The display also includes Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia.
Episode VI: Endor – This scene depicts the Ewoks’ home, and presents the final victory of the Rebel Alliance over the evil Empire. On display is a large-scale model of an Imperial shuttle that bears Darth Vader himself.
The Clone Wars: Christophsis – The animated series falls chronologically between Episodes II and III and centers on the Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The seventh LEGO scene offers the largest LEGO Star Wars models – an approximately 8-foot tall building from the Crystal City – and depicts a battle between Separatist battle droids and Republic clone troopers.
LEGO Star Wars Miniland is part of LEGOLAND Florida, and entry to the land is included with park admission. LEGOLAND Florida is a 150-acre theme park located in Winter Haven in Central Florida. The theme park is aimed at families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. It offers more than 50 rides, shows and attractions as well as a water park.
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