VIDEO: Sneak Peek of Lego Star Wars Miniland Expansion at LEGOLAND California

In 2011, LEGOLAND California added a Star Wars themed area to the Miniland section of the theme park.  The area proved so popular, LEGOLAND decided to expand the Star Wars Miniland in 2012.  Today, the model builders revealed a few of the LEGO Star Wars models as they prepare for the grand opening on March 29th.  Continue reading for more details, photos, and LEGOLAND’s video of the pieces while I look at my calendar to see when we can get to California to see it.

Update: September 7, 2012: With the success of the LEGO Star Wars miniland in California, LEGOLAND Florida announced a new LEGO Star Wars area will open in November, 2012.  Click here for details, photos, and video.

Update: March 30, 2012

LEGOLAND California invited 7 year old Phillip Engdahl, a Make-a-Wish Child from Esondido, CA, to cut the ceremonial ribbon opening the new LEGO Star Wars Gallery section of the Star Wars Miniland.  Engdahl was one of 22 children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation who were invited as special guests to be the first to see the new area.

Stormtroopers, Han Solo, Yoda, Obi Wan Kenobi and other members of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers and Rebel Legion were part of the ceremony which unveiled LEGO Star Wars Gallery featuring large-scale LEGO minifigures from each episode.

On March 31 and April 1, the park will feature LEGO Star Wars Days with themed activities including a Droid Hunt with the 501st Legion, Star Wars Costume Contest, Jedi Trivia, eight-foot LEGO Yoda Build, Star Wars T-shirt Contest and more.  For the first time, the LEGO Star Wars experience will continue through April 15 with additional Star Wars activities for guests to enjoy.

Original article from March 27th follows below.

From Legoland California’s Press Release:

CARLSBAD, Calif. – LEGOLAND® California’s Master Model Builders, Gary McIntire and Ryan Ziegelbauer, installed a new LEGO® model of a Jawa sandcrawler in LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland today as the family theme park prepares to reveal the expanded area to the public on March 29.  The giant Jawa sandcrawler, featured in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope is made up of more than 15,000 LEGO bricks and weighs more than 50 pounds.  Other new LEGO models being introduced include: the ion cannon in the Rebel base on the planet Hoth; a towering Crystal City building in Christophsis and the giant opee sea killer on Naboo.

In the new LEGO® Star Wars™ Gallery, guests will be further immersed into the Star Wars experience as they walk through, encountering large-scale LEGO minifigures from each episode.  Each LEGO model is 3-feet-tall, constructed of approximately 10,000 bricks and displayed on a podium for guests to get an up-close look.  The 12 characters feature: Wicket, Princess Leia, R2-D2, Clone Captain Rex, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Anakin Skywalker, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Yoda and Darth Maul.

Guests can also enjoy new scenes in LEGO Star Wars Miniland from the six live-action Star Wars™ movies, as well as one from the animated series Star Wars: THE CLONE WARS™ all made out of more than 2 million LEGO bricks and built in 1:20 scale.

LEGOLAND® California Resort includes LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE™ 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, the all-new LEGO Star Wars Miniland and Pirate Reef opening this summer. SEA LIFE incorporates LEGO models into a child’s voyage to the depths of the ocean and features play zones, fun facts and quiz trails and its newest attraction, Claws. For more information, log on to www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO.  For more travel news and features, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.