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March 12, 2013
LegoLand Florida Teases Us About Major Expansion
LegoLand Florida says something big is coming to the park based on stacking tiny blocks. The park's PR folks sent us a short video today with this message.
As a hint: moments before we see a few seconds of this beam of energy.
Here's the whole 10 second video to see for yourself.
This follows another teaser video released a week or so ago. Under the guise of a "construction update" -- a "construction worker" is nearly blown over by a blast.
Here's that longer video to see for yourself.
So what do we know about Legoland Florida's expansion plans? Early permits filed claimed the park will add a pirate-themed area similar to one at LegoLand California. LegoLand Florida already has a pirate-themed water ski show.
Latelty, some have speculated (most notably the Orlando Business Journal's theme park blogger ) the expansion will be based on Lego's new Legends of Chima toys and TV series -- and LegoLand California is debuting a 4-D Chima movie this summer.
What we can say for sure is what LegoLand tells us: "This new themed land will include a ride and an interactive play area."
LegoLand Florida has been active in adding on to the former Cypress Gardens since it opened in October, 2011.
They opened a water park in May of 2012 (retheming one from the Cypress Gardens era) -- added a Star Wars miniland last November, and just this past weekend re-opened their water park for its second season with double the bricks it had in 2012.
Needless to say -- We'll be at the March 19 announcement -- and will bring you extensive coverage here in the Theme World Blog -- and, of course, on Local 6 News.
Speaking of expansions -- I told you recently about rumblings of a major makeover for Downtown Disney. A major fan site with excellent sources, WD Wmagic.com, claimed that announcement was due to happen this morning -- and now hears it was rescheduled due to rainy weather.
Local 6 checked with Disney today. Its spokespeople tell us - expect no announcement today. But I continue to hear the announcement is coming very soon. We'll keep you posted.
And here's a link to other recent Theme World blog posts.
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