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Ace Kim | June 2nd, 2009 | Events

Reminder: Podracers Wanted for Star Wars Weekend LEGOLand, CA

Just a quick note that Star Wars weekend is coming up on June 13 and 14 at LEGOLand, CA. If you built a podracer for our Podracer Challenge building contest a few months back and it’s still intact and you’re interested in having it on display at the event, leave a message on the forum thread or use the fancy Contact Us page. You’ll need to ship me the model, and after the weekend’s over, I would, of course, ship it back. We have a big Tatooine theme going on, and would love to have some more eye candy for the park visitors.

Ace Kim | May 19th, 2009 | Events

The Force Returns to LEGOLAND, CA For Star Wars Days

I received the following press release for the upcoming Star Wars Weekend at LEGOLAND, CA:

Special two-day event features Xbox 360 gaming, Droid Hunt, daily costume contests ?and a special visit from Darth Vader himself

CARLSBAD, Calif. (April 20, 2009) The Force returns to LEGOLAND California on June 13 and 14 during LEGO STAR WARS Days. Darth Vader and his 501st Legion of stormtroopers will invade the family theme park to interact with fans all weekend long, and LEGOLAND guests will also be able to take part in out-of-this-world activities like the Droid Hunt, video game battles, trivia competitions, building activities, scavenger hunts and daily costume contests.?

For the first time ever during LEGO STAR WARS Days, fans of all ages can experience the new Xbox Family GameSpace, where they can play LEGO STAR WARS games all weekend long. The Xbox Family GameSpace features 13 game stations, providing an optimal gaming experience. Xbox Family GameSpace is a new permanent feature at LEGOLAND California where guests can experience LEGO STAR WARS and other family-friendly games year-round.

One of the most popular LEGO STAR WARS Days events is the Droid Hunt. Guests of all ages receive droid badges if they are among the first to stop by a specially marked table in The Beginning of the Park, where they will learn a special droid quote from within the STAR WARS Saga. When guests wearing droid badges are caught within the Park by members of the 501st Legion, they must recite the quote to receive a raffle ticket for the chance to win fantastic LEGO STAR WARS and LEGOLAND California merchandise.

Other features and attractions include the LEGO STAR WARS Fan Gallery, highlighting LEGO STAR WARS creations built by local fans and LEGO Club members; Jedi Trivia Contests, which allow guests to use their STAR WARS knowledge to compete for fabulous prizes; and a Miniland U.S.A. scavenger hunt to discover scrambled letters hidden by clone trooper mini-figures. Those who locate all the letters and unscramble the secret phrase will be entered into a contest to win a family four-pack of LEGOLAND California tickets and exclusive LEGO STAR WARS merchandise.?

Also, guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite STAR WARS characters and participate in daily costume contests. Prizes will be awarded in two age categories: 8 and younger and 9 to 15. Each prize is valued at more than $500 and includes exclusive LEGO STAR WARS toys, collectible gear and tickets to LEGOLAND California.

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS GROUP is the leading name in location based, family entertainment, which has seen the most successful and dynamic growth of any company in the sector over the last five years. The world’s second largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin has 58 attractions and six hotels in 12 countries and across 3 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 33 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and 13,000 employees. Merlin Entertainments operates the following attractions – SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, The London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers, Warwick Castle, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures and Earth Explorer.

The 501st Legion is a worldwide STAR WARS costuming organization comprised of and operated by STAR WARS fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd. It is Lucasfilms preferred Imperial costuming group.
STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates.TM & Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

In addition, FBTB in conjunction with LUGOLA and SANDLUG will be have an impressive display of MOCS. I am also currently accepting podracers from our building contest a few months ago for display. For more information, visit the podracer/LEGOLAND thread.

It’s always a lot of fun every year so if you can make it at least one of the days, try and do so!