LEGOLAND California Resort
San Diego, California
Merlin Entertainment / Blackstone
Park News - (11/24/16) Legoland California has announced that actress Stana Katic (Castle) will be the guest of honor at the park's 14th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony taking place on Monday, Nov. 28th.
In honor of the star of ABC’s hit show “Castle” and the new Castle Hotel opening its doors at LEGOLAND in 2018, Master Model Builders created a dozen new castle LEGO ornaments to adorn the 30-foot tall Christmas tree. Created out of more than 245,000 green DUPLO bricks, the tree has more than 400 LEGO ornaments and will be illuminated with more than 11,000 LED lights while towering over the Beginning.
At the ceremony, LEGOLAND California Resort is donating $10,000 on behalf of Katic to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a nonprofit pediatric academic medical center dedicated to creating hope and building healthier futures for children. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles treats children more than half a million times each year—often for children with more complex health conditions than any other hospital in Southern California. As a pediatric charity of choice, the hospital relies on the generosity of the community to support its groundbreaking pediatric research and the complex care it provides for critically ill and injured children.
(8/15/16) I'm told that the Sky Cruiser (pedal cycle) attraction that was next to the Legoland Power Tower and did a circuit around the center of the park has been closed (SBNO) since early 2016 and apparently isn't likely to reopen anytime soon... if ever. The park has also removed virtually any mention of it from their website, and even graphically removed it from the park map.
On the plus side, the park did add a new LEGO version of the One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) to the NYC Miniland area over the summer.
2018 - Second Legoland Hotel - Planning - (9/12/16) According to the local news the next hotel planned for Legoland California would have a castle theme. The local county commission has unanimously recommended approved the plans for the new 3-story tall, 250-room hotel project as well as a new multi-level parking structure to be build elsewhere on property for park employees. The hotel itself will feature a drawbridge entrance over a moat, a courtyard with colorful tent structures and themed sections inside for Dragons, Knights and Princesses. Now the project just has to be given final approval from the city council as the top of the castle towers will reach 55 feet in height, just over the local 45-foot height limit. If approved they hope to start construction on the new hotel by January. Construction on the new employee parking structure will begin later this year.
(1/11/16) According to the local news LEGOLAND California is ready to build a second on-site hotel due to high occupancy rates at the first hotel that just opened two years ago. The new hotel is only 3 stories tall, like the first, and will add an additional 250-rooms to the resort. The article goes on to say that according to the application sent in to the city last month the new hotel will be themed to look like a castle and be located to the west of the current hotel on a parking lot site directly in front of the entrance to the SeaLife Aquarium. If all goes well they hope to open it by 2018.