CARLSBAD, CALIF. — ABS resin weighing 145,200 pounds and molded into 30 million bricks will form the models in North America's first Legoland theme park, opening in early 1999 in Carlsbad. Children 2-13 years old are the target.
Lego Group will make the bricks at a plant in Billund, Denmark, and create the models for Legoland Carlsbad's rides, Miniland and displays at facilities in Windsor, England, as well as Billund. Existing Legoland family parks operate in each location.
The Carlsbad City Council approved final plans in a unanimous vote May 20, after four years of community discussions about traffic and development controls and a 1994 advisory referendum that received 57 percent approval. The site occupies 129 acres and has a self-financed preopening budget of $130 million.
Through 1996, the Denmark-based company had manufactured 180 billion Lego elements at plants in Denmark, Switzerland, Brazil, South Korea and, for the North American market, Enfield, Conn.