WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (November 9, 2012) â€“ A legion of pint-sized Darth Vaders (four and five year-olds) clad in ebony robes and shining masks marched on LEGOLANDÂ® Florida today during the official opening ceremony of the parkâ€™s newest expansion, LEGOÂ® Star Warsâ„¢ Miniland Model Display.
â€œWe are celebrating much more than the opening of a new model display,â€ said LEGOLAND Florida General Manager Adrian Jones. â€œWe are witnessing the collaboration of two unequaled brands. LEGOÂ® is one of the most powerful toy brands in the world, and Star Wars is arguably the best-known and loved franchise in the history of film, television, literature and gaming.â€
Costumed four and five-year-olds joined grown-up Star Wars fans from the 501st and Rebel Legions to mark the opening and help unveil scenes from each of the six movies, and a seventh from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Warsâ„¢. Design, construction and installation took more than 12 months and a total of 1.5 million LEGO bricks built in 1:20 scale. The models include sound effects, lighting and animation that bring them to life.