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Legoland California tells 2020 to ‘brick off’ this New Year’s Eve

by Susan and Simon Veness

By their own admission, 2020 has not been a “bricktastic” year, so Legoland California Resort has decided to ring in the New Year early!

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The global pandemic forced the mid-March closure of attractions country-wide, and Legoland parks were no exception. In California, only the San Diego park’s Big Shop has reopened, and that means there will be no annual Kid’s New Year’s Eve celebration. But 2020 taught us nothing if not to be more creative, and that’s where two master model builders, hundreds of Minilanders, and a whole lot of humor come in.

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A brand-new setting in the New York section of Miniland U.S.A. features festive Minilanders—decked out in face masks and standing the Lego equivalent of 6 feet apart—who have gathered together in Times Square to make their New Year’s wishes for a COVID-free 2021, and to watch a nearly 9-inch Lego brick cascade down and bring a merciful end to 2020.

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And what’s a New Year’s Eve gathering without party favors? Minilanders will have those, too, but with a humorous pandemic twist: they’re waiting in physically-distanced lines to receive toilet paper and vaccine injections.

Last-minute holiday shoppers visiting The Big Shop can head into Miniland U.S.A. to view the tableau, then check out the widest selection of Lego products on the west coast, including the DIY mixed-up Lego Build-A-Minifigure station, which includes specialty pieces never seen in the park before, and sets that have sold out at other retail locations.

Online shopping is also available on Legoland.com/California. Choose from curbside pickup or in-store pickup at The Big Shop, Thursday-Monday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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