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Visit New York, Las Vegas, and New Orleans at Legoland California Resort

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

If you think it’s impossible to see the New York City skyline, the Las Vegas strip, and the famous Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans on the same day, think again! Legoland Hotel guests, Legoland California annual pass members, and select customers at The Big Shop can do it — and they don’t have to get on a plane.

Legoland California, Miniland USA, Miniland New York, New York, One World Trade Center, Empire State Building
All images courtesy of Legoland California Resort

While Lego lovers anxiously wait for Legoland California Resort to reopen in Carlsbad, Calif., the theme park built for kids is offering a peek inside the gates. For a limited time, hotel guests, annual passholders, and customers who spend at least $25 at the park’s onsite Lego store can visit the New York, Las Vegas, and New Orleans portions of Miniland U.S.A.

“It’s certainly been a challenging year,” says Kurt Stocks, Legoland California Resort general manager. “It’s nice to see guests and families and kids back at the resort and smiling.”

Miniland New York

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The mini version of the Big Apple was built from over two million Lego bricks and features a very busy Central Park filled with skaters, sunbathers, and concertgoers, as well as mini New Yorkers sailing model boats and taking rides in Central Park’s famous horse-drawn carriages. In 2016, The One World Trade Center Lego model was added to the skyline, which took eight master model builders more than 1,200 hours to build with more than 250,000 Lego bricks.  The Lego version of the NYC landmark stretches to a record-breaking 25 feet — the tallest Lego model in the U.S.

Miniland Las Vegas

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The Miniland version of the world-famous Las Vegas strip built out of more than two-million bricks includes the sphynx and pyramid of the Luxor Las Vegas, the skyscrapers at New York New York Hotel and Casino, the Excalibur castle, the pirate ship at Treasure Island, the golden lion at the entrance to the MGM Grand, and the two well-known landmarks at Paris Las Vegas: the hot air balloon sign and, of course, the Eiffel Tower. The Legoland California version of the strip also features real-life sounds that were recorded in Las Vegas.

Miniland New Orleans

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The Miniland version of New Orleans was actually built in Billund, Denmark. Here, brightly colored Mardi Gras floats make their way through the crowded streets of the French Quarter while gators lurk in the bayous next to antebellum mansions. At Halloween, the famous New Orleans cemetery “comes to life” with dozens of zombies and skeletons escaping from their graves.

Although the 8,467 “Minilanders” who reside in these three iconic cities aren’t wearing face masks, all guests ages three and up are required to wear masks when visiting Miniland U.S.A. in the heart of Legoland California. Click here for Legoland California’s mask policy.

Miniland U.S.A. is open to:

  • All Legoland California Hotel guests — Click here to book a stay.
  • All Legoland California Pass Holders — Click here for details about how to become a pass holder. 
  • Any Customer who spends $25 or more at The Big Shop (each $25 purchase covers entry for up to 4 people) — Click here for more information.

Entry to Miniland U.S.A. is through The Big Shop. All guests will be required to show a valid hotel key, an annual pass, or a receipt showing a purchase of $25 or more on the same day.

The Big Shop is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday, with free parking for all customers. For a limited time, shoppers can see an exclusive display of the top three Lego models from the hit Fox TV show, “Lego Masters” inside the store.

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