Nation's First LEGOLAND® Hotel is Under Construction at LEGOLAND® California Resort!

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CARLSBAD, Calif. (April 17, 2012) – Not only are guests entering LEGOLAND® California Resort getting a sneak peek at the construction of the nation’s first LEGOLAND® Hotel, but now anyone can watch from the comfort of their own home just by logging onto http://oxblue.com/open/rdolson/legoland. Powered by OxBlue.com, the site shows two different angles of the 250-room hotel under construction from sun up to sun down, and gives viewers the ability to watch time lapse footage, compare days and zoom in and out of the site.

R.D. Olson Construction, the General Contractor hired to build LEGOLAND Hotel, installed the cameras in mid-December after the grading began and will keep the cameras on until the Hotel opens in summer 2013.

The three-story LEGOLAND Hotel is being designed to give guests the interactive family experience that has brought success to LEGOLAND California, SEA LIFE™ Carlsbad Aquarium and LEGOLAND® Water Park. Created to bring children’s imaginations to life, the LEGO® themed hotel will feature brightly colored, interactive LEGO décor, a pool and lounge area, patio, event space and buffet restaurant. LEGOLAND Hotel will be the first of its kind in North America and is designed for families with young children and will feature rooms and suites themed after the most popular LEGOLAND areas: Pirate, Kingdom and Adventure. To see examples of the three themes, receive the most recent updates on the Hotel and be the first to know when reservations are open, visit www.LEGOLANDHotel.com .

LEGOLAND® California Resort includes LEGOLAND® California, SEA LIFE™ Carlsbad Aquarium and LEGOLAND Water Park, all geared for families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. LEGOLAND California features more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland and the all new Pirate Reef opening summer 2012. SEA LIFE incorporates LEGO® models into a child’s voyage to the depths of the ocean and features play zones, fun facts and quiz trails and the all new Claws exhibit. LEGOLAND Water Park opened in 2010 as the world’s first LEGO themed Water Park and features seven slides, interactive water play features and the exclusive Build-A-Raft River. For more information, log on to www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO.

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment, and has seen the most successful and dynamic growth of any company in the sector over the last five years. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 87 attractions, six hotels/two holiday villages in 19 countries and across four continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 46 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 17,000 employees. Among Merlin’s attractions are - SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, The EDF Energy London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, THORPE PARK, Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Blackpool Tower, Heide Park, Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney, Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK, Siam Ocean World and Busan Aquarium. All brands which are distinctive, challenging and innovative – and which have great potential for growth in the future. Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.

Merlin currently has twelve attractions in the USA including the stunning LEGOLAND Florida theme park which opened in October last year; LEGOLAND California theme park with its exciting Water Park, and SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium (a hotel will also open in 2013); Madame Tussauds attractions in New York, Washington D.C., Las Vegas and Hollywood; LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth; and SEA LIFE Aquariums in Phoenix, Arizona; Dallas/Fort Worth; the Mall of America in Minneapolis, underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator. Four more Merlin attractions are also already scheduled to open in the USA in 2012 - a SEA LIFE and LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Kansas City; Missouri; LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Water Park in LEGOLAND Florida.

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