Hear Ye, Hear Ye! @LEGOLAND_CA California Resort Breaks Ground on North America’s First LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel!
January 19, 2017

CARLSBAD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With the help of a knight, a princess and a wizard, LEGOLAND® California Resort broke ground today on North America’s first LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel! General Manager Peter Ronchetti and the City of Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall were joined by two young apprentices as they shoveled dirt for the new premium themed hotel opening in spring of 2018.

“I am excited to say that next year, LEGOLAND Castle Hotel will be opening right where we stand today,” said Ronchetti. “This hotel will have 250 premium themed rooms, including 20 suites, completely immersing guests into a castle experience from the minute they enter the grand hall, to dining in an amazing sit down royal restaurant to engaging in courtyard entertainment by the pool. I am excited to continue our growth here at LEGOLAND California Resort as we carry on our tradition of providing guests memorable family experiences and new adventures!”

“The success of the first LEGOLAND Hotel has helped propel Carlsbad’s tourism economy to record setting levels,” said Mayor Hall. “Now with a second one on the way, our residents can look forward to even greater tax revenues, which go to fund day to day city services like parks, libraries and police.”

Upon entering LEGOLAND Castle Hotel, guests will first step into a grand hall where they are met by a LEGO wizard before taking a magical levitating lift (elevator) that will take them to one of three different floors where adventures await. In the Knight rooms, guests are surrounded by dragons and knights as they prepare to go into battle to defend the king’s castle and protect the king’s treasure. In the Princess rooms, woodland animals such as butterflies, squirrels, owls and song birds all made of LEGO, of course, are found. In the Wizard rooms, guests discover how magic is used to protect the king’s treasure with the use of giggling potions and spells.

Other unique features to LEGOLAND Castle Hotel include a slide in the lobby for kids, LEGO building stations in each children’s sleeping area, interactive play elements in the expansive courtyard, interactive water play features by the pool, premium entertainment from LEGOLAND characters, a LEGOLAND retail store, a separate Park entrance just for hotel guests and LEGO models themed specifically to each room type.

Groundbreaking for Legoland Castle Hotel opening in 2018 at Legoland California on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.(Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Legoland)

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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