Legoland to add Star Wars’ Death Star attraction

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CARLSBAD, Calif. — Legoland California announced Thursday it will expand the North County theme park by adding an area based on the Lego Friends product line and install a Death Star in its “Star Wars” Miniland exhibit.

“With all the success we’ve had over the years, we continue to work harder than ever to outdo ourselves each year by creating attractions that immerse guests into Lego Group’s popular intellectual properties,” said park General Manager Peter Ronchetti. “Last year we made a huge splash with the addition of the Lego “Legends of Chima” Water Park presented by Cartoon Network and this year we are excited to continue that trend with the addition of Lego Friends Heartlake City.”

The Heartlake City area is set to open in the summer next year and is based on one of Lego’s most popular lines of toys.

Lego Friends focuses on the lives and personalities of five girls — Mia, Olivia, Andrea, Stephanie and Emma.

Legoland officials said Heartlake City will invite guests to sing along with Andrea at her tour bus, stroll through Lego horse stables, enjoy a building activity at one of the Lego brick tables and go for a horseback ride on the carousel at Mia’s family ranch.

The Death Star, which is 6-feet across, is due to go on display on March 5, and will include film settings made from Lego bricks.

According to Legoland, displays will include stormtroopers, a rebel X-wing fighter pilot, an imperial star ship pilot, and a reenactment of “Luke Skywalker’s” do-or-die flight along the trench of the massive base near the conclusion of the original film.

Ronchetti said attendance at the sprawling theme park has grown for the 10th year in a row, but the firm does not reveal its figures.