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CARLSBAD, Calif. (CNS) – Following two weeks of a limited reopening, Legoland California officially reopened Thursday, allowing guest access to Sea Life aquarium, Lego Chima Water Park and some of the park’s more than 60 rides, shows and attractions.

Legoland California Resort President Kurt Stocks was joined by his children amid streamers, Lego costume characters, employees and guests to pull the ceremonial switch powering up the park.

“Today is a historic day for Legoland California Resort as we are thrilled to open our gates again and invite guests to enjoy the rides, shows and attractions that have put smiles on children’s faces for more than 20 years,” Stocks said. “It’s definitely been a challenging year for all of us and we can’t wait for families, including my own, to create new memorable experiences and immerse themselves into the wonderful world of LEGO.”

Hundreds of guests scanned their tickets within the first hour of the park opening and rides such as Dragon Coaster, Fun Town Police and Fire Academy, Driving School, Lego Technic Coaster and Coastersaurus were boarded for the first time in more than a year by children and their families.

Guests also were able to experience socially distant character meet- and-greets, live entertainment and a variety of food options. The resort’s Sea Life aquarium and  Lego Chima Water Park also officially reopened for all guests to enjoy.

The family-friendly amusement park featuring the famous building blocks had offered “Park Preview Days,” with access to only select rides and attractions, starting April 1, following a 13-month closure because of the pandemic.

Guests can purchase tickets and reserve their spots through Legoland California’s new reservation system. Hotel reservations for stays at Legoland Hotel and Legoland Castle Hotel can continue to be made online as well.

To ensure a safe and healthy experience, the resort is implementing safety guidelines that include reduced capacity, cashless payments, social distancing and enhanced cleaning regimens. Face coverings will be required for all guests 2 years of age and up as well as all staff members, and temperatures will be taken upon check-in.

For more resort information and to make reservations, visit the Legoland website.

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