It’s one of Arizona’s most hotly anticipated attractions ever, and it’s set for an April debut.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona, the first attraction of its kind to open in the state, will boast two LEGO® rides, a 4D Cinema and endless opportunities for creative play when it opens to the public in Tempe’s Arizona Mills mall Friday, April 22, 2016 at 10 a.m.

LEGO® Build and Test

LEGO® Build and Test. Photo courtesy Merlin Entertainments

In addition to massive, large-scale models, LEGO® building areas and festive party rooms for birthday celebrations, the 40,000 square-foot facility will feature a Master Model Builder responsible for maintaining and updating LEGO® MINILAND models.

LEGO® MINILAND

LEGO® MINILAND. Photo courtesy Merlin Entertainments

Arizona’s newly crowned Master Model Builder is Alecsander Posta of Phoenix, a caregiver for the developmentally disabled who beat out more than 100 other contenders in a Master Model Builder competition held last month at the Arizona Mills mall food court. A graphic design student with a sharp eye for aesthetics and an innate ability to interact well with children, Posta plans to utilize his unique skillset to introduce others to the endless possibilities that abound when creating using LEGO® bricks.

“Who wouldn’t want to play all day and get paid for it? It’s a dream come true for me,” Posta said. “I can’t wait for LEGOLAND® Discovery Center to open and to see the children’s faces when they get a glimpse of what’s inside.”

LEGO® Duplo Farm

LEGO® Duplo Farm. Photo courtesy Merlin Entertainments

Arizona’s ultimate indoor LEGO® playground is set to open April 22. Hours of operation will be: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (last admission at 5:30 p.m.); Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Last admission 4 p.m.) The LEGO Shop is open Monday – Saturday 10 .am. – 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Please check our website for the most up to date operating hours as they sometimes change. Please allow at least 2 – 3 hours for your visit. To keep up with pre-opening events and activities, or for more information, follow LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Arizona on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 111 attractions, 12 hotels/4 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 63 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and 26,000 employees (peak season).

Merlin has twenty five attractions and two hotels in North America  – including two stunning LEGOLAND Resorts – LEGOLAND Florida with its theme park, water park and hotel; and LEGOLAND California theme park with water park and the SEA LIFE aquarium and themed hotel; Orlando Eye; Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attractions in New York; Washington DC; Las Vegas; Hollywood; Orlando and San Francisco; LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Kansas City Missouri; Atlanta, Georgia; Boston; Westchester, New York; Toronto, Canada; a Dungeon in San Francisco; and SEA LIFE aquariums in Phoenix, Arizona; Kansas City, Missouri; Michigan; Dallas/Fort Worth; the Mall of America in Minneapolis; Orlando, Florida and Charlotte – Concord, N Carolina – underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator.  Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.

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