Lego Movie 2" Experience at Legoland features
sets like this one used in the live-action shots of
the new movie. In Bianca's room, visitors can see
all the Lego models she built to create the iconic
Systar System and Queen Watevra Wa'nabi's castle.
Fans of all
things Lego may have already seen the recently released
“Lego Movie 2,” but for a more up-close experience,
Legoland enlisted its master builders to bring a part of
the movie directly to the theme park.
the Carlsbad, Calif., park can now experience key scenes
from the film at the new Lego Movie 2 Experience, which
re-creates a set from the film.
basement scene and the bedroom of Bianca, one of the human
characters featured in the animated film, are showcased in
the new attraction. Not only are the rooms re-created with
the Lego models seen in the film, but they’re outfitted
with the same furnishings, down to the carpeting and
movie franchise has proved to be popular, with two
spinoffs and now the sequel to the original 2014 “The
Lego Movie.” “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”
didn’t have quite the stellar opening the first one did,
garnering about half the revenue that the “Lego” movie
took in when it opened.
computer-animated film takes place five years after the
events of the first movie, now set in Apocalypseburg, a
post-apocalyptic version of the original Bricksburg.
the space where Legoland’s Imagination Zone had been,
the Lego Movie 2 Experience was a labor-intensive
endeavor, beginning with a weeklong visit to the
Vancouver, British Columbia, set where the live-action
scenes of the movie were filmed.
“I got to
go up to Vancouver and be on the live-action set while
they were filming and we had to photograph everything to
reassemble it here at the park,” said Tim Sams, head of
the model shop at the Carlsbad park. “No one was allowed
to have cameras on set there except for me. So I
documented the entire set so we could make sure it fit in
the space here.”
two huge shipping trucks to transport the disassembled
set, including the Lego models and all the non-Lego
contents of the two rooms, Sams said.
As much as
was possible, the Lego models, from the Statue of Liberty
to a fist-shaped space ship, were transported intact. But
“A lot of
the models did make it back at least in larger broken
pieces,” he said. “There were instances where we
opened a box and we didn’t know what we were looking at.
The whole thing took six model builders 640 hours with no
instructions, so it was important to get really good
more fun than anything else, like a large jigsaw puzzle.
We’re master model builders and we do this daily, so I
wouldn’t say it was difficult.”
from the time the project was conceived to the process of
clearing out the site and constructing the film set, the
attraction took five months to complete.
to detail was paramount in mimicking the film experience.
For instance, the replication of Bianca’s room includes
the city and palace she was building in the movie from
Lego Duplo bricks. Also featured are some of the film’s
more memorable characters such as Queen Watevera Wa-Nabi,
the queen of the distant Systar System, and General
Mayhem, a masked space pilot.