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New official on-site hotel in works for Legoland California

By Robert Niles
Published: January 19, 2009 at 1:00 AM
Merlin's taking another step to invest in its theme parks. The entertainment giant, rumored to be a suitor for the Busch theme parks, has petitioned the city of Carlsbad and the California Coastle Commission for permission to build a 250-room Lego-themed hotel on park of the Legoland California theme park parking lot.

The hotel would be the third adjacent to the Legoland property, though the first owned and developed by the park. A Sheraton opened last year (and a dedicated entrance for that hotel is in the works). The Grand Pacific Palisades Resort preceded the park opening.

Readers' Opinions

From W McDougal on January 19, 2009 at 10:45 AM
I love Legoland but three hotels for a theme park that closes two days a week most of the year, and is only open to 5 on most other days seems to be a bit of overkill. I hope LL has a waterpark or something else planned to go along with the hotels to keep guest satisfied or there's going to be a lot of empty rooms.
From Robert Niles on January 19, 2009 at 12:14 PM
The park is substantially larger than of was a few years ago, and there is the SeaLife aqaurium, top. But the big secondary attraction would be the beach. And the outlet mall.
From Joshua Counsil on January 19, 2009 at 3:04 PM
I wonder if it will be a Lego-themed hotel. I'd love to see how a Lego bed feels.

It would be pretty simple to incorporate different "series" of Lego (pirates, aliens, etc.) into different sections of the hotel.

From Robert Niles on January 19, 2009 at 3:28 PM
Yes, it is supposed to be "Lego-themed," according to the petition, but I haven't seen any mock-ups yet to know what exactly that means.
From Brian Emery on January 19, 2009 at 3:38 PM
Any new construction and jobs in this crappy economy is welcomed…
Way to go Lego Land!!!
From Mitchell Sentinella on January 19, 2009 at 10:48 PM
You can check out the other Legoland hotels on their website. I've seen some concept drawings and it looks great, it would be a great asset to the park for sure. The other hotels around the park are nice but they don't have Lego models in every room and themed rooms. Just look at Disneyland and Harbor drive, lots of hotels around there but Disney still has three hotels, one which is heavily themed.
From Monty Sanders on January 24, 2009 at 9:29 AM
I know that an on-site hotel has been in the planning since the beginning and they have had land set aside for it, but I'm surprised they will try to build it now. They are optimistic aren't they?

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