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SoCal theme park weekend news round-up

February 14, 2009, 8:03 PM · Here's a round-up of recent news from Southern California's theme parks:

  • Legoland California is celebrating its 10th anniversary on March 20, 2009. To mark the occasion, the park's running a contest for kids to design and build their own Lego models honoring the park's birthday. The Grand Prize winners in each of the three age categories [4-9, 10-15, 16+] win four annual passes to Legoland and SeaLife Aquarium. The finalists get to walk the red carpet at the park's birthday celebration and attend the premiere of the park's new Bob the Builder 4D film.

    Models must be made entirely out of Legos, and can be no larger than 12 inches tall by 10 inches wide. You can enter the content by submitting photos of your model to

  • From now until the end of the month, Universal Studios Hollywood is again offering its buy-a-day, get-the-year free deal. The pass is available to Southern California residents for $67, but doesn't work on 11 selected blackout dates. For $5 more, you can get the All Access Pass, which has no blackout dates.

  • Not to be ignored, Disneyland sent along another press release highlighting its ongoing promotion giving folks free admission on their birthdays. This week, the park honored a woman from Lake Forest, California, who claimed her free ticket on her 100th birthday. Neat story, huh? Oh, but there is more. The grand-grandmother, Frances Taylor, reported that she emigrated from Scotland when she was three, but that she and her mother got bumped from the first ship they'd booked... the Titanic.

    Image courtesy Disneyland

    There's Frances with Mick, Min and the gang, in the PR photo sent out by Disneyland.

    Replies (2)

    February 15, 2009 at 7:54 AM · Put that woman on Californian Screamin! :)

    That is a nice story about the birthday though! It seems that this is the perfect theme for these times about celebrating the small and big things in life. It looks like Lego is on board with that too!

    February 15, 2009 at 1:58 PM · The Titanic part is just crazy! What a wonderful piece of history. Good job Disney!

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