Behind the scenes adventures at LEGOLAND


by Javier Soto

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Posted on May 8, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Updated Thursday, May 8 at 1:54 PM

PHOENIX -- A year after it was built, the LEGOLAND hotel continues to wow families, brick by brick.

On Thursday's Good Morning Arizona, Javier Soto gave us a behind-the-scenes tour of all that LEGOLAND has to offer.

The LEGOLAND hotel is a kid's dream come true, and gives new meaning to the words "stay and play." It's designed and built with children in mind.

There are more than three million LEGO bricks inside the hotel. There's special emphasis on detail, ranging from a big pirate ship to the thousands of LEGO figurines magnified on a wall.

"We have brick building experiences as you can see in this feature play area behind me," says Frank Idris, General Manager of the LEGOLAND Hotel. "As soon as you enter the lobby, our staff are engaged with the children."

If you're amazed by the atmosphere in the hotel, wait until you step into the rooms. Each one has a theme, like pirates, and each room comes equipped with a "kids only" quarters, that features bunk beds and another TV.

"If you want an environment where you're almost guaranteed your children are going to enjoy themselves, remember the experience for a long time, have nothing but positive things to say, not be bored, be entertained at every turn and have an experience that is mostly about them, then this is the place for them to go," says Idris.

You won't find just bricks at LEGOLAND. Sea Life Aquarium is right next door. Kids and adults alike will enjoy checking out the sea life and other attractions, like the new "Jellyfish Discovery."

"Sea Life Aquarium is geared toward the same demographic as LEGOLAND, 2 to 12 year olds," says Display Curator Marie Collins. "We really base the aquarium to that level to be educational, interactive, and it's just really fun to see the kids' reaction."

Also in the works? A new water park area, featuring the Legends of Chima. The attraction will feature a 13,000-square-foot wave pool, and water will cascade down a 40-foot-tall Mount Cavora.

Want a taste of Hollywood during your trip? LEGOS come to life in the Lego movie, but you can re-live all that action at the new LEGO Movie Experience.

Master LEGO Builder Tim Petche was one of six people who had the tedious task of taking the set apart piece by piece.

"We actually had some top-secret screen shots so we could see what it is that's coming out in the movie, so we could be ready on this end prior to the movie coming out," he says.