Posts Tagged ‘Pirate Shores’

World’s First LEGO Water Park

January 8, 2010

Here we see my very good friend and former co-worker Bill Vollbrecht:

Master Model Builder-turned Project Designer for LEGOLAND California spoke during the event. Vollbrecht, who is the lead designer for the Water Park, built a LEGO model as inspiration for the Water Park design. Vollbrecht unveiled that original model during the press conference as well.

“When designing the world’s first LEGO themed water park, what better way to start than to take it from a child’s perspective,” said Vollbrecht. “Imagine a child beginning to build a fun LEGO tower that they could actually play inside with their family. They would dump out a bucket of bricks of every color and combination, and create a fantastic, imagination-filled world. And that’s exactly what I was able to create beginning with these LEGO models we are showing you today.”

Bill also was the designer to the entrance of the LEGOLAND in Germany.

The 5.5 acre LEGOLAND Water Park opens in June 2010 and will be located at the north end of LEGOLAND California behind Fun Town. The entrance will be located between the Factory Tour and the Adventurer’s Club. Geared for families with children ages 2 to 12, LEGOLAND Water Park features a six-person raft slide, single-person tube slides, body slides, a lazy river and hands-on toddler areas.

“LEGOLAND Water Park will be lots of fun, constructive play including slides, LEGO friends and, the feature I am personally the most excited about – the Build-a-Raft concept where kids customize their own raft made of soft LEGO bricks before floating down a lazy river,”

Considering the popularity of the water areas in Explore Village and Pirate Shores this new water park will most likely be a great success. I look forward to seeing it once it is open.

Champagne Bottle

September 3, 2008
It's not broken, its made that way!

It's not broken, its made that way!

Sometimes we would get interesting assignments in the Model Shop. When Pirate Shores opened up at LEGOLAND California, I was asked to build a two foot tall champagne bottle that would be used to “christen” the new area for the opening ceremonies. It was quite a challenge because I had to make it so the bottle could be picked up by the neck, swung around to hit the side of the “boat”, and be able to brake into pieces – and go back together again.

Usually when we are prototyping a model, Master Model Makers design only as much of a model as we need to. In other words, we generally make only a half prototype if both sides of the model are the same. Because I needed to not only design the bottle, but also where it was going to break, I built a full prototype and then drew the “cracks” on the prototype. Yes, I said drew. That is one of the ways that we would make color changes or designs on a model. When you have a nearly unlimited brick supply, you can afford to draw on bricks. 😉

After I designed the bottle, I had to make the glued version. As I glued each section, I put plastic sheets between them, and kept building. That way, the sections dried together and would all fit with each other well. If you’ll notice, some of the knobs were chopped off. As I was building it, I didn’t know how many knobs I needed to make sure that the model would stay together, but come apart when I designed it to, so I cut knobs as I went.

The bottle was designed to break on the front face, where the pirate flag was. As I cut knobs, I “broke” the bottle several times to see if it was working right. Even after I had the model completed, I “broke” it several more times (at least 50 or so) just because it was so to see it “break” and then go back together again.

The really ironic thing about me building this model is that I was the only person in the Model Shop that doesn’t drink.