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Legoland plans version of a galaxy far, far away

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WINTER HAVEN (FOX 13) -

They haven't even celebrated their first birthday, but Legoland Florida is growing again. The theme park's general manager jokingly called it the worst kept secret in Central Florida.

"Without further adieu, I'm here to announce the opening of the Lego Star Wars Miniland cluster," Adrian Jones said at a morning press conference.

The new Star Wars Miniland will have 2,000 Lego models.

"We have 1.5 million bricks that are going into our Lego Star Wars Miniland," explained master model builder Jason Miller.

Some of them will stand six feet tall, including a Darth Maul built with 25,000 Lego bricks. The Millennium Falcon has nearly 20,000 bricks and took a month to build. And much of it will be interactive.

"The actual Millennium Falcon will rise so the kids can activate the Millennium Falcon taking off with the smoke and that's one of the cool interactives that we have," continued Jones.

It's the second expansion for Legoland Florida, which opened 11 months ago. The largest Legoland waterpark opened here in May.

The park alone has created 1,300 jobs. It's been a huge economic boom for Winter Haven.

"I know our hotels have been running double-digit increases, in their percentages of occupancy, since the park opened," offered Bob Gernert of the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce. "One restaurant I know of, has added at least 20 employees to deal with the amount of business they get. They're very near the park."

Legoland is geared to kids ages 2-12. And it has been attracting families from all over the world.

"A great response from the United Kingdom, all over the U.S. From Brazil, from Central Florida, a good response in visitation to our parks so far," added Kim Isemann, the park's director of sales and marketing.

The new attraction will open in November.

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