Skycoastin' Steve's 2012 Season Extravaganza!!

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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2012 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:54 pm

^^Agreed, Chuck, and there's probably still a lot that I didn't catch while I was there. Kinda crazy how all out they go with pretty much everything there.
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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2012 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby simon8899 » Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:56 pm

I still remeber the driving school from back when I was a kid at Legoland Billund. Notably in denmark some signs are different/unknown than in germany - so I completly ignored them and caused some accidents.... :lol:

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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2012 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:31 am

Ok it's about time I did my Miniland USA report. I've been rather busy with a variety of things lately, but it's time to get another report up!

Most of what I have to say about Miniland USA will be in the captions, but I will say beforehand that it's one of the most impressive things I've seen in person. The attention to detail with everything in the exhibit was phenomenal! I took as many pictures as I could, and I can't share them all here, but check them all out on facebook in this album.
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Think of everything you did for the two years before this place opened. During all that, they were building this.
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The first section is an overview of the state of Florida, starting with Daytona International Speedway!
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Complete with the stock cars, Porta Potties, campers in the infield, leader board, and even vendors in the stands!
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Next is John F. Kennedy Space Center.
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All the major sites of the Space Center are included.
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I call this the rocket garden.
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Every 10 minutes (complete with a clock for a count down), this shuttle would "take off," including sound effects and smoke coming out of the engines. Very cool!
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Now we move on to South Beach in Miami. There are sun bathers, people water skiing, weightlifters, people throwing frisbees, but no topless women. :(
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Downtown Tampa, where they have cleverly changed building names as to not upset their sponsors.
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The famous Bok Tower in Lake Wales.
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Spanish shipwreck off the coast.
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Treasure divers and hammerhead sharks included!
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Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, I was just here a few days ago!
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The state capitol in Tallahassee.
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Lego press conference in front of the state capitol.
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Lego wedding party!
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Lego mini golf! I wish I could play this course, but I'm afraid I'm a tad too large.
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There were even vending machines at the mini golf course!
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Next we move on to the pirate cove.
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A close up on the activities going on on the boat.
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Gah! Lego shark!
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Here's Key West and Sloppy Moe's Bar. The real Sloppy Joe's Bar must not have cooperated.
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90 miles to Cuba!
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And finally, we have the 7-Mile Bridge.
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Moving into the desert, it looks like a man has died and a vulture is about to have himself a feast.
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Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas!
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The Luxor.
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The NY, NY Hotel and Casino, unfortunately they didn't include the roller coaster.
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Front of the MGM Grand.
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The rest of the MGM Grand.
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Go Gators!
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There was a button you could push to get the volcano in front of the Mirage to erupt. The entire area had interactive buttons like that!
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Anyone up for eloping?
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They didn't have the amusement rides on here, either. I want my money back!
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Next is Washington, DC, and we start at the Iwo Jima Memorial.
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The Tidal Basin, complete with paddle boaters.
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Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Wall, Reflecting Pool, WWII Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, White House in the background, and a hot dog vendor!
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A closer look at the World War II Memorial, which is one of my favorites in the city.
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The Smithsonian Castle, another of my favorite buildings in DC.
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Capitol Building, obviously.
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The Obamas are on the porch, although it's hard to see them.
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Guess which city is next?
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Pier 39 and the sea lions! Although I'm told the sea lions are no longer there. Sad day.
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Downtown San Francisco.
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Victorian Homes.
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The Vaillancourt Fountain.
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Firemen rescuing a crazy old cat lady on a building. If you look closely, you can see all her cats.
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Chinatown.
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Legowood!
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Grouman's Chinese Theater. I didn't notice any hand prints, but that would have been awesome if they were able to incorporate it.
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The Hollywood Bowl. Or I guess, the Legowood Bowl?
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The big, stiff green lady in the water.
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Times Square. If you look in the background between the two buildings, there are two people making out.
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Seeing how it's a kids' park, it's Forever 12 instead of Forever 21. Love it.
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Empire State Building, I stood on top of the real version of this last summer. This is the tallest building in Miniland, measuring at 22 feet.
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Rockefeller Building, I also stood on top of the real version of this last summer.
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There were even window washers!
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Grand Central Station. It was tough to get a picture of the inside because of the glare, but there was a TON of stuff going on inside of here. I guess you just have to buy a ticket and go to the park to see for yourself. :)
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One of the prettiest buildings anywhere, the Chrysler Building.
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Here's the carousel in Central Park.
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And a mime show in front of it!
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The Guggenheim Museum.
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A bunch of hippies sitting in a circle around the Imagine Memorial and singing.
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And finally, the Belvedere Castle.
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After experiencing all this, Miniland USA gets the Skycoastin Steve Stamp of Approval! Thanks for reading, check out the rest of the album on facebook, and comment!
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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2012 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby Hilltopper39 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:14 pm

Great Update Steve, I'm dying to get out to Legoland at some point this summer that place looks great! It's amazing how much detail they put into each one of the mini land scenes, you could probably make multiple trips to the place and still find little hidden Easter eggs in the displays.

It would be really cool if they would update that Daytona Speedway scene every year to have a Lego model of the reigning champions car at the front of the pack.

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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2012 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby paiging_jen » Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:32 pm

Hilltopper39 wrote: It's amazing how much detail they put into each one of the mini land scenes, you could probably make multiple trips to the place and still find little hidden Easter eggs in the displays.



I said pretty much the same thing to Steve earlier today. There is so much I missed that day in Miniland. I would love to go back and spend much more time examining all of the scenes in Miniland. It's pretty incredible what they have done!
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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2012 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby grinch1313 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:04 pm

Great Miniland photos, Steve! The detail is very impressive. I can't wait to get to Legoland to see it.
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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2012 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby VinTheAttendant » Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:40 pm

That's odd, during my visit, they had the Big Shot and X-Scream on top of the Stratosphere Tower. The Big Shot even launched from time to time. Still, this is a fantastic collection of photos. I can't believe how much of the details I actually missed!

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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2012 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:01 pm

^Well at least they had it on there at some point. Strange that it's not there anymore.

I'll echo what you guys have said, I would love to just go back for Miniland and nothing else, just so I could spend more time looking at all the little scenes they had throughout the exhibit. As someone who loved playing with Legos as a kid, I'm awfully jealous at what they were able to build.
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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2012 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby TheSchwitek » Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:48 pm

I'm really sad I didn't stay long enough to really explore the park. I really just came in to ride the new coaster at opening and then jet because I had to drive back to Alabama. Fortunately, I came in on a comp ticket from someone at IAAPA, so I didn't feel so bad. Next time I will be sure to spend a lot more time there. Great pictures, it made me want to bust out my Lego's, which I definitely still have. Fun Fact: I was once featured in a issue of Brick Kicks/Lego Mania magazine. I was like 10 at the time, and I thought I was a big deal.
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Re: Skycoastin' Steve's 2012 Season Extravaganza!!

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:11 pm

^Were you wearing the Spam shirt in the magazine photo?
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