Empire State Building installed in the LEGOLAND Windsor's brand new miniland USA

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Work is underway at LEGOLAND Windsor on a new USA segment in miniland and yesterday the finishing touches were made to the model of the Empire State Building. Here's the press release:

The LEGOLAND Windsor Resort’s talented Model Makers put the finishing touches to its brand-new LEGO Empire State Building, ahead of the Resort’s eagerly anticipated opening on 9 March 2018.

Standing at an impressive 4.4 metres tall, the Resort’s Model Making team have spent 700 hours creating a miniature LEGO replica of New York’s most iconic skyscraper, using 71,040 LEGO bricks. The staggering LEGO recreation is 100 times smaller than the real life building and was carefully lifted into position by LEGOLAND Model Makers using a cherry picker.

When the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort opens for 2018, little ones will be able to get a taste of the American dream as a miniature LEGO version of the USA comes to Miniland for the first time. World-famous American landmarks have been recreated from hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks, including the 2.7 metre tall Statue of Liberty; which completes the marvellous New York cityscape. As well as an epic journey along the famous Route 66, taking in Chicago and Arizona, eagle eyed guests will also spot tiny details along the way from Area 51 in Nevada to Cloud Gate in Chicago.

The American scene joins other world-famous landmarks from around the world set to join Miniland this year; including the majestic Taj Mahal (Agra), St. Basil’s Cathedral (Moscow), the Sydney Opera House (Sydney) and the Forbidden City (Beijing).

Miniland is one of the most popular attractions at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort that features 12 scenes created from over 40 million individual LEGO bricks.

  • Miniland’s Empire State Building stands at an impressive 4.4 metres tall, 100 times smaller than the real thing
  • New York’s most iconic skyscraper has been built using 71,040 LEGO bricks
  • If you stacked every brick in the Empire State on top of each other it would be over 648m tall, that is 1.5x the real thing OR 432 New York Taxis stacked on top of each other

 

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17 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

It will be interesting to see if they have cleaned and tidied up the rest of Miniland as it will look even more run down and tatty against new displays if they haven't.

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By in United Kingdom,

Interesting the REAL Empire State Building is made from "NORI" bricks, which were made in Accrington, Lancs, UK. They were sourced due to their superior strength, infact, NORI, is the word IRON backwards. #IDidNotKnowThat

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By in Sweden,

Awww. I can't make the picture bigger! It's so small on my phone! :)

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By in United States,

@SweSarah Try pinch zoom. That is what I had to do. I also noticed the adverts of several Broadway Musicals to the right of the Empire State Building. The Gateway Arch (St. Louis, MO) also looks impressive in the background.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looking forward to seeing that and what else has been done when I go in the summer. Miniland was a favourite with my daughter when we went last year

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By in United Kingdom,

Sorry, you should be able to click it to zoom now.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks really cool, and I like the fact the Guugenheim museum is next to it too,

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By in Italy,

Apparently steel rods in LEGO models are legal :D

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By in United Kingdom,

Has anything been removed to make way for this, or is this in addition to the existing sections of Miniland?

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By in United Kingdom,

So, is “100 times smaller” the new way of saying ‘1/100th scale’ or ‘one hundredth the size’?
It’s bad English and illogical!

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By in United States,

I like the Hamilton sign. :)

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By in United States,

Miniland(s) are the one reason I want to go to LEGOland. This looks fantastic!

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By in United States,

@biffuz they also kragle everything and coat all the bricks with a clear coat too so why not? ;) In all seriousness this thing must weigh a ton and because it's out in the elements for an extended period of time it definitely needs the support. Got to see several of the Legoland California Star Wars under construction. Really cool to see.

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By in United Kingdom,

It looks like this is where there was a sort of 'docks' area before. You can use the buildings in the background and the mountain formation to work out where it is. As with a previous comment, I hope it doesn't show up the rest of miniland as out of date.

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By in United Kingdom,

I first went to LEGOLAND Windsor in 1997 when it was almost brand new, miniland was excellent then especially as it had many animated parts and moving vehicles etc along with appropriate music and sound effects for each display. I visited again in 2002 and was sad to see many of the working parts no longer working, obviously 5 years in the elements and lack of maintenance had taken it’s toll. I haven’t been back since but may visit this summer to see the new displays and see if any of the older parts are in even worse condition these days or whether any maintenance has taken place in the last 16 years.

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By in Australia,

While it's nice to see a new addition, as others have mentioned, maintenance on the existing displays could be improved. I get that it wouldn't be an easy task, but with the not exactly cheap entry fee, and lets face it, the main reason most AFOLs would visit, it was a tad disappointing. That said after visiting Malaysia, San Diego and Windsor parks, it has certainly reinforced that LEGO is an indoor toy, and not an outside display piece.

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By in United States,

This is almost the same scale as the Apollo 11. If they want to really impress, they should reproduce the Intrepid, and put the Apollo 11 Ideas model on it to show the relative size. And the Intrepid would also be a great oppo for other aircraft such as the SR-71 and the Space Shuttle (albeit with damaged wingtips...).

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