Legoland Showdown: Lyndhurst Estate vs G.C.T.

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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester today announced that the historic Lyndhurstestate in Tarrytown, NY and Grand Central Terminal, the iconic New York transit hub and world’s longest train station, were selected by metro area fans as their favorite landmarks in the region and chosen as the first inductees to be immortalized in LEGO® bricks at the attraction’s MINILAND® exhibit.

Over the last week and a half, via Facebook, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester has asked metro area residents to vote on which of their favorite Westchester and New York City landmarks should be built out of LEGO bricks.  Overall votes for the ten locations were close, however, in the end both Grand Central Terminal and Lyndhurst tied to come out on top.  As the first area landmarks to be officially included in LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester’s MINILAND, the two locations, as well as other well-known metropolitan area buildings and landmarks will be created in LEGO bricks by a team of expert LEGO model builders.  Once finalized, MINILAND will be on display inside the attraction when it opens on March 29, 2012.

“Congratulations to Grand Central Terminal and Lyndhurst for being selected as the first inductees to MINILAND,” said Chris Mines, General Manager of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester.  “We never thought we would have a tie, but the community has spoken and it has been great to see their enthusiasm and participation in helping shape LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester’s MINILAND to make it their own.  LEGOLAND Discovery Center is all about fun and creativity, and we know guests will enjoy seeing Grand Central Terminal, Lyndhurst and all of the other eye-catching area landmarks that will be in MINILAND when we open next March.”

The local buildings and landmarks included in the vote were: theStatue of Liberty, Yankee Stadium,  Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, the George Washington Bridge, Rockefeller Plaza, Grand Central Terminal, Lyndhurst, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Buildingand Citi Field.

Lyndhurst, a historic site of the National Trust, is a gothic revival country house that sits within a 67-acre park along the Hudson River in Tarrytown, NY.  It served as the set for the 1970 movie House of Dark Shadows and the 1971 movie Night of Dark Shadows, both based on the famous gothic soap opera Dark Shadows.  Grand Central Terminal, which opened in 1871 as the Grand Central Depot, was built by and named for the New York Central Railroad at a cost of $6.4 million.  It is the longest train station in the world, with 44 platforms and 67 tracks divided between two underground levels.

MINILAND is a signature feature of every LEGOLAND Discovery Center and offers a unique experience in each attraction because it is inspired by the local landmarks of each respective area.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is a $12 million, 32,300 square-foot indoor attraction featuring more than 3 million LEGO bricks, geared towards children ages 3-10 and their families.  Its range of interactive attractions will include hands-on play areas, a 4D cinema, master classes led by Master Model Builders, two LEGO rides, special party rooms and MINILAND — the venue’s signature re-creation of landmark locations and buildings throughout Westchester County and New York City, made entirely out of LEGO bricks.  Advance tickets and annual passes to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester are available online.  To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/westchester.

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