Sunday, May 25, 2014

Legoland California - Miniland USA





Easily the most impressive part of any Legoland park is the Miniland.  In Germany, they depicted several significant European cities, like Berlin, Amsterdam, and Venice.  Here in California, it's Miniland USA, containing cities all located within the United States.  The scale is 1:20, so they're still quite impressive in size.  It took three years to complete and has over 20 million Lego bricks!



The first city we "visited" was Washington, DC.













The White House



The Capitol Building



Andy took a great zoom shot of the Lincoln Memorial.



New Orleans



Mardi Gras






A Jazz Funeral




Brady walking down the Strip in Las Vegas.
































The attention to detail is truly incredible.  They even had the dolphins behind the Mirage.



My favorite place to stay and play, Treasure Island, aka TI.













Hello NYC!






They've obviously adapted over the years, as the park was open years before 9/11 and now NYC in Miniland sports the new One World Trade Center.  It was almost done when we were there over Christmas, so I bet soon, they'll fill the rest of it in here as well.







Times Square



The subway under the city.



Grand Central Station



Rockefeller Plaza






The Empire State Building



The Chrysler Building



The Guggenheim Museum



The Flatiron Building



Central Park



It really bothered me that I could only take pictures from uptown to downtown instead of from downtown to uptown as there was water blocking me from getting that angle.



Central Park Zoo



Finally a shot from downtown to uptown as we were on a boat ride.









Brooklyn Bridge



A generic New England harbor.









The next Miniland city was all of California, but mostly San Francisco.  Above is the Hollywood Bowl.



Grauman's Chinese Theatre, now known as TCL Chinese Theatre.




San Francisco



The Painted Ladies that we didn't get to see in our time there.






Pier 39 and the carousel that Brady rode!



They even had the seals!






Fisherman's Wharf



Ghiradelli Square












What Brady now calls "Uncle Chris's bridge."  He keeps asking when we're going back because he didn't get to ride a trolley when we were there.






Andy and I love to travel and were impressed that with the exception of New Orleans for both of us (and Las Vegas for Andy), we had been to all of the cities represented in Miniland USA.



We took a boat ride the second day and they had some famous international sites represented as well.


















On the walkway down to Miniland USA, they have busts of famous historical figures.


































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