A Darlington boy saw his LEGOLAND design come to life at the weekend.
An 11-year-old boy from Darlington and budding theme park designer saw his dreams come true this week.
The LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort transformed his hand-drawn design into an amazing LEGO® creation that now takes centre stage at the entrance of the brand new LEGOLAND Castle Hotel.
Darlington schoolboy, James Waine, beat hundreds of other children to win the nationwide competition, launched by the Resort to celebrate the opening of its brand new LEGOLAND Castle Hotel.
As the Hotel opened its doors this weekend (1 July 2017), the prestigious prize saw James place the final brick, as his family, a jester, knights and a crowd of onlookers, all gathered to celebrate the unveiling of his impressive tournament-ready LEGO knight on horseback model.
Three talented LEGO Model Makers spent 360 hours using an impressive 160,000 LEGO bricks to bring his imaginative design to life.
James’ winning model stands at 8.5ft tall with an eye-catching ‘Sir Bricksalot’ banner and shields with hidden sensors that bring the model roaring and neighing to life as guests approach.
On seeing his winning design for the very first time, James said: “It’s so awesome to see my design turned into a real life LEGO model.
“It’s so big and even better than I imagined it would be.
“I want to be a theme park designer when I’m older so this is a dream come true.”
As part of his fantastic prize, James and his family were also amongst the first families to stay at the Hotel.
Situated right on the edge of the theme park, the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel brings to life an enchanted world of brave knights, magical wizards and mischievous jesters.
657 colourful LEGO touches and models feature throughout; from the astonishing lobby – dominated by a giant floor to ceiling LEGO Wizard unleashing LEGO magic from his staff – to the tiny mice, frogs and dragonflies.
With separate sleeping areas for adults and up to three children, the 61 magical Wizard and Knight bedrooms are brimming with LEGO surprises too.
As well as the bright LEGO wall graphics and the magical LEGO models, children (and adults alike) will delight in solving the special clues hidden in the carpet and walls to unlock the LEGO surprise that wait in the safe.
Bunting, flags, LEGO shields and an illuminated stained glass window bring the majestic Knight themed rooms to life, whilst the spellbinding Wizard rooms are bursting with LEGO magic from potion bottles, spell books and mystical LEGO creatures.
Joined by the á la carte Tournament Tavern Restaurant; Jester’s Play Den; and LEGO building stations across the Hotel, guests are guaranteed a magical stay, packed with fun and excitement.
The LEGOLAND Castle Hotel is now open. For bookings and more information visit: www.legoland.co.uk/castle.