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North America’s First sea life Aquarium Opens it’s Doors

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Just ten months after the ground breaking, SEA LIFE™ Aquarium at LEGOLAND® California Resort officially opened its doors today making it not only the first SEA LIFE Aquarium in the United States, but the first Aquarium in the U.S. to incorporate LEGO® models – 72 to be exact. With more than 200 species, “Fin” Facts and quiz trails, SEA LIFE is an interactive, immersive and inspirational child’s guide to the life of the sea.

“What really sets this Aquarium apart from any other is the fact that it’s entirely geared towards children ages two to twelve and has more LEGO elements throughout than any other aquarium in the world, ” said LEGOLAND California Resort President and General Manager John Jakobsen.

The mission of SEA LIFE Aquarium is to immerse you in an interactive, educational and fun aquarium experience while increasing awareness of the importance of safeguarding the sea and its inhabitants. As you explore the 36, 000 square-foot, two-story Aquarium, you’ll discover 36 displays holding more than 250, 000 gallons of water. Key features throughout 14 themed rooms include the Discovery Zone, where you can interact with marine life experts, touch tide pool animals and take an inside look at the lives of sea creatures from special pop-up viewing stations; the Shoaling Ring, where you’ll be surrounded 360 degrees by schools of swimming fish; and the Ray Lagoon where several species of rays appear to “fly” through the water in Mayan temple ruins.  Key creatures include sharks, rays, jellyfish, seahorses, an octopus and several species of freshwater fish which can be found in California lakes and streams as well as cold water marine animals native to the California coastline.

SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND California Resort is the 29th SEA LIFE Center to open in the world.  As of today, SEA LIFE Centers around the world operate in twelve countries on two continents, bringing visitors nose-to-nose with a wide range of sea creatures. For more information on SEA LIFE, visit www.sealifeus.com.

LEGOLAND® California
California is a 128-acre interactive theme park dedicated to families with children between the ages of 2 and 12.  With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, LEGOLAND is geared towards family fun! There are three other LEGOLAND Parks in the world – LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark, LEGOLAND Windsor outside of London and LEGOLAND Deutschland near Günzburg, Germany. The LEGOLAND theme parks are a part of Merlin Entertainments Group. For the most current information, log on to www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO.

THE MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS GROUP® is the leading name in location based, family entertainment, which has seen the most successful and dynamic growth of any company in the sector over the last five years.   The world’s No 2 visitor attraction operator, Merlin aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 30 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and 13, 000 employees.   Merlin Entertainments operates the following attractions – Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE, LEGOLAND, The London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers, Warwick Castle, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures and Earth Explorer.

®2008 The LEGO Group. LEGOLAND AND SEA LIFE AQUARIUM ARE A PART OF THE MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS GROUP COMPANY.

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