It took 38,000 Lego pieces to create a full-size Ford Explorer at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant for an attraction to debut at Legoland, Florida.
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Taking more than 2500 hours to create, this Ford Explorer will be the focal point of the Ford Driving School, which will allow kids age 3-12 to experience what it’s like to drive a vehicle – at speeds of up to 3 miles per hour.
The Ford Explorer is the first step in a long-term alliance between Ford and the Legoland Florida theme park. It took 22 designers to create this red Legoland Florida edition Explorer, which clocks in at an impressive 2,654 pounds.
The Ford Explorer will be transported from Chicago to Florida in a trailer with clear sides, allowing drivers to view this impressive vehicle on it’s way to Florida.
“Ford is excited to support the alliance between Legoland Florida and the Southeast Ford dealers. The Legoland Florida Explorer and the Ford Driving School attraction are great opportunities to showcase our products and safety messages to families and visitors in a unique way,” said Tracy Magee, Ford Experiential Marketing manager.
The Florida Driving School was a concept conceived by Florida-area Ford dealers to introduce driving skills to children.
Kids can look forward to either the Ford Junior Driving School, which is for ages 3-5, or the Ford Driving School for ages 6-12. After watching a video with instructions and safety information – including learning the difference between a brake and an accelerator – children will be able to drive on curbed roads at up to 3 mph. At the end of their experience, children will receive their own Ford Driving School license.
“We’re less than a month from opening and the anticipation level is incredibly high,” said Legoland Florida General Manager Adrian Jones. “This is the only park of its kind in the world built exclusively for kids ages 2 to 12, and it will be a total departure from anything families with young children have seen before. It’s a completely immersive experience, engaging kids’ imaginations and their sense of adventure through interactive play.”
Legoland Florida is the second U.S. location (the first being in Carlsbad, California). 50 million bricks comprise 10 themed zones in the Florida park, which encompasses 150 acres – including the original botanical gardens.
Legoland Florida opens to the public on October 15th.