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Lots Of Games, No Gambling At Legoland's Las Vegas
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(AP) CARLSBAD, Calif. What happens in Legoland Las Vegas will stay in Legoland Las Vegas - if the designers have anything to say about it.
With just hours to go before the official grand opening of a $1-million-plus scale model of the famed Las Vegas Strip, builders spent Wednesday snapping and glue-gunning the final few thousand bricks into place on replicas of 10 casinos - from the smooth black Luxor pyramid to the towering 20-foot Stratosphere, complete with a tiny working roller coaster shuttling green-faced passengers up and down the central spire.
Piles of little 3- to 4-inch Lego figurines - including scantily clad women, men handing out girlie fliers and partygoers toting neon green hurricane drinks - were stacked in bins and on the roofs of the waist-high casino buildings awaiting placement.
"We wanted to make it kid-friendly," said Kristi Klein, the lead designer. "So there are lots of interactive elements for them, like the exploding Mirage volcano and the Treasure Island pirate ship."
Young Lego fans, drawn by the bright colors and all the moving parts, peered over yellow barricades that blocked off the new installation until its official opening Thursday.
The Las Vegas Miniland was built by a team of 15 designers in Carlsbad and at Lego headquarters in Billund, Denmark, over three years. It is the biggest scale model in the Legoland park, located 40 miles north of downtown San Diego, though the model Chrysler Building on the shiny New York New York casino is dwarfed by the plastic version rising a few yards away in the Lego Manhattan area.