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Martinw
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Re: Legoland Windsor Resort - General Discussion

Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:30 pm

davey_will1980 wrote:
Martinw wrote:
lewis97 wrote:
It’s going along the path connecting MINILAND and Duplo Valley. I don’t believe there are any existing attractions in the location.

The trees and bushes have been cut down either side of the path connecting Miniland & Duplo Valley, I assume to make way for this new attraction

Moving along nicely then, does anyone have any pictures of the development on-going? 

There is now fencing up and around the area with some construction activity. I will update when we visit at Christmas
 
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Re: Legoland Windsor Resort - General Discussion

Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:57 am

As reported on SouthParks Social Media LEGO Star Wars Miniland is set to close at the end of the year, with the last chance to visit being 31st December, not long after the release of Episode 9.

Attention, LEGO® Star Wars™ fans! We’re bidding the LEGO® Star Wars ™ Miniland model display at LEGOLAND goodbye. You can still enjoy the display until 31/12/2019 so be sure to visit before it’s off to a galaxy far, far away/it departs on 30/12/2019!


Source: Legoland Windsor

Whilst not confirmed, it's possible the worldwide agreement between Disney/Lucasfilm and Merlin/Legoland has ended, with the Star Wars IP being pulled from other Legoland parks not long after it's removal from Windsor.
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Re: Legoland Windsor Resort - General Discussion

Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:31 pm

This is an interesting removal by Legoland. As Swarm Chris mentioned, the removal would be just after the release of Episode 9 so I can't imagine it would be Merlin's choice to suddenly remove an attraction based on an IP just as it peaks again.

However, I'm also not completely surprised by the departure of the Lego Star Wars IP. This year was the first time in a while that the park didn't host the annual Star Wars Weekend over the first May Bank Holiday Weekend. At the time, one of the groups who provided characters for the event mentioned something about Disney tightening their rules and not allowing the groups to supply their characters to Legoland. Of course, it may not be linked, but it would seem to suggest that Disney may be trying to pull back control of one of its now key IPs, especially with Disneyland Paris now hosting its own "Season of the Force" each January to February/March, and there potentially also being a Paris version of Galaxy's Edge built in the near future if all the Disney Studios expansion plans go ahead.
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