Encinitas Boy Elected First ‘Mayor of Miniland’ at LEGOLAND California Resort

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LEGOLAND California Resort has elected its first Miniland Mayor. Seven-year-old James Carlin of Encinitas grew up just 10 miles from Carlsbad Family Theme Park and created a strong social media campaign explaining why he was the best candidate for the job. Months later, the LEGOLAND fan received a knock on his door from a LEGOLAND Knight and “Buddy” character informing him of his new location.

Carlin’s first “day on the job” at LEGOLAND California Resort began when General Manager Peter Ronchetti presented him with the key (in LEGO, of course!) to Miniland USA before the newly elected mayor officially opened the doors of the resort. park for the day. As part of his new duties, Carlin greeted park guests, answered questions and took photos with LEGOLAND fans. Carlin then headed to the model shop for his first meeting with a master model builder where he built a LEGO Minilander of himself and placed it in the Grand Central Terminal at Miniland in New York City.

James (front row, right) the new mayor of Legoland California, July 25 with his family (lr) Chris Carlin, Drew Carlin and Beth Carlin

(Sandy Huffaker)

Before the end of Carlin’s day, the mayor of Miniland made his first proclamation. As he and other students prepare to return to school, Carlin has worked with LEGOLAND to create a special ticket offer for all San Diegans that gives them access to the SEA LIFE park and aquarium for just $49. $.99 for one day or for two days at only $28.99 per day.

Carlin and his family received annual passes to LEGOLAND California Resort and a one-night stay at LEGOLAND Hotel or LEGOLAND Castle Hotel. For more details on the Back to School Sale, visit: www.LEGOLAND.com/Hero.

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