LEGOLAND® Florida And Partners Take The Magic To The Children

The Dream Village Will Get a Newly Renovated Cottage to Bring Joy to Sick Children 

 

Winter Haven, FL (September 17, 2012) – The Sunshine Foundation’s Dream Village is getting a brick-tastic make-over thanks to LEGOLAND® Florida and many generous local companies. Renovations have begun on one of nine uniquely-themed cottages found at the Dream Village, a non-profit wish granting entity. From ceiling to floor, this cottage will be transformed into a LEGOLAND Florida lover’s dream with highly-themed rooms and a LEGO® Duplo plate wall with a play area.

 

Merlin’s Magic Wand is the charitable organization for LEGOLAND Florida’s parent company, Merlin Entertainments Group, and is funded through the generosity of staff and private donors. While LEGOLAND Florida and Merlin’s Magic Wand are leading the efforts, many local companies have joined the cause to provide substantial financial contributions to the project including construction and roofing materials, air conditioning, furniture, paint and volunteer time:

· Badcock & More

· Kommercial Refrigeration, Inc.

· Rick Wilson Painting, Inc.

· Springer Peterson Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc.

· The Home Depot

· Tucker Construction Group, Inc.

 

“We are extremely excited and truly grateful for the generosity and support from LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin’s Magic Wand and their partners,” said, Kate Sample, President of Sunshine Foundation. “The children we serve will absolutely love the renovated cottage!”

 

Renovations are expected to take approximately 6-8 weeks and an official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in late October to unveil the new LEGOLAND Florida cottage.

 

Located in Davenport and built in 1989, the Sunshine Foundation Dream Village’s sole purpose is to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to financial strain that the child's illness may cause. Most wish granting entities must limit their services to those children that have a life-threatening condition. The Sunshine Foundation is able to answer dreams for those children that don’t meet the standard criteria but still face severe, life-long circumstances.

 

“LEGOLAND Florida is thrilled to join with our partners to make a difference at the Sunshine Foundation’s Dream Village and in the lives of the families they serve,” said, Adrian Jones, General Manager of LEGOLAND Florida. “We hope this is just the beginning of the renovations to come.”

 

For more information on Central Florida’s newest theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, our charitable efforts and to purchase tickets, visit www.legoland.com.

 

For more information about the Sunshine Foundation Dream Village, please visit www.sunshinefoundation.org.

 

Media Contact: Samantha Lane at Samantha.lane@legoland.com or 863.318.5345.

 

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LEGOLAND® Florida is a 150-acre interactive theme park dedicated to families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions and the all-new water park, LEGOLAND is geared towards family fun! There are currently four other LEGOLAND Parks in the world – LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad, LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark, LEGOLAND Deutschland near Günzburg, Germany and LEGOLAND Windsor outside of London and just opened LEGOLAND Malaysia —the sixth LEGOLAND Park and first in Asia. The LEGOLAND theme parks are a part of Merlin Entertainments Group, the second largest attractions operator in the world. For the most current information, log on to www.LEGOLAND.com.  

 

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment, and has seen the most successful and dynamic growth of any company in the sector over the last five years. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates more than 90 attractions, seven hotels/two holiday villages in 21 countries across four continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 46 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 20,000 employees. Merlin currently has seventeen attractions in the USA including the stunning LEGOLAND Florida theme park with its new Water Park; LEGOLAND California theme park with its exciting Water Park, and SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium (LEGOLAND California Hotel is opening in summer 2013); Madame Tussauds attractions in New York, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Nevada and Hollywood, California; LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in Chicago, Illinois; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; and Atlanta, Georgia; and SEA LIFE aquariums in Phoenix, Arizona; Kansas City, Missouri; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator.

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