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Legoland to open new exhibit based on the "Star Wars" movies

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Legoland will open a new area in Miniland based on the "Star Wars" movies and the "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" television show, the theme park announced Thursday.

The exhibit, which will recreate six famous scenes from the movies and one from the Cartoon Network television program, is scheduled to open on March 31 and will feature life-size Lego models of Chewbacca, R2D2 and Darth Vader.

Builders will use 1.5 million Lego bricks in 1:20 scale.

Other new areas and activities coming this year at the theme park include a Hero Factory, in which children can "build" their own heroes and villains, and Splash Zoo, which features Duplo animals for toddlers. The Hero Factory is set to open on Feb. 17, and Splash Zoo is scheduled to start on May 26.

General Manager Peter Ronchetti said the number of park visitors in 2010 was up by double-digits in percentage over the previous year, the seventh straight year of increased attendance. The park does not release specific attendance figures.

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