22 March 2014

LEGOLAND® Florida and Merlin’s Magic Wand Host 100 Local Families as Part of Milestone Celebration

Families from Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida selected to experience a day of fun in celebration of Merlin Entertainments’ 100th Attraction

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (March 21, 2014)-- On Tuesday, March 25, LEGOLAND® Florida will host 100 children from the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida (DSACF) and their families for an all-expenses-paid experience, courtesy of Merlin’s Magic Wand, Merlin Entertainment Group’s charity. Merlin’s Magic Wand gives ill, disabled or disadvantaged children the opportunity to visit Merlin Entertainments attractions around the world and works with local organizations to create memorable experiences, such as special play areas, for children who are unable to visit.

The upcoming event is part of a special global initiative to celebrate the opening of Merlin’s 100th attraction this year, with DSACF members joined by thousands of others across the 22 countries in which Merlin operates.
“We are looking forward to the upcoming visit of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida,” said LEGOLAND Florida General Manager Adrian Jones. “It is a huge privilege for us to have the children here for a day away from their regular lives. This is what LEGOLAND Florida is all about – children and families playing and laughing together and going away with memories that will stay with them forever.”
Based locally in Winter Park, Fla., DSCAF serves families in a 11+ county area and serves as a leading voice for individuals with Down syndrome and their families.  The Association consists of over 1,200 individuals with Down Syndrome and their families.

“The Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida is honored to partner with LEGOLAND,” said Edward DeAguilera, Director of Development & Community Partnerships at DSACF.  “With World Down Syndrome Day being on March 21st it is great way to celebrate our loved ones with Down syndrome, create awareness, and just have a good time! DSACF truly thanks LEGOLAND and Merlin’s Magic Wand, Merlin Entertainment Group’s Charity, for being true partners in our community.”
LEGOLAND Florida shops, restaurants, show venues and the majority of the rides and attractions are ADA accessible to guests who use wheelchairs or are in need of special services. A special guide for guests with disabilities is available by visiting florida.legoland.com.

LEGOLAND® Florida is a 150-acre interactive theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, a Water Park and The LEGO® World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network all geared to families with children ages 2 to 12. Recently announced, The LEGOLAND Hotel will open in 2015 featuring 152 highly themed rooms and suites, LEGO décor, interactive play areas, a pool and a restaurant. There are currently five 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.

About Merlin Entertainments:
MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 100 attractions, 10 hotels/3 holiday villages in 22 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 20,000 + employees.
Among Merlin’s attractions are - SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, The EDF Energy London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, THORPE PARK Resort, Blackpool Tower, Heide Park Resort, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK, Siam Ocean World and Busan Aquarium. All brands which are distinctive, challenging and innovative – and which have great potential for growth in the future. Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.

About Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida:
The Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida is a not-for-profit association, founded in 1991, by parents of children with Down syndrome. It has grown from a few families to over 1100+ individuals with DS and their families. We serve families in a 10+-county area, with more than 15,000 friends, professionals, volunteers and other supporters. We are governed by a volunteer board of directors (more than 50% have a family member with Down syndrome.)

DSACF is the leading voice for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. We offer hope, encouragement and acceptance through advocacy, education and awareness so that each may realize their potential as members of our community.

Thanks to Legoland for all the Info ;-)

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