2012 LEGOLAND Florida Explorer - Ford builds a plastic one-off
Commissioned to serve as the centerpiece of the Ford Driving School at the new LEGOLAND Florida theme park, this full-size one-off Explorer was created using over 380,000 individual LEGO bricks and took 22 designers more than 2,500 hours to complete. The bright-red 2012 LEGOLAND Florida Explorer rolled out of the Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant today and soon will be heading to the 150-acre LEGOLAND Florida facility that opens next month outside of Orlando, Florida. It's scheduled to make the trip aboard a special trailer with transparent sides to allow passing motorists a first look at the latest bit of LEGO art that imitates real life.
According to both parties, the LEGOLAND Florida Explorer project marks the start of what will be a long-term alliance between the organizations. Weighing 2,654 pounds and supported by a 768-pound aluminum base, the vehicle will be on permanent display in front of the Ford Driving School for children. Like other LEGOLAND parks, this one will also cater to kids in the two to 12 age range when it opens on October 15. The Ford Driving School attraction will be divided into two groups, youngsters aged three to five years and those six to 12. After watching a video that outlines some basic driving instructions and safety tips, attendees will be able to drive in electric-powered vehicles at speeds up to three mph on a course that features special curbed-bounded roadways that meander through a neighborhood-like environment.