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Make-A-Wish Children Participate in "Course of the Force" With Celebrity Partners at LEGOLAND California

Carlsbad, CA, USA (July 9, 2012) — Four children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation joined forces with four celebrities including former San Diego Padre David Eckstein, Alison Haislip, Alex Albrecht and Ashley Eckstein as they ran through “Course of the Force,” an Olympic torch style relay with an actual LEGO® light saber.

Baden from Carlsbad, Robert from Solana Beach, Zachary from Encinitas and Camille from Solana Beach experienced rides throughout the course including the all-new Pirate Reef, Sky Cruiser, Build-A-Raft River, LEGO TECHNIC® Coaster and Knights’ Tournament. The relay run concluded in LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland.

Course of the Force is traveling down the Southern California coast July 7-11, just days leading up to the San Diego Comic-Con International®. Proceeds from the event benefit the Make-A-Wish® chapters of San Diego, Greater Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire. Anyone interested in this unique experience and contributing to this worthy cause can register online at to participate. A limited number of spaces are available.

LEGOLAND is also providing an exclusive experience for the Course of the Force through an eBay charity auction starting July 7. The package includes four Resort Memberships, a two-night stay at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa, $500 LEGO Star Wars product gift pack, $100 LEGOLAND gift card and an exclusive 30 minute Model Builder Session inside LEGOLAND California’s Model Shop. Visit starting July 7 to bid or visit for more information.

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LEGOLAND® California Resort includes LEGOLAND® California, SEA LIFE™ Carlsbad Aquarium and LEGOLAND Water Park, all geared for families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. LEGOLAND California features more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland and the all new Pirate Reef where guests board boats that drop down 25 feet between two battling pirate ships! SEA LIFE incorporates LEGO® models into a child’s voyage to the depths of the ocean and features play zones, fun facts and quiz trails and the all new Claws exhibit. LEGOLAND Water Park opened in 2010 as the world’s first LEGO themed Water Park and features seven slides, interactive water play features and the exclusive Build-A-Raft River. LEGOLAND California Resort is part of Merlin Entertainments Group, the second largest attractions operator in the world. Merlin Entertainments is the leading name in location based, branded, family entertainment and currently operates 89 attractions worldwide serving more than 46 million visitors. For more information, visit or call (760) 918-LEGO.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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