Ford’s Chicago plant has built a red Ford Explorer. So what, you ask in puzzlement. What if I add another bit of “news”: you can’t drive this vehicle.
No, I am not crazy. I am referring to the lifelike Ford Explorer made of nearly 383,000 Lego bricks that recently rolled off the assembly line at Ford’s plant in Chicago, as part of a long-term alliance between Ford and Legoland Florida, the new theme park in Winter Haven, which is less than an hour away from downtown Tampa and the other theme parks in Orlando. This vehicle will be on display at Legoland Florida.
Building this unique model took 22 designers 2500 hours of effort spread over almost three and a half months. The Lego Explorer weighs 2654 lbs (1200 Kgs) and is supported by an aluminium base that itself weighs 768 lbs (350 Kgs).
The Lego Explorer will make its way to its destination in Winter Haven, Florida, in a specially-designed trailer with transparent sides, so that motorists can see it as they drive past. Quite possibly, the sight will transport some of them to when they were 10 year olds so they can fleetingly relive those oh-so-happy days.
Scheduled to open on October 15, the 150 acre Legoland Florida promises kids a unique, immersive experience that will engage the children’s imagination and sense of adventure. It is the second Legoland theme park in the US (the first is in California), and is reportedly the only park of its kind designed and built for children in the 2-12 year age group.