CARLSBAD (CNS) - Legoland California is in the process of hiring 250 employees to staff its hotel, which is slated to open in April, park General Manager Peter Ronchetti announced Thursday.
"It's hard to believe we were standing here a little more than a year ago -- in this exact spot which was formerly a parking lot -- announcing the start of construction for our new hotel," Ronchetti said at a news conference.
"With new additions each year, Legoland California Resort is a multi-day destination and proves all the more the great need for this multimillion-dollar hotel now almost completely built behind me."
He said the theme park now employs more than 1,600 workers.
Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall said Legoland helps the economy of his city and the county as a whole.
"They just keep doing better and better every year, so we're very proud of them," Hall said.
The 250-room hotel, which will have adventure-themed rooms, is slated to open April 5.
Ronchetti also announced that a 12-minute 4D film will premiere one month earlier at the park to help launch a new Lego product line.
"Lego Legends of Chima," scheduled to open March 7, features the fantastical world of Chima, where animal warriors engage in epic battles over "Chi," a mystical energy source of limitless power and destruction, Ronchetti said.
A 4D film is like a 3D movie, but with physical effects that can be felt by the audience.
Ronchetti also said an addition to the park's growing "Star Wars" area is scheduled for June, with details to come.
Legoland is also starting a "Junior Concierge" contest in which six contestants aged 8-12 will be provided with a free weekend stay with their families so they can share their knowledge of the park with other young guests.
A decomposing body found inside a 55-gallon barrel that was floating in the San Diego Bay last month has been identified.
The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."
Temperature records were smashed across San Diego County Wednesday as the region hit the expected peak of a mini heat wave.
Ramona may be known for its horses and country living, but this Thanksgiving the town is reclaiming an old title.
The site of the blaze was the subject of a contested vote just last week in which the Escondido City Council voted 3-2 to approve a housing project, "The Villages," which would see 380 new homes built on the 109 acres of the abandoned golf course and country club.
Eight people were rescued and three remained missing after a U.S. Navy plane crashed into the western Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, the Navy said.
A San Diego State University student who died in September when she was struck by a car while attempting to cross Interstate 8 on foot had consumed at least eight shots of rum and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.29 percent, according to a coroner's report released Wednesday.
Three men were arrested Wednesday morning for allegedly firing shots in a Vista neighborhood then opening fire on responding sheriff's deputies.
At least two cars collided in the middle of a Camino Del Norte intersection leaving one vehicle overturned and blocking traffic.
Around 60,000 passengers are expected to pass through San Diego's Lindbergh Field daily during the upcoming holiday weekend.