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North America's first Lego hotel is under construction -- one brick at a time

While the hotel itself isn't made of Lego blocks, it features thousands of Lego structures, themed rooms and other amenities for the toy's pint-sized fans. The hotel, at the entrance to the Legoland theme park in Carlsbad, Calif., opens April 5.

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A worker sweeps the lobby entrance on Jan. 17, 2013 as construction continues on North America’s first Lego Hotel, being built at the entrance to the Legoland theme park in Carlsbad, Calif.

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The three-storey 250-room Lego-themed hotel will open on April 5. Legoland, owned by Merlin Entertainment Group, opened in 1999.

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A Lego figure, one of thousands in and around the hotel, waits to be placed near the lobby entrance.

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A dragon’s head made of Lego bricks sits waiting to be hoisted into place.

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Workers hoist the dragon’s head, which is designed to emit real smoke ‘when irritated,’ into position.

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A full-sized Lego figure waits by a pool as construction continues. The Lego Group, the world’s third-largest maker of play materials, celebrated its 80 birthday this year. The company is based in Billund, Denmark.

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Guests and media gather for a tour on Jan. 17, 2013. There is another Lego Hotel in Britain.

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The hotel rooms are themed Kingdom, Adventure or Pirate. The latter rooms include Polly, a Lego parrot.

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One of the rooms in California’s Lego Hotel.

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Lego products are sold in more than 130 countries and the company has about 10,000 employees.

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A worker sweeps a third floor balcony as construction continues.

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