Legoland California is an amusement park in Carlsbad, California focused on Lego bricks. It opened
on March 20, 1999. It is the third Legoland park to open, and is the only one outside of Europe.
The park is split into nine major sections which are: The Beginning, Dino Island, Explore Village,
Fun Town, Knight's Kingdom, Miniland USA, Pirate Shores, Imagination Zone, and Land of Adventures.
The park opened on March 20, 1999. The Legoland parks were put up for sale in 2004, then a controlling
interest sold in 2005. The new controlling company is, Merlin Entertainments, a brand of the Blackstone
Group of New York, an investment and advisory firm. The company is the operator of the Sea Life Centres.
On Aug. 11, 2008, the Sea Life aquarium opened on the grounds of Legoland California, the first in North
Depending on the season, the park has about 400 to 600 employees. The park is also Southern California's
quarantine center for zoo animals imported into the United States through San Diego.
The San Diego Wild Animal Park has the world's largest veterinary hospital. Next door to the hospital is
the Institute for Conservation Research which holds the park's Frozen Zoo.
Both the park and the San Diego Zoo are run by the Zoological Society of San Diego.
The Wild Animal Park is 32 miles (51 km) away from the zoo, at 15500 San Pasqual Valley Road east of
Escondido, California, along California State Route 78.