opened its doors to the public on May 17 this year. The park was actually completed more than nine months early. Located near Günzburg in Southern Germany, Legoland Deutschland is made up of seven individually themed areas, including Miniland, perhaps the most well-known element, which features miniature replicas of famous buildings from all over the world. More than 40 rides and attractions, including three theatres, can be found at Legoland Deutschland.
The lighting design of the park was done by Gallegos Lighting Design of California, which has previously worked with Legoland, designing the lighting system for its park in Carlsbad, California. Karl Haas, Gallegos Lighting Design's senior associate, created the park's lighting control systems, working with ETC's Western regional sales manager David Lincecum.
"Gallegos Lighting has a long-standing relationship with ETC," said Haas, "and as most of our designers have a theatrical background, they're all well acquainted with ETC equipment." ETC controls and luminaires were chosen for the park's three theatres as well as two dark rides. "I am always satisfied with the quality and good value of ETC's products," said Haas, "and the level of support we receive at all stages is invaluable."
The main contractor responsible for all technical installations in Legoland Deutschland was ABB-Cegelec. California-based company Edward Technologies Inc. handled the main sound and video projection as well as animation control, and German lighting company Think Abele GmbH was responsible for installing the show lighting equipment. All ETC equipment was supplied by Lightpower Showtechnik GmbH.