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102 Year Old Celebrates Birthday at LEGOLAND

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Published on Feb 13, 2012

Edward "Ed" Burney Baker showed his inner child today as he celebrated his 102nd birthday at LEGOLAND California. Baker, originally from Pine Lake Plateau, Wash., turns 102 on Feb. 17, but celebrated one week early at the family theme park in Carlsbad with his surrogate family, the Austin's.

Baker, a huge LEGO fan, has been visiting LEGOLAND California every year on his birthday for ten years. After his traditional visit to the LEGO Factory tour, LEGOLAND Master Model Builder Gary McIntire presented Baker with a custom LEGO mosaic he built created out of more than 2,000 LEGO bricks. Baker was also treated to a sneak peek of a few new LEGO® Star Wars™ models that are being created for LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland.

"It's an honor to have Ed Baker visit us today for his 102nd birthday," said General Manager of LEGOLAND California Peter Ronchetti. "LEGOLAND California brings out the child in everyone and Ed is true example of that!"

Baker was born in Seattle in 1910, discovered the joy of LEGO in the 1980s through his life-long love of building and has been an avid LEGO builder ever since. For many years, Baker volunteered in the Issaquah School District, bringing LEGO bricks in to work for first grade students. Baker currently attends Elder and Adult Day Services (EADS), a day care for adults in Bellvue, Wash. where he spends his free time building with LEGO.

Baker is already making plans to visit LEGOLAND again in 2013 to celebrate his 103rd birthday.

LEGOLAND® California is a 128-acre interactive family theme park dedicated to families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. With more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, LEGOLAND is geared towards family fun! There are four other LEGOLAND Parks in the world -- LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark, LEGOLAND Deutschland near Günzburg, Germany, LEGOLAND Windsor outside of London and LEGOLAND Florida in Winter Haven. The LEGOLAND theme parks are a part of Merlin Entertainments Group, the second largest attractions operator in the world. Merlin Entertainments is the leading name in location based, branded, family entertainment and currently operates 87attractions worldwide serving more than 46 million visitors. For the most current information, log on to www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO.

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