Construction on a new themed hotel at Legoland California Resort is ahead of schedule, with the property now slated to open on April 5, officials of the Carlsbad theme park recently announced.

Ground was broken last fall on the three-story, 250-room hotel. Workers have completed a clock tower at the entrance, and there are large Lego models of a knight, pirate and adventurer, representing three themed room choices.

A Legoland statement said there will be 3,422 Lego models throughout the hotel, including an iconic dragon model that breathes smoke as guests enter.

Premium themed rooms will have additional Lego models and décor including themed wallpaper. Each room will include two separate sleeping areas, one for adults and one for up to three children, complete with a bunk bed, pull-out trundle bed and TV.

All rooms will have a treasure chest that younger guests can unlock after completing a treasure hunt activity that involves finding clues throughout the room. The property will also have a family pool and lounge area, patio, event space, buffet restaurant and interactive features for children and families.

Legoland officials said the property will be the first of its kind in North America. The Carlsbad park is among several operated worldwide by U.K.-based Merlin Entertainments Group Ltd.

— SDBJ Staff Report