New Legoland, Safari Park exhibits open Memorial Day weekend

SAN DIEGO - Grand opening celebrations were held Friday for two major exhibits at San Diego theme parks, just in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The $19.5 million Tull Family Tiger Trail at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park features a forested habitat with three yards for the park's six Sumatran tigers. The 5.2-acre exhibit includes rocks for climbing, ponds for swimming, deadwood trees to use as scratching posts and tall grasses for catnaps.

The zoo says fewer than 350 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild, and their numbers continue to dwindle.

The trail is named for Thomas and Alba Tull, who donated $9 million for the project. Thomas Tull is best known for producing the "Dark Knight" films.

At Legoland California, the "Legends of Chima" water park is three acres of wet play areas for youth. The facility's second water park features a 250,000-gallon wave pool, a lion arch created out of 260,000 Lego bricks and a slide through the jaws of a massive Lego crocodile.

The Carlsbad theme park brought out star power for its grand opening celebration, with actresses Mayim Bialik, Gena Nolin and Anne Heche, and Padres players Seth Smith, Chase Headley, Cameron Maybin, Rene Rivera, Everth Cabrera, Huston Street and Ian Kennedy.

"My boys were really kind of shy and still are, and some of the bigger parks really kind of overwhelm them, but I find that Legoland is the gentlest, and also the most exciting in terms of what their interest level is," Bialik told 10News. "I think the water park is a great addition."

The exhibits at both theme parks will open to the general public on Saturday.

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