Meet Anthony! Our new Master Model Builder!

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester Announces “Master Model Builder” Dream Job Winner!

Anthony Maddaloni of Tarrytown Scores Sought-After Gig at Ridge Hill Interactive Attraction!


Yonkers, NY (January 17, 2017) - It’s a dream of many to get paid to play and it’s a dream come true for one Tarrytown jobseeker. Anthony Maddaloni is officially the new Master Model Builder at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. Maddaloni previously owned and operated Practically Alive, a special effects, makeup, prosthetics and props company in Queens. His artistic background and career in practical effects, combined with a passion for the LEGO brand and working with children, vaulted him to the top of the bricks competition.


The Master Model Builder recruitment process involved multiple stages. As part of the interview process, candidates shared their portfolios, professional experience, as well as images of past LEGO builds. Those moving on to the final Brick Factor competition were faced with three themed creation build challenges, each 30 minutes long. Maddaloni combined his background in prop and special effects creation with a passion for building with LEGO® bricks to beat out other highly qualified candidates.


“Anthony has all the qualities we look for in a Master Model Builder,” said Chris Mines, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester’s General Manager. “He brings his own unique creativity and passion to the job and blends in perfectly with LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester’s family and its standards for the highest quality service of fun, play and education.” A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Maddaloni majored in filmmaking and minored in studio arts. He also spent a year in Ontario, Canada participating in an advanced special effects graduate program.


“I’ve been playing with LEGO bricks for almost as long as I can remember. I used to create stories and adventures in my living room using my knights and pirates sets,” Maddaloni said. “As I got a little older, I realized that I could bring the mini figures to life using stop motion animation with our family camcorder. Art should inspire art and LEGO is a great way to express that fandom. That passion for building and creating stories with LEGO hasn’t stopped and now and now I’m very excited to have such an innovative and unique job where I can share my love for creating with kids and LEGO fans of all ages.”


LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester stimulates young minds to imagine, discover and create. Ideal for children aged 3-10 years, the attraction offers a wide range of educational and interactive elements. Visitors can see New York's top landmarks made out of LEGO bricks, learn secrets from the Master Model Builder, experience the attraction’s indoor soft play, score big on two LEGO rides, and enjoy a 4D LEGO Movie.


LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is located at 39 Fitzgerald Street in Yonkers, NY. They can be reached at 866-243-0770 or by visiting for the latest news and updates, follow @LDCWestchester on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


About LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is a 32,300 square-foot indoor attraction featuring millions of LEGO bricks. Its range of educational and interactive elements appeal to a wide range of ages, with a focus on children ages 3-10. The attraction features classes led by Model Builders to engage the minds of its young visitors, two LEGO rides, a new 4D LEGO Movie, special birthday party rooms and MINILAND — the venue’s signature re-creation of landmark locations and buildings throughout Westchester County and New York City, made entirely out of LEGO bricks.


About Merlin Entertainments

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe's Number 1 and the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 111 attractions, 12 hotels/4 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 63 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and estimated 26,000 employees (peak season).  


Among Merlin's attractions are - SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, DreamWorks Tours SHREK's Adventure, The London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, THORPE PARK Resort, Blackpool Tower, Heide Park Resort, Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK. All brands which are distinctive, challenging and innovative and which have great potential for growth in the future. Visit for more information.


About The LEGO Group

The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark. It was founded in 1932 and today the group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials for children. The company is committed to the development of children's creative and imaginative abilities through its products, which can be purchased in more than 130 countries. Visit for more information.


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