Published: Feb 13, 2011 9:19 PM EST
Updated: Feb 13, 2011 6:19 PM EST

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) - Legoland is expected to hire 1,000 people for its central Florida theme park opening in October.
      
Park officials said Friday the hiring will ramp up for positions with park operations now that a senior leadership staff has been picked.
      
Legoland spokeswoman Jackie Wallace says the employees will start in June so they can be trained and ready for when the park is expected to open.

Positions will be available for admissions, ride maintenance and back office workers. Wallace wouldn't give specifics but said pay and benefits will be competitive with other area theme parks.

The jobs will be posted online at www.LEGOLAND.com/jobs. Applications are accepted only through the site.
      
About 75 employees have been hired for the park so far.

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