Saturday February 6 is the grand opening of the all new Lego4D movie at Legoland, CA (the movie previously opened in FL).
Below we'll share our review of this fun movie as well as share some great pics and fun-facts about the attraction. Be sure to head down to Legoland soon and check it out. It's a great addition to an already great park.
Also, be sure to check back next week as we'll have a general Legoland update with a look at the new Ninjago land and the rest of the park including some fun videos.
Written by Gregg Condon
The movie opens with a kind of refresher for those who haven't seen The Lego Movie (or haven't seen it in awhile). And if you haven't seen it, what's up with that, it's a great movie.
Anyway, the movie opens with our hero's Emmet, Wyld Style, Unikitty, Benny and Metal Beard winning a contest and tickets to Legoland. Upon arrival however it turns out the tickets are for the non-official "Brick World" run by President Businesses less expensive brother "Risky Business" played brilliantly by the always hilarious Patton Oswalt.
And of course, to nobody's surprise there's an evil secret plot to destroy our hero's which sets them on an awesome adventure throughout Brick Land.
Brick Land actually has some awesome looking attractions that they should totally consider building at the actual Legoland and it's fun going through this Lego sized adventure with these great characters.
The voice talent of the movie is of course spot on as it was in The Lego Movie although unfortunately Chris Pratt doesn't return for this adventure ... but to be honest, I didn't even notice until I read the cast list. The remainder of the original cast featured in The Lego Movie has returned.
We obviously don't want to give too much away, but expect to be wildly entertained for 12 1/2 min. The 4D effects are plentiful but consist mostly of water and smoke effects.
The theater is definitely set up more "Stadium" style than most 4D movies are. The seats essentially benches with cushions on them. But that doesn't distract from the fun of the movie at all.
If I had one very small critique it's that the volume of the film itself wasn't loud enough. I'm not sure if they just need to kick it up a bit or if it's because the theater is so much bigger and open than other theaters that show these types of films. Either way it made it hard to hear some of the dialogue.
But that's very minor in the grand scheme of things.
Overall I'd put this towards the very top of 4D movies in terms of story, fun and comedy. Some other movies have more effects than this one, and this easily could have just been a 3D movie and I would have enjoyed it just as much. But we all know a simple "3D" movie wouldn't fly in today's theme park marketplace.
All said we'd give the attraction a 4.5 out of 5 on the "Fun Scale" and a 3 out of 5 on the "effects" scale.
Be sure to check out some facts about the attraction below as well as some additional images of the premiere. Make your plans to get out and enjoy this great attraction.
‘The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure’ Fact Sheet
“The LEGO® Movie™” was a worldwide blockbuster that delighted kids around the world with the crazy antics of Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, Benny and MetalBeard. In an all-new theatrical attraction developed exclusively for LEGOLAND® theme parks and LEGOLAND® Discovery Centers, the familiar heroes reunite at the invitation of a shady new character, Risky Business.
What: “The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure”
When: Open now at LEGOLAND® California Resort
Where: LEGO Showplace Theater, which recently underwent a transformation in preparation for the new attraction with new door design, movie theater artwork and expanded entrance area
Duration: 12 ½ minutes
Presentation: 3D computer animated film plus “4D” effects such as wind, water and fog
Frequency: Several times a day; consult a park Show Guide for exact times
Capacity: 425 guests per show
Written by: Adam Pava (“The Boxtrolls”) and Rob Schrab (“The Sarah Silverman Program”)
Edited by: Michael D. Black
Music by: Eric Wurst & David Wurst
Creative Consultants: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Dan Lin (“The LEGO® Movie™”)
Executive Producers: Jill Wilfert, Keith Malone – LEGO Systems AS
Paul Harvey, Heather Moyer – Merlin Entertainments
Produced by: Joshua Wexler and Leslie Barker Pure Imagination Studios
Directed by: Rob Schrab
Wyldstyle: Elizabeth Banks (“The Hunger Games,” “Pitch Perfect 2”)
MetalBeard: Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation,” “Fargo”)
Unikitty: Alison Brie (“Mad Men,” “Community”)
Benny: Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Horrible Bosses”)
Risky Business: Patton Oswalt (“The King of Queens,” “Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time”)
Emmet: A.J. LoCascio (veteran voice actor)
Number of “4D” moments during each showing: 9
Number of LEGO® pieces required to build…
Risky Business: 4
*According to LEGO® Set No. 70807, MetalBeard’s Duel (2014)
For more information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com and www.LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com.
Additional images of the premiere, click to view a larger version of these images.
Ninjas Ascend into Carlsbad at LEGOLAND® California Resort
Theme Park Announces New LEGO® Ninjago™ Area and Ride for 2016!
CARLSBAD, Calif. (July 28, 2015) – LEGOLAND® California Resort announces an exciting new expansion for guests in spring 2016 based off the popular property LEGO® NINJAGO™ brought to life by the LEGO® Group through a line of construction toys and TV series on Cartoon Network. The new area will include interactive elements and a new ride featuring the key characters from the NINJAGO universe.
LEGO NINJAGO tells the story of four young Ninja heroes – Kai, Jay, Cole and Zane – who train under the watchful eye of Sensei Wu to master an ancient martial art – Spinjitzu. LEGO NINJAGO is one of the most successful LEGO properties. This year, brand new episodes of the popular series, NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu aired on Cartoon Network and 22 new building sets loaded with features and functions were released.
The new area will be included in the cost of admission to LEGOLAND California Resort. For ticket prices, operating schedule and additional information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call 760-918-LEGO (5346).
LEGOLAND® California Resort includes LEGOLAND® California, SEA LIFE® Aquarium, LEGOLAND® Water Park and LEGOLAND® Hotel. All are geared for families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. At LEGOLAND California, you’ll find more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display, Pirate Reef and Dino Island. SEA LIFE Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 living creatures and incorporates LEGO® models into a child’s voyage to the depths of the ocean featuring play zones, fun facts and quiz trails. LEGOLAND Water Park features more than seven slides, sandy beaches and the unique Build-A-Raft River. LEGO Legends of Chima Water Park presented by Cartoon Network offers guests a chance to splash about in a Lion Temple Wave Pool, slide out of a crocodile’s mouth and race LEGO boats. The nation’s first LEGOLAND Hotel features 250 rooms, all themed either as pirate, adventure, or kingdom plus more than 3,500 LEGO models throughout the three-story hotel. For more information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).
MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s number one and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 109 attractions, 11 hotels/3 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 approximately 26,000 employees (peak season).
Merlin has twenty four attractions and one hotel in North America - including two stunning LEGOLAND Resorts – LEGOLAND Florida with its theme park, Water Park, (new Hotel opening May 15, 2015); and LEGOLAND California with its theme park, Water Park, SEA LIFE Aquarium and themed Hotel; Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attractions in New York City, Washington D.C., Las Vegas; Hollywood; and San Francisco with Orlando opening in May 2014; LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Kansas City, Missouri; Atlanta, Georgia; Boston; Westchester, New York; Toronto, Canada; a Dungeon in San Francisco; and SEA LIFE Aquariums in Phoenix, Arizona; Kansas City, Missouri; Michigan; Dallas/Fort Worth; the Mall of America in Minneapolis and Charlotte – Concord with Orlando opening in May 2015 - underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator. The Orlando Eye, the tallest observational wheel on the east coast, opens in May. Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.
Yesterday we were invited out to Legoland California to check out the all new Star Wars Death Star Mini Land exhibit. As a huge fan of Lego and Star Wars, this is probably my favorite exhibit in all of the Star Wars Mini Land. It's truly a marvel.
Below you'll see some pictures from the event as well as the official press release. The Death Star display opens today!!! So head down and see it.
It was weird arriving at Legoland at 4:30pm.
Behind here is the ultimate battle station
Before the reveal we got to check out the trench battle display which also has a building station where you can build your own Star Wars vehicle
"The Force is Strong with this one"
They had a nice little band playing Star Wars music which really set the mood
I still want a Lego R2
Legoland General Manager Peter Ronchetti addressing the crowd
Oh no, the party is disrupted by some uninvited guests ...
"Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed"
"Don't Underestimate the power of the Dark Side"
Use the force Darth ... =)
"That's no moon, it's a Space Station"
After the reveal we were able to get a closer look, pictures really don't do it justice, you need to see this for yourself.
You can see Luke's X-Wing circling around the trench while being followed by Darth Vader and Tie Fighters
Turns out they are proud of the technological terror they constructed, as they should be.
As it got darker we were able to get some cool shots, I think this is my favorite.
As the sun continued to set, we took the advantage of getting some sunset pictures of miniland.
Thanks to Legoland for having us out, we love the new display. Be sure to go check it out, it opens today!!!
See the full press release below.
The empire returns to lEGOLAND® CALIFORNIA RESORT with the unveiling of the new
LEGO® STAR WARS™ MINILAND DEATH STAR MODEL DISPLAY
Resort adds largest Lego star wars miniland lego model
CARLSBAD, Calif. (March 4, 2015) – Stormtroopers rushed to secure the area as Darth Vader used the Force to unveil the LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star Model Display and ignite its superlaser during the opening ceremony at LEGOLAND® California Resort. The LEGO Death Star model is LEGOLAND California Resort’s latest major addition to LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland and opens to guests on March 5, 2015.
With the help of R2-D2, LEGOLAND California’s General Manager Peter Ronchetti welcomed guests before the massive LEGO space station model and its planet-destroying superlaser was unveiled. At 8-feet wide, 13-feet high, weighing more than 1900 pounds and made out of more than 500,000 LEGO bricks, the LEGO Death Star model is the largest addition to LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland. The new model display features iconic film scenes made of LEGO® bricks that were filmed inside the Galactic Empire’s space station including the famous trench run scene where Luke Skywalker maneuvered his X-wing fighter through the combat zone to destroy the Death Star. Adjacent to the planet-shaped LEGO model, guests are invited to use their imaginations to construct their own LEGO starships at building stations.
“Since opening in 2011 and making the first major addition in 2012, LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland has become one of the most popular areas for children and their parents,” said Ronchetti “We are thrilled to add a LEGO model that our guests have been asking for, the LEGO Death Star! Truly, this addition is galactic!”
The LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star is designed from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. It includes six animated Turbo Laser Turrets and LEGO starship models built out of more than 20,000 LEGO bricks. The unveiling of the new LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star Model Display kicks-off the fan favorite, LEGO Star Wars™ Days event on March 7 and 8, where guests can spend the day participating in Star Wars™ related activities.
LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Death Star Model Display is included in the cost of admission to LEGOLAND California Resort. For ticket prices, operating schedule and additional information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call 760-918-LEGO (5346).
LEGOLAND® California Resort includes LEGOLAND® California, SEA LIFE® Aquarium, LEGOLAND® Water Park and LEGOLAND® Hotel. All are geared for families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. At LEGOLAND California, you’ll find more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display, Pirate Reef and Dino Island. SEA LIFE Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 living creatures and incorporates LEGO® models into a child’s voyage to the depths of the ocean featuring play zones, fun facts and quiz trails. LEGOLAND Water Park features more than seven slides, sandy beaches and the unique Build-A-Raft River. New this year, LEGO Legends of Chima Water Park presented by Cartoon Network where guests splash about in a Lion Temple Wave Pool, slide out of a crocodile’s mouth and race LEGO boats. The nation’s first LEGOLAND Hotel features 250 rooms, all themed either as pirate, adventure, or kingdom plus more than 3,500 LEGO models throughout the three-story hotel. For more information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).