CARLSBAD, Calif. (March 19, 2021) – LEGOLAND® California Resort is excited to offer Park Preview Days with access to select rides and attractions beginning April 1, 2021, under California’s reopening health and safety guidelines with official reopening on April 15, 2021. After closing its gates one year ago, the theme park built for kids is offering priority access to Hotel guests, pass holders and existing ticket holders impacted by COVID-19 Park closure, for the month of April.
Park Preview Days offers access to select rides including Driving School, LEGO® TECHNIC™ Coaster, Fairy Tale Brook and Coastersaurus. Kids and families can also enjoy socially distant character meet and greets, live entertainment, a wide variety of food options and Miniland U.S.A.
The Resort officially reopens April 15, offering access to SEA LIFE® aquarium and LEGO® CHIMA™ Water Park. Guests will once again be immersed into the creative world of LEGO® and some of the Park’s more than 60 rides, shows and attractions.
Guests are required to purchase tickets and make hotel bookings online in advance to reserve access for their desired dates to visit. Guests wanting to book hotel reservations can do so now. The Park reservation system will be made available soon.
“It’s been a long and challenging year for all of us and we are extremely excited to be able to start reopening our Resort not only to our guests so they can build family memories, but for our staff who have been patiently waiting to return to work, “ said LEGOLAND California Resort President Kurt Stocks.
To further prepare for reopening, LEGOLAND is hiring for multiple positions within Attractions, Water Park, Food and Beverage, Retail and Hotel. Individuals interested in joining the LEGOLAND team can visit: www.legolandjobs.com
To ensure a safe and healthy experience for its guests, the Resort is implementing safety guidelines which include reduced capacity, cashless payments, social distancing practices and enhanced cleaning regimes. Face coverings will be required for all guests two years of age and up as well as all staff members and temperatures will be taken upon check in. For more information, Park and Water Park guidelines, health and safety guidelines and to purchase tickets, visit: www.legoland.com/california.
LEGOLAND® California Resort includes LEGOLAND® California, SEA LIFE® aquarium, LEGOLAND® Water Park, LEGOLAND® Hotel and LEGOLAND® Castle 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 the new LEGO® City: Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride where guests experience more than 2,000 real sea animals including real sharks, rays and tropical fish. 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 plus Pirate Reef and LEGO Legends of CHIMA Water Park comprising 10 acres of water fun! The nation’s first LEGOLAND Hotel features 250 rooms, all themed either as pirate, adventure, kingdom, LEGO® Friends and LEGO® NINJAGO™! North America’s first LEGOLAND Castle Hotel features 250 rooms, fully themed as Knights and Dragons, Royal Princess and Magic Wizard. For more information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).
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LEGO® NINJAGO® World Lets Kids ‘Become the Ninja’ in Exciting New Theme Park Land at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
Groundbreaking Interactive Ride Highlights Immersive Expansion Area at Multi-Day Vacation Destination #BuiltForKids
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Kids can “become the ninja” in their very own LEGO® NINJAGO® [NIN-JAH-GO] adventure when they enter a magical, martial arts kingdom now open at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.
LEGO NINJAGO World adds an immersive land filled with several hands-on, outdoor activities where kids can sharpen their ninja skills before the ultimate showdown on LEGO NINJAGO The Ride, a dazzling new attraction that blends 3D computer animation, “4D” special effects such as heat, fog and strobe lighting, and groundbreaking interactive technology never seen outside a LEGOLAND theme park.
Inspired by the popular LEGO building sets and the “LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu” TV show, LEGO NINJAGO World puts guests at the center of the action in lots of fun ways:
• LEGO NINJAGO The Ride – A state-of-the-art “dark ride” where guests score points using ninja hand moves to blast animated fireballs, lightning and more at waves of 3D villains. Children under 48 inches tall must ride with a responsible person 48 inches or taller who can ensure their safety.
• Zane’s Temple Build – A LEGO building experience where kids can contribute to a giant model of the mountaintop NINJAGO monastery with bins of loose LEGO bricks.
• Kai’s Spinners – Master the ancient art of Spinjitzu at these twirling, whirling, singlechild platforms; recommended for ages 5-12.
• Cole’s Rock Climb – A horizontal, right-to-left climbing wall to test kids’ strength and endurance; recommended for ages 2-12.
• Jay’s Lightning Drill – Practice precision and reflexes by pressing as many light-up targets as possible in 30-second sessions; recommended for ages 2-12.
The lushly landscaped area also features large LEGO models of LEGO NINJAGO heroes, Kai, Jay, Cole, Zane, Lloyd, Nya [NEE-AH] and Master Wu, daily meet-and-greet opportunities with sibling ninja Kai and Nya, and Wu’s Warehouse, a themed retail shop filled with LEGO NINJAGO building sets, children’s apparel, costumes, books, souvenirs and more.
KIDZ BOP, the No. 1 music brand for kids, recently joined with LEGOLAND Florida Resort to create an exclusive music video for the high-energy “LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu” theme song, “The Weekend Whip".
In the video, The KIDZ BOP Kids are joined by Kai and Nya while demonstrating five signature ninja hand moves kids can use to defeat villains and capture a high score on LEGO NINJAGO The Ride:
• The Cobra: Hold your fingers like a snake’s head, then strike your arm forward.
• Chops of Fury: Hold both hands in front of you, palms facing, and do quick karate chops.
• The Fireball Flinger: Clench your hand into a fist, then thrust your arm forward while opening your fingers. • The Lightning Strike: Hold your arm at a slant and chop.
• The Shuriken [SHUR-IH-KEN] Shuffle: Hold both hands in front of you, palms down, with your arms bent so they touch your chest. Chop outwards repeatedly.
The adventure continues Sept. 22, when Warner Bros. Pictures releases “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie,” a full-length motion picture from the same producers behind 2014’s smash hit “The LEGO Movie™” and featuring the voices of Jackie Chan, Michael Peña, Dave Franco, Abbi Jacobson and Olivia Munn.
Announced in March 2016, LEGO NINJAGO World continues the largest period of growth and expansion in the five-year history of LEGOLAND Florida Resort.
Since opening Oct. 15, 2011, the multi-day vacation destination has added LEGOLAND Water Park (May 2012), LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display (November 2012), LEGO World of Chima™ (July 2013), DUPLO® Valley (May 2014), LEGOLAND Hotel (May 2015), Heartlake City (June 2015), “The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure” (January 2016), Creative Cove/Build-A-Boat (March 2016) and a life-size LEGO replica of the very first Ford Mustang model (October 2016).
Construction continues on LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, which will more than double the resort’s on-site accommodations when its whimsically themed bungalows open April 7, 2017. Reservations are available for stays through Nov. 30, 2017. To book, visit www.LEGOLAND.com/beachretreat or call (877) 350-5346 daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern. Nightly room rates start at $135 (plus tax and resort fee) and vary by season, date and availability.
This year also will feature an unparalleled lineup of special events:
• The LEGO® Batman™ Movie Days – March 4-5 & 11-12; new this year!
• KIDZ BOP Weekend – April 28-30; new this year!
• LEGO® Star Wars™ Days – May 6-7 & 13-14; two weekends this year!
• LEGOLAND Knight Lights – Select dates in July, including Tuesday, July 4
• Brick or Treat – Select dates in October
• Christmas Bricktacular – Select dates in December • Kids’ New Year’s Eve – Sunday, Dec. 31 only
All events are full-day experiences included with all forms of park admission and offer incredible entertainment and great value. No extra ticket required!
Guests can enjoy more than 50 rides, shows and attractions inspired by the LEGO and DUPLO brands at the place where #AwesomeAwaits, including experiences based on “The LEGO Movie,” LEGO NINJAGO, LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS™, LEGO City, LEGO Technic and LEGO Friends.
The best way to enjoy this incredible collection of entertainment #BuiltForKids is with the Awesome Annual Pass, which offers unlimited admission for a whole year to both LEGOLAND Florida theme park and LEGOLAND Water Park, along with many other great benefits. It’s a terrific value at just $99 plus tax for Florida residents. Annual passholders, as well as all guests of LEGOLAND Hotel and LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, enjoy early access to select attractions daily, including LEGO NINJAGO The Ride.
For more information about visiting LEGOLAND Florida Resort, including savings on advance purchase of admission tickets, multi-tier annual passes, educational programs, services for guests with disabilities, VIP Experiences, Premium Upgrades, military discounts, on-site accommodations and much more, visit www.LEGOLAND.com/florida, or call (877) 350-5346.
Ninjago World at Legoland is officially open today. Last week we were invited out to the media day preview. Below you'll find lots of pictures of the event, a full POV of the ride and a review of the ride.
Be sure you check out the new ride and be sure to let us know what you thought of it.
Written by Gregg Condon
The entrance to Ninjago World
There are lots of great Lego diagrams in the area
The Ninja Kitchen has some great food and we tried it all. And it was all amazing especially the pork belly.
More of the awesome Lego people
Even a kid-sized rock climbing wall
The entry to the ride, it looks really great. You can't see the ride building at all from the land.
And of course the store at the exit
The opening ceremony featured some ninja's, drums and lots and lots and LOTS of confetti.
Let's take a look at the ride with video and pictures.
So I think it's safe to say we were kind of hesitant about Ninjago. Not only are we wholly unfamiliar with the theme but after Iron Reef last year we weren't quite sure what to expect. While Iron Reef is fun, the capacity, ride vehicles and some of the effects on the ride didn't really excite a lot of people.
Fortunately with Ninjago they've addressed all of these issues.
First off, instead of one vehicle (holding 8 people max) at a time going through the ride Ninjago actually sends two vehicles (holding 16 people max) at a time. Each scene has two screens which effectively doubles the capacity from Iron Reef.
The vehicles go through the station much faster than Iron Reef (as you can see in the video above) and the entire front of the vehicle doesn't need to be moved, just the "doors" on the side.
Technologically the video is much more crisp and clear and there are many lighting and fog effects in the ride.
The motion activated technology seems to work pretty well but takes some getting used to. We rode 4 times and by the last time we seemed to be getting it down. But even without being able to aim right where we wanted to without practice we still had a great time. It's a bit of a workout as well.
Overall we think the ride is a solid addition to this park and considering Ninjago is Lego's biggest original franchise we have no doubt this ride is going to be a hit.
The 3D glasses are placed in racks which probably makes them easier to clean
The ride station which loads 4 groups of 4 for 16 riders at a time.
Thanks again to Legoland for having us out, we had a great time and enjoyed the event and ride immensely.