Thursday, January 19, 2012

Legoland California's 2012 Expansion Plans

Concept art of Pirate Reef

The success that Legoland California has seen in recent years could easily be the envy of most theme parks, with year after year of record attendance.  The park has kept up with the crowds by adding new attractions each year, and 2012 will be no different.

The park will expand their already popular Pirate Shores area with a new shoot-the-chutes attraction, named Pirate Reef.  Since the park is aimed at kids, the ride will be a bit smaller than average, coming in at 25 feet tall.  It will feature 20 seat boats that will plunge down a drop, creating a splash that will interact with two 40 foot long Lego pirate ships that are connected by a wooden bridge.

Plans for the expansion area

The ships that the boat passes under will contain interactive features that allow guests to blast riders with even more water, as if the big splash wasn't enough!  Pirate Reef will be accessible from both the water and theme park, due to it's proximity to both.  And interesting video about the creation of the ride was released today as part of the announcement, filled with concept art and other goodies:

The already popular addition of Star Wars to the park's Miniland will also increase next year, when the display is greatly expanded. New characters from the legendary films will be created and existing scenes given a new layer of details.  The adjacent SeaLife Aquarium will also feature a new exhibit titled Claws, which will in include Spider Crabs among other claw-bearing creatures.