Thursday, April 3, 2014

Legoland California Tops Mt. Cavora in Water Park Expansion

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The giant Mt. Cavora was recently lifted 40 feet into the air at the Lego Legends of Chima water park expansion at Legoland California.  The new section will have a selection of water based activities for families, including the large Lion Temple Wave Pool.  The wave pool is where Mt. Cavora has been placed and will released 400 gallons of water per minute onto park visitors below.

© Legoland California
The enormous 'floating mountain' was created by Storyland Studios in Lake Elsinore, CA and took a team of 20 builders more than four months to design and construct.  "The floating mountain, known for providing the great energy source “CHI” to the eight animal tribes, is 23-feet tall, 13-feet wide and weighs more than 11,000 pounds.  An animal from each tribe is represented on Mt. Cavora: a lion, an eagle, a crocodile, a gorilla, a bear, a rhinoceros, a wolf and a raven."

Legoland California also released some great footage of the mountain going into place.  The film also gives us an aerial perspective on the expansion, showing off all the additions.  While not complete, you can see above that a great deal of work is underway, including new attractions, food, and open spaces to play or relax.  In the background of this shot is a new concrete pad that might be for Cragger's Swamp, a "hands-on water play area that invites you to ride water slides, blast water cannons and jets and slide through the head of a massive crocodile."

This view shows off the surprisingly large Lion Temple Wave Pool.  Since the pool is aimed at families it won't feature massive waves, but I did not expect it to be quite so large when complete!  Other new additions to the Legends of Chima water park include Explorers Forest, a "lush and tropical forest where you will be greeted by Gorzan the Gorilla in his 15-foot tall mech suit" and Rhino Beach, "a sand filled oasis that offers you a place to get some shade, lounge and rest."

The Lego Legends of Chima Water Park will open to Legoland California guests on May 24th.