Saturday, May 26, 2012

Legoland California Celebrates Pireate Reef's Grand Opening

Pirates have one again invaded Legoland California (Carlsbad, CA), this time in the form of a multi-million dollar family ride named Pirate Reef that is opening this weekend.  The attraction is a scaled down shoot-the-chutes ride, perfect for riders big to small.

Guests board their own boat and head up the lift hill.  After rounding a 180 degree curve the boats plunge down a 25 foot drop at 26 miles per hour between two massive Lego pirate ships and under a spectator filled bridge.  After riding Pirate Reef guests exit across the bridge that connects the two ships, named Captain Blue Brick and Captain Red Brick, and discover plenty of interactive water elements that allow them to do battle.

As with other attractions as the Legoland California park, plenty of Lego characters can be found in the area.  According to the park, "throughout Pirate Reef, guests encounter more than 30 pirate-themed models including pirates, monkeys, parrots, and frogs, all created out of more than 223,000 Lego bricks."

The new ride is situated between the Pirate Shoes area of the theme park and the Legoland Water Park, accessible from both.  The park has shared some video footage of the ride and its surrounds, check it out!