LEGO® NINJAGO® World, the newest land at LEGOLAND® California Resort, was open for media to explore during a press preview of LEGO® NINJAGO® World before the new land officially opens to the public on May 5, 2016.
LEGOLAND® California Resort welcomed hundreds of media to be the first to launch lightning, fireballs, ice and shock waves on NINJAGO® The Ride and explore the five attractions all designed to test guests’ balance, agility, speed and creativity: Zane’s Temple Build, Kai’s Spinners, Cole’s Rock Climb, Jay’s Lightning Drill and NINJAGO The Ride. At Zane’s Temple Build, guests can free build with LEGO bricks around an ornate nine-foot high LEGO Monastery that stands nine-feet high in the center of the courtyard. Next to the monastery stands a 500 pound LEGO model of ninjas Nya and Zane created out of 73,600 LEGO bricks that took four Model Builders 550 hours to build. At Kai’s Spinners, guests can test their balance as they stand on a spinning platform and twirl. At Cole’s Rock Climb, kids can test their agility as they scale a rock wall built alongside the main temple. And guests can test their speed by pushing the lit up buttons in a timed speed cage at Jay’s Lightning Drill. All to prepare for the ultimate ninja experience…NINJAGO The Ride!
For the first time in any theme park in North America, NINJAGO The Ride enables guests to demonstrate ninja skills by using their hands instead of a hand-held device. The Maestro hand gesture technology is manufactured by Triotech, the world leader in media based interactive attractions, and enables guests to throw fire balls, shock waves, ice and lightning to defeat villains. Riders collect points for their training and battle efforts and scores are displayed when their quest is completed. Effects such as heat, smoke and wind are incorporated throughout the adventure, giving guests the ultimate interactive 4D experience. “The 4D elements are installed at key moments around the ride to accentuate the scenes and enhance the sense of immersion,” said LEGOLAND California Resort’s Project Manager Chris Brzezicki.
Up to four guests sit in each ride vehicle and are guided through 13 different scenes encountering villains such as snakes, skeletons, ghosts, Lord Garmaddon (king of the Skulkuns) and ultimately, The Great Devourer…a giant serpent who can only be defeated by all of the ninja riders working together and using all the elements.
“We’ve really taken LEGOLAND California’s principle of ‘hands on, minds on’ to a whole new level,” said General Manager of LEGOLAND California Resort Peter Ronchetti. “We’re firing the imagination to another degree taking the idea of using gestures to propel fire, ice, etc…it has never been done before and it’s bridging the gap between the old way of using physical props, bricks, and the like, with the new world of virtual technology.”
NINJAGO World also includes 22 new LEGO models, a new retail outlet, Wu’s Warehouse and a dining option, Ninja Kitchen, where LEGOLAND chefs put a special twist on Asian street food with Banh Mi sandwiches on fresh baked baguettes or steamed Bao Buns with crispy pork belly, lemongrass chicken or baked sweet chili tofu.
NINJAGO World is included in admission to LEGOLAND California Resort. For more information, log ontowww.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).