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I have my suspicions on what this may be...whatever it is, I know it'll have something to do with Legos...

 

I'll probably be at the park tomorrow sometime. If anyone sees a guy wearing a WCB T-Shirt make sure to say hello.

 

If I find any kind of construction work I'll snap some pics. The only real work going on recently has been the hauling away of the ginormously immense mountain of dirt that used to be behind Pirate Shores, although that's been happening since last summer.

 

So far this year Lego Parks have announced:

 

Star Wars Miniland

Flying Ninjago

Polar X-plorer

 

And since Legoland has had the tendancy over the years to clone attractions over the years, I wonder if we'll be seeing a SkyFly possibly? Gertslauer sold 3 of them this year I believe? Could one eventually show up in CA? They certainly have the space for it, if they wanted to. Not quite sure what it would be themed to.

 

I highly doubt a new coaster, at least for this year. It would make sense for a new coaster to open after the hotel opens to bring in more guests...possibly advertise them in a joint way?

 

Anyway, I'll leave my thought ramblings here.

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Opps my apologies i ment May 25th

I'm going to put chips on the table that this will be a flat ride.

 

May want to take back a few of those chips.

 

Went to the park today, and at the parking gate, they handed us the little guide/offer sheet.

 

On the front it had a picture of Pirate Shores, with a caption that read: "New Attraction Opening In Pirate Shores, Check Website for the Details!"

 

Could this be the new water attraction Screamscape mentioned? I think we'll have an answer VERY soon, since January seems to be the month Legoland CA announces things.

 

The date of the Grand Opening is indeed the 25th of May.

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http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/themeparks/la-trb-legoland-california-star-wars-pirate-reef-01201219,0,531604.story

 

As part of a multiattraction expansion this spring, Legoland California plans to update the Star Wars Miniland area that debuted last summer, add a pirate-themed shoot-the-chutes water ride and install a crab exhibit at the adjacent SeaLife Aquarium.

 

Set to open March 29, the Star Wars Gallery will include 3-foot-tall Lego models of a dozen characters from the epic film saga, including Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, R2D2, Yoda and Darth Vader.

 

At the same time, model builders will install new characters, weapons and spacecraft to existing Star Wars Miniland scenes rendered in 1:20 scale using Lego bricks.

 

Among the new additions to the Lego-fied "Star Wars" scenes:

  • Rebel soldiers trapped in a net set by Ewoks in Endor.
  • A Starfighter hovering over a landing pad in Mustafar.
  • Three AT-RT walkers on a reconnaissance mission on Kshyyyk.
  • An Ion Cannon firing a particle beam on Hoth.
  • A Sandcrawler trolling across the sands of Tatooine.

Debuting on May 24, the Pirate Reef shoot-the-chutes water ride will take riders down a 25-foot drop that generates a tidal wave splash designed to soak bystanders watching from a pedestrian bridge.

 

A pair of pirate ships flanking the flume ride will be armed with water cannons capable of soaking any riders that manage to escape the deluge.

 

Legoland visitors will be able to access the new shoot-the-chutes ride from the Pirate Shores area of the theme park or from the nearby separate-admission water park.

 

Pirate Reef will be built by Florida-based Hopkins Amusement Rides, which created a number of shoot-the-chutes rides for Six Flags parks as well as the Pittsburg Plunge at Kennywood.

 

In addition, Legoland's separate-admission SeaLife Aquarium plans to open a new Claws exhibit this spring with Japanese spider crabs, coconut crabs, land crabs, lobsters and prawns.

 

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Legoland California will become my home park starting in the summer. Yes, I'm moving to North County from the Bay Area this summer. Though, I'm not really impressed with Pirate Reef. Yes, it's a good addition to the park, though I would've liked a bit more theming on the lift.

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Legoland California will become my home park starting in the summer. Yes, I'm moving to North County from the Bay Area this summer. Though, I'm not really impressed with Pirate Reef. Yes, it's a good addition to the park, though I would've liked a bit more theming on the lift.

 

If you notice, most park splash boats have theming in the splashdown area rather than on the lift, Monsoon Falls and the chute the shoot at CGA have no theming on the lift, but theming in the splashdown.

 

Plus the ride is going to be integrated into an area of the park that is already very well themed, so I'm sure it'll turn out fine. I have yet to see a Lego attraction that didn't have a decent amount of theming.

 

I was surprised to see the manufacturer name, OD Hopkins. I know they stopped making coasters in the late 90's, but they still make theme park rides?

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Legoland California will become my home park starting in the summer. Yes, I'm moving to North County from the Bay Area this summer. Though, I'm not really impressed with Pirate Reef. Yes, it's a good addition to the park, though I would've liked a bit more theming on the lift.

 

If you notice, most park splash boats have theming in the splashdown area rather than on the lift, Monsoon Falls and the chute the shoot at CGA have no theming on the lift, but theming in the splashdown.

 

Plus the ride is going to be integrated into an area of the park that is already very well themed, so I'm sure it'll turn out fine. I have yet to see a Lego attraction that didn't have a decent amount of theming.

 

I was surprised to see the manufacturer name, OD Hopkins. I know they stopped making coasters in the late 90's, but they still make theme park rides?

 

Even though, I wouldn't suspect Legoland to ever do this, but to have something like Escape from Pompeii (BGW) would be really spectacular.

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Its so cute!. I mean its tiny, and cute! Honestly the theming in the splash area seems to be getting more common these days. Its more so common in Europe I believe on some of the log flumes. In America most of the splash boats we have either have no theming, OR they have a cover over the turn around and thats in (I.E Cedar Point/Dorney Park.

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Legoland California has sent us a press release confirming the addition of Pirate Reef, the Star Wars expansions and Claws at Sea Life.

 

Not only is the Force returning to LEGOLAND® California Resort this year, but a swashbuckling pirate adventure ride, Pirate Reef, awaits guests coming to the family theme park in Carlsbad announced General Manager Peter Ronchetti at the annual press conference. Ronchetti reviewed LEGOLAND California’s 2011 business results and announced the addition of Pirate Reef, a new LEGO® Star Wars™ Gallery, expansion of LEGO® Star Wars™Miniland and Claws at SEA LIFE™ Carlsbad Aquarium.

 

“Last year we reported to have the most successful year in the history of LEGOLAND California Resort….today, I’m thrilled to be able to report that LEGOLAND California’s growth streak continues,” said Ronchetti. “The attendance in 2011 has topped 2010 making this our eighth year of continuous attendance growth with a double –digit increase over last year!”

 

Ronchetti attributed the growth to the continuous efforts to expand the Resort each year. “We are always giving our guests something new to experience. And when I say experience – I truly mean that in every definition of the word – unlike some theme parks where you watch things happen around you, we take pride in giving families an interactive personalized experience where each guest can say they are the ones to make things happen.”

 

“As LEGOLAND California Resort grows, so does our parent company, Merlin Entertainments Group, here in the states,” Ronchetti continued. Merlin Entertainments is the world’s second-largest and fastest-growing visitor attractions operator adding 14 new attractions in 2011 alone. North America remains one of Merlin’s most important development areas and in 2012,four new attractions are opening including a SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Kansas City; a new LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Atlanta and a LEGOLAND Water Park in LEGOLAND Florida.

 

“We expect continued success in 2012 with a multi-million dollar investment going into LEGOLAND California Resort,” Ronchetti said as he went on to describe each of the new additions flanked by Stormtroopers one minute and battling pirates the next.

 

LEGOLAND California is expanding its popular LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland to include new LEGO® models in each scene as well as a never-before-seen LEGO Star Wars Gallery. Guests can already enjoy seven of the most famous scenes from the six live-action Star Wars movies, as well as a scene from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars™ all made out of 1.5 million LEGO bricks and built in 1:20 scale. But on March 29, Star Wars and LEGO fans alike will be delighted to find even more detail in each episode. For example, in the Naboo area, guests will discover an “underwater” scene featuring an opee sea killer as it pursues Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn and Jar Jar Binks as they try to reach the city of Theed. Other new LEGO models include a Jawa sandcrawler in the Tatooine scene; Rebels caught in a net trap set by Ewoks on Endor; and a new crystal tower standing more than 6-feet-tall on Christophsis.

 

For the first time, guests will be further immersed into the Star Wars experience as they walk through the LEGO Star Wars Gallery encountering LEGO “friends”, similar to giant mini-figures, from each episode. Each LEGO model will be 3-feet-tall and displayed on a podium for guests to get an up-close look. The 12 characters feature: Wicket, Princess Leia, R2D2, Clone Captain Rex, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Anakin, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Yoda and Darth Maul. In fact, two new Darth Maul LEGO models will be introduced honoring the release of Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace in 3-D on February 10, 2012. One of the Darth Maul models will stand in the LEGO Star Wars Gallery while the other LEGO model will be life-sized, posed in a combat position grasping his double-bladed light-saber in one hand and reaching forward with the other.

 

The new models for Star Wars Miniland are being developed and built by LEGOLAND Model Builders all over the world but it will be up to the Master Model Builders at LEGOLAND California to bring the scenes to life with the help of animation, electricians, technicians and landscapers.

 

On May 24, LEGOLAND California is investing millions of dollars into Pirate Reef. The new attraction invites guests to battle each other on the high seas as they blast water cannons, try to avoid getting drenched on the main bridge and plunge 25-feet down a chute that splashes through the battle between Captain Red Brick and Captain Blue Brick. The splash bridge, water cannons and brick building play area are the three main interactive components of this new attraction which will be the first to be accessible not only through Pirate Shores within LEGOLAND California, but also via LEGOLAND Water Park, the worlds’ first LEGO–themed water park which opened in 2010.

 

“The biggest thing they are going to be excited about is getting to stand on board a large life-size LEGO pirate ship and they’re going to get really wet,” exclaimed Project Designer Lindsay Burroughs when speaking about what guests can expect of Pirate Reef. “Each ship is about forty-feet long and more than twenty-feet high,” she continued. Burroughs also explained that LEGOLAND surveyed thousands of guests to find out what they’d like to see as the next attraction. “Through research, it was determined that with Pirate Shores, our current pirate-themed area, being so strongly liked and our new LEGOLAND Water Park being so popular, we wanted to do something more with Pirates and make it a big ride with a big splash!”

 

This spring, crustaceans will scuttle to SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium at the LEGOLAND California Resort with the opening of its newest interactive exhibit, “Claws”. The five new displays include Japanese spider crabs, which can grow to 13-feet across, and coconut crabs, named for their ability to crack open coconuts with the power of their claws.

 

For the first time, SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium allows guests to see the extraordinary weapons and defenses of these fascinating clawed creatures. Along with the gigantic Japanese spider crabs and coconut crabs, the exhibit features land crabs, lobsters and nephrops, commonly referred to as “prawns”. Claws also includes an interactive floor projection that reacts when kids move over it; a touch display allowing guests to feel the shell textures of different crabs; plus a new daily educational presentation and feed.

 

Media and VIP guests attending the press conference walked by fences at the entrance of the Resort where the nation’s first LEGOLAND Hotel is currently under construction. Guests entering the Resort can now see images of what the guest rooms will look like when the unique hotel opens in 2013.

 

All of the new guest experiences are included in the cost of admission to LEGOLAND California Resort properties. For ticket prices, operating schedule and additional information, visit http://www.LEGOLAND.com or http://www.sealifeus.com or call 760-918-LEGO.

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Took some friends to legoland for the first time yesterday and they had a blast! Great to see this park still wowing people!

 

I have a ton of footage including an updated walkthrough of the SeaLife Aquarium with their new Claws exhibit, an updated version of The Big Test, and a construction update.

 

Here's the construction update, sorry in advance for the bad quality of some of the footage as I was rushing around the park as I took it.

 

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The new park map is up on the Legoland website, it seems Pirate Reef will be huge. Well, huge according to the park map.

 

Pirate Reef is an interesting attraction and will indeed be quite large. It connects the water park and the park and both water park and park guests will be able to ride it ala Pilgrim's Plunge at Holiday World. The ride is in a new area behind Pirate Shores and adjacent to the waterpark, and takes up a very decent sized plot of land.

 

I wasn't able to go into the water park and get pics due to time constraints, but based on what I saw, this will be the largest new arttraction/area since either Land of Adventure or Pirate Shores. This attraction is long overdue, and I don't have to go all the way down to Sea World for a decent flume ride anymore.

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Lego Star Wars Weekend

 

Hey guys! Late last month Legoland held their annual Lego Star Wars weekend and celebrated the opening of the brand new and improved Lego Star Wars miniland! I have tons of video and footage:

 

Here's a construction update from around the Resort:

 

 

And here's a full walkthrough of the brand new Star Wars Miniland!

 

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I think we're in the right place!

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For Larry for the Pirate Reef Attraction. They had this huge sign set up to the right of the main plaza. It was hard to miss!

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And also for Larry, here's a picture of the Pirate Reef ride model that is currently sitting in the Master Builder's viewing room.

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these are not the additions you are looking for

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They had a few Star Wars figures on display...

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Here we are! This is the roof of the Master Builder Building and today it house some amazing models created out of Legos by Star Wars fans!

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Let's star out with this awesome retro looking lego mural!

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Glad I'm not down there in that huge crowd!

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This needs to be real.

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Mos Eisley represent!

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Gungan Ship

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I want this. And so does probably every other Disney nerd.

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Speeder

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Episode 1?

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More episode 1

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Opee Sea Killer

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Even MORE episode 1. Seemed to be a Lego creation favorite.

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R2D2

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Podracers

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So Clever

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More podracers

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Episode 1 again

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Jedi Council Chamber

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Naboo Starfighters

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This was the enormous Endor scene that had been built over the course a year by one guy!

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Some other lego Art on display

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full size walker

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Ewok village in the trees

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Enlord of the Rings

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The model had a lot of great and funny details!

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Emperor's Shuttle

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More Podracing

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Sebulba's Pod Racer

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Anakin's podracer

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Another custom podracer

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Tie Bomber

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A custom drop ship

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custom display

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Here's the model I built for the master builder competition.

 

hope you enjoyed!

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The new ride is looking great so far and is larger then I originally anticipated. The peak of the lift is 30ft while the drop is 25ft. Boats are modled after the old school shoot the chute boats. Each boat will carry 20 people and the ride can run two boats at once. Some of the track for the drop is now in place.

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