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Saturday, 15 March, 2008 11:14 PM

LEGOLAND California Launches Land of Adventure

Area transports guests to 1920s Egypt with four new attractions

 

Carlsbad, Calif. — On March 10, LEGOLAND® California officially opened its newest area, Land of Adventure, just in time for spring break. Land of Adventure features four new attractions with more than 75 new LEGO models including a 16-foot-tall Pharaoh made of more than 300,000 LEGO® bricks. The new attractions include Cargo Ace, Beetle Bounce, Pharaoh's Revenge and the Park's first -ever dark ride, Lost Kingdom Adventure.

Based in ancient temple ruins, Lost Kingdom Adventure takes explorers armed with laser blasters on all-terrain roadsters on a quest to help the hero, Johnny Thunder, find the evil Sam Sinister, save Pippin Reed and ultimately discover a room full of LEGO treasure. Brave riders encounter ten different scenes along the journey including a spider's lair, professor's lab, mummy relics and a performing skeleton band. There is an animated effect for every target that is hit by the laser blasters - there are 80 targets in all!

Adjacent to the hidden ruins, a different adventure awaits with rides Cargo Ace and Beetle Bounce. Cargo Ace helps imaginations soar as children become pilots boarding one of eight prop-planes flying up to six feet into the air. Beetle Bounce boosts children to even bigger heights - nearly 15 feet to be exact - as they are launched up one of two obelisks nearly touching the gigantic LEGO beetles above them. At Pharaoh's Revenge, children and parents launch thousands of foam balls at targets and each other using vacuums and cannons within the two-story structure.

"This is only the third time we have opened a completely new area here at LEGOLAND California. With the addition of three new rides being introduced in Land of Adventure today, we have more than doubled the amount of rides since we opened in 1999," says President and General Manager John Jakobsen. "Land of Adventure symbolizes the essence of LEGOLAND California and has something for every member of the family."

Land of Adventure is just one part of a $20 million dollar investment by Merlin Entertainments into LEGOLAND California Resort this year. North America's first SEA LIFE Aquarium, geared specifically to educate children on creatures under the sea, opens July 2008 adjacent to LEGOLAND California. The two-story 36,000 square foot aquarium is a separate admission.

Merlin Entertainments acquired all four LEGOLAND Parks in 2005 and has since become the largest attractions operator in Europe and ranks second worldwide with 52 attractions.

Fun Facts

  • Land of Adventure is LEGOLAND California's eighth block of attractions.
  • The adventure theme of the area was chosen through research and collaboration with Park guests and is based on the LEGO Adventurer series featuring Johnny Thunder.
  • Land of Adventure was designed by Master Model Designer Bill Vollbrecht who studied Egyptian history and hieroglyphics to make the experience educational and authentic.
  • On Beetle Bounce, children are launched to a height of 15 feet high, nearly reaching the LEGO scarab beetles atop the obelisks.
  • The scarab beetles have translucent jewel-toned wings that span four feet and are the first models in the Park made with colored translucent bricks.
  • When read phonetically from top to bottom, the hieroglyphics decorating the front of Beetle Bounce say "Beetle Bouncer."
  • The female pilot perched outside of Cargo Ace was inspired by Amelia Earhart and is the first full-sized LEGO model designed and built by Master Model Designer Andy Grubb. Her peanut butter and jelly sandwich pays homage to the designer's favorite lunch.
  • Pharaoh's Revenge is the first outdoor attraction built by ride manufacturer Prime Play.
  • The Pharaoh model standing guard over Land of Adventure is one of the largest models in the Park. It stands 16 feet tall and is made of more than 300,000 LEGO bricks. It took more than six months to build.
  • The smallest model in Land of Adventure, made of just 19 bricks, is a diamond ring in the treasure room of Lost Kingdom Adventure.
  • Overall, Lost kingdom Adventure has more than 75 new LEGO models made of nearly half a million bricks.
  • The LEGO camel in the courtyard of the area will soon be fitted with a saddle that Park guests can sit on for a fun photo opportunity. It will be the first model in the Park that guests are allowed to "ride."

Source: LEGOLAND

 

 

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