Today Theme Park Review was invited out to Legoland Florida for the media preview of The World of Chima expansion opening tomorrow to the public. The new land is the first of its kind as it is the first ever LEGO property to launch and have a Legoland attraction or land launch with it in the same year. It is also the first LEGO property to have a TV show launching concurrently with the new land. In fact, if you're a local you've probably already seen advertising for the Legends of Chima show on Cartoon Network, with a special ad on the back end that promotes the new land at Legoland Florida.
The World of Chima expansion consists of "The Quest for CHI" splash battle, Cragger's Swamp water play area, the Speedorz Arena, Razar's Bazaar and the addition of a LEGO Chima 4D Movie Xperience in the Wells Fargo 4-D Theater.
Time to enter The World of Chima!
Our morning started out with a few words from Park GM Adrian Jones...
Soon after Laval and Cragger came out from Chima, with Cragger holding a source Chi, the power that keeps the balance in the world of Chima. After some coaxing, he gave it up.
It's just like the ending of The Phantom Menace!
"Weesun being friends!"
After the opening ceremony we were given the chance to conduct interviews with Adrian Jones. He was extremely passionate about the park and its latest expansion (he always is) and offered us his personal favorite thing to look out for in the ride.
We also had the chance to speak with Scott Thomas, Vice President of Consumer Marketing for Cartoon Network. In addition to supporting this new expansion, the partnership between Legoland Florida and Cartoon Network means that Cartoon Network will be providing additional content throughout the park (including in ride queues) from their other shows including Adventure Time, Regular Show and Gumball (those were the examples he gave).
Time to take "The Quest for CHI" for a spin!
The ride is extremely family friendly in its speed and design. You can stand throughout the entire ride experience but there are seats for those not comfortable enough or perhaps those wanting to be less of a target for others' guns.
I'll say this now: There is no shortage of water on this attraction! And like other Splash Battles, you would be hard pressed to escape fully dry.
The bulk of the ride takes place outdoors, meandering through the home terrains of the varying residents of Chima. Those brown circular shields are actually water-triggered targets that set off effects (or water jets) throughout the ride path.
I was wearing a poncho and I was still considerably drenched by the end of the ride.
Awesome and dangerous at the same time is the ability for non-riders to grab a water gun and shoot back at you while you shoot at them. As if the ride's automatic water jets weren't enough, this is just icing on the cake.
Another scene from along the ride path...
Into the mouth of the Crocosaurus...
Okay, it isn't actually Crocosaurus, but it is awesome.
The final scene sees Cragger strung up for his crimes.
The things I subject myself to for Theme Park Review.
Time to look at the ride from the outside view.
Now I just need to find 98 more...
Like other attractions at Legoland Florida, there is a building station in the queue for kids to keep them occupied during their wait.
Cartoon Network will also be providing content from the show to play in the queue.
The interior portion of the queue is pretty neat!
The CHI Pool is actually Adrian Jones' favorite element of the new land.
More cool details.
Cragger's Swamp is a water play area for the kids, including triggered effects and jumping fountains.
The Speedorz Arena allows guests to race Chima Speedorz vehicles along obstacle courses.
In case you were wondering what a Speedorz is...
Back to The Quest for CHI!
Chima's floating island is definitely the "weenie" of the land.
Seconds later, the girl in the red soaked me with her gun.
They have a LEGO play wall at the exit of the ride.
Here I was stopping to admire the LEGO-built details when someone goes and sprays me with their gun.
This new expansion is phenom-nom-nominal!
I was clearly standing in the wrong place.
Even the adults love it!
Look everybody! It's Banks from Orlando Attractions Magazine: The Show!
And JeniLynn's here too!
Razar's Bazaar is off to the side of the exit path for the ride.
Need Chima merch? They've got you covered!
Another resident of The World of Chima hangs out by the ladies restroom.
There is also more Chima merchandise to be had.
Another look at The Quest for CHI's fortress.
For the love of Larry.
One more for the Index.
Thanks again to Legoland Florida for hosting us today for the preview of the awesome World of Chima expansion! And thank you for the sweet Chima goody bag!
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