So yesterday was KidTums' first birthday (I know, I know...where has the year gone?) so we decided to take a trip down to Legoland! Why you may ask?
Well, for those of you who may not know the story (and I'll make this short) the day I got the call from Elissa to "OMFG GET HOME NOW!!!" because KidTums was on the way...where was I? LEGOLAND! I drove like a bat outta hell back to Valencia to make it home in time for her to be born. (FYI - She was born 5 weeks early and we had NO warning signs at all that she might be coming early!)
So of course it was only natural that we spent her first birthday there!
And not only was it her birthday, but we were lucky enough to get a walk through of the latest area currently in development "Land of Adventure."
The new land is based on Egyptian theming and it's kind of "Raider of the Lost Ark" meets Legoland. Land of Adventure opens on March 10th.
Four new attractions make up the new area:
Lost Kingdom Adventure - Shooting dark ride built by Sally
Cargo Ace - A themed "Flying Tigers" by Zamperla
Beetle Bounce - Two "Frog Hoppers" by S&S
Pharaoh's Revenge - A Squishy ball play are by Prime Play
The whole area was designed by Master Model Designer Bill Vollbrecht who studied Egyptian history and hieroglyphics to make the experience educational and authentic.
There is still quite a bit of work to be done, but the Lego maniacs have promised that everything will be ready to go for opening day.
Since you are all here for photos, here we go!
Here we are at Legolan Californ
Land of Adventure, opening, well NEXT WEEK!
Here is the entrance to the new area. If you are familiar with the layout of the park, it's just to the left of Technic Test Track.
Lots of Lego stuff still to be put in place over the next week. Those Lego maniacs are all working around the clock to get it done.
"Pharaoh's Revenge" is one of those squishy ball play areas. This one is mostly outdoors, which is kind of cool.
These guys are already camping out for opening day!
"Cargo Ace" is one of those Zamperla Flying Tigers rides (Hi Bruno!) and here it is in it's "unfinished" state. The Lego maniacs have a few additions to add to it before it can be considered "done"
They've also got a pair of S&S Frog Hoppers or "Beetle Bounce" as they are known at Legoland which should add some fun for the kiddies! (Hey look, they've got the big boy seat too for us adults!)
The main attraction is the "Lost Kingdom Adventure" which is a really awesome looking dark ride built by Sally.
In front of the ride is the world's largest display of waterproofing membrane. It's amazing looking!
Ok, ok, we're joking...it's going to be a giant Pharoah made of 300,000 legos. But waterproofing is cool too! Isn't it?
Of course Legoland has added lots of "funny" little touches.
Betcha didn't know these bricks have been around for this long, did you?
The ride vehicles look fantastic! Something right of an Indy movie.
You'll get to shoot lots of random Lego dudes with your blaster.
Some attention to detail for you crazy ride vehicle enthusiasts.
Here's a few photos from the inside of the attraction. Now I will say that, most of this stuff will look a *LOT* better once it's dark...because well, it IS a "dark ride" after all, and that's what these sets are built for!
Poor little Lego guy. Better zap that spider before he becomes a tasty Lego lunch.
We are told that every target on the ride will make some sort of action happen!
There's a little mouse guy hiding out for us. (This should make Elissa happy!)
SHOOT THE FAT GUY!!! SHOOT THE FAT GUY!!!
There are a lot of Lego "people" but most of the sets are not made from Legos as it turns out that Legos don't show up well under black light. Go figure!
OH NO! The "spike room" or the place where Madonna buys her bras. You decide!
Here's the car they were using for testing. The rest of the vehicles should be on the track later this week.
The Land of Adventure opens on March 10th, 2008
"Hey guys! Did you forget about me? It's my BIRTHDAY! Hello??!?"
Now on to everyone having some fun at Legoland!
"Now I don't even need to go to Africa!"
Kristen was happy that there were some KidTums sized rides for her too!
Insert "Robb under the water" joke here.
Country Pig Jamboree
At one year old, KidTums is already taken!
I sense an element of foreshadowing here.
Yay! Turns out we were teleported to Denmark! Next stop...Bon Bon Land! =)
I still think that Funtown Fire Academy is one of the most unique rides ever!
Team Thomas agrees!
"No bumping! Don't make them yell at us again!!!"
They are plotting their way to Jahan's house.
The Rockin' Tug was new since our last visit. (Hello again Bruno!)
Kristen got to do the slides in the GIANT play area (she survived!)
Splash Battle cooled us off.
"There is a reward to everyone who targets Elissa with the water cannons!!!"
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