All aboard LEGOLAND in California this summer as the long-awaited Pirate’s Reef attraction sets off on its maiden voyage. Other new additions to the park include an expansion of Star Wars Miniland and a sparkling new award for the LEGOLAND Water Park, which received last year’s Industry Innovation Award.
The Pirate Reef allows guests to battle in true pirate fashion by blasting water cannons at the neighboring ship and passengers. There’s a main splash bridge and a chute that plunges 25 feet down into the water below the battling vessels. Project Designer Lindsay Burroughs thought that the combination of the new LEGOLAND Water Park and Pirate Shores area would be extremely popular with visitors “The biggest things they are going to be excited about is getting to stand onboard a large, life-sized LEGO pirate ship,” said Burroughs. Certainly, guests will be inclined to agree. Each ship is over twenty feet high and forty feet long for a realistic and thrilling water park experience.
The newer Star Wars expansions are now operational having been successfully completed this year. The additions include a never-before-seen galleries made from LEGOS. Each exhibit is modeled after famous scenes from the six Star Wars films as well as the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The entire project took 1.5 million LEGO bricks and is fashioned on a 1:20 scale. The expansion includes an “underwater” scene in Naboo where Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn and Jar Jar Binks are traveling to the city of Theed. See the new Jawa sandcrawler in Tatooine, the Rebels captured in an Ewok net trap on Endor and the 6-foot crystal tower on Christophsis.
You can now meet your favorite characters in 3-foot LEGO form, featuring models of Princess Leia, R2D2, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Anakin, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Yoda and Darth Maul
Of course, the unique water park will also be open this summer along with its incredibly popular rides. The Build-a-Raft River allows guests to create their own rafts using soft LEGO bricks before they test their construction skills on an 850-foot lazy river. At Imagination Station, guests build their own cityscapes, including bridges and dams, and test them against the water. There’s even a musical fountain where the touch of a hand allows kids to conduct a watery melody.
Located in Carlsbad, lodging options near LEGOLAND include Quality Inn & Suites North Legoland Area and Comfort Inn Near Legoland. Whether you’re a LEGO block construction genius, a water park enthusiast, a scallywag, Jedi or landlubber, there’s sure to be an attraction you’ll love at LEGOLAND California.