Starting Jan. 12, 2017, kids are invited to enter a kingdom where they become the ninja in their very own NINJAGO adventure when a whole new themed land opens at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort. NINJAGO World will add an immersive area filled with several hands-on, outdoor activities where kids can sharpen their ninja skills before the ultimate showdown on NINJAGO The Ride, an attraction that blends 3D computer animation, 4D effects, and brand-new technology.
Inspired by the popular LEGO building sets and the LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu TV show, LEGO NINJAGO World puts guests at the center of the action in lots of fun ways:
- LEGO NINJAGO The Ride: a state-of-the-art dark ride where guests score points using ninja hand moves to blast animated fireballs, lightning and more at waves of 3D villains.
- Zanes Temple Build: a building experience where kids can create their own LEGO models.
- Kais Spinners: master the ancient art of Spinjitzu at these twirling, whirling platforms.
- Coles Rock Climb: an outdoor climbing wall to test kids balance and endurance.
- Jays Lightning Drill: measure your reflexes with these lightning fast light-up targets.
The lushly landscaped area also will feature daily meet-and-greet opportunities with sibling ninjas Kai and Nya, and Wus Warehouse, a themed retail shop stuffed with LEGO NINJAGO building sets, toys, clothing, souvenirs and more. Take a peek of the new themed land and its new dark ride:
The majority of the land is still just dirt. All of the outdoor activities will be found in this space:
This structure will house a small shop and the dark ride (including its indoor queue):
The new themed land will open on January 12, 2017:
The door to the right leads to the stand-by line:
The door to the right will be reserved to Guests entitled to expedited access to the attraction:
The queue is still far from done:
The loading area:
The track has already been installed:
Many of the themed elements that will be found throughout the ride are already in place:
This track switch will be used to take ride vehicles into the maintenance bay:
This area of the ride features some nice props:
This will be the grand finale of the ride:
A model of the land and the ride was displayed in the middle of the attraction:
It even included models of the ride vehicles:
Assisted by Kai and Nya, LEGOLAND Florida Resort General Manager Adrian Jones also announced that according to an economic impact analysis prepared earlier this year, LEGOLAND Florida Resort has generated nearly $1 billion of total economic activity from 2010 through 2015. The research was conducted on the resorts behalf by James W. Farrell, Ph.D., associate professor of finance and economics at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla., who concluded:
"It is expected that [LEGOLAND Florida Resort] will continue to have a significant impact on the region as it draws visitors from around the globe to the resort. Based on anticipated construction activity over the next few years, [the resort] is expected to generate over $200 million of economic activity. As the attractions and accommodations continue to expand, it is anticipated the impact will expand as well. It is estimated that the ongoing operations will generate an average of 3,000 jobs and $271 million of economic activity per year for the next five years.
Millions of guests from around the world have already enjoyed the fun of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, with much more planned for the years ahead. Its swift success and steady growth drew strong praise from The Ledger in an Aug. 20 editorial published by the Lakeland, Fla., newspaper:
What tourists need, obviously, is a place to go and something to do. And its becoming clearer that within Central Florida [LEGOLAND] has carved out a nice niche for itself.
Given where [LEGOLAND] was when it opened five years ago, and especially sitting in the shadows of some of the best known theme parks and tourist magnets in the world, the transformation of the old Cypress Gardens property under [parent company] Merlin Entertainments guidance has been nothing short of astonishing."
For more information about visiting LEGOLAND Florida Resort, including savings on advance purchase of admission tickets, multi-tier annual passes, VIP experiences, educational programs, services for guests with disabilities, on-site accommodations and more, visit www.LEGOLAND.com/florida.