A new roller coaster attraction is coming to three LEGOLAND theme parks worldwide, including LEGOLAND Florida Resort, called The Great Lego Race featuring cutting edge virtual reality technology designed to give families a completely immersive experience!
Arriving late 2017 at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort and in 2018 at LEGOLAND Florida Resort and Germany’s LEGOLAND Deutschland Resort, The Great Lego Race will transform three existing “Project X” roller coasters into a new adventure using VR headsets that will put guests into the driver’s seat and race against popular LEGO minifigures across a wild and crazy track.
“The Great LEGO Race was inspired by the way kids play with LEGO toys at home,” said Candy Holland, senior creative director for Merlin Magic Making, which designs and develops attractions for Merlin sites around the world. “It’s a unique LEGO adventure that lets kids enter an epic imaginary world made entirely from LEGO bricks, featuring a host of different themes and fun LEGO characters, all mixed up together.”
Here’s more info from LEGOLAND’s press release about The Great Lego Race:
Featuring a colorful lineup of racers drawn from the ranks of the popular LEGO minifigure mystery assortments, The Great LEGO Race pits riders in a rollicking race against wild, brick-built contraptions driven by Trendsetter, Pharaoh, Surfer Girl, Wizard and Pirate Captain, including a rocket-powered surfboard and a stylish scooter fueled by espresso. Wearing VR headsets, guests will experience the action from every direction – up, down, forward, backward and all points in between – in a dazzling environment where everything is made of LEGO bricks.
The adventure begins as guests approach the ride’s bold new entry portal as the sounds of roaring engines fill the air. Nearby, the coaster’s queue will resemble a pre-race space where pit crews for each of the five LEGO racers are preparing for the competition, plus interactive, hands-on elements to entertain waiting riders.
During the ride, Bluetooth technology will sync the virtual visuals with the roller coaster’s twists, turns, drops and climbs, creating an all-new experience filled with thrills, spills, surprises and humor – an experience only LEGOLAND could create.
If VR isn’t exactly your thing, you can choose to experience the ride without the headset as well. It’s designed for children ages 6 and up, but younger children that don’t meet the ride’s minimum height requirement can also board the attraction without the VR headset. A preshow video outside the ride will demonstrate the VR effect side-by-side so you can get an idea of what to expect.
We can’t wait to experience this for ourselves and we’ll have much more on this exciting new addition to LEGOLAND as soon as we get more info and ride it!