Yesterday, LEGOLAND Florida announced their latest expansion, The World of Chima, will open in Summer 2013. The World of Chima is a new land comprised of a splash battle water ride called the Quest for CHI, a new 4D movie, an area to build and play with LEGO Chima in the Speedorz Arena, and a meet and greet location with Chima characters. Continue reading for more details on the newest addition to LEGOLAND Florida.
Update May 14, 2013: A photo re-tweeted by LEGOLAND Florida announced opening day for The World of Chima will be July 3, 2013.
LEGOLAND Florida may only be 18 months old, but it has already added the LEGOLAND Water Park and the LEGO Star Wars miniland. The World of Chima will be a new immersive land with an interactive water ride and will open to coincide with the roll out of the LEGO “Legends of Chima” toy line and new Cartoon Network television series. Cartoon Network will serve as the presenting partner for the new additions.
“This is the first time a theme park has invested in a major expansion concurrently with the rollout of a new brand and product line, and it was an easy decision based on how well LEGO Legends of Chima has been received by children and those who are young at heart around the world,” said LEGOLAND Florida General Manager Adrian Jones.
The centerpiece to The World of Chima land will be a “splash battle” water ride attraction, The Quest for CHI. Guests will enter The World of Chima through a fantastical stone and moss covered entrance which leads to the Lion Temple at the base of the majestic 45-foot tall floating Mount Cavora.
There, families will explore a diverse landscape setting and join the Lion Tribe in a battle to recover the stolen CHI orbs. Guests will board a watercraft which will take them on an interactive experience using water cannons to help their hero, Laval the Lion Prince, defeat Cragger the Crocodile King as he attempts to steal the precious supply of CHI.
The journey will take you through the land of Chima to meet some of the highly advanced animal tribal habitats, including the Rhino Quarry, Raven’s Roost, Eagle’s Nest, Wolves Encampment, Gorilla Forest and Crocodile Swamp among other imaginative settings.
The World of Chima will also feature a super-charged, super-fast Speedorz Arena where multiple players can build LEGO Speedorz and compete to win the precious supply of CHI by participating in group challenges and competing in a series of obstacles. A new 4D movie, the LEGO Chima 4D Movie Xperience, will further immerse families into The World of Chima by bringing the characters to life on the big screen. Kids will also get to meet Laval the Lion Prince and Cragger the Crocodile King at daily character meet and greet sessions.
LEGOLAND Florida also announced that Cartoon Network will be the presenting partner of The World of Chima and the Official Kids Cable Network for the theme park.
“This is a great opportunity to continue the successful relationship that Cartoon Network has had with LEGO Group,” said Cartoon Network Chief Marketing Officer Brenda Piper. “We are always looking to expand the Cartoon Network brand to reach children outside the world of television and what better way to do that than by bringing the Legends of Chima to life at a theme park.”
LEGOLAND Florida’s sister park in California opened a pirate themed splash battle water ride in May 2012. LEGOLAND California’s Pirate Reef included a 25 foot drop between two dueling LEGO Pirate ships.
Admission to LEGOLAND Florida is $79 for ages 13+ and $69 for ages 3-12. The water park is only available as an add on ticket to LEGOLAND California admission for an additional $12. A $15 discount is available when tickets are purchased ahead of time online. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.