Building on Lego’s growing line of toys, toy-based cartoons and a movie, Legoland is adding several features with characters and story lines that are already familiar to fans — including a new Ninjago land coming in 2017 — and is introducing more characters for meet-and-greets.
Already added this year was The Lego Movie 4D: A New Adventure, a sequel of sorts to 2014’s The Lego Movie. Coming May 26 is Lego Nexo Knights: The Book of Creativity, based on a line of Lego building sets and a show on the Cartoon Network. Both are 12 1/2-minute animated movies and are in 3D (complete with 3D glasses), but add a fourth, sensory “D” with special effects like wind and rain — blasts of air and squirts of water, said David Brady, a Legoland spokesman.
Nexo Knights has an additional element, a free mobile app and shields within the park that give game players access to special powers — available only in the park — for their knights.
Until “The Lego Movie” came along, we didn’t really have characters you could recognize. It started with Chima, then took off with “The Lego Movie” in 2014.
David Brady, Legoland spokesman, talking about recent advent of Lego characters in the park
Summer brings Legoland Night Lights, with a Ninjago-themed fireworks show and characters Kai, the Red Ninja of Fire, and his sister Nya greeting visitors and taking photos with them. Special glasses will be available that make the bursts of fireworks look like Lego bricks exploding in the sky.
Coming in 2017: Ninjago World, an Asian-inspired ninja land based on another line of Lego building sets and the TV show Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu. The new land’s centerpiece will be a ride during which guests battle villains as their cars pass by 3D computer animation screens, sort of a high-tech version of Disney’s Toy Story Mania!
The ride, which has already had a soft opening at Legoland in Southern California, uses a new technology so that a calculated flick of the hand triggers a weapons blast or a shock wave, Brady said. A separate but related attraction will be ninja training, where guests will hone their skills, including how to use their hands, in preparation for the ride.
Hotel: The park, which opened the 152-room Legoland Hotel last May, is building a second hotel. Legoland Beach Retreat, with 83 colorful Lego-style duplexes, each with two units of accommodations, is scheduled to open in mid-2017.