A new themed land debuting at Legoland Florida this summer will take visitors to a fantasy world where animal tribes battle for possession of a mystical energy source known as chi.
Debuting in July, the new World of Chima themed land will include an interactive boat ride, a 4-D film and walk-around characters based on a new line of
The centerpiece of the new land will be the Quest for Chi boat ride where visitors will enter through the mouth of a stone lion. Built by German-based Mack Rides, the new attraction will let riders shoot at one another with water cannons as they sail past Chima animal habitats.
Artist renderings show boats sailing inside a gaping crocodile mouth and around a floating mountain levitating on a fountain of water. A significant portion of the track appears to travel inside a building, suggesting a dark ride portion of the attraction.
As part of the expansion, a new 12-minute "Legends of Chima" 4-D film will take over an existing Legoland Florida theater and feature special effects such as wind, smoke, water and motion.
The "Legends of Chima" story follows four young animals on a journey through a battle-torn kingdom before concluding with a chariot race pitting lion-leader Laval against the evil crocodile Cragger.
Meet-and-greet versions of the Laval and Cragger characters will walk around the new themed land.
The roll-out of an entire themed land based on a new brand represents a bold commitment by Legoland Florida, which opened in 2011 on the site of the former
The move follows an emerging trend in theme parks where entire lands -- including Cars Land at Disney California Adventure and