By Brady MacDonald
7:30 AM PST, January 22, 2013
The new "Legends of Chima" 4-D film coming to Legoland California this spring will take moviegoers to a fantasy world where animal tribes battle for possession of a mystical energy source known as chi.
Scheduled to premiere March 7 at the Carlsbad kiddie park, the 4-D film will feature special effects using wind, smoke, water and motion.
The 12-minute animated movie tied to a new line of Lego construction toys is also scheduled to debut this year at Legoland theme parks in Florida, Denmark, Germany, England and Malaysia.
The "Legends of Chima" story line follows four young animals on a journey through the battle-torn kingdom before concluding with a chariot race pitting lion-leader Laval against the evil crocodile Cragger.
As part of the Chima expansion, Legoland will feature a 4-foot-tall Lego Laval figure as well as a walk-around, meet-and-greet version of the lion prince.
The Lego Show Place 4-D theater at Legoland California currently shows "Clutch Powers" and "Lego Racers," with the latter set to be replaced by "Legends of Chima."
Legoland California also teased a new addition coming in June to the Star Wars section of Miniland without releasing any further details.
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