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Park News - (4/22/16) LEGOLAND Florida and Tampa Electric are partnering on a new 2-megawatt solar energy project at the park. The project will see an array of solar panels placed on to of steel canopy structures that will shade the cars in the theme park's Preferred Parking lot. Once it is up and running by the end of the year they estimate that the solar panels will generate enough energy to power up to 250 homes. The power generated will be pumped right into the local grid for the benefit of all the local area customers, including the LEGOLAND Florida Resort.
I'm actually curious to see how well this works out for the theme park, as critics of a larger solar energy project going into Six Flags Great Adventure that will see a forested area cleared for their panels had been asking for that project to consider something exactly like the Legoland project, placing the panels over structures in the parking lot instead. Having seen how crazy and careless guests can be when parking their cars at theme parks I admit I didn't think it was a good idea for Six Flags, but now we'll be able to see how well that concept works in the real world at Legoland too. Though it probably helps that this is in a Preferred Parking lot, often used by guests who are a little more protective about how and where they park their vehicles.
(3/16/16) Legoland Florida announced several new projects on Tuesday afternoon that are coming to the park between now and 2017. Scroll down to see them all!
(2/22/16) According to the Legoland Florida Blog a small expansion of the waterpark is coming to Legoland Florida on March 12. They are calling it Creative Cove and it will feature a Build-A-Boat attraction with a LEGO Coast Guard theme. This creative build station will actually be near the existing Imagination Station, another creative build zone aimed more at Toddlers. Exactly why they are labeleing the Build-A-Boat attraction as an expansion of the "waterpark" is a bit of a mystery to me, as it sounds more like an expansion or companion attraction to the Imagination Station to me.
Early 2016 - LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure - NOW OPEN - (1/12/16) LEGOLAND Florida will open The LEGO Movie 4D: A New Adventure on January 29th. Every weekend following this through to the end of February, the park will host special LEGO Movie 4D Weekends events, with lots of characters from the film present in the park.
(10/13/15) Merlin Entertainment, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and The LEGO Group will bring "The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure" attraction to life starting in January 2016 to LEGOLAND theme parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers around the world.
The new 4D film will actually premier at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort on Jan. 29th, 2016, followed by LEGOLAND California on Feb. 6th, 2016. From there it will open at LEGOLAND Windsor, Billund, Germany and Malaysia and later it will expand to all 11 LEGOLAND Discovery Centers worldwide.
The new production will bring back several popular characters (and their voices) from The LEGO Movie such as Elizabeth Banks as Wyldstyle, Alison Brie as Unikitty, Nick Offerman as MetalBeard, and Charlie Day as Benny who will face off against a new villain named "Risky Business" voiced by Patton Oswalt.
“The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure” follows a new journey for Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, Benny and MetalBeard after they receive a mysterious invitation leading them to a new theme park where all of the rides are based on the characters’ adventures in “The LEGO Movie.” But not all is as it seems as the heroes are once again thrust into the middle of an evil secret plot, only this time, it will be up to the audience to use their Master Builder skills to help save them! Using elements such as wind, water, smoke and special lighting effects, the larger-than-life experience brings the film’s main characters, Emmet and Wyldstyle, back together with their friends for another awesome adventure.
May 2016 - LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS 4D: The Book of Creativity - (3/16/16) An all new 4D theatrical attraction will open on May 26, 2016 themed to the new Lego Nexo Knights toys and TV show. The plot revolves around five knights who battle the evil Jestro and The Book Of Monsters (which surprisingly looks just like a toy version of the Necronomicon from the Evil Dead movie series!). This will be as 12.5 minute long 4D film experience using 3D animation and several surprise 4D real-world effects.
The new film will play in the same Wells Fargo Fun Town Theater building several times each day, along with showings of The Lego Movie 4D A New Adventure and LEGO Legends of Chima.
Summer 2016 - LEGOLAND Night Lights - (3/16/16) A new exclusive night-time 3D fireworks spectacular show is coming to Legoland Florida this summer, performing every Saturday and Sunday night from June 18 to July 31, 2016, themed to the Legoland Ninjago characters.
Early 2017 - LEGO Ninjago World / Ninjago The Ride - (3/16/16) In 2017 Legoland Florida will add it's own version of the new Ninjago dark ride that will soon be opening at the California and Billiund parks. This dark ride will use a special "gesture" based system to allow the riders to interact (shoot fireballs, lightning, ice and shockwaves) at projection screens along the course of the dark ride.
In addition to the dark ride, there will be an entire small land to go with it themed to the Lego Ninjago universe that will include several outdoor interactive experiences for guests to test their physical skills of balance and agility before taking on the ride.
Summer 2017 - LEGOLAND Beach Retreat - (3/16/16) The look and style of Legoland Florida's second themed hotel will be quite different from the first one. The Legoland Beach Retreat will be a lakefront resort, with 83 village-style single-story duplex buildings, for a total of 166 rooms. Along with a cool looking Lego beach / surfer theme, the hotel will have a themed pool, sandy play area and a buffet style restaurant.