Merlin Entertainments Group
Early 2016 - LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure - (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.
2017 - Ghost: The Haunted House - Approved - (12/1/15) The long delayed plans to build a “GHOST” haunted house attraction at Legoland Windsor have now been approved after a lengthy appeal process by the park. The original proposal intended to build this in 2015 as a copy of the Ghost attraction that opened at the Billund park in 2014, which has a pair of small drop towers built inside what looks like a haunted house exterior, and a lengthy but themed walk-through haunted house queue experience on the way to the ride portion of the attraction.
You can find some layout artwork showing off how the new attraction will look in the Windsor park as well as the approximate location over at a report by Themeparks-UK. Look for this to open in 2017 unless plans change again.
(6/16/15) LEGOLAND Windsor is still attempting to alter their plans for the GHOST haunted house / drop ride project that was denied building permission in 2014. According to ThemeParksUK, the revised proposal, if approved, would see it built for the 2017 season. Other future plans in the works include an expansion of Duplo Valley and an expansion to the LEGOLAND Resort Hotel that would replace the existing Dino Safari ride. If approved, the hotel expansion would also be complete in 2017. The park has also bought part of the St. Leonards Farm next to the park to allow for future expansion projects like a possible EcoLodge project.
(10/4/14) I’m told that the park’s application to build the new Ghost attraction is essentially being held hostage by the local government who is upset about how crowded the area surrounding the park has gotten as the park has grown more successful.
So rather than do something about fixing the local infrastructure to accommodate the increased traffic, it seems they want to park to somehow solve the problem. How? I've no idea, but it seems a bit on the loopy side for the government to try and squash a successful business.
(5/15/14) A permit application to build a new haunted house attraction at Legoland Windsor has been spotted here. I’m betting that this will be a copy of the new Ghost: The Haunted House attraction that will open soon at Legoland Billund this summer.