VIDEO: Star Wars, Pirate Reef, Claws – New Legoland and Sea Life Attractions in 2012

January 25th, 2012

New Sea Life Exhibit, Star Wars Miniland Expansion, Pirate Reef Water Ride & More Planned for 2012

Legoland California Resort (C)At a recent Press Conference, Legoland California Resort’s General Manager, Peter Ronchetti, announced several new projects which will be unveiled in 2012. Not only is the Force returning to Legoland California Resort this year, but a swashbuckling pirate adventure ride – Pirate Reef – and a new interactive exhibit at Sea Life Aquarium – Claws – await guests coming to the family theme park in Carlsbad in 2012.

Here are some of the highlights of what to expect from Legoland California Resort in 2012:

Lego Star Wars Miniland

Star Wars Miniland is expanding to include new Lego models in each scene as well as a never-before-seen Lego Star Wars Gallery. Guests can already enjoy seven of the most famous scenes from the six live action Star Wars movies, as well as a scene from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars all made out of 1.5 million Lego bricks and built in 1:20 scale. On March 29, 2012, Star Wars and Lego fans alike will be delighted to find even more detail in each scene. For example, in the Naboo area, guests will discover an “underwater” scene featuring an opee sea killer as it pursues Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn and Jar Jar Binks as they try to reach the city of Theed. Other new Lego models include a Jawa sandcrawler in the Tatooine scene, Rebels caught in a net trap set by Ewoks on Endor and a new crystal tower standing more than 6-feet-tall on Christophsis.

For the first time, guests will be further immersed into the Star Wars experience as they walk through the Lego Star Wars Gallery encountering Lego “friends,” similar to giant mini-figures, from the Star Wars Universe. Each Lego model will be 3-feet-tall and displayed on a podium for guests to get an up-close look. The 12 characters featured in the Lego Star Wars Gallery are: Wicket, Princess Leia, R2-D2, Clone Captain Rex, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Anakin, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Yoda and Darth Maul. In fact, two new Darth Maul Lego models will be introduced in honor of the re-release of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace in 3-D in February, 2012. One of the Darth Maul models will stand in the Lego Star Wars Gallery while the other Lego model will be life-sized, posed in a combat position grasping his double-bladed light-saber in one hand and reaching forward with the other.

The new models for Star Wars Miniland are being developed and built by Legoland Model Builders all over the world but it will be up to the Master Model Builders at Legoland California to bring the scenes to life with the help of animation electricians, technicians and landscapers.

Pirate Reef – New Water Ride

Legoland’s newest attraction, Pirate Reef, is scheduled to make its debut on May 24, 2012. Guests are invited to battle each other on the high seas as they blast water cannons, try to avoid getting drenched on the main bridge and plunge 25-feet down a chute that splashes through the battle between Captain Red Brick and Captain Blue Brick. The splash bridge, water cannons and brick building play area are the three main interactive components of this multi-million dollar attraction which will be the first to be accessible not only through Pirate Shores within Legoland California, but also via the Legoland Water Park, the world’s first Lego-themed Water Park which opened in 2010. Captain Red Brick and Captain Blue Brick’s ships will stand more than 20-feet high and 40-feet long. The highest part of the ride will be 32-feet and families will plunge down the chute at 26 miles per hour. (Note: Minimum height requirement for Pirate Reef is 36 inches tall. Guests 42 inches tall or taller can ride alone; guests 36 inches to 41 inches tall may ride with an accompanying rider who is 42 inches tall or taller.)

Claws – New Exhibit at Sea Life Aquarium

This Spring, crustaceans will be scuttling around at Sea Life Carlsbad Aquarium at the Legoland California Resort with the opening of its newest interactive exhibit, “Claws.” The five new displays will include Japanese spider crabs – which can grow to 13-feet across – and coconut crabs – named for their ability to crack open coconuts with the power of their claws. Along with the gigantic Japanese spider crabs and coconut crabs, the exhibit will feature land crabs, lobsters and nephrops, commonly referred to as “prawns.”

The Claws Exhibit will allow guests to see the extraordinary weapons and defenses of these fascinating clawed creatures and will also include: an interactive floor projection that reacts when kids move over it; a touch display allowing guests to feel the shell textures of different crabs; plus a new daily educational presentation and feed.

A Look Ahead to 2013 – Legoland Hotel

At the entrance to Legoland California Resort, the nation’s first Legoland Hotel is currently under construction. Guests entering the Resort can now see images along the construction fences of what the guest rooms will look like when the unique hotel opens in 2013.

All of the new 2012 guest experiences are included in the cost of admission to Legoland California Resort properties.

About Legoland California Resort

Legoland California Resort includes Legoland California and Sea Life Carlsbad Aquarium, both geared for families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. At Legoland California, you’ll find more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including the 5.5 acre Legoland Water Park, the all-new Star Wars Miniland and Pirate Reef opening May 2012. Sea Life Carlsbad Aquarium incorporates Lego models into a child’s voyage to the depths of the ocean and features play zones, fun facts and quiz trails and the new interactive exhibit Claws, coming in the Spring of 2012. Legoland California and Sea Life Carlsbad Aquarium are located in San Diego North at One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, California.

Sneak Peek at Legoland Attractions for 2012 – The Raj Report

The Raj Report takes viewers to exciting events, places, and happenings in and around San Diego. With his unique perspective and signature style, this budding broadcaster brings a whimsical insight to the pulse of San Diego.

In this segment, The Raj Report takes a closer look at what’s in store at Legoland California in 2012, including footage of a life-sized Lego Darth Maul, plans for the new Lego Star Wars Gallery, a mini Lego model of the new water ride Pirate Reef and footage about Claws, the new Sea Life Aquarium Exhibit. Also in this video are highlights from the Press Conference delivered by Peter Ronchetti, General Manager of Legoland California Resort.

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