Lego Movie Dark Ride?
I can tell that the upcoming Lego Movie will be HUGE (merchandise is already flying off the shelves, there are already many positive reviews, etc.)! If this film is successful enough to warrant a sequel (which it most likely will), Legoland theme parks should capitalize on the upcoming success by developing a dark ride based on the movie.
In Legoland Florida, the ride would best fit in the place of the Flying School coaster. I can't speak for other Legoland parks, but the ride can fit into those parks, too.
It would be a slightly compact, multi-level version of the popular dark ride/simulator hybrids from Oceaneering (Spider-Man, DarKastle, etc.), complete with animatronics (character voices would be provided by their original voice actors), practical effects, 3D imagery (with distortion synched to the vehicle's movements) and interactivity, all taken to the Universal/Disney level of weaving technology with imaginative storytelling.
Sure, the licensed characters would have to be omitted from this ride (as Six Flags owns the US theme park rights to DC Comics), but a Lego Movie-based dark ride would easily become a guest favorite among many.
Dark rides are expensive to develop, but when done well, their appeal spans generations, so it's a high-risk/high-reward proposition. Unfortunately, that tends to keep everyone save Disney and Universal from investing in them.
Movie released today. Rotten Tomatoes loves it. It's probably going #1 at the box office.
I know its way to early for this, but i think there are pretty decent odds this could win best animated film of 2014.
I just saw the movie today; it was the best animated film I've seen in a while! This could warrant Lego Movie-themed rides at Legoland parks worldwide, and/or perhaps a sequel!
Wow. The reaction to this movie is taking a lot of people by surprise. This might turn out to be a huge development for the Lego parks, starting right now by driving interest and attendance.
Entertainment weekly gives the movie an A and is comparing it to Wall-E and the Toy Story movies. Adding a Lego movie ride would host attendance at the Lego land parks. Those parks need it.
UPDATE: I just saw the movie. IT IS AMAZING! They should totally make a ride.
The Lego movie is an amazing piece of work - unfortunately, way more inventive or exciting than Merlin bother to put into their theme parks. They'd rather clone the same kid-skewering rides than invest any effort in something new or original.
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