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Legoland California announces new submarine ride for 2018

August 24, 2017, 10:18 AM · Legoland California this morning announced its new attraction for 2018 — a ride that park officials are calling parent company Merlin Entertainments' largest investment to date in a single Legoland park attraction.

Lego City Deep Sea Adventure will open next year at the Carlsbad, Calif. theme park. The ride — which will allow visitors an underwater view of marine life, Lego characters, and a "lost treasure" — appears to reflect the same concept as the Submarine Adventure ride at Legoland Dubai (which opened after my visit to Dubai Parks & Resorts in December, I'm afraid) and the Atlantis Submarine Voyage at Legoland Windsor in the United Kingdom.

The California installation will be the first of its kind in North America, though it shares a common theme with the recently opened Submarine Quest at SeaWorld San Diego, located about 30 miles down Interstate 5. However, unlike the SeaWorld ride, Legoland's submarine attraction actually will take riders underwater to watch sea life, instead of depicting its sea animals only on screens.

From Legoland's press release:

The ride will open in summer of 2018 and takes guests on a submarine ride looking for lost treasure on a sunken LEGO shipwreck. Among the real sea animals are bright LEGO octopi, marine tropical fish and LEGO scuba divers. Touchscreens at each porthole inside the sub are used by guests to help the LEGO minifigure dive team identify gems, pearls, LEGO gold coins and more throughout the journey. Up to 12 guests will board one of eight submarines that are designed after the LEGO City Deep Sea Adventure line of toys.

Here's a POV of the Windsor version of the ride:

In addition, Legoland California today announced that it will start taking reservations next month for its new Legoland Castle Hotel, which opens next spring.

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Replies (11)

August 24, 2017 at 10:26 AM · Seriously, a place called SEA World just using screens was laughable, Legoland one-upping them nicely here.
August 24, 2017 at 2:43 PM · Just to hammer this point home, Legoland just made irrelevant SeaWorld's entire Ocean Explorer land (that it opened this summer) with what appears to be a vastly superior experience coming up the road in Carlsbad next summer. Legoland's been eating into SeaWorld's share of the San Diego/Orange County youth market for years, and this move should just accelerate that.
August 24, 2017 at 10:53 AM · I'm rarely excited about additions to Legoland, but this one sounds cool! A lot like I hoped SeaWorld's would be. Any word on where it's located in the park? Part of the aquarium? Fun Town? The pirates area? It doesn't obviously fit in any of the areas of the park, really, except for SeaLife, and I'm not sure that has room (?).
August 24, 2017 at 12:55 PM · Awesome! The pre-Nemo submarines at Disneyland were always such a huge hit with smaller kids. I'm glad they get something like it here. It seems like a great fit for Legoland.
August 24, 2017 at 1:33 PM · Is this co-branded with Sea-life (like Sharbait Reef at Alton Towers) or are merlin dispensing with that?
August 24, 2017 at 2:18 PM · Well, that just makes for one more park on PETA's list.
August 24, 2017 at 2:44 PM · No way. PETA doesn't go after strong companies. Too much blowback. They prey on the weak.
August 24, 2017 at 8:51 PM · It's being built right between castle hill and pirates. It's taking over the enchanted walk area by grannys apples!
August 24, 2017 at 11:24 PM · It's replacing the mini golf course
August 25, 2017 at 8:30 AM · Why would PETA go after them? Because they have sharks? Would they go after aquariums then? I'm sure PETA is against zoos too. PETA started going after Sea World after the death of the one trainer, that was the catalyst, not necessarily the condition of the orcas, although that was their real message. But live animal shows were slowly going out of favor anyway, witness the demise of the Ringling Bros. Circus.
August 25, 2017 at 5:23 PM · That new "submarine" ride at SeaWorld has to be one of the most poorly thought-out, ill-conceived, dumbest attractions at a major park ever. This is the exact sort of thing SeaWorld should have built.

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