Amusement Business magazine estimated that in 2005 Legoland drew 1.4 million visitors, ranking the Carlsbad, California park 40th among U.S. theme and amusement parks. Legoland officials credit last year's Pirate Shores expansion for the attendance boost.
“The area was very well received. A record setting guest satisfaction of more than 97 percent helped the Park achieve summer and fall attendance 20 percent higher than the previous year,” John Jakobsen, Legoland president and general manager, said in a statement.
For 2007, Legoland will add Captain Cranky's Challenge, a swinging ship ride, to Pirate Shores. The ride is slated to debut in May.
On March 29, Legoland will unveil its other addition for 2007 -- Miniland Las Vegas. If you've paid close attention to the detail Lego adds to previous Miniland sections (check out New Orleans sometime), you, like me, probably can't wait to see what Lego drops into its version of Vegas.... "Uh, daddy, what are those little Lego people doing?" "Hey kids, look over there! Ice cream!"
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