The Next Generation of Interactive Theme Park Rides Comes to Legoland California Next Year
September 17, 2015, 2:53 PM ·
You don't need controllers to play video games anymore, so why should you need one to play an interactive theme park ride?
You won't, starting next year at Legoland California. The park today announced Ninjago - The Ride for 2016, a new style of interactive ride where visitors will play using hand motions.
Mock-up test image courtesy Legoland
Think of this as Xbox Kinect meets a dark ride. Developed by Triotech — the same firm behind Knott's hit new interactive ride, Voyage to the Iron Reef — Ninjago enables rides to shoot animated fireballs, lightning, shockwaves and ice from their hands toward foes and other targets on 3D screens. The ride also will add 4D effects with heat, smoke and wind during the journey.
If you haven't heard of Ninjago, there's the background, from Legoland:
LEGO NINJAGO tells the story of four young ninja heroes – Kai, Jay, Cole and Zane – who train under the watchful eye of Master Wu to master an ancient martial art – Spinjitzu.... This year, brand new episodes of the popular series, "NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu," aired on Cartoon Network and 22 new building sets loaded with features and functions were released.
The four riders in each car will represent the four main characters from the franchise and will ride through several dojos to master their ninja skills before heading into the main battle. Riders will score for their training and well as their success in the battle scene.
You can see a few moments from a mock-up demonstration of the rides gameplay in this video from today's press conference at the Carlsbad, Calif. resort. The ride footage starts at the 24-second mark.
Ninjago - The Ride also will debut at Legoland Billund in Denmark next year.