Legoland California Announces May Opening for Ninjago - The Ride

March 31, 2016, 9:45 PM · The next generation of interactive rides will debut in a little over one month from now at Legoland California. The park announced today that its new Ninjago-themed ride will open on May 5.

Ninjago - The Ride will be the nation's first interactive theme park ride without a handheld controller. Instead, riders will throw fire balls, shock waves, ice, and lightning simply by using hand motions in their ride vehicles. We first previewed this new style of theme park gameplay, developed by Canadian firm Triotech, at the IAPPA Attractions Expo in Orlando last fall.

When the ride opens in May, it will anchor the park's new Ninjago World land, which also will include four ninja-training exercises — Zane's Temple Build, Kai's Spinners, Cole's Rock Climb and Jay's Lightning Drill — in addition to a new restaurant, Ninja Kitchen, which will serve Bahn Mi sandwiches and other Asian-inspired street food.

Ninjago World construction
Photo courtesy Legoland California

Legoland hosted a media construction tour of the one-acre Ninjago World site today to announce the May 5 opening date for the new land and its attractions. Ninjago is one of Lego's more popular lines of construction sets, with spin-off video games, a television series, and an upcoming motion picture, in addition the theme park lands opening this year at Legoland California, Billund, and Malaysia, and next year at Legoland Florida.


Replies (3)

April 1, 2016 at 8:39 AM · Controller free interaction was being done in the late 80s in the Image Works (2nd floor of the Journey Into Imagination pavilion at Epcot). You could conduct a symphony with DreamFinder and Figment. It's about time these other parks catch up!! ;)
April 1, 2016 at 9:31 AM · I'm skeptical about the practical use of this system. The interactivity sounds similar to the Xbox Kinect, soemthing that never really worked all that great.

Still, I'm looking forward to this coming to Florida if it works reliably.. I might even take a visit to see Chima Land and now this.

April 1, 2016 at 12:37 PM · I like the idea, but something tells me this is a disaster waiting to happen.

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