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.