Legoland Tests Vehicles for New Trackless Dark Ride

October 12, 2020, 4:24 PM · Legoland is testing the ride vehicles for its upcoming trackless motion-base attraction.

The ride vehicles from Dutch manufacturer ETF will take visitors through the Lego Factory Adventure at the new Legoland New York theme park when it opens next year. On the ride, visitors will be shrunk down to the size of a Lego Minifig for a "brick’s eye view" of the creation of Lego bricks. You can see that process for the first time after the test footage in the video below.

After that, you'll get some additional POV media from the ride, upon which Legoland promises "sensory-enhanced stops along the way."

Legoland New York opens next year in Orange County, about 60 miles north of New York City. It will be Legoland's largest theme park by size and feature seven themed lands, including the first-ever Lego Factory Adventure ride. You can see more from that ride in our First Look at Legoland's New Trackless Dark Ride Adventure that we published earlier this year. And from the announcement of the attraction at last year's IAAPA Expo.

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October 12, 2020 at 5:59 PM

I never noticed the seating arrangement until now. Correct me if I'm wrong but all other trackless dark ride vehicles are 4 people to a row. Most ride vehicles are either 2 or 4 to a row, but 3 seems unintuitive. The only other attractions that I can recall that are 3 across is Tesk Track/RSR. If a family of four goes to the attraction, then one person will be left out. Presumably with a party of 2 or two single riders. Is there a reason why Legoland went with the 3 to a row instead of 4? I mean, that would help with the hourly throughout so why wouldn't they do that.

October 14, 2020 at 5:03 AM

Thinking of a few possible reasons. First LEGOLAND does not operate or build attractions at the same budget as the big boys (Disney & Universal), larger vehicles means more expense in build and design. Second, if you look at ETF's website their ride vehicles are all designed as a two or three person wide vehicle. So why change a design that works. Lastly, who says a family of 4 have to divide in odds. They could sit two by two. Plus a family of 5 (3 kids two adults) the three by two seating works great. With the covid situation changing the parks operating procedures, it's safe to assume it will be a single party per a vehicle till this situation subsides.

October 13, 2020 at 1:41 AM

Nice Article. In less than a few months Robert will be writing an article giving us the closing date of this attraction. Thanks for sharing this article.


October 13, 2020 at 5:58 AM

Isn't Men In Black three to a row? I think it is, but I'm not quite sure.

October 13, 2020 at 7:50 AM

Yes, MIB is 3 to a row, which is why the single rider line was a great way to get a dozen or more rides in an hour.

Also, all of the versions of Justice League at Six Flags parks around the country are 3-person rows.

October 13, 2020 at 12:05 PM

Man, it's been ages since I've been on MIB, and those Justice League rides are so forgettable. I completely forgot about those two.

Yeah I think a major upside to 3 across is the single rider queue. Im not sure about MIB or justice league (if they even use single rider), but test track single rider queue length is always rather quick and always 30 mins and under when I go to Epcot. It's just overall a bit weird to me that some attractions are 3 across because 90% of all attractions have an even number of seats. Whenever I go to a park, I always make sure that I have an even numbered group because I never want people left out not riding with someone.

October 13, 2020 at 10:01 PM

@Postcott: Agreed. My Sister and her husband have just one kid. They always swing by the orphanage before hitting the parks to pick up an extra. It's like what's even the point of going to a theme park if you don't have an even number?!?

October 14, 2020 at 1:36 AM

Cool story bro

Can someone tell me if I said anything that seemed off-putting? If I can read correctly (and gosh I sure hope I can), then my last comment was me in agreement of a positive aspect for 3 across seating.

October 14, 2020 at 3:38 AM

No one is saying you said anything "off-putting."

This statement is very funny though.*Spoiler alert* I took advantage of it for a joke!!!

"Whenever I go to a park, I always make sure that I have an even numbered group because I never want people left out not riding with someone."


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