The Winter Haven theme park that now stands on the site of the former Cypress Gardens celebrated its 10th anniversary this morning with an announcement of a new attraction, Pirate River Quest.
"Set sail with a rowdy crew of Lego pirates on Captain’s orders to explore the murky waters and retrieve the lost treasure, stolen by a troop of mischievous monkeys," Legoland Florida said in its announcement. "Journey through the uncharted waters of the legendary Cypress Gardens and discover the secrets protecting its canals, as this all-new story unfolds brick by brick into a family-friendly treasure hunt."
Pirate River Quest will open next year. For discounted tickets to Legoland Florida, please visit our authorized travel partner's Legoland Florida tickets page.
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I believe it is a new installation, but I am looking for more details.
I doubt it would take over the Splash Battle given it's proximity to the rest of the LEGO Movie rides/area. They mention that this will involve Cypress Gardens, the entrance of which is right next to the theater they use for the existing Pirates stunt show. What I'm wondering is, if this is an actual ride, how much of the gardens footprint could it theoretically take over without upsetting the environment of that location?
I was there on Friday and saw some construction vehicles/activity just to the left of the ski theater that caught my attention. I thought this was related to the canopy installation nearby at Miniland USA. And it may have been. But it also may have been the beginning of some staging for this project. "Canals of Cypress Gardens" is very ambiguous. I hope this isn't the Legofication of Cypress Gardens.
First the gardens are protected by the state so there will most likely be tight restrictions and approvals for anything new to be added. Second the gardens use to have canal boats that you could ride in thru the gardens. So it's not really anything diffrent to what the gardens have had in the past, just with a bit of a LEGO story added in to make it a bit more enjoyable. Kids sometimes don't appreciate the gardens for what they are so this merges the two fairly well.
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Is this ride yet another retheme of the former Chima and most recently Battle of Bricksburg boat ride, or a completely new installation?