Brick fans, start your engines! LEGOLAND Florida Resort announced that on Friday, March 23rd 2018 will be the grand opening for its newest attraction, The Great LEGO Race. It’s the first virtual reality (VR) roller coaster experience designed for kids and represents the first time the LEGO brand and minifigure characters have been integrated with VR technology in a theme park attraction.
With animated action taking place on the ground and in the air, the wild and wacky race pits guests against a pirate, wizard, surfer and pharaoh as they steer LEGO-built vehicles like a rocket-powered windsurfing rig, a stylish scooter fueled by espresso and an ornately canopied bed (called a “litter”) carried by mummy servants. Wearing optional VR headsets, riders will experience the action from every direction up, down, forward, backward and all points in between while riding the roller coaster – in a dazzling environment where everything is made of LEGO bricks.
In November, reporters received a sneak preview of the 360-degree adventure during the annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) trade show in Orlando and it received rave reviews.
A similar preview in MackMedia’s Coastiality mobile app (www.coastiality.com/en/) is building anticipation for the VR adventure by showcasing its state-of-the-art visuals. The free app is available for iOS, Android and Oculus devices from the App Store, Google Play and the Oculus Store and can be enjoyed with or without a VR headset.
Here is some more information that will help you know if this will be an acceptable ride for you or your child(ren).
Who can ride?
- Under 42 inches (1.06m): Not tall enough to ride yet! Check out other exciting attractions
like AQUAZONE Wave Racers, Technicycle, Kid Power Towers, The Dragon and LEGO NINJAGO The Ride.
- 42-47 inches (1.06m-1.19m): Can ride without the VR headset when accompanied by a
responsible rider 14 years or older and at least 48 inches tall (1.21m), who must ride without
the VR headset to supervise his or her companion.
- 48 inches (1.21m) and above: Can ride unaccompanied, with or without the VR headset
- Guests must be at least 6 years old and 48 inches tall (1.21m) in order to wear the VR
- Guests in wheelchairs must be able to transfer to the ride vehicle with assistance from a
member of their party. While LEGOLAND Model Citizens are happy to assist, they are not
permitted to lift guests into or out of a ride vehicle.
Can guests ride the roller coaster without wearing the VR headset?
- Yes. A guest 48 inches (1.21m) or taller can ride with or without the VR headset if he or she is alone. If
he or she is supervising a companion rider 42-47 inches (1.06m-1.19m), both riders cannot wear the
Will the VR headsets be cleaned between each guest?
- Model Citizens will wipe each headset clean with a sanitizing pad after each use. Headsets will be
inspected regularly and replaced as necessary.
And Coming Soon: Funnel Cake Factory
After crossing the finish line on The Great LEGO Race, guests can switch gears and enjoy an all-new
treat at Funnel Cake Factory, which will open this spring just steps away from the roller coaster in the
theme park’s LEGO® Technic area. The highly themed pit stop will offer freshly made-to-order funnel
cakes with toppings including fresh fruit, powdered sugar and soft-serve ice cream.
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