Get your motor running! The newest attraction The Great Lego Race now open at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, just outside of Orlando, combines roller coaster excitement with virtual reality (VR) technology, putting guests in the center of an out-of-this-world thrill.
LEGOLAND Florida Resort features more than 50 rides, and it’s newest ride The Great LEGO® Race invites guests into a virtual world where they’re the star of an exhilirating race against several LEGO minifigure competitors — all while taking an roller coaster ride! A LEGO pirate, surfer, wizard, pharaoh are ready to outpace the competition at every turn.
Wearing the optional, but definitely recommended, VR headsets while riding the roller coaster, guests experience the point of view of a LEGO race car driver with action taking place in every direction — up, down, forward, backward and all points in between — in a dazzling environment where everything is made of LEGO bricks – including your feet.
The adventure begins as guests step through the ride’s bold new entry portal, which features giant versions of several minifigure racers and their custom LEGO vehicles. The nearby queue is filled with colorful graphics representing each of the five racing teams, with themed elements to entertain waiting riders and video screens demonstrating the virtual reality experience.
Once guests are dispatched aboard the ride vehicles, sophisticated technology syncs the virtual visuals with the roller coaster’s twists, turns, drops and climbs, creating an all-new experience filled with action, surprises and humor — an experience only LEGOLAND could create.
POV look at LEGOLAND Florida's newest ride – The Great Lego Race now open! It combines roller coaster excitement with virtual reality! #AwesomeAwaits
Posted by TaraMetBlog on Friday, April 13, 2018
Designed for Kids
Developed under the supervision of Merlin Magic Making, the company’s global creative and delivery division, The Great LEGO Race is the first virtual reality roller coaster experience designed for kids and represents the first time the LEGO brand and minifigure characters have been integrated with the state-of-the-art technology in a theme park attraction.
“The Great LEGO Race was inspired by the way kids play with LEGO toys at home,” said Candy Holland, senior creative director for Merlin Magic Making. “It’s a unique LEGO adventure that lets kids enter an epic, imaginary world made entirely from LEGO bricks, featuring a host of different themes and fun LEGO characters all mixed up together.”
Awesome Awaits on The Great LEGO Race
- The Great LEGO Race is a “Wild Mouse”-style roller coaster. Riders at least 6 years old and 48 inches tall (1.21m) can wear optional virtual reality (VR) headsets to experience the point-of-view of a LEGO minifigure race car driver in an original story created exclusively for LEGOLAND theme parks.
- With animated action taking place in 360 degrees, riders race against five LEGO minifigures through brick-built environments that include a desert, mountain, forest, volcano and rushing river.
Who are the LEGO minifigure competitors?
- Pirate Captain; Team Pirate — He steers a dinghy with a turbine-powered sail.
- Pharaoh; Team Pharaoh — He rides an ornate canopied bed (called a “litter”) carried by mummified servants.
- Surfer Girl; Team Surfer — She rides a rocket-powered windsurfing rig.
- Trendsetter; Team Trendy — She rides an espresso-fueled scooter with a sidecar for her tiny dog.
- Wizard; Team Wizard — He drives a dragon-themed hot-rod.
Roller coaster stats
- Length: 1,312.3 feet (399.99 meters)
- Height: 51.8 feet (15.79 meters)
- Drop: 49.8 feet (15.18 meters)
- Speed: 35 mph (56.327 kph)
Who can ride?
- Under 42 inches (1.06m): Not tall enough to ride yet! Alternatives are AQUAZONE Wave Racers, Technicycle, Kid Power Towers, The Dragon and LEGO NINJAGO®.
- 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 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 VR headset.
- Guests must be at least 6 years old and 48 inches tall (1.21m) in order to wear the VR headset.
- 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 VR headset.
- Guests 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.
Can guests remove the VR headset while riding?
- Guests can safely remove the VR headset at any point while riding. The headset is tethered to the ride vehicle before departing the loading platform.
- If a guest removes the headset or it slips off while riding, they should hold it in their lap for the remainder of the ride.
- If the VR animation stops or goes black due to technical difficulties while riding, guests should remove the headset and hold it in their lap for the remainder of the ride.
Are the VR headsets cleaned between guests?
LEGOLAND Model Citizens wipe each headset clean with a sanitizing pad after each use. Headsets are inspected regularly and replaced as necessary.
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