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Legoland California announces water park, new 4D movie

Legoland California entrance

Legoland California revealed on Friday that it is to open a new $15 million water park on June 10, with owner Merlin planning to expand the concept worldwide.

The water park will cover five-and-a-half acres and will feature a total of four slides, along with a lazy river, a waterfall and several water play areas. Legoland will charge an additional $10 for entry to the water park, although annual passholders will get in for free. The park's entrance gates will be located between Legoland's Factory Tour and Adventure's Club attractions.

The four water slides will all descend from a five-storey tall Lego tower, and will include a 6-person raft slide and three single-rider slides. To differentiate it from those in other water parks, Legoland's lazy river will feature unique giant lego bricks which can be attached to the inner tubes used to float around the river. Meanwhile, the park's play areas will feature a giant Lego water fortress.

Legoland California's owner, Merlin Entertainment, has indicated that it will look to expand the Lego water park concept worldwide, starting with the Legoland park that is due to open in Malaysia in 2012. If the initial two water parks are a success, then existing water parks at the UK's Alton Towers and Italy's Gardaland could be re-branded. Brand new water parks could be added to the chain's other parks including Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures in the UK and Heide Park in Germany.

In addition to announcing the new water park, Legoland California revealed that it will add a new film to its Lego Show Place theater from March 19. Clutch Powers in 4-D will replace Lego Racers 4-D, although the theater will continue to show Spellbreaker 4-D and Bob the Builder In 4-D. The new show features Clutch Powers, a new character who is described by Legoland as "the best builder and explorer in the Lego universe".

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