LEGOLAND California is close to opening its new $15 million water park, with the grand opening set for May 28, 2010.
The LEGOLAND Water Park in Carlsbad will be the first of its type in the world, and will carry an additional $10 entry fee on top of the standard Legoland admission ticket. LEGOLAND California's website confirms that it will open on May 28 at 11am, an hour later than its standard opening time of 10am. The water park will be closed on June 1-2 for a series of VIP tours and press events.
LEGOLAND is aiming its water park at its core market of families with children aged 2-12. In total, entry to the water park and theme park will cost $77 for adults and $67 for children (for a Water Park Hopper Ticket), although admission to the water park is included in the price of Resort Membership (Legoland's version of an annual pass).
The 5.5-acre water park will be located between LEGOLAND's Factory Tour and Adventure's Club attractions. It will feature 4 water slides, along with a lazy river, a waterfall and several water play areas. All of the water slides will descend from a five-storey tall Lego tower, and the lazy river will feature unique giant lego bricks which can be attached to the inner tubes used to float around the river.
Attractions at the Legoland Water Park will include:
- Orange Rush - a 312-foot long family tube slide for groups of up to 4 riders
- Twin Chasers - two side-by-side, 130-foot tube slides
- Splash Out - a 240-foot open body slide
- Joker Soaker - an interactive platform featuring water cannons and a LEGO jester which tells jokes and pours water down on bathers
- Build-a-Raft River - the lazy river, featuring customizable rafts
- Kid Creek - a smaller lazy river for younger children
- Duplo Splash Safari - a water play area aimed at preschoolers, featuring interactive DUPLO creatures
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.
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