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Atlantis Submarine Voyage entrance concept art

LEGOLAND Windsor has named its new attraction for 2011 as Atlantis Submarine Voyage, describing it as "the first LEGO-themed underwater ride in the world".

Atlantis Submarine Voyage is set to cost £8 million to install, and will combine a dark ride with Sea Life exhibits in a unique new concept. The attraction will see guests boarding on-rails vehicles for a trip through numerous marine exhibits and a LEGO recreation of the lost city of Atlantis, which will be "guarded" by live sharks.

The ride had previously been known by its codename of "Project Atlantis", after plans for its construction were submitted to the local council. As well as revealing its final name, LEGOLAND Windsor has also revealed that the vehicles will be custom-built LEGO-themed submarines, each able to hold up to 14 people.

Atlantis Submarine Voyage concept art

Atlantis Submarine Voyage's building will be dominated by a large pyramid structure.
Image © LEGOLAND Windsor

The submarines will travel around a 1-million-litre ocean tank that will house over 50 species of sharks, rays and tropical fish. It will also hold almost 100 LEGO models, which will be designed to recreate the lost city of Atlantis. The storyline of LEGOLAND Windsor's new attraction is likely to closely match that of LEGO Atlantis - The Movie, an animated feature that was produced to promote the Atlantis-themed range of LEGO toys.

Merlin Entertainments Group operates both the LEGOLAND theme parks and Sea Life centres around the world. It has previously located smaller Sea Life attractions in its theme parks, including the Sharkbait Reef aquarium at Alton Towers. However Project Atlantis represents the company's first attempt to incorporate the Sea Life brand into an actual ride.

The company claims that Atlantis Submarine Voyage will help create over 50 jobs at LEGOLAND Windsor, including specialist roles looking after the sea creatures. It will form part of an overall £30 million investment in the park that includes the construction of an on-site hotel in time for the 2012 Olympic Games.

For full details of LEGOLAND Windor's new ride for 2011, see Theme Park Tourist's in-depth preview of Atlantis Submarine Voyage.

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