LEGOLAND Windsor has released photos and video footage of the arrival of the ride vehicles for Atlantis Submarine Voyage, its new £8 million attraction for 2011.
The park has described Atlantis Submarine Voyage as "the first LEGO-themed underwater ride in the world", and it will combine a dark ride with Sea Life exhibits in a unique new concept. As seen in the video embedded below, the custom-built submarines will be partially submerged to enable guests to explore a 1 million litre ocean tank.
Eight of the submarines have been delivered to LEGOLAND Windsor by Mack Rides in Germany. Each weighs over 11 tonnes and is capable of holding up to 14 people. They will travel in an "on-rails" route around the interior of Atlantis Submarine Voyage's ride building.
Guests will be able to view over 50 species of sharks, rays and tropical fish on the new ride. Its tank will also hold almost 100 LEGO models, which will be designed to recreate the lost city of Atlantis. LEGOLAND Windor estimates that the models took 2,683 hours to create.
Sue Kemp, Divisional Director of LEGOLAND Windsor, said of the delivery: “This is a great week for us. We’ve been looking forward to the arrival of the submarines, and now they’re here the ride is truly starting to come to life!”
Photographs of the vehicles being installed in Atlantis Submarine Voyage can be seen below:
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.
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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