LEGOLAND Florida has confirmed that its new themed area, World of Chima, will officially open on July 3, 2013.
The expansion will be themed around the LEGO Legends of Chima toy line, which features animal warriors who compete for a mystical energy force, CHI. Its headline attraction will be a Splash Battle-style interactive water ride, while it will also boast a new 4-D movie and an arena where guests can "do battle" with their favourite LEGO Chima toys.
An army of animal tribes from the World of Chima (in LEGO form, of course) descended upon downtown Orlando and downtown Tampa to make the announcement, as can be seen in the images and video below:
The water ride will be dubbed The Quest for CHI, and will feature extensive theming including the enormous Lion Temple and a 45-feet-tall floating mountain known as Mount Cavora. Riders will board boats that are equipped with water cannons, and will be challenged to help Laval the Lion Prince defeat Cragger the Crocodile King as he attempts to steal the supply of CHI.
On their way, they will pass through the habitats of the various tribes that feature in LEGO Chima, including Rhino Quarry, Raven’s Roost, Eagle’s Nest, Wolves Encampment, Gorilla Forest and Crocodile Swamp.
The Speedorz Arena will host group challenges, in which guests build their own LEGO Speedorz vehicles and then take on a series of obstacles. The experience is set to be similar to the Legends of Chima Challenge roadshow which is currently touring the UK.
Along with LEGOLAND California and LEGOLAND Windsor, LEGOLAND Florida will also begin showing the LEGO Legends of Chima 4-D movie when the new land opens. In addition to 3-D animation, the 12-minute movie will make use of physical effects including the wind, smoke and water effects typical of similar 4-D experiences.
Cartoon Network has been brought in as the "presenting partner" for World of Chima, and will now have a large presence in LEGOLAND Florida. This will include screens dotted around the park that will show Cartoon Network content.
LEGOLAND Florida will be running a competition on its official Facebook page from May 27, offering the winner a chance to be a VIP at the opening ceremony on July 3.
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