LEGOLAND California Resort in Carlsbad unveiled its newest ride Thursday: an interactive attraction that gives visitors a chance to train like a ninja.
Dubbed “Ninjago The Ride,” the attraction is housed in LEGOLAND’s new Ninjago World. Complete with shockwaves and lightning, the ride allows guests to use “hands on, minds on technology” while they imagine their life as a ninja. Riders use hand gestures to guide them through the interactive experience, hurling fireballs and ice as they go.
Designed to get kids active and moving, Ninjago also tests balance and agility. Riders collect points along the way and high-tech components include a 3D wall and 4D features like heat, wind and smoke.
The ride holds four people per car. There is no minimum height requirement to ride, though riders under 48 inches must be accompanied by a rider 48 inches or taller.
Those looking to test their speed, endurance and reflexes can complete challenges during the ride, including “Cole’s Rock Climb” or “Jay’s Lightning Drill.”
“Ninjago The Ride is a revolutionary breakthrough where, for the first time in North America, you control the outcome of your adventure, just by using your hands,” explained LEGOLAND spokesperson Julie Estrada. “It’s all about getting the kids moving and doing things and really controlling their own imagination and their experiences here at LEGOLAND California.”
LEGOLAND hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday at Ninjago World to mark the launch of the ride. Parents and kids gathered at the park for the ninja-themed party. The event was also attended by actor and comedian Joel McHale, who was also there with his family.
Estrada said that in addition to the newly-unveiled ride, Ninjago World features four other attractions that test speed and creativity.
The area also houses Ninja Kitchen, an eatery that serves Asian-inspired cuisine such as Bánh Mì and steamed Bao Buns, and a ninja-themed gift shop called Wu’s Warehouse.
LEGOLAND first broke ground on the Ninjago World project in July 2015. Plans for Ninjago The Ride were announced in September 2015. Admission into Ninjago World is included with paid admission into LEGOLAND.