Something speedy is coming to LEGOLAND Florida. The park’s newest ride, The Great LEGO Race, officially opens Friday, March 23. The exciting new attraction combines roller coaster thrills with virtual reality for a fun race against LEGO minigifures.
This is the first virtual reality experience for the Orlando theme park, and one that is sure to get you and your littles smiling. Guests will go up against LEGO’s most popular figures like a pirate, wizard, surfer and pharaoh as they steer unique LEGO-built vehicles like a ticket-powered windsurfing rig, a scooter fueled by espresso and a canopied bed carried by mummy servants.
“The Great LEGO Race was inspired by the way kids play with LEGO toys at home,” said Candy Holland, senior creative director for Merlin Magic Making in a statement. “It’s a unique LEGO adventure that lets kids enter an epic imaginary world made entirely from LEGO bricks, featuring a host of different themes and fun LEGO characters, all mixed up together.”
So how does it all work? Guests will wear optional virtual reality headsets that transform their reality into one made completely of LEGO bricks. Not only will you experience the excitement of being on a roller coaster, but now you’ll feel like you’re flying through an actual LEGO world.
Riders must be 42 inches tall to ride The Great LEGO Race. The Virtual Reality headsets are designed to fit both adults and children, and can be adjusted. The experience is intended for children 6 and older, and you can choose to ride without wearing the headset. If you do so you will still experience all of the thrills of the roller coaster.
After crossing the finish line, guests can refuel with an all-new treat at the Funnel Cake Factory, which is set to open this spring just steps away from the park’s LEGO Technic area. The pit stop will serve made-to-order funnel cakes with such toppings as fresh fruit, powdered sugar and soft-serve ice cream.