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Legoland: Prepare to get wet on the Quest for Chi

By Robbyn Mitchell

Times Staff Writer

Prepare to get very wet in the pursuit of the all-powerful Chi energy source at Legoland Florida.

The Quest for Chi opens July 3 as a part of a 5-acre park expansion called the World of Chima based on the Legends of Chima product line.

The interactive ride includes a journey through Chima in a watercraft fitted with water cannons.

A crank inside the boat allows riders to determine the intensity of the water stream. They will be firing to help the hero recover the stolen Chi from the villain.

"The faster you turn the crank in the watercraft the farther the stream of the water cannon goes," said Samantha Lane, a spokeswoman for the Winter Haven theme park. "There is no height requirement for this ride, but we do ask that only children that can sit in the seat unassisted be brought on."

Legoland Florida officials don't think they are gambling by basing new attractions and a park expansion on a cartoon that has only aired a two-episode special. The Chima toy sets launched to rave reviews, Lane said.

"This is based on the Legends of Chima product line we launched in January," said Lane. "We saw how successfully the set did after launch, and it's exciting the way kids are responding to it."

The cartoon starring Laval the Lion Prince as the hero and Cragger the Crocodile King as his antagonist starts its more than 20 episode run on Cartoon Network in July to coincide with the World of Chima opening.

Chima will take children into an imaginary place where lions, eagles, crocodiles, gorillas, wolves and rhinos are all talking bipeds with tribes, royalty, castles, armor and motorcycles.

The partnership with Cartoon Network to launch the World of Chima will also allow Legoland to show the cartoon throughout the rest of the park.

The Legends of Chima product line debuted in January.

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The Legends of Chima product line debuted in January.

IF YOU GO

The park at 1 Legoland Way in Winter Haven is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Saturday, and hours extend to 8 p.m. on June 29. The water park will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with hours extending to 7 p.m. on June 29. One-day tickets include both parks and are $79 for adults and $71 for seniors and children. If you opt to pick a date through the park's program with listed discount dates, adult tickets begin at $64 and children's tickets begin at $56. You cannot buy a separate ticket for just the water park. florida.legoland.com.

INSIDER TIP!

Cragger's Swamp with interactive water jets and other elements is great for toddlers. Parents can sit back and relax while the kids play.

Legoland: Prepare to get wet on the Quest for Chi 05/22/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 23, 2013 5:19pm]
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