Merlin Entertainments Press Release:
LEGOLAND® California General Manager Peter Ronchetti smiled as the gates to the world’s first LEGO® themed Water Park opened today. “After months of designing and planning and building, it is thrilling to finally see children enjoying LEGOLAND Water Park,” he said.
Design of the 5.5 acre Water Park began more than 18 months ago after guest surveys indicated that a water park would be a very popular addition to LEGOLAND California Resort. The $12 million investment is the largest expansion in the history of LEGOLAND California. The Water Park builds on the foundation of LEGOLAND California with interactivity, imagination and fun and is geared specifically for families with children ages 2 to 12.
Prior to the Water Park opening to the public today, 50 foster children from Camp Connect were invited to enjoy the Water Park all to themselves as they spent time with siblings who they have been separated from due to their placement in the foster care system. Camp Connect is a program provided in partnership with Promises 2 Kids, United Way and Health and Human Services.
“These are children who can’t live at home because they’re in danger, they’re abused or neglected … they’re placed separately because there is no way to place them together,” said Susan Golding , CEO and President of Promises 2 Kids. “Camp Connect gives them a chance to spend a whole day with their brother or sister who they don’t get to see very often, if at all. This is a very special day and the kids are so proud to be the first official visitors of LEGOLAND Water Park.”
Key attractions at LEGOLAND Water Park include Orange Rush, a family tube slide where up to four people can ride together down a 312-foot-long curving track on an 11-foot in diameter half pipe; Twin Chasers, two side-by-side enclosed red tube slides that stretch nearly 130 feet, Splash Out, an open body slide that invites guests to slide 240 feet and “splash out” into the water below; Joker Soaker, a fun interactive platform in the wade pool where kids can aim water cannons at each other as a LEGO jester model tells jokes and pours 350 gallons of water down upon them; the Build-A-Raft River, an 850-foot-long lazy river where guests are splashed and sprayed by jumbo LEGO models; DUPLO® Splash Safari, a water play area designed especially for toddlers with three small slides and interactive DUPLO creatures including an alligator, polar bear and an elephant; and Kid Creek, a mini lazy river built with younger kids in mind.
LEGOLAND Water Park is located at the north end of LEGOLAND California adjacent to Fun Town with the entrance located between the Factory Tour and the Adventurer’s Club. LEGOLAND guests can upgrade their Park tickets to include LEGOLAND Water Park for just $10. Geared for families with children ages 2 to 12, the Water Park will be included in the price of Water Park Hopper tickets and Resort Hopper tickets which include SEA LIFE Aquarium as well. Water Park admission will also be included in Resort Memberships.
Source: Merlin Entertainments Press office