Brick fans, start your engines! The newest attraction at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort combines roller coaster thrills with virtual reality (VR) technology to put guests in the center of an action-packed road rally where the laws of physics and aerodynamics only loosely apply.
Now open at the multi-day vacation destination, The Great LEGO® Race invites guests into a virtual world where they’re the star of a rollicking race against several LEGO minifigure competitors – all while taking an exciting roller coaster ride.
Guests experience the point of view of a LEGO race car driver with action taking place in every direction — up, down, forward, backward and all points in between — in a dazzling environment where everything is made of LEGO bricks.
The wild and wacky race pits guests against a LEGO pirate, wizard, surfer, trendsetter and pharaoh driving brick-built vehicles like a rocket-powered windsurfing rig, a stylish scooter fueled by espresso and an ornately canopied bed (called a “litter”) carried by mummy servants.
The adventure begins as guests step through the ride’s bold new entry portal, which features giant versions of several minifigure racers and their custom LEGO vehicles. The nearby queue is filled with colorful graphics representing each of the five racing teams, with themed elements to entertain waiting riders and video screens demonstrating the virtual reality experience.
Once guests are dispatched aboard the ride vehicles, sophisticated technology syncs the virtual visuals with the roller coaster’s twists, turns, drops and climbs, creating an all-new experience filled with action, surprises and humor — an experience only LEGOLAND could create. Check out a video of the VR experience below! If you look hard enough, you may even see some familiar figures cheering you on throughout the ride.
We had the opportunity to check out his new experience, and let us say that we were blown away by it. This ride is awesome for children and adults alike. There was a lot of thought put into the design of the virtual race and the way it lines up with the drops, curves, and speed of the coaster is spectacular. Of course, we couldn’t ride an attraction built for kids without having our local Lego enthusiast, seven-year-old Keegan, try the ride and tell us what he thinks. After riding the ride Keegan exclaimed, “That was awesome,” bearing a huge smile on his face. Of course, he then insisting on riding the ride multiple times again.
If you are headed to Legoland Florida soon, make sure to check out this awesome new ride!