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Exploring The 6 Best Rides at LEGOLAND® California

July 17, 2023 By CityPASS

Located in the picturesque coastal city of Carlsbad, in Southern California, the exciting world of LEGOLAND® California Resort never fails to captivate adults and children alike. With its vibrant LEGO-themed attractions and enchanting landscapes, it’s the ideal place to visit for a day of family fun.

LEGOLAND® California Resort offers many magical experiences, but the exhilarating rides truly bring the park to life. From heart-pounding roller coasters to interactive water adventures, there is no shortage of thrills awaiting visitors at this one-of-a-kind amusement park.

Whether you prefer enjoying LEGO creations, chasing an adrenaline hit, or getting lost in an interactive experience, there is a whole bunch of rides for everyone at LEGOLAND® California Resort. Here are six rides you don’t want to miss.

Interactive Rides

LEGO Ninjago the Ride

This immersive 4D family ride takes riders on a thrilling adventure alongside their favorite Ninjago heroes. Hop into a cart of four people, put on your interactive glasses, and head into the dark. Then, use your hand gestures to unleash your ninja skills, casting virtual fireballs, shockwaves, and ice. After battling various villains, see if you can beat the giant serpent with your best ninja moves.

All ages will love the interactive gameplay, stunning visuals, and intense ride action. There is no minimum height requirement to ride, although the park doesn't recommend riding for children under 3. Both children and adults will be left eagerly queuing up for another exhilarating round.

Lost Kingdom Adventure

Head off on an interactive expedition through an ancient Egyptian-themed world. Lost Kingdom Adventure is an unmissable LEGOLAND ride that lets every guest get fully involved. Navigate through different scenes of an ancient Egyptian temple filled with obstacles and surprises.

Riders can hop into the front or back of the four-person cars and grab one of the laser blasters mounted by each seat. As the car moves around the track, guests will see various targets that they can zap with their lasers helping save reporter Miss Pippin Reed and stop the evil Sir Sam Sinister from getting his hands on the temple treasure. The sophisticated sensors can detect hits and count points, so prepare to get competitive.

Water Rides

Pirate Reef

Pirate Reef at LEGOLAND California is a thrilling water ride that takes riders on an exciting pirate adventure. Riders board a sturdy pirate ship equipped with water cannons to begin the voyage through pirate-infested waters. Choose the blue or red ship and get in the swashbuckling mood by firing your cannons across the bow.

The ride starts with a gentle ascent to the top of a towering structure, where you will catch amazing park views. But the real excitement begins when the ship plunges into the waters below. Water lovers will love this ride as the descent causes a massive splash and drenches everyone aboard.

The exhilarating sensation of the drop, combined with the fun water effects, ensures an unforgettable experience for guests of all ages. Pirate Reef at LEGOLAND California is a must-try attraction for any LEGOLAND enthusiast.

Splash Battle

As the name suggests, Splash Battle is an exhilarating mix of watery fun and friendly competition. The interactive water ride takes guests on a journey through vibrant landscapes.

Once on board the colorful themed vehicles, riders are armed with water cannons, ready to engage in battle. Spot and enjoy the LEGO models along the way and look for interactive elements, including targets and obstacles. As the boats cruise along the waterway, riders should aim their cannons at one another, drenching opponents in a water fight.

Laughter and excitement are inescapable as you try to outmaneuver each other and hit the perfect shot. The combination of water, strategy, and play makes Splash Battle a fantastic experience for families and friends. It is one ride you can’t miss to make lasting memories at LEGOLAND California.

Thrill Rides

The Dragon

This is one of lots of options for adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers. One of the best LEGOLAND rides in the park is The Dragon. Riders take their seats in cars along the back of the dragon and speed off on an epic journey through a fantastical LEGO kingdom.

Start by slowly ascending up to the castle (where the dragon lives) and build anticipation for the descent. Suddenly twist and turn down the track, flying through the treetops and past many mythical and medieval LEGO figures and scenes.

Children must be a minimum of 36", but this family-friendly ride is suitable for all. Top speeds are 28.5 mph. The cheers and screams of the riders and the colorful, vibrant world of dragons make The Dragon one of the most popular rides at LEGOLAND California.

Technic Coaster

One of the most unique LEGOLAND California rides is Technic Coaster. Enjoy a thrilling roller coaster ride combined with the engineering marvels of LEGO Technic. The cars have a capacity of four, with two in the front row and two in the back.

As you strap into your seats, you’ll immediately notice the intricate LEGO Technic elements surrounding you. The journey begins with a burst of speed as the coaster launches forward. The ride then propels you down an exhilarating track of twists, turns, and drops.

The technic coaster has a drop of 49.8 feet and speeds of 35mph. Riders must be 42” or more to ride and at least 4 years old. One of the best rides at LEGOLAND, Technic Coaster is not one to miss.

How to Make the Most of Your LEGOLAND Visit with CityPASS

Your San Diego CityPASS® ticket is the ideal way to maximize the fun at LEGOLAND® California Resort. It will allow you entry to the entire theme park, and you don’t need to waste time finding the best deals online or stressing about buying tickets on the day. Get access to all 60 rides in the park, and make sure to visit the top rides mentioned in this article.

Finally, why not see what other nearby attractions are included in your CityPASS® tickets? We select only the top attractions, so you can save time on research and know you’ll only catch the best things to do in San Diego.

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