Legoland to add Ninjago Land this spring

Posted at 4:07 PM, Sep 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-17 19:07:10-04

For the third time this year, Legoland California in Carlsbad is adding a major attraction to the park.

In spring 2016, the park will open Ninjago Land, a one-acre attraction based on the popular toy and cartoon series that follows four young ninjas as they fight bad guys.

The centerpiece of the new land will be "Ninjago the Ride," a fully interactive ride where guests will use hand gestures and motion sensors to manipulate the action.

The rest of the land will feature ninja training, a Lego building station, stores and food.

"Up [until] now, it's been a very successful toy and it's been a very successful cartoon," said Legoland General Manger Peter Ronchetti. "We're going to put them into it, to be part of the action, and that's what's special about Ninjago Land."

Last summer, the park opened Heartlake City, which is based on Lego's line of toys for girls. In April, they unveiled a 7-foot-tall Death Star model to capitalize on the rising popularity of Star Wars.

For the city of Carlsbad, the park's continued expansion is a boost to the economy.

"They keep everything fresh," said Mayor Pro-Tem Keith Blackburn. "It's great to have people come to Carlsbad for something so positive."

Legoland didn't release figures on the cost of the new Ninjago Land but did say it will be more than twice as much as Heartlake City cost to build.