Ninjago comes to life
> Look for the brand new interactive attraction at Legoland Malaysia’s theme park
GUESTS at Legoland Malaysia Resort will soon be able to throw lightning bolts, produce shockwaves, send ice soaring and shoot fire balls with a wave of their hands, when the newest addition to the Legoland theme park – Lego Ninjago: The Ride – opens in November.
Estimated to cost more than RM40 million, this is the largest additional investment since the opening of the Legoland Malaysia Resort in 2012.
Malaysia is the first location in Asia to offer the thrilling Ninjago ride, after it was first launched at the world’s oldest Legoland park in Billund, Denmark earlier this year, and at the Legoland California Resort in April.
Lego Ninjago: The Ride is the highlight of the park’s brand new section called Ninjago World, designed by Merlin’s Magic Making team, which also worked on Legoland theme parks in California and Florida.
Lego Ninjago: The Ride is manufactured by Triotech, the world leader in media-based interactive attractions, and features innovative Maestro hand gesture technology.
Inspired by the popular Lego line of Ninjago toys and a related TV series, the attraction is set to be a 4D dark ride, taking guests through a world where they get to be the heroes.
Riders play Ninja warriors in training under the guidance of Ninjago character Master Wu, and must vanquish a legion of enemies ranging from snake tribes, ghosts and skeletons, to the terrifying Great Devourer.
Through 3D imagery, hightech sensors and the use of hand movements in a striking motion, up to four riders per car can act as Ninja warriors, blasting animated fireballs, lightning, shockwaves and ice as they travel through different interactive dojos to master their skills, before heading into battle.
Hand movements will be registered using sensors on lap bars, which in turn direct virtual projectiles towards the screen.
The 4D effects such as heat, smoke and wind are also incorporated throughout the adventure, giving the riders the ultimate interactive experience.
Riders also collect points for their training and battle efforts throughout the ride, and scores are displayed when their quest is completed.
Hans Aksel Pedersen, managing director of Legoland Parks, said: “Merlin’s Magic Making team is at the core of every new attraction going into Merlin parks worldwide, and we are excited to be working with Triotech to bring this global project to Legoland Malaysia Resort.
“Ninjago: The Ride represents a new class of Legoland attraction in terms of technology, immersion and interactivity. The entire Merlin’s Magic Making team is excited to see how guests react to what will be a world first and completely unique theme park experience.”
New adventure ... Lego Ninjago: The Ride has thrilled Legoland visitors in Billund, Denmark and California, US (left and bottom) and has now made its way to the brand new Ninjago World in Legoland Malaysia Resort.