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I was recently invited to preview the new LEGO Movie 4D: A New Adventure at LEGOLAND Florida in Winter Haven, FL. I’m sure you’re eagerly awaiting my review, but first let’s talk about what we’re getting ourselves into!

Via the Press Release:

In an evening of glitz and glamour befitting a classic Hollywood movie premiere, LEGOLAND Florida Resort welcomed celebrities, media and VIP guests to a gala event Jan. 28 for the grand opening of “The LEGO Movie™ 4D A New Adventure.” The theatrical attraction reunites Emmet and friends in an all-new short story combining dazzling 3D computer animation with “4D,” real-world effects such as wind, water and fog.

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The resort built for kids delivered an appropriately kid-centric world premiere filled with fun. Celebrities including young stars of hit TV shows, rising pop singers and social media sensations strolled an “interactive,” special effects-filled red carpet before entering the Wells Fargo Fun Town Theater to celebrate the return of Emmet, Wyldstyle, MetalBeard, Benny and Unikitty.

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In 2014, kids around the world embraced the adventures of Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the key to saving the world in “The LEGO Movie™,” which went on to gross more than $400 million worldwide. But what happened after the movie? Fans can find out starting Jan. 29, now that “The LEGO Movie™ 4D A New Adventure” has officially opened at LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

Returning to voice their iconic characters are actors Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle), Nick Offerman (MetalBeard), Charlie Day (Benny) and Alison Brie (Unikitty). Actor, writer and comedian Patton Oswalt voices the scheming Risky Business, brother of movie villain President Business, a new character created exclusively for the attraction.

Set after the events of the movie, the 12 ½-minute story finds the gang entangled in an Evil Secret Plot involving a mysterious theme park inspired by their adventures in “The LEGO Movie,” one that requires them to call on the Master Builder skills of a surprise ally to save the day.

“The LEGO Movie™ 4D A New Adventure” was directed by Rob Schrab, who is making his feature film directorial debut with “The LEGO Movie Sequel,” set to open May 18, 2018. When it came to designing the attraction, he said a strong story was critical to its success. “We only spotlight them for a fraction of the amount of time,” he said, “so it’s important to get to the fun as soon as possible. This is the first time Emmet, Wyldstyle and the gang meet since the film.”

Developed in collaboration with LEGOLAND owner Merlin Entertainments Group and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, the attraction was created by Los Angeles-based Pure Imagination Studios with input from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the talented writer-directors who brought “The LEGO Movie” to hilarious life, along with producer Dan Lin.

Following its debut in Florida, “The LEGO Movie™ 4D A New Adventure” will open Feb. 6 at LEGOLAND California Resort in Carlsbad, Calif., and at all other LEGOLAND theme parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers worldwide in 2016.  —

Sounds pretty cool! I arrived at the premiere a little soggy, as it had been raining all day, but LEGOLAND pulled out all the stops, rolling out the red carpet and fog effects as we waited to get in.

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Inside were kid friendly mocktails and a food and dessert bar, I wish this experience could be recreated for each showing! You can always win me over with treats!

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After my teeth starting aching from sugar overdose, we took our seats in the theater and prepared to be dazzled.

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So I’ll be really honest here, I had very low expectations for this attraction. I love LEGO, and LEGOLAND is a fun park, but it’s geared toward the 12 and under set. As an adult that reviews attractions, I kept in mind that I wasn’t really the target audience for this, and tried to keep an open mind. I’ve experienced these kinds of attractions in the past and imagined it would be similar to what I’ve seen from Busch Gardens or Sea World and not up to the quality level of Disney or Universal.

These thoughts left my head as I heartily laughed and laughed. The film itself is done with real quality, the 3-D effect is subtle, and the 4D effects really enhance the attraction using lights and wind and fog to make you feel a part of the action (Similar to Captain EO, minus the 80’s cheese factor). The attraction really stands alongside the film as a worthy “sequel” in terms of writing, editing and directing. I was shocked at how good it was and how I found myself completely immersed and wanting to see it again. I also had a very large yearning to purchase a UniKitty plush. (SHES SO CUTE) and an Emmett Lego figurine.

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I was surprised and thrilled to see so many of the stars from the movie reprise their roles. I mean, not Will Ferrell though, I guess he’s too spendy. But Elizabeth Banks is a favorite and Patton Oswalt was a welcome surprise as the villain, he does a great job.

All in all, I’d say this attraction helps to solidify LEGOLAND Florida as a great theme park. Just a stone’s throw away from Orlando. If you have kids under 12, and especially if they love Lego, I highly suggest carving out a day in your next journey to Orlando to see LEGOLAND, and this attraction. The adults will enjoy it as much as the kids, and as always, 4D Movie attractions are a great break from the heat and tired feet.

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If you’re local to Central Florida, or are planning to visit soon, you should definitely partake in The LEGO® Movie™ 4D” Weekends.

Every Saturday and Sunday in February, “The LEGO® Movie™ 4D” Weekends invite fans to celebrate the new adventure of Emmet and his friends during an all-new event held exclusively at LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

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Guests will enjoy extended park hours, LEGO building opportunities, hands-on activities built just for kids, a passport adventure with stops throughout the park and meet-and-greet opportunities with the characters from “The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure,” including some never seen before in a LEGOLAND theme park.

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To conclude the fun, each evening will end with an amazing fireworks display over picturesque Lake Eloise. All activities and entertainment are included with park admission.

Sounds like a blast!

Have you been to any of the LEGOLAND parks?