Legoland California Opens Pirate Reef – Plus a Chance to Win Free Tickets to the Park!

Written by Norman Gidney. Posted in Features, In the Parks, Legoland Carlsbad

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Published on June 08, 2012 at 1:13 pm with 48 Comments

Legoland California welcomed a brand new attraction yesterday, Pirate Reef. MiceChat’s In The parks crew was there for the press event and we are happy to share all the excitement with you. One of our lucky readers will even win 4 tickets to the park to experience the new attraction for themselves!

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Today, Legoland celebrated the opening of their latest, watery attraction, Pirate Reef. Young and old will enjoy this thrilling boat ride that takes riders into the heart of a silly Lego Pirate battle while getting riders completely soaked in the process.


Guests began to arrive in the early morning for the grand opening ceremony that included many celebrities and locals from the town of Carlsbad, California.

Captain BlueBlock and Captain RedBlock welcomed the esteemed guests.

Mayor of Carlsbad,  Matt Hall

Austin Anderson, Nickelodeon’s Victorious

Alicia Minishew from All My Children

Tony Hale, Arrested Development, VEEP, Chuck

Andy McDonald, XGames Gold Medal Winner and his family showed up.

Steve Blake, Point Guard, Los Angeles Lakers

And a favorite of ours from a bunch of Christopher Guest films, John Michael Higgins

The opening Ceremony began with John Jakobsen, President, Legoland California welcoming the guests.  Of course, something went horribly wrong and pirates invaded.

Jakobsen invited all guests aboard and the boats began to plummet down the watery drop and create massive waves, drenching the riders and spectators alike.

The ride is the first at Legoland California to actually be a shared attraction between the original theme park and the new Legoland Water Park.  Guests can enter the queue from within either park.  The operators alternate between loading one boat from the water park queue and one boat from the theme park queue.  The ride operators then direct the riders to the correct exits.

Why is this ride shared between the two parks?  Simple.  Water, and LOTS of it.


Dr. Jim Sears, The Doctors, rides with his family.

Just in case the drop didn’t get you the spitting frogs will.

Cute, but dangerous little frogs

Yours truly even took a ride on this fun, but wet, attraction.

It’s a great new addition to Legoland that the whole family can ride together. The one thing that you should keep in mind when visiting LegoLand California is that it is a theme park designed solely for children 2-12. Teens and adults without children will feel out of place.  This is an intimate park for younger kids and their parents to spend time together.

To celebrate the opening of this brand new attraction, We are giving away one family four pack of tickets to LegoLand California! One lucky winner will soon be sailing to Pirate Reef.  All that you have to do is answer the question below correctly in the comments.  A winner will be selected at random from correct answers.  Good luck!

Q. How high is the drop on the new Pirate Reef attraction?

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About Norman Gidney

Norman Gidney, also known as Fishbulb, produces and edits many of the articles on MiceChat. Tune in every Tuesday for the Orlando Parkhopper and every Friday for In The Parks. But you'll also find his photos in the Weekly Round Up, SAMLAND, and numerous other columns on the site.

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  • SanDiegoAl

    Wow, seems like almost every park in So Cal has opened a new ride! The answer to the question is:

    25′ and it looks like you get VERY (as in Perilous Plunge) wet!! You look quite soaked Norm!!

  • mratigan

    Yup it’s 25

  • jarong

    25 ft plunge

  • indianajack

    Looks okay, but would be even better if it were a longer ride with more of a story and Lego set designs.

    • Monorail Man

      I agree. I love the concept of Legoland – and I understand the execution of just wanting to do kids rides – but I feel like it could be more. Either way, they still love it!

  • Aristeajoy

    It is a 25 foot drop.
    Keeping my fingers crossed!!! :)

  • mrogerson6083

    25 ft pirate plunge arrrgggghhhh

  • mybelleprncess

    Thanks for the update
    The drop on the new Pirate Reef attraction is 25 feet.

  • Phillipnotphil

    Pirate Reef has a 25 foot drop. That’s half the size of Splash Mountain’s drop and less than a fourth of the size of Perilous Plunge at Knott’s.

  • currence

    Pirate Reef has a 25 foot drop!

  • PAL

    The drop is 25 drenching feet.

    I see the logic of the new In the Parks design, particularly for mobile. A column of photos takes forever to download (and if you’re in the data-poor parks, ouch). For regular PC reading, it’s a lot more clicking.

  • DannyB

    The drop on Pirate Reef is 25 feet.

  • phil454

    I love Legoland! The drop is 25 feet.

  • weluvdisney

    25 feet is correct

  • MAH4546

    25 feet.

  • Chadwick

    The drop is 25 feet ARRRGGGGHHHH