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.

THE RED CARPET

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.


You WILL GET WET.


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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  • Seant926

    25 Foot Drop.
    I’m from Carlsbad and would really like the chance to go with my family to Legoland. I haven’t been in so long haha

  • Seant926

    25 foot drop. A little bigger than the drop on Pirate’s of the Caribbean.

  • SafariRob

    It’s a 25′ drop. That’s plenty to get you drenched. Looks like a blast!

  • simaand

    Q. How high is the drop on the new Pirate Reef attraction? The Drop on the new Pirate Reef Attraction is 25 feet.

    Nice but interesting new layout.

  • bg0714

    the answer is: 25 foot drop! =)

  • caterpillargirl

    25 foot drop. Looks very fun. We are hoping to finally get my Lego Loving son to Legoland soon.

  • lnsemsf

    25 Foot drop on the ride.

  • madhatterfan

    25′ drop. Looks fun.

  • sucho23

    25 feet plunge.

  • shawnman

    25 FOOT PLUNGE! that looks like a great ride, and great creative job with the queing.. one inside the waterpark, and one outside…that is really a great way to set up the ride. Legoland has made such good useage of its property, its so cool to see this new ride….I would love to with the prize and be able to check out the ride this summer!

  • jasonk5

    25 foot drop. Thanks!

  • Arilvdc

    Its a 25 foot drop! Craaazy. I would love to go to legoland, we’ve never been.

  • Timekeeper

    I think they could have done more on it, but it looks fun none the less.

    Timekeeper

  • cheshiregirl

    It’s a 25 foot plunge that my little Lego lovin’ pirate would love to make. Every time he is consulted about vacation (and even when he’s not) Legoland is the place that he says he wants to go!

    • Norman Gidney

      CONGRATS CHESHIRE GIRL!!! You are the winner of the Family four pack.

      We will contact you for information on how to get the tickets to you!

      Thank you for entering everyone!

      • vanry5

        Congrats Cheshire Girl!! What an awesome giveaway. Hope you and your family have a blast!!!

  • Finding Gigi

    The 25 foot drop looks really fun!!!