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    Pirate Shores preview at LEGOLAND

    We'll be going to LL this saturday to check out the AP preview of the new Pirate Shores section of the Park. Sounds like fun.

    Anyone else going???

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    Re: Pirate Shores preview at LEGOLAND

    No, but I'll be waiting for pictures

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    Re: Pirate Shores preview at LEGOLAND

    I'll be there.... working Splash Battle most likely....

    See ya there, just be aware previews on Saturday begin at 1 PM. Before that the area will be open to corporate sponsors only.

    Sunday the previews start at park opening and go to closing.

    See ya there

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    Re: Pirate Shores preview at LEGOLAND

    Well, despite a few break-downs, the AP preview went well.

    We had a BLAST!

    Got wet, but didn't mind at all.

    Took lots of pics with my new digi camera, but don't know how to load them for viewing here.

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    Re: Pirate Shores preview at LEGOLAND

    Can you give a description of the new attractions and whether or not you enjoyed them? Thanks.

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    Re: Pirate Shores preview at LEGOLAND

    www.imageshack.us will allow you to upload them and link to them.

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    Re: Pirate Shores preview at LEGOLAND

    I have posted this on 2 other forums, and I am lazy so I will just copy/paste it and make it 3 forums lol

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    I went to check the area out 3 days ago and uploaded some pics:
    http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=190309

    After a point I had to put the camera away because I was getting too wet. By the time I walked out I was soaked from head to toe.

    This is the first addition to a LL park with the new ownership, so seeing how it was done was an eagerly awaited test of what may be to come from the Merlin ownership in the future.

    The area consists of a few different areas, starting with the two water play areas – one for little kids and one for bigger kids. Both are very well laid out and just flat out fun. The little kid area consists of little foot pools where the kids can get their feet wet, bounce type of swings and Duplo themed elements that shoot out heated water. The bigger kid play area is fashioned after a pirate ship with two play levels. It is impossible to go near this thing without getting wet, and the water is not heated. There is two water slides for the kids, one smaller red one that was popular with the younger kids and one slightly larger tubular blue one that was more popular with the bigger kids. There is countless ways to get wet in this area, water shooting out of the floor, squirted out of hoses, coming out of tubes, etc. But the two major sources of water was two LARGE buckets of water that dump a very large amount of water every so often. The bucket in the back is a tad smaller than the one in the front, but both drop so much water with so much force it really does give you a good heavy soaking (trust me!).

    LLCA also has two rides in the area. One of them, Treasure Falls, is not open yet. It looks like a VERY cheapo carnival ride and nothing more. There is NO themeing to the ride –in any way-! It is a simple metal ride that takes you up, drops you down and gets you wet. I was told it was not open yet (and I quote) “because they put it together wrong and it did not pass the safety inspection”… umm ya I have confidence! They had to special order a replacement part that got there the day I visited (or so I was told). So lets hope they break out the instruction book for the out-of-the-box ride THIS time!

    The other ride that is up and running is called Splash Battle and is a very cool little ride! The line was LONG and as with all LLCA rides, it is a slooow moving line! If you are in the SoCal area you may have seen the ads for it on TV, well the ride looks nothing like what you see in the ad. The boat is the same as it is in the ad, but really that is it. There are 4 water cannons on the boat, two in the front and two in the back and you shoot the water by spinning the thing on the sides. Up to three people can fit on each side as long as at least one of them is a kid on the small side. As you go along on your path you get close to other boats and you can shoot them with your water cannons. You can also shoot people that are not on the ride at certain spots – so watch out if you are just looking at the ride! The fact the boats can shoot outside of the ride must not have been known, as parents parked their strollers in an area that DID get wet (sorry little babies! Your stroller is all wet thanks to Mommy!!). They also have a good number of water cannons that non-riders can shoot you with as you go by (and as far as I could tell you could also shoot them in return). The themeing of this ride is great! I do wish the giant skull and shark were made from Lego elements, but I will let that slide. One of the things I found funny was a VERY blatant rip-off of a very popular icon of Disneyland (see pictures below!). One of the things I really liked about this ride was the ride elements that were shooting water that you expect to turn off as you go by never go off! That took me by surprise and was a nice change.

    My kids and I had a GREAT time in Pirate Shores! It is a great addition to the park and will be a popular hang out in the hot summer sun! If you are going to the park take a change of clothes and a TOWEL! We forgot our towel and were forced to buy a $15 dollar "towel" that is about as thick as a paper towel!

    Overall I would give this area a 7/10 with the only real downside being the cheap looking carnival looking flume ride. If they do theme the area and at least cover the cheap looking metal I would bump this score up to 9/10.

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    Re: Pirate Shores preview at LEGOLAND

    Wow, the metal flume ride is worse than I thought when I read your comment on it. That is REALLY sad. Looks like a fun place. Question: why is the boat ride system built on a monorail hovering over the water? Is there a special reason for that??

    Thanks for the photos!!

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    Re: Pirate Shores preview at LEGOLAND

    Wow. I am suprised at the flume...the rest of the area looks so good.

    Maybe the "parts" are the decorations...um...no that can't be all they are doing.

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    Re: Pirate Shores preview at LEGOLAND

    That is what I thought when I first saw all that "unfinished" sheet metal. I said, "they haven't finished decorating the ride". Looks WAY TOO cheap!

    I would guess that the boats on the rail are that way due to engineering ease and lower costs.

    I'm just glad to see new additions being done to the Park under the new ownership.

    They're still fun rides, no matter what they look like.

    Having two "lifetime" passes, I have a "vested" interest in the future of the Park...

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    Re: Pirate Shores preview at LEGOLAND

    Quote Originally Posted by filmfreak11
    Wow, the metal flume ride is worse than I thought when I read your comment on it. That is REALLY sad. Looks like a fun place. Question: why is the boat ride system built on a monorail hovering over the water? Is there a special reason for that??

    Thanks for the photos!!
    Glad you liked the pictures When I add some more I will post here.

    As to why the splash battle ride is like that, no idea - but I was expecting something way different - like what they have playing on the TV ads (silly me!).

    I was told by a few CMs who I trust a great deal that there is no more (or should I say ANY theming) to the flume ride. That is how it is - period. No real reason for it was given. The only thing they were waiting on was that part to come in so they could fix it and get it passed the saftey test. It really is odd, to see how nice the rest of the area is and then that just sitting there. Granted 98% of the area is straight-out-of-the-box stuff with a few Lego things tossed in, but still - yuck!

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    Re: Pirate Shores preview at LEGOLAND

    Ouch. I think a "wtf" is called for here.

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