Deep in the heart of central Florida, the American mecca for LEGO enthusiasts is nestled about 45 minutes away from Walt Disney World. Today, LEGOLAND Florida issued a press release regarding a new attraction coming to the park next year, and The Great LEGO Race VR coaster is also of interest to anybody excited for our upcoming virtual reality choked future.
The idea of a virtual reality coaster at a theme park like LEGOLAND, which has actual roller coasters, might seem odd. But as Candy Holland, senior creative director for Merlin Magic Making (which developed the ride) put it, it’s a perfect fit for a park where, unfortunately, much of the surrounding scenery can’t actually be built out of LEGO:
“The Great LEGO Race was inspired by the way kids play with LEGO toys at home. It’s a unique LEGO adventure that lets kids enter an epic imaginary world made entirely from LEGO bricks, featuring a host of different themes and fun LEGO characters, all mixed up together.”
The Great LEGO Race, which unfortunately is not a LEGO VR adaptation of the 1965 Blake Edwards film The Great Race, will let riders take part in “a rollicking race against wild, brick-built contraptions driven by Trendsetter, Pharaoh, Surfer Girl, Wizard and Pirate Captain, including a rocket-powered surfboard and a stylish scooter fueled by espresso.” It’s built on an old roller coaster at the park, and the new VR rigs will sync up the coaster’s actual motion with the interactive visuals that each individual rider will experience.
It’s coming to LEGOLAND Florida in the spring of 2018, but in the meantime you can read more about The Great LEGO Race at the official LEGOLAND site here.