Inside the World of Chima as LEGOLAND Florida officially opens expansion with interactive Quest for Chi water ride

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Today LEGOLAND Florida welcomes its first guests into the newly-opened World of Chima expansion, adding thousands of new LEGO bricks to form an elaborate new expansion featuring one of the park’s best rides to date.

The centerpiece of the World of Chima is The Quest for Chi, an interactive water ride that, like the rest of the park, is aimed squarely at young children, offering a chance to fire water canons at targets that include LEGO characters and others on and near the ride, ensuring no one leaves the area dry.

Grand Opening

Yesterday, LEGOLAND held a grand opening ceremony for the new area, also offering a sneak peak at what guests could expect as it officially opens to the public today.


Video: World of Chima overview and interviews


Video: World of Chima grand opening with Laval and Cragger


Laval and Cragger, main characters from the “Legends of Chima” line of LEGO building kits and new Cartoon Network TV show of the same time, were in attendance at the grand opening along with key executives and a selection of children chosen to be among the first to experience it all.

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

The Quest for Chi

The majority of the World of Chima expansion is taken up by the elaborately themed area containing the new Quest for Chi attraction. Guests step through a giant lion’s head, revealing the 45-foot tall “floating” Mount Cavora towering over a winding waterway with life-sized LEGO boats, each guided by Laval.

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

The roughly 5-minute attraction is slow-moving, but with a goal to ensure every passenger leaves soaked, an aspect that unto itself is fun for kids. See it all in action in the video below, featuring a multi-camera POV edit of the entire ride.


Video: Full Quest for Chi interactive water ride


Armed with water canons easily powered by a swiftly spinning crank, kids and adults not only blast away at other passing boats but also aim at anyone nearby. But revenge is sweet as LEGOLAND has positioned equally powerful (and free to operate) water canons along the ride’s walkways giving the opportunity to fire back.

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

Approaching the ride, the “Chima” story is told through a well decorated queue, featuring oversized statues of lion leaders in a dimly lit palace type environment. Screens play clips from “Legends of Chima” to introduce characters and the story, which features animal tribes battling over much-desired chi orbs that give life and energy.

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

Once on board, up to 8 guests each choose a water canon station on one side of the ride’s boat, armed and ready to fire at will.

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

Ponchos are required only for those not wanting to leave the Quest for Chi completely drenched. If the ride’s many water elements don’t soak riders, it’ll definitely happen as other boats aim for anything that moves.

While slowly passing through scenes featuring the many “Chima” characters, guests can fire at nondescript targets to activate small animations. But for the most part, these moments (and targets) are unnoticeable, leaving largely static scenes to look at. Thousands of tiny LEGO bricks were used to build each of the 2-3 foot tall characters, some of which are accompanied by dialogue heard while floating by.

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

It’s not at all a thrilling, or even entertaining, experience to simply sit and watch the scenery. The goal with the Quest for Chi is to get involved, cranking up a water canon to shoot at everything while getting simply soaked. This “splash battle” style of attraction is something that has been successful for LEGOLAND in their California park, as general manager Adrian Jones notes that there’s something inherently fun about getting wet, particularly for young children.

The ride’s most impressive moments come when passing near underneath the “floating” Mount Cavora, with a waterfall cascading from all sides, and ultimately sailing into a giant crocodile’s mouth, filled with mist hiding the short dark ride-style scenes within.

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

Ultimately the ride succeeds in its simplicity for those eager to get wet. The water canons are the most basic kind of fun, though an increased level of interaction with props and scenery would have greatly improved the experience. But firing away at other riders is guaranteed to bring a few laughs while the overall setting of the ride provides one of LEGOLAND Florida’s best themed areas.

Cragger’s Swamp

For even smaller guests, the World of Chima also offers a small water play area called Cragger’s Swamp, filled with mist and bubbling water fountains and jets that circle a few LEGO characters.

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

Those needing to run off a little extra energy can certainly do so around this area while parents stand off to the side.

Speedorz Arena

For older guests, the World of Chima offers a chance to play with some of the more interactive LEGO toys called Speedorz. Kids and adults can try their hands at aiming and firing small LEGO vehicles across ramps and through hoops, requiring a bit of skill to complete.

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

Razar’s Bazaar

The final element of the World of Chima, naturally, is a store, selling plenty of related merchandise from apparel to a wide range of LEGO building kits, toys, and dress-up gear.

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

Kids can don the outfits and become Chima warriors aiding Laval and other characters in their search for the ever elusive chi orbs.

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida


The World of Chima should not to be expected to live up to the level of themed immersion of other recent area theme park expansions, like Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter or Disney’s New Fantasyland – but it’s not meant to. LEGOLAND Florida makes no apologies that their target audience is young kids, with adults along for the ride. And armed with the new Quest for Chi ride, there’s no doubt that the park has been enhanced by this expansion, featuring an exciting new world of characters and themes for LEGO fans to enjoy.

More photos from the World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida:
(Photos by McKenzie L Stewart)

29 Comments

  1. anyomus vistor star-w

    this looks kida cheap what’s next an art gallery

  2. Shane O.

    Looks like fun, though this whole “Chima” line looks like Thundercats in LEGO form.

    1. Jeffrey Hernandez

      I think it’s rather unfortunate that Lego chose to make their parks for just small children. The rides should really be more like Disney’s approach, in that everyone (for the most part) can ride them. Many rides at Legoland require you to have a small child with or are only for small children to ride. Lego products have a wider appeal than just small children and the parks should reflect that. Saying it’s just for small children just seems to me like an excuse to make a cheap inferior product.

  3. Chaney

    I must say i am VERY disappointed in this new addition to the Legoland park. It lacks imagination and creativity, and doesnt even come close to comparing to something like Empire of the Penguins at Seaworld. They basically just throw guests into a sloppy and wet mess, with additional poorly created scenery and depictions of characters in the Chima world. Add random exposed wires and an overall bad product line, this new “immerse experience” comes out on bottom. I have never been a fan of Legoland to begin with, considering their target audience requires me to have kids, but this seals the deal. Unless they manage to put forth more effort into their attractions, i will not be returning to this park.

    1. Booyah

      “….with additional poorly created scenery and depictions of characters in the Chima world.”

      We built what they designed, and we built it WELL. If you don’t like the look and design of it, complain to Legoland. The fabrication and construction was top-notch and our staff went above and beyond what was required of them to get this job done in the time allowed.

      1. Booyah

        And as for wires hanging out, you can complain to Legoland about that as well. That was done on-site by their people.

        1. Chaney

          Then the real problem is obviously in the overall design and planning for this project. I’m sure your people spent a lot of time and energy on creating this new attraction. Frankly, the fact that you shift most of the blame to Legoland only confirms my observations. The constrictions that you faced may have effected your overall finished product in a very negative way…so shame on THEM and not you. On a random side note, I am very interested to know who you work for? What other projects you have worked on and for what other parks?

  4. Alex

    is it just me or are there no targets to shoot for to activate the “minimal” animations? I have not been to legoland, and this attraction does not increase my desire to go. Sorry for the critical response just being honest. I would have liked to see more movement and less static scenes, possibly a way to shoot a target to prevent a water event from happening, or to shift that water event to another boat would have been nice.

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