Merlin Entertainments files plans for new Legoland rides slated for 2019

Just days after opening its new Virtual Reality "Great Lego Race" coaster, Merlin Entertainments has filed plans for two new rides in the theme park.

Merlin North America Project Director Keith Carr confirmed the new project for GrowthSpotter -- codenamed "Project TTKA," saying that Legoland Resort is continuously looking for ways to create memorable experiences for its guests.

"While we are not looking to share more details at this time, we know our guests will be thrilled with what we have in store for 2019."

The new rides will be located in the "World of Chima" section of the park, in between the Quest for Chi boat ride and Dragon coaster. The larger of the two is a new indoor ride or attraction. The plans also show a smaller outdoor ride and new activities building adjacent to an existing retail building.

"It's an indoor ride, but they're calling it an attraction," Winter Haven Senior Planner Sean Byers said. "This is the first real project they've submitted since they were annexed into the city."

He said Merlin's design team met with the city's Development Review Committee last week and subsequently filed a site development plan. Carr also requested an environmental permit modification from Southwest Florida Water Management District. 

The design team includes WMB-ROI, the same architecture firm that designed Legoland Beach Retreat, Ninjago World and the park's administrative offices. Morgan & Associates is the civil engineer.

Last year, Vice President Adrian Jones told GrowthSpotter the company planned to add at least one new hotel and an indoor gated attraction at Legoland by 2020.

He said the company's master plan calls for adding one new attraction per year -- without being overzealous.

"SeaWorld spent $88 million on Antarctica ride," he said. "We spent $100 million building the entire park."

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