We recently were invited to check out the new The Great LEGO Race VR Coaster Experience at LEGOLAND. Here’s what we thought and our adventure inside the park!
We have visited LEGOLAND twice now (once when my son was a toddler and last October), so it was a nice time to check out the park. Every time we go, my son is a little bit older and seems to enjoy the magic of LEGOs more and more. When he was two, we did the Duplo Village toddler area and attractions along with the kid-friendly water park. The last visit was spent exploring about half of the theme park, and this time, we headed straight for the updated roller coaster. We also discovered a part of the theme park we had never seen! Water boats, LEGO cars to drive, ice cream, and a fried chicken restaurant where we had fun with two other families around a table.
The Great LEGO Race
This ride combines the thrill of a roller coaster with virtual reality technology. I have to admit, even as a grown-up, I was a little timid about the ride. I’m glad I put all my fears aside, because it was definitely worth the wait. This ride takes you into a virtual world where you are the star of a race against other LEGO competitors while riding a roller coaster! You can FEEL the movement of the ups and downs while you watch a highly entertaining virtual world. It was something I had never experienced before, and I can’t wait to take my husband to enjoy this! While the top speed is just 35 mph, it feels more intense as you travel across 1,312.3 feet of track!
The Great LEGO Race is the first virtual reality roller coaster experience designed for kids and represents the first time the LEGO brand and minifigure characters have been integrated with the state-of-the-art technology in a theme park attraction.
As for the guidelines to ride, this is important.
The Great LEGO Race is a “Wild Mouse”-style roller coaster where riders at least 6 years old and 48 inches tall (1.21m) can wear optional virtual reality (VR) headsets to experience the point-of-view of a LEGO Minifigure race car driver in an original story created exclusively for LEGOLAND® theme parks.
Who can ride?
- Under 42 inches (1.06m): Not tall enough to ride yet!
- 42-47 inches (1.06m-1.19m): Can ride without the VR headset when accompanied by a responsible rider 14 years or older and at least 48 inches tall (1.21m), who must ride without the VR headset to supervise his or her companion.
- 48 inches (1.21m) and above: Can ride with or without the VR headset if he or she is alone. If he or she is supervising a companion rider 42-47 inches (1.06m-1.19m), both riders cannot wear the VR headset.
- Guests must be at least 6 years old and 48 inches tall (1.21m) in order to wear the VR headset.
And, yes, you can ride WITHOUT the VR headset if you want. A guest 48 inches (1.21m) or taller can ride with or without the VR headset if he or she is alone. If he or she is supervising a companion rider 42-47 inches (1.06m-1.19m), both riders cannot wear the VR headset.
You can remove the headset during the ride if you’d like, and take comfort in knowing that LEGOLAND Model Citizens wipe each headset clean with a sanitizing pad after each use. Headsets are inspected regularly and replaced as necessary.
We spent the rest of our time at LEGOLAND exploring Tiny Town, shopping, trying out new-to-us rides, and we captured a few highlights in our video below!
Since my son is almost six, this is becoming a great age for LEGOLAND. I can see us enjoying many more weekends here especially since Star Wars Days are coming. You can find a full list of 2018 LEGOLAND events online.
Would your ride this virtual reality coaster? Have you ever been to LEGOLAND?