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Legoland Florida announces new World of Chima area

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    The World of Chima expansion will center around an interactive water cannon ride where visitors fight for CHI, a mystical energy.Legoland

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    The entry to The World of Chima is a stone and moss covered gate that leads to the Lion Temple.Legoland

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    The ride, pictured above, will allow visitors to fire water cannons from aboard a watercraft to help their hero, Laval the Lion Price, defeat Cragger the Crocodile King.Legoland

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    The World of Chima is based on their new LEGO product line LEGO Legends of Chima and a new TV series that airs on the Cartoon Network.Legoland

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    The Speedorz Arena will feature group challenges to compete in a series of obstacles to win CHI.Legoland

Feel the need to challenge friends to the ultimate CHI battle?

Soon kids of all ages will be able to build their own LEGO Speedorz and battle with water cannons to defend the mystical energy source at Legoland Florida.  The park announced Tuesday a new area called the World of Chima, based on the popular Lego product line with tribes of mystical animal warriors.

Set to open in July 2013, The World of Chima, presented by Cartoon Network, will feature an interactive water ride and a Speedorz Arena where multiple players build their LEGO Speedorz and compete in a series of obstacles to fight for the precious supply of CHI. The park will also show a new movie called “Lego Chima 4D Movie Xperience.”  Legoland Florida is the first park to feature Legends of Chima and coincides with a new animated Cartoon Network TV series that premiered in January.

“This is the first time a theme park has invested in a major expansion concurrently with the rollout of a new brand and product line, and it was an easy decision based on how well Lego Legends of Chima has been received by children and those who are young at heart around the world,” Legoland Florida general manager Adrian Jones said in a release.

After entering the new area, guests can join the Lion Tribe in a battle to recover the stolen CHI orbs, where they board watercraft and use water cannons to help Laval the Lion Prince defeat Cragger the Crocodile King. The Laval and Cragger characters will also be available for daily meet-and-greet sessions.

Since opening in October 2011, Legoland Florida, the 150-acre theme park catering to kids 2 to 12, added a Star Wars-themed area and a water park.