Play Like a Ninja

By Julie Kertes

Los Angeles attractions - Ninjago

Ninjas in training use their hands to combat animated fireballs, lightning, shockwaves and ice as they earn points. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Legoland)

LEGOLAND California Resort’s newest addition, NINJAGO World, opens May 5.

Guests enter NINJAGO World, based on the popular Asian-inspired franchise, through a tall arch to begin their “ninja training.” LEGO building stations and other activities that test reflexes, balance and agility prep visitors for the park’s newest attraction, NINJAGO The Ride. The interactive 4D experience uses sensory technology, allowing ninjas-in-training to use their new skills by moving, flailing and waving their hands to blast animated fireballs, lightning, shockwaves and ice as they earn points. It’s a great upper-body workout, and if you’re competitive like me, you’ll want to ride it over and over again to up your personal best.

Los Angeles Attractions - NinjagoOf course there are impressive builds throughout NINJAGO World worth stopping and marveling over (I can barely get through a 200-piece kit). The displays required thousands of construction hours by Master Model Builders and millions of LEGO bricks. My favorites were the 9-foot-tall monastery and a 500-pound model of NINJAGO characters Nya and Zane.

Before heading out to other areas of the park, be sure to indulge in the Asian fare offered at the NINJA Kitchen. Choices include Banh Mi Vietnamese sandwiches on a fresh-baked baguette or steamed Bao Buns with a choice of crispy pork belly, lemongrass chicken or baked sweet chili tofu. If you’ve got a picky eater, coax them to at least try a bite. My “pasta-only” child loved the burst of flavors of the pork belly Bao Buns with hoisin sauce and pickled vegetables and ended up eating all of hers … and mine.

For more information on NINJAGO World and LEGOLAND California Resort visit www.legoland.com/california.

 

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