Last night, we invited several hundred LEGOLAND® Florida Resort fans to enjoy an evening of fun and surprises after the theme park closed, the first of what we hope are many exclusive events promoted here on our blog.
An excited crowd waits for the sneak peek event to get started!
Those who signed up for the free, sneak preview event were the first to experience the all-new LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™ 4D film, which opened today, and the newly re-imagined Imagination Zone venue, which re-opens Friday, May 27, with lots of fun, hands-on LEGO building activities #BuiltForKids.
After entering the Wells Fargo® Fun Town Theater, everyone had a chance to show off their NEXO KNIGHTS knowledge during a casual game of “Know Your Knight,” and several lucky guests took home brand-new NEXO KNIGHTS building sets, each one cooler than the last.
While one half of the group was busy creating at Imagination Zone, the other posed for a quick picture before the start of the 4D film.
Then the lights dimmed and it was showtime for “LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: The Book of Creativity,” an immersive, 12½-minute 4D film that follows five young knights in their quest to defeat Jestro, the Book of Monsters and their army of Lava Monsters. During the action-packed adventure, wind and fog filled the air at key moments while occasional spritzes of water helped bring the action off the screen and into the seats, to the audience’s delight and surprise. Here’s a preview:
Across the park, creativity ran wild as kids explored the whimsical Imagination Zone building, which has been totally transformed with colorful new furnishings and floor-to-ceiling graphics. Highlights include Creation Zone, Water Zone, Wheels Zone, Building Zone and Flight Zone, with each area offering endless possibilities for kids to dream it, build it, race it, fly it, swim it and more!
Kids tested their engineering skills at Building Zone.
Both previews were a big hit with guests.
“My son and I had a BLAST!!!!” one remarked through the blog. “The movie was, according to my 6-year-old, ‘The rockin-est, awesomest NEXO KNIGHTS ever!’ You guys are AWESOME!!!”
Another had this to say: “The event tonight was great! The 4D movie was awesome and Imagination Zone is better than I ever could have asked. Worth the wait.”
Joining us for the evening as our guests of honor were students from Oasis Christian Academy in Winter Haven, Fla., an incredible group of kids from the Step Up For Students program. Supported in part by LEGOLAND Florida Resort and other businesses throughout the state, the nonprofit organization helps manage the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which provides parents tuition assistance for private schools or transportation resources for out-of-district public schools. We’re delighted to support its efforts to provide the best learning environment for children.
“The Step Up For Students Scholarship Program is helping to positively shape the future of our state’s children, but we couldn’t do this important work without donors like LEGOLAND Florida Resort,” said Doug Tuthill, the organization’s president. “We are grateful for their support and for the impact that LEGOLAND is making in our community.”
Oasis Christian Academy students were the night’s special guests.
Earlier today, “LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: The Book of Creativity” officially opened to park guests, making its worldwide premiere here in Florida. A young brick fan by the name of Romeo was dubbed an honorary knight and given special knightly authority to lead a moment of celebration. With sword and shield in hand, he helped cut a ceremonial ribbon and welcomed guests to enjoy the brand-new film.
Lance Richmond, center, makes his first appearance at LEGOLAND Florida Resort to celebrate the premiere of the film.