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Re: LegoLand Windsor: new ride in 2012, Rocket Racers site

Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:59 pm

...at long last :P.

Last Thursday, just before the closing weekend, I was lucky enough to have a good look around Rocket Racers with James Dobbs, creator of the attraction, and the current Entertainment and Innovation manager at the park. He told me a great deal about the attraction's conception, creation, the technology that ran it, and (perhaps of most interest to people on here) the reasons for its closure. And its second closure.

To that end, I have written a history of the ride, with tonnes of photos from both front- and backstage, which can be found here.

If you want to know a little more about Rocket Racers, what it was, why it was created, how it worked, what it's shortcomings were, and why there are a small few of us that treat it like the Toyland Tours of Legoland Windsor, do take a look :)
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Re: LegoLand Windsor: new ride in 2012, Rocket Racers site

Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:34 pm

Whatever replaces Rocket Racers has better be damn good, it was one of the few things (along with Miniland, The Dragon & Pirate Falls) that I actually liked about LEGOLAND Windsor, and it's a great shame that the attraction is closing.
 
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Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:37 pm

Nice article Mark :)
 
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Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:57 pm

Thats a really good article and it will be a shame to see such a nice LEGO ride dissapear from the park, to probably be replaced by something a bit bland and not exciting. Everything about the ride was good, and I certainly agree that it was probably the best themed ride on the park, the queue line, videos, rooms, cars, etc were all Lego themed, not like many of the newer rides which seem to lack Lego. After my visit at the weekend I was glad that we did this ride as it wasnt there when I last went to Legoland (in the first couple of years of opening).

If it is a indoor miniland like has been suggested, I really dont see the point when you have a massive amazing outdoor miniland outside. If you knocked through the three rooms and the video rooms you would have a fairly large bit of land to put something half decent in.
 
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Re: LegoLand Windsor: new ride in 2012, Rocket Racers site

Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:27 pm

Excellent report. It's a shame you don't have any more archive photos. I remember there used to be several Rock Raiders climbing the glowing crystals but they must have been long removed. I'll look through my old pictures sometime; see if there are any in there (although I doubt it).

Something else that’s worth mentioning is how special they made the ride feel before opening. Due to a Christmas opening (any idea why?) the actual construction took place during the open season. I remember visiting twice that year and seeing the slow rise of the circular creation centre made it feel like they were designing something very special. I would have followed it as avidly as I did Thirteen if the internet was anywhere near what it is today.

Unfortunately like many things which were designed in the early 2000s technology was booming and things became obsolete very quickly. I remember my first few rides being really exciting and the attraction had an amazing buzz but even by 2004 it was starting to look old. I just wish they had made a bigger deal of the re-opening as when it did re-open the guests who loved it originally had grown too old for Legoland. The attraction lost its buzz and new guests no longer went out of their way to enjoy it.

I'm just glad I chose to visit again earlier this year :)
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Re: Legoland Windsor: Hotel 2012/2011 and other rides!

Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:14 am

How long has Legoland Windsor been calling it’s self a resort?

I think you've jumped the gun Lego me old mate. A theme park with 1 hotel is already pushing it as a resort. A theme park and a building site definitely isn't one :roll:
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Legoland Windsor: Hotel 2012/2011 and other rides!

Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:58 am

It only started calling itself a resort a few days ago. When the hotel's finished, I don't reckon it'll be any more a resort than Chessington is - neither deserves the title - but they've definitely started a little early.
 
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Re: Legoland Windsor: Hotel 2012/2011 and other rides!

Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:02 pm

with rocket racers gone anyone have any idea what is to replace it. i think it would be good if they moved just the cars to another area without all the build part that comes before getting in the cars. I always think the experience zone next to the 4D cinema is a bit of a wasted area and they should look at developing this into an area for a new ride.
 
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Re: Legoland Windsor: Hotel 2012/2011 and other rides!

Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:17 pm

It's not at all a wasted area - those areas are heavily used by the park's educations team during term time, and usually seem to be fairly busy out of term time as well.

The entire point of Rocket Racers was to promote creativity and imagination, so removing the build rooms would defeat the point of the attraction somewhat. You might as well go to the XBox 360 gaming zone. That aside, it wouldn't be possible to do so with the software as it was, so it'd need re-working, which would never happen.
 
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Re: Legoland Windsor: Hotel 2012/2011 and other rides!

Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:45 pm

I'm not saying this area is unused but compared to other rides attractions it's not as busy and could be utilised for something else that would be more popular. i appreciate the idea of the rocket racers was to be creative but rather than see them just chucked on the scrap heap. then why not look ta turning them into something that would be useful I'm sure it would be very easy to set each car to a different number / character in fact it probably could be done with what they have already. i know lots of people will be sorry to see it go so why not keep it in some form. They would be quite good in the xbox gaming zone if xbox ever pulled out. lets hope they put them in storage and find some where for them in the future.

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Re: Legoland Windsor: Hotel 2012/2011 and other rides!

Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:08 pm

You're missing the point of the educational areas - they're not there to necessarily be 'popular' or bring in more guests, they're there to be used for the park's educational programs, which won't (I seriously hope) end any time soon. They are very popular with local schools etc.

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i appreciate the idea of the rocket racers was to be creative but rather than see them just chucked on the scrap heap. then why not look ta turning them into something that would be useful I'm sure it would be very easy to set each car to a different number / character in fact it probably could be done with what they have already.

It's not possible - the software was not written to allow that easily from what I've seen. It would require a re-write from the bottom-up to remove the build stage, which would require re-hiring the programmer from Attention to Detail (assuming they could find him - he's the one with the source code). It wouldn't be at all cheap, and so is not something the park would consider at all. Rocket Racers has sadly had it's day, it won't be returning in the form you suggest.

Having said that, much of the equipment has indeed been rescued and put in storage, rather than ditched :)
 
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Re: Legoland Windsor: Hotel 2012/2011 and other rides!

Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:25 pm

you seem to be in the know of what is going on are they putting a new ride in or is it going to be along the lines of lego models on display or a lego build area/ interactive
 
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Re: Legoland Windsor: Hotel 2012/2011 and other rides!

Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:43 pm

I'm sure islander wouldn't want to put his links in jeopardy.

But it is an indoor miniland...
 
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Re: Legoland Windsor: Hotel 2012/2011 and other rides!

Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:07 pm

from what i have read else where then yes. No sure if it is a good thing or bad thing one ride less in the park again.
 
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Re: Legoland Windsor: Hotel 2012/2011 and other rides!

Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:20 pm

"thefatone" wrote:
But it is an indoor miniland...


A star wars one at that...
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Re: Legoland Windsor: Hotel 2012/2011 and other rides!

Mon Nov 14, 2011 6:51 pm

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Latest image of the hotel from Go Merlin. :)
 
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Re: Legoland Windsor: Hotel 2012/2011 and other rides!

Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:29 pm

Here's a more close-up look at the clock tower:

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The back of the hotel:

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...and a close up look at the rear canopy, now with Lego trees :D

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All looking rather exciting, I have to say :joy:
 
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Re: Legoland Windsor: Hotel 2012/2011 and other rides!

Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:20 am

Hi guys,

It has been a long time since I posted here, but I am really excited as we have booked a pirate room for the opening night. My family do not know, as it is a Christmas present. This year has had a lot of experiences - Splash Landings at Christmas 2010, our villa at DLP, Hotel Colloseo at Europa Park, the Ling Bao at Phantasialand for Easter, Efteling Bosrijk this summer, The Big Blue Hotel at Blackpool for the Illuminations and Grand Opening of the Blackpool Tower, and then some fun of course with Legoland and Chessington Halloween, followed by Splash Landings again for Bonfire Night at Alton Towers. It will be interesting to see how this new hotel compares.
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Re: Legoland Windsor: Hotel 2012/2011 and other rides!

Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:44 am

Islander wrote:
You're missing the point of the educational areas - they're not there to necessarily be 'popular' or bring in more guests, they're there to be used for the park's educational programs, which won't (I seriously hope) end any time soon. They are very popular with local schools etc.



And with kids. My 8 year old has been to Disneyland, DCA, Knott's Berry Farm, Legoland California, Universal Studios California, San Diego Zoo, Sea World San Diego, Mk, Epcot, DHS, DAK, Sea World Orlando, Legoland Windsor, Chessington, Drayton Manor, Alton Towers, Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Port Aventura, DLP & WDSP (20 odd times), Parc Asterix, Europa Park, Phantasialand, and Efteling. His fav?  Legoland Windsor. And his favorite attraction there is the Lego Mindstorms workshop, every time. There is an audience. Just as we would never go to Thorpe Park as it is not for us, there are many who do not get Legoland either.
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Re: Legoland Windsor: Hotel 2012/2011 and other rides!

Thu Nov 24, 2011 5:09 pm

I know it's not yet been completed but I do think the outside of the hotel looks very bland compared to others? I'd have thought with it being Legoland it would have been a bit more bright and colourful?  :|
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