LEGOLAND’s first water park in Europe, and the first in the world to be included in a non-LEGO theme park, is set to open in Italy’s Gardaland Theme Park.
The 160,000-sf park will include millions of LEGO bricks, interactive water games, and fully themed areas. Featured attractions include Miniland, a themed area filled with Italy’s most famous monuments built from over four million LEGO bricks; the LEGO River Adventure, a lazy river that allows guests to customize their floats with floating LEGO bricks; LEGO Creation Island, where guests can decorate a large sand castle and build boats and vessels with LEGO bricks; and the DUPLO Water Works, which allows guests to build bridges, dams, and cities with DUPLO bricks and test them against powerful jets of water.
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Other areas will feature colorful slides, large pools, water jets, multi-level play areas, water cannons, and a pool and splash area specifically for younger children. LEGOLAND Water Park Gardaland is set to open on May 28.
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