LEGOLAND California Resort and TRIOTECH Present Maestro Hand Gesture Technology at IAAPA Expo in Orlando for the New LEGO NINJAGO The Ride, Opening 2016! Print

With just a wave of their hands, guests at LEGOLAND® California Resort will be able to throw lightning bolts, move shockwaves, send ice soaring and emit fire balls with cutting-edge technology demonstrated by Triotech today at the IAAPA Expo in Orlando. The technology will be introduced for the first time in the new NINJAGO The Ride opening in spring 2016 at LEGOLAND California and LEGOLAND® Billund, followed by LEGOLAND® Malaysia in November.

NINJAGO The Ride is manufactured by Triotech, world leader in media based interactive attractions, and features Maestro hand gesture technology that enables guests to control the outcome of their adventure through the power of their hand gestures without the use of a hand-held device.

"Triotech's Maestro hand gesture technology features the ultimate ergonomics: each guest uses his or her own hands...or hand. They can use left or right, one, or two hands. This is why we call it Maestro," said President and CEO of Triotech Ernest Yale. "Just like an orchestra conductor, guests will create an amazing experience by using their hands. It is very intuitive and adaptive to the guest's playing style."

Through 3D imagery, high-tech sensors and the use of hand movements in a striking motion, up to four riders per car can act like ninja warriors blasting animated fireballs, lightning, shockwaves and ice as they travel through dojos to master their skills before heading into battle. Riders collect points for their training and battle efforts throughout the ride and scores are displayed when their quest is completed. 4D effects such as heat, smoke and wind are also incorporated throughout the adventure, giving guests the ultimate interactive experience.

"Merlin's Magic Making team is at the core of every new attraction going into Merlin parks worldwide and we are excited to be working with Triotech to bring this global project to three of our Parks across three countries next year," said Managing Director of LEGOLAND Parks Hans Aksel Pedersen. "NINJAGO The Ride represents a new class of LEGOLAND attraction in terms of technology, immersion and interactivity. The entire Merlin's Magic Making team is excited to see how guests react to what will be a world first and completely unique theme park experience."

At today's press conference, Yale explained that the technology works by first detecting each guest's hand motion, then sophisticated software determines where the guest is aiming. That is then translated to an image showing the projectile's progress on screen. Each guest will have their own color so he or she will know exactly where they are aiming and receive instant feedback by seeing their projectiles and impacts.

The ride will be the epicenter of a new NINJAGO land where interactive experiences will test guests' physical skills, balance and agility before they can prep for their ultimate training session on NINJAGO The Ride.

Based on the popular property LEGO® NINJAGO, which was brought to life by The LEGO Group® in 2011 through a line of construction toys and a TV series on Cartoon Network, guests will enjoy interactive elements on this new ride featuring key characters.

LEGO NINJAGO tells the story of four young ninja heroes – Kai, Jay, Cole and Zane – who train under the watchful eye of Master Wu to master an ancient martial art – Spinjitzu. LEGO NINJAGO is one of the most successful LEGO properties.

NINJAGO- The Ride will be included in the cost of admission to LEGOLAND California Resort. For ticket prices, operating schedule and additional information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call 760-918-LEGO (5346).

LEGOLAND® California Resort includes LEGOLAND® California, SEA LIFE® Aquarium, LEGOLAND Water Park and LEGOLAND Hotel. All are geared for families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. At LEGOLAND California, you'll find more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including LEGO® Star Wars Miniland Model Display, Pirate Reef and LEGO Legends of Chima Water Park presented by Cartoon Network. New this year is the LEGO Star Wars Miniland Death Star Model Display and LEGO Heartlake City where guests can meet the five LEGO Friends in person, build a LEGO horse or ride Mia's Carousel. SEA LIFE Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 living creatures and incorporates LEGO® models into a child's voyage to the depths of the ocean featuring play zones, fun facts and quiz trails. LEGOLAND Water Park features more than seven slides, sandy beaches and the unique Build-A-Raft River. The nation's first LEGOLAND Hotel features 250 rooms, all themed either as pirate, adventure, or kingdom plus more than 3,500 LEGO models throughout the three-story hotel. For more information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe's number one and the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 111 attractions, 12 hotels/4 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 63 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and approximately 26,000 employees (peak season).

Merlin has twenty five attractions and two hotels in North America - including two stunning LEGOLAND Resorts – LEGOLAND Florida Resort with its theme park, water park and hotel; and LEGOLAND California Resort with its theme park, two water parks, SEA LIFE Aquarium and themed hotel; The Orlando Eye; Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attractions in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Las Vegas, NV; Hollywood, CA; Orlando, FL and San Francisco, CA; LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in Chicago, IL; Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; Kansas City, MO; Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Westchester, NY; Toronto, Canada; a Dungeon in San Francisco; and SEA LIFE Aquariums in Phoenix, AZ; Kansas City, MO; Auburn Hills, MI; Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; the Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN; Orlando, FL and Charlotte/Concord, NC - underlining the company's position as the world's biggest global aquarium operator. Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.

TRIOTECH, MARKET LEADER in DIGITAL INTERACTIVE ATTRACTIONS
TRIOTECH is the creator of award winning immersive and interactive media-based attractions for both the entertainment and edutainment markets.
With installations in over 50 countries across all continents, over 53 million guests have lived a TRIOTECH experience since the company was established in 1999. TRIOTECH offers integrated turnkey solutions for digital attractions including content developed in its own studio in Montreal, Canada.