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Video report: Going in a yellow submarine





Behind the scenes at Legoland Windsor's Atlantis Submarine Voyage

Atlantis Submarine Voyage, Legoland Windsor's latest attraction, is a cross between a theme park ride and an under-the-sea walk-through tunnel.

The park's owners, Merlin Entertainments Group, lay claim to the first Lego-themed underwater ride in the world, and I'm fairly confident it is the only underwater ride in the UK, Lego-themed or not, and the closest many people will get to going in a submarine.

OK, so in Barbados you can go on a full-size sub, 150ft down in the Caribbean sea, but as I found out, you are not guaranteed to see any sealife, apart from the very

common grunts.

Whereas, aboard the Atlantis there are all manner of marine creatures to spot, with 50 species inside the million-litre tank, including zebra and nurse sharks, rays, parrotfish, clown fish, sea cucumbers, chocolate chip starfish, the odd Lego diver and mermaid, and King Neptune. He is made from 100,000 Lego bricks and took four model makers more than 400 hours to build.

There are 100 Lego models within the complex, which also includes separate viewing tanks and interactive areas to get up close and personal with some of the creatures. Visitors can also access this area without going on the ride.

It is bound to be very popular, but with eight vehicles, holding up to 14 people on a continuous loop, taking more than 1,000 people each hour, the queues should keep moving.

The subs travel on rails through a series of marine environments. To add to the ride element of the experience, an audio system provides details of the sealife, as well as narrating the story of the Atlantis crew (of which you are part) on its mission to scour the ocean for treasure. As the ride comes to an end, you are asked to help ‘navigate' the sub back to the surface by using the on-board computers – all good fun for children, whatever their age, and it is one of the rides that parents with small children, usually consigned to the rotating teacups, won't mind going on.

To see video footage of some of rays and sharks settling into their new tank, click on the link above.



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