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New attractions at Legoland and SeaWorld open in time for holiday weekend

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A grand opening ceremony is set for the manta ray roller coaster Saturday at SeaWorld San Diego, in time for a holiday weekend that has already seen a new pirate-themed attraction open at Legoland California.

The ride carries visitors over and through a 100,000-gallon aquarium. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony that will include park and city elected officials, students from the Elementary Institute of Science will get the first ride.

SeaWorld officials envisioned the coaster to be both fun and educational, as riders learn about the manta ray's environment.

The Legoland attraction that opened Friday is Pirate Reef, which includes a 25-foot plunge down a chute between a pair of pirate ships, and water cannons that can be fired by kids on the "vessels." Comments on the theme park's Facebook page say riders get soaked by the time they're finished.

"Pirate Reef encompasses three things we know are already a hit with children -- water, LEGO and pirates," said Legoland California Resort General Manager Peter Ronchetti.

Around the ride are 30 models of pirates, monkeys, parrots and frogs, created out of more than 223,000 Lego bricks.

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CARLSBAD (CNS) - A new pirate-themed attraction opened at Legoland California Friday, in time for a holiday weekend that also will see a new roller coaster at SeaWorld San Diego.

Pirate Reef includes a 25-foot plunge down a chute between a pair of pirate ships, and kids on the "vessels" can fire water cannons. Comments on the theme park's Facebook page say riders get soaked by the time they're finished.

"Pirate Reef encompasses three things we know are already a hit with children - water, LEGO and pirates," said Legoland California Resort General Manager Peter Ronchetti.

Around the ride are 30 models of pirates, monkeys, parrots and frogs, created out of more than 223,000 Lego bricks.

A grand opening is set for the manta ray roller coaster on Saturday at SeaWorld San Diego. The ride carries visitors over and through a 100,000-gallon aquarium.

After a ribbon-cutting ceremony that will include park and city elected officials, students from the Elementary Institute of Science will get the first ride.

SeaWorld officials envisioned the coaster to be both fun and educational, as riders learn about the manta ray's environment.

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