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Garmendale unveils Kai’s Sky Masters ride at Legoland Japan

Kai's Sky Masters ride at Legoland Japan by Garmendale

Garmendale, a leading theme park ride systems specialist, has unveiled its new Lego Ninjago-themed ride. The company designed, built and installed the attraction at Legoland Japan.

The ride, called Kai’s Sky Masters, was designed and built in-house by the Garmendale team, who completed it in just under nine months. 

An aerial roundabout ride, it features interactive targets and shooting games. It’s built on Garmendale’s QuadStar platform, which was used for the Vroomster Ride at Alton Towers’ CBeebies Land.

Kai’s Sky Masters has six cars, which can seat up to four people. It can carry passengers from 0.9 metres, while a joystick can control the car’s height, up to 3.4 metres.

The front passenger pilots also have individual gimbal mounted cannons to shoot at 30 individual and interactive targets around the ride’s 16 metre boundary.

When a rider hits the target, they receive audible feedback and scores. Teamwork and shooting accuracy will determine which group wins. The interactive system for the ride was installed by Lagotronics Projects.

The cars and scenery are themed to Lego Ninjago, developed jointly with Merlin Entertainments’ creative team.

David Shelmerdine, Managing Director of Garmendale, said: “When we designed the QuadStar system we allowed for loads of flexibility in the theming and whilst the underpinnings are the same as the Vroomster ride at CBeebies Land, the theming and the interactivity of the cannons for the pilots are totally different.

Kai’s Sky Masters is now open at Legoland Japan

Kai's Sky Masters ride at Legoland Japan by Garmendale

“The design and build for this was very straightforward as there was so much in common with the previous model.

“It’s great for us that our investment in the ride systems is delivering so strongly and proof that British engineering is still much in demand across the world.”

Kelvin Ensor, Sales Director of Garmendale, added: “This is the first job we’ve delivered for Legoland Japan and what could have been a real challenging project has been delivered remarkably smoothly.

“With our engineers leading a local team to install and commission the ride, over in Japan, it was almost entirely trouble free and it’s now running beautifully in the park.

New ride features interactive targets and shooting games

Kai's Sky Masters ride at Legoland Japan by Garmendale

“We have even more new rides coming through our pipeline at the moment and the period of growth for the business is great news for the business and the region.”

The ride is now open at Legoland Japan. It will also be officially unveiled at the IAAPA Expo Europe in Paris today (September 17) at 4pm on the Garmendale stand, number 3121.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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