For three weekends in October at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Firefighter Fridays return in 2016 conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association.
Come kick off NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week with fun, educational activities that teach kids the importance of fire safety on Firefighter Fridays held on October 14th, 21st, and 28th. You’ll also be able to meet some of the real-life firefighters who help keep Polk County safe.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of a three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.
Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.
As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:
Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.
Sparky the Fire Dog® shows how to find out the age of a smoke alarm
LEGO Star Wars Days Takes Guests Out of This World for a Weekend
Two-Day Event Features Park-Wide LEGO Star Wars™ Themed Activities
The Force is strong with LEGOLAND Florida Resort as the anticipation builds for LEGO Star Wars Days presented by LEGO Club. During this exclusive, one-weekend-only event, guests can release their inner Jedi or Stormtrooper as they participate in a variety of immersive, themed activities. No extra ticket or Jedi mind tricks required.
The event will feature theLEGO Star Wars Miniland Model Display — seven of the most famous scenes from the six live-action Star Wars movies, as well as a scene from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, all made out of 1.5 million LEGO bricks.
During LEGO Star Wars Days, fans are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite LEGO Star Wars characters and take part in an all-new parade. Those who dress the part will also have the chance to win a LEGO Star Wars prize pack. And, be warned, The Dark Side awaits those who stop in for a meet-and-greet with LEGO Darth Vader.
LEGO Star Wars set designer Jens Kronvold Frederiksen will host a live speaker session with an interactive Q&A and Master Model Builders will offer building tips. There will also be a LEGO Star Wars Mural Build and budding builders are encouraged to get creative during a competition build.
Each guest at LEGO Star Wars Day will have the opportunity to join LEGO Club and be the first to know all the new and exciting things coming from The LEGO Group and LEGOLAND Florida Resort.
This summer, LEGOLAND Florida Resort is inviting kids throughout the state to visit for FREE! That’s right — the awesome vacation destination #BuiltForKids has rolled out an exclusive, limited-time offer just for kids. Florida residents who buy a full-price, single-day adult ticket to LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park and LEGOLAND Water Park get a kid’s ticket absolutely free.
LEGOLAND Florida Offer details:
This offer is available onlyonline now through Sunday, July 31, 2016.
Tickets are valid for visits through Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.
A maximum of three (3) free kids’ tickets can be redeemed per transaction.
Florida residency is required and will be verified with the credit card billing ZIP code.
Come see all the brick-tacular fun at the place where #AwesomeAwaits!
We’ve debuted two brand-new 4D movies, a fun new water park attraction, new models in MINILAND USA and lots of hands-on LEGO building activities inside the newly re-imagined Imagination Zone. Plus, our exclusive LEGOLAND Night Lights event continues every weekend through July – no extra ticket required!
LEGOLAND Florida Resort Partners with Autism Speaks
Partnership includes Central Florida Fundraising Walks, raising awareness, and a focus on making the vacation destination more accessible for guests with Autism
Expanding its efforts to accommodate guests with special needs, LEGOLAND Florida Resort is partnering with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, to make its iconic, kid-centric theme park a more welcoming place for guests with autism.
Working closely with Autism Speaks, the vacation resort #BuiltForKids currently is installing a large panel of hands-on, sensory-stimulating activities in a quiet space within its theme park, the first of several planned projects designed to make LEGOLAND Florida Resort a more autism-friendly destination for children and families.
“Autism Speaks applauds the efforts of LEGOLAND Florida Resort to provide special accommodations so that guests on the autism spectrum can maximize their park experience,” said Karen Bacharach, senior director with Autism Speaks’ Southeastern Regional Office in Maitland, Fla. “When asked, our Central Florida volunteers were eager to offer some design considerations to help the resort be autism friendly.”
According to Aymee Good, brand manager at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, a recent refurbishment of the theme park’s Annual Pass processing center provided an ideal opportunity to create a safe, calming space for children with special needs, a project that quickly bloomed into multiple ideas among several departments to make the resort a more welcoming place for kids of all ages and abilities.
Under the partnership, Autism Speaks staff members and volunteers will consult on the development and installation of “quiet rooms” and other resort facilities designed to meet the needs of guests with autism. The organization also will help LEGOLAND Florida Resort create online “social stories” that will provide illustrated walkthroughs of its attractions, shows and other guest amenities, and will consult on other autism-friendly initiatives such as a park map designed for guests with special needs and possible revisions to its existing Guide for Guests with Disabilities.
To better educate LEGOLAND Florida Resort employees (known as “Model Citizens”) about the unique needs of guests on the autism spectrum, Autism Speaks staff members and volunteers will conduct training sessions at the resort at least twice a year and will supply educational material to be distributed to all new hires.
“We’re proud to say that we’re built for kids,” said Rex Jackson, director of Marketing & Sales at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. “By partnering with Autism Speaks and making these smart changes that will benefit so many families, we’re helping to ensure that our resort is truly built for all kids.”
On Saturday, April 23, LEGOLAND Florida Resort will sponsor the Kids Zone area during the Autism Speaks Walk at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Fla., and on Saturday, Nov. 12, during the Autism Speaks Walk at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla. The family friendly walks are an inspirational and impactful opportunity to raise money and awareness to help change the future for all those who struggle with autism. For more information, visit walknowforautismspeaks.org.
To learn more about visiting LEGOLAND Florida Resort, including savings on advance purchase of admission tickets, multi-tier annual passes, special events, VIP experiences, educational programs, services for guests with disabilities and themed accommodations at LEGOLAND Hotel, visit LEGOLAND.com/florida.
LEGOLAND Florida Resort Announces Five Big Projects to open by 2017
LEGOLAND Florida Resort announced their largest expansion in the history of the park as five big additions will be coming to the Resort by 2017.
With a new and exciting Resort opening, three attractions, and several upgrades to the LEGOLAND Florida Water Park there is a lot to look forward to at LEGOLAND!
LEGOLAND Beach Retreat – Opening mid 2017
Under construction now across the street from LEGOLAND Florida on Lake Dexter, the LEGOLAND BEACH RETREAT will have a completely different feel from the LEGOLAND Hotel while still providing the same level of extraordinary service and exclusive amenities.
The Resort is made up of 83 single-story duplex units, offering 166 separate accommodations that sleep up to five, that will create a village-style, lakefront retreat complete with a LEGO Lighthouse.
Amenities at the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat will include a themed pool, a sandy play area, a buffet-style restaurant, and complimentary transportation to and from the theme park when the Resort opens mid-2017.
LEGO NINJAGO World – opening early 2017
“LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu,” is incredibly popular and the inspiration for the newest land coming to LEGOLAND Florida that invites guests to step into a magical, martial arts kingdom where they’ll experience a first-of-its-kind attraction that blends eye-popping, 3D computer animation, “4D” atmospheric effects and groundbreaking technology by Montreal-based Triotech.
The LEGO NINJAGO area will be located near Coastersaurus, and will have multiple hands-on, interactive experiences that will hone kids’ physical skills like NINJAGO heroes Kai, Jay, Cole, Zane, and Nya before their ultimate test on LEGO NINJAGO The Ride.
LEGO NINJAGO The Ride is the largest attraction in this area, and during the ride up to four guests per vehicle will create blasts of animated fireballs, lightning, shockwaves, and ice using nothing more than their hands as they travel through dojos mastering their skills before teaming up to defeat a powerful villain. Riders collect points and scores are displayed when each quest is complete.
The LEGO NINJAGO World is set to open in early 2017.
Creative Cove featuring Build-A-Boat and New LEGOLAND Water Park Amenities – Now Open
The LEGOLAND Water Park has just re-opened for the season with a new play & build area and upgraded amenities to make your next visit REALLY awesome!
The new Creative Cove Build-A-Boat is the newest attraction where kids can create and race LEGO watercraft through fast-flowing rivers alongside cheering crowds in a setting inspired by the popular LEGO City Coast Guard sets.
The Imagination Station has a new expansion that now lets younger model citizens build and play with colorful DUPLO bricks in a water-filled activity center.
Additional dining offerings, increased seating capacity and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the entire water park round out the all-new offerings for 2016.
“LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS 4D: The Book of Creativity – Opening May 26, 2016
Based on the new LEGO series of building sets and the just-launched TV show,“LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS 4D: The Book of Creativity” will join the rotation of current 4D movies shown in the Wells Fargo 4D Theater.
This all-new theatrical attraction is set in the futuristic Kingdom of Knighton and pits five young knights against the evil Jestro and his sidekick, the Book of Monsters, in a battle for control of a rare book of magic that gives its owner tremendous power.
“LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS 4D: The Book of Creativity” is a 12½-minute long, immersive experience combines 3D computer animation with “4D,” real-world effects that bring the high-tech action bursting off the screen and into the audience.
Elsewhere in the theme park, kids will discover six exclusive shields that unlock unique NEXO Powers within the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: Merlok 2.0 mobile app for iOS and Android devices.
LEGOLAND Night Lights – Summer 2016
On June 18, 2016, the LEGOLAND Florida Resort will debut its latest all-new event, which will be a celebration of summertime fun featuring extended park hours, meet-and-greet opportunities with some of your favorite LEGO characters, exclusive opportunities to build alongside LEGO Master Model Builders, and a brick-tacular NINJAGO fireworks display that will light the night above Lake Eloise with brilliant colors and triumphant music.
This event will be held exclusively at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort every Saturday and Sunday from June 18 to July 31, and is included with park admission.
These five new projects mark the largest expansion of LEGOLAND Florida in its whirlwind 4 ½ years! It is amazing to see how far the park has come, and I am excited to see the new additions take it into the future..brick by brick.
For more information about visiting LEGOLAND Florida Resort, including savings on advance purchase of admission tickets, multi-tier annual passes, special events, VIP experiences, educational programs, services for guests with disabilities, and themed accommodations at LEGOLAND Hotel visit www.legoland.com/Florida.
Register Now for the Brick Dash 5K Run and Fun Walk at LEGOLAND Florida Resort
Set for Saturday, April 16, the Annual Brick Dash 5K Community Event Benefits Winter Haven Hospital Foundation’s Fund for Women and Children
Combining family, fitness and fun, the annual Brick Dash 5K Run and Fun Walk presented by Sun Newspapers returns to LEGOLAND Florida Resort on Saturday, April 16, benefiting the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation’s Fund for Women and Children.
A Polk County tradition for more than two decades, the early morning event formerly known as the Citrus Classic invites runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to enjoy the splendor of LEGOLAND Florida Resort beginning at 7 a.m.
This year, kids and kids at heart will run, jog or walk past icons like The Orlando Eye, the newest LEGO model in Miniland, and participants are sure to find encouragement from Emmet and Wyldstyle, stars of “The LEGO® Movie 4D™ A New Adventure,” the resort’s dazzling new theatrical attraction in Fun Town.
“Supporting the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation’s Fund for Women and Children at the place built for kids is truly the perfect fit,” said David Johnson, new business development director for LEGOLAND parent company Merlin Entertainments and its creative division, Merlin Magic Making, as well as a Winter Haven Hospital Foundation trustee. “This year’s event is sure to be the most awesome yet.”
New this year to the Brick Dash 5K, participants 5 and under can compete in the 100 yard dash, while the Kids Half Mile is specially designed for participants 12 and under. Custom-made LEGO trophies will be given to first-, second- and third-place runners in each age category, plus first-place finishers in the overall male and female divisions, and for the masters male and female divisions. Every participant will receive a T-shirt and specially designed LEGO medal.
“We are thrilled and grateful to continue our partnership with LEGOLAND Florida Resort,” said Joel Thomas, president of the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation, “which allows us to keep this wonderful event fresh and fun for all while making a huge impact for the local women and children we serve.”
Registration is available at www.active.com or by calling the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation at (863) 292-4138. The fee for participants 13 and older is $35; the fee for children 12 and under is $25. A family of up to five participants is $99. Special corporate rates are offered; call the Foundation for more information. All Central Florida elementary schools will have the opportunity to participate in “Max’s School Challenge” by including a school name when registering. The elementary school with the most participants will receive a special visit from a LEGOLAND Florida Resort character, a special LEGO trophy and more.
Discounted, one-day admission to LEGOLAND Florida Resort is offered to every Brick Dash participant for $30 plus tax. Admission to LEGOLAND Water Park also is available for an additional $15 per person. The special Brick Dash ticket prices are available only on Saturday, April 16.
The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure has arrived at LEGOLAND Florida Resort bringing a new attraction, new friends, and a new Celebration to the Park!
You can find The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure playing daily in the Wells Fargo 4D Theater.
This theatrical attraction is set after the events of the movie, the 12 ½-minute story finds the gang entangled in an Evil Secret Plot involving a mysterious theme park inspired by their adventures in “The LEGO Movie,” one that requires them to call on the Master Builder skills of a surprise ally to save the day.
The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure was directed by Rob Schrab, who is making his feature film directorial debut with The LEGO Movie Sequel, set to open May 18, 2018. When it came to designing the attraction, he said a strong story was critical to its success.
“We only spotlight them for a fraction of the amount of time,” he said, “so it’s important to get to the fun as soon as possible. This is the first time Emmet, Wyldstyle and the gang meet since the film.”
While Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle), Nick Offerman (MetalBeard), Charlie Day (Benny) and Alison Brie (Unikitty) return to voice their characters from The LEGO Movie, Patton Oswalt now joins the gang as the Risky Business, brother of movie villain President Business, a new character created exclusively for the attraction.
The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure is an experience both you and your little ones will want to repeat!!!
To make things even better, after you see the movie you can meet with some of its stars! Zoe got to meet Emmet and Risky Business on the Red Carpet.
But now at LEGOLAND Florida you will also find Benny, MetalBeard, and Unikitty (YES UNIKITTY) meeting guests in the Park.
Starting Feburary 6th The LEGO Movie 4D Weekendsbegin inviting fans to celebrate the new adventure of Emmet and his friends during an all-new event held exclusively at LEGOLAND Florida Resort every Saturday and Sunday in February.
Guests will enjoy extended park hours, LEGO building opportunities, hands-on activities built just for kids, a passport adventure with stops throughout the park and meet-and-greet opportunities with the characters from The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure, including some never seen before in a LEGOLAND theme park.
To conclude the fun each evening will end with an amazing fireworks display over picturesque Lake Eloise, and the best part is that all activities and entertainment are included with park admission.
If you loved The LEGO Movie (and really who didn’t?), you’re going to want to see The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure and be a part of the The LEGO Movie 4D Adventure!
Exclusive First Look at ‘The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure’ Offers Sneak Peek of Dazzling New Attraction
Emmet, Wyldstyle and Friends Reunite in All-New StoryDebuting Jan. 29 at LEGOLAND Florida Resort
For the first time ever, LEGOLAND Florida and other LEGOLAND Parks are offering a first look at an exciting new theme park attraction that reunites the stars of “The LEGO Movie™” in an all-new story appearing exclusively at LEGOLAND theme parks and LEGOLANDDiscovery Centers in 2016.
The 30-second clip released today gives fans the first glimpse of what happened after the blockbuster movie, when Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, MetalBeard and Benny reunite at the invitation of a shady new character, Risky Business, who plans to open a curious theme park bearing a suspicious resemblance to LEGOLAND.
The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure at LEGOLAND
“The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure” will premiere Friday, January 29, 2016 at LEGOLANDFlorida Resort in Winter Haven, FL, followed by LEGOLAND California Resort in Carlsbad, CA, on Saturday, February 6. The attraction will debut later at LEGOLANDtheme parks and LEGOLANDDiscovery Centers worldwide.
Returning to voice their iconic characters are actors Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle), Nick Offerman (MetalBeard), Charlie Day (Benny) and Alison Brie (Unikitty). Actor, writer and comedian Patton Oswalt lends his voice to the scheming Risky Business, whose Evil Secret Plot requires the heroes to call on the Master Builder skills of a surprise ally to save the day.
The 12 1/2-minute 3D film will play several times a day at each LEGOLANDsite, with “4D” effects such as wind, water, fog and more bringing the action bursting off the screen and into the audience.
Los Angeles-based Pure Imagination Studios is creating “The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure” with input from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the talented writer-directors who brought “The LEGO Movie” to life, along with contributions from Rob Schrab, who is directing the movie’s eagerly awaited sequel, due in 2018.
Also upcoming for LEGO fans are three more feature films: The as-yet untitled LEGO BatmanTM opens on Feb. 10, 2017; “NINJAGO,” on Sept. 22, 2017; and “The LEGO Movie Sequel,” on May 18, 2018.
Holiday Fireworks Making Spirits Bright During Annual Christmas Bricktacular Celebration at LEGOLAND Florida Resort
This December, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort will celebrate the holidays in a uniquely LEGO® way with the return of Christmas Bricktacular Presented by Shutterfly®, the theme park’s annual seasonal celebration for kids. This year, the festivities expand with an exclusive yuletide fireworks spectacular presented each night, plus a more than 30-foot-tall Christmas tree made entirely of LEGO and DUPLO®bricks, a life-size LEGO model of Santa, his reindeer and sleigh, themed scavenger hunts and more.
Included with park admission, Christmas Bricktacular takes place on select dates through December and provides a fun and interactive place for kids to enjoy holiday festivities in a playful way only LEGOLAND Florida Resort could imagine. In addition to creative holiday photo opportunities and festive décor throughout the park, activities will include:
Meet-and-greets with LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier
A LEGO Christmas mosaic guests can assemble with our Master Model Builders
Holiday-themed scavenger hunts in Miniland USA and DUPLO Valley with a chance to win a LEGO prize pack
A station where kids can write a LEGO letter to Santa and send it to the North Pole
A Jingle Jam to kick off the event, dance and celebrate with LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier
A competition build in DUPLO Valley with another chance to win a LEGO prize pack
The wintertime fun concludes each night with a holiday-themed fireworks show presented only during Christmas Bricktacular. For the best viewing location, guests should head for the spacious Ski Stadiums in Pirates’ Cove or the grass lawn in between.
Looking for a special LEGO gift? Select stores will stay open for an extra hour of holiday shopping each night after the park closes. Guests will find a dizzying variety of LEGO-branded toys and souvenirs throughout the park, including hard-to-find LEGO sets, children’s and adult apparel, and great stocking stuffers.
Guests can share their favorite Christmas Bricktacular photos with #ChristmasBricktacular on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and tag @LEGOLANDFlorida for a chance to win a special LEGO prize.
For even more fun, guests can book a spot at LEGO Santa’s Christmas Workshop, a special VIP experience. The workshop includes a playful interaction with holiday characters, tasty seasonal treats and the chance to meet a Master Model Builder and create an exclusive Christmas decoration to keep.
2015 Christmas Bricktacular Presented by Shutterfly® Dates:
December 12-13 (Saturday & Sunday)
December 19-20 (Saturday & Sunday)
December 26-30 (Saturday-Wednesday)
On Thursday, Dec. 31, ring in 2016 at the high-energy Kids’ New Year’s Eve celebration, which features a LEGO brick-drop countdown to midnight Kid Standard Time (that’s 8 p.m. to moms and dads), a kid-centric dance party and a dazzling fireworks display to end the year with a bang. It’s all included with park admission.