Short, Short Tip: LEGOLAND Florida in the Summer

While Florida itself can get super hot in the summer (who am I kidding, most of the year it’s hot!), Shelley wanted to share some ways that she likes to keep cool at LEGOLAND Florida.

There’s so much to look at when you’re wandering around Miniland or when you’re spending a few hours in the water park and with not a lot of shade to escape the Florida sun, make sure you check out the short, short tip on some things to pack before heading out!

And as always, make sure you keep a water, Gatorade, something nearby to stay hydrated.

Short, Short Tip for Keeping Cool in LEGOLAND Florida

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Looking Forward Through the Year

I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some of the things I am looking forward to this year as it is almost time to spring forward.

This year I am hoping to participate in at least one race per month, and doing more local races too. This weekend I will be walking the 5K for the Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World. Next weekend I will probably also walk the Best Damn Race 5K in downtown Orlando near Lake Eola. April I think will be the 5K that goes through Legoland and the rest of the year is up in the air.

Cinderella Royal Family 5K medal

Spring Training is about to shift into high gear. Teams are practicing and I’ve got tickets to see my Braves play the Cardinals at home next month. I hope to catch at least one other spring training game and to make it to Atlanta once this year.

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is starting in a couple of weeks and this is always a fun special event. Last year I got to meet one of my HGTV personalities, David Bromstad. I look forward to trying to see him again this year and to try out some of the new food offerings.

I would love to get to Busch Gardens as it has been almost a year since I last visited, despite this being the closer theme park to where I live. I need my coaster fix and to feed some kangaroos too.

A first for me this year will be to visit Universal Studios Mardi Gras. I haven’t been to Universal since 1992 other than a few trips to City Walk over the past decade. I am long overdue and hope to finally get to taste butterbeer and maybe one of those giant donuts from the Simpsons.

Summer will bring the return of Summer Nightastic at Busch Gardens and SeaWorld, both of which are a lot of fun. I would like to get back to SeaWorld to see their Viva La Musica celebration.

Coming soon, hopefully, will be the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom. This new coaster will be something between the thrill level of the Barnstormer and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, but with some dark ride elements I’m hoping similar to Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure.

Late spring into summer brings the return of the beloved Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Last year I missed out on Hyperspace Hoopla in its entirety and I won’t let that happen again this year.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom I am looking forward to the new nighttime spectacular that should be arriving sometime this summer. I also really want Festival of the Lion King to come back soon, but I know it is still a few months off.

July will bring the WWE Raw live in Orlando from the Amway Center. I hope to see this and compare it to my recent experience for WWE Live.

Also in July will be the Destination D event at Walt Disney World for D23. I hope this is as fun if not more so than the event in 2011.

Of course the fall will bring back the International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot that this year is extended to even more of September. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party starts up again in September into October. November and December will see Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom as well.

One of the things that is on the back burner, but I’m still trying to work into my schedule is a trip back to Disneyland sometime in the next few months or so. Also, a cruise, or two, will be happening this year!

 

What events are you looking forward to this year? Did I miss any of your favorites?

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Visiting LEGOLAND Florida: Fun Town

Last time we ventured into LEGOLAND territory we didn’t get too far beyond the beginning. Well, have no fear! We’re now going to be heading further into the bricks.

Fun Town is our next stop. Seriously, Fun Town. What more can you expect than FUN?! And shops…some of my favorite shops actually.

The first thing you see when you enter Fun Town is the Grand Carousel! While I’ve never ridden it, I’m pretty sure I need to one of the next times I’m there.

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To the left of the Grand Carousel is the Fresh From Florida Greenhouse. I recently checked this out with my parents and we had such a fun time trying to find where the LEGOs were throughout the Greenhouse area. (Spoiler: They are everywhere!)

There is information about foods that grow in Florida, facts about timber and solar, and even barrels that you can reach into and guess what seeds are hidden in there. PLUS all of the fruit is made from LEGOs, even the oranges hanging from the trees…mind blown.

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Next/attached to the Fresh From Florida Greenhouse is the Garden Shop. There used to be a lot of random gardening supplies in there and some LEGOs (this is actually where I got quite a few of my minifigs), however the last time I was in there it was WAY more LEGOs than anything – which isn’t a bad thing, just couldn’t find too much gardening/yard items. However, I would LOVE a birdbath LEGO set that I could put together…

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The Factory is where you can see how the bricks are made and it is also home to the Pick A Brick store. A whole wall of LEGOs. Yes, please!

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Also surrounding the Grand Carousel is the Studio Store with all kinds of LEGO sets relating to movies (Harry Potter, Star Wars, etc)

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Granny’s Apple Fries are also right there. I’m sure you’ve heard everyone raving about them! You should definitely try them out while you’re there! (I liked them, but was not a fan of the whipped cream that the guy talked us into.)

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The fun of building your own minifigs happens at none other than the…Minifigure Market! (Side note: if you buy minifigures and you get doubles, make sure you trade with the Model Citizens around LEGOLAND!)

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And last but not least, the Friends Shop. The cutesy girly LEGOs can all be found in this shop. I’m pretty sure I would like them all.

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There are a few other little snack and food places around Fun Town as well. And there’s the Wells Fargo 4-D Theater which currently shows THREE different movies throughout the day, including Legends of Chima!

Have any questions about LEGOLAND Florida? I’ll be heading back soon and would love to get any information or questions answered while I’m there!

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LEGOLAND Florida Rolls Out VIP Experience

LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park

Officially Rolls Out VIP Experience

LEGOLAND® Florida today announced final plans for the LEGOLAND Florida VIP Experience, and the LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Water Park combo VIP Experience. The private guided tour experiences include park admission, a personal guide, lunch, refreshments, an exclusive LEGO Model Shop tour and a special build experience with a Master Model Builder. A seasonal special events package add-on is also available. The announcement comes after the successful conclusion of its pilot program, which began testing in March.

As part of the experience, guests also receive priority entrance to rides and attractions, a photography package, a special gift bag with LEGO product, and learn behind the scenes fun facts about LEGOLAND Florida. The theme park and water park combo experience includes a private cabana and a souvenir towel in addition to the theme park perks.

“The official roll out of the LEGOLAND Florida VIP Experience is a very exciting time for the park and for our guests,” Said Phil Royle, Product Excellence Manager. As with all products, we constantly test and adjust to ensure we’re providing the absolute best experience for our guests. This is a prime example of how we took time with a pilot program and shaped it to the best it could be.”

See full details of LEGOLAND Florida VIP Experience and LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Water Park VIP Experience below:

LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida VIP Experience

  • Single day admission to LEGOLAND Florida and VIP parking
  • Private VIP host for group
  • Exclusive tour of ‘secret’ Model Shop and building experience with a Master Model Builder
  • Front of the line priority access to rides and attractions
  • Behind the scenes fun facts on LEGO models and LEGOLAND Florida
  • Locker usage
  • LEGOLAND Florida gift bag
  • Lunch with reserved seating and refreshments
  • Souvenir photograph
  • A digital photograph package for the day

Prices start from $445 per child & $495 per adult

LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Water Park VIP Experience
Everything in the LEGOLAND Florida VIP Experience, plus;

  • Single-day admission to LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Water Park and VIP parking
  • Private cabana in LEGOLAND Water Park with full service
  • Refreshments
  • Beach towels
  • Souvenir Photograph
  • Locker usage

Prices start from $545 per child & $595 per adult

LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida Special Events VIP Experience
A VIP Experience is also available during LEGOLAND Florida Special Events such as Red, Brick & Boom, Christmas Bricktacular and Kid’s New Years’ Eve

  • VIP picnic for special events
  • VIP host
  • Prime viewing location for special event fireworks

Prices vary per event

For more information or to make a reservation for a LEGOLAND Florida VIP Experience, call (855) 753-7777.

Guests outside of the U.S. can make a reservation by calling +1 855 753 7777.

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Star Wars Miniland Cluster Opening At LEGOLAND Florida On November 9th

LEGO® STAR WARS MINILAND MODEL DISPLAY 
WILL OPEN NOV. 9 AT LEGOLAND® FLORIDA
Star Wars Miniland Cluster
The Millennium Falcon that will be part of the Star Wars Miniland Cluster at LEGOLAND Florida is beyond amaizing!!!

Today, LEGOLAND® Florida announced that the new LEGO® Star Wars Miniland Cluster Display will officially open for their guests to enjoy and interact with on Friday, November 9.

The LEGO® Star Wars Miniland Cluster will include a scene from each of the six live-action Star Wars movies, as well as a scene from the animated series Star Wars: The CloneWars™ all created from more than 1.5 million LEGO bricks and built in 1:20 scale. Following a chronological path through the Star Wars™ timeline, guests will retrace the major events of the beloved Saga. Some of the 2,000 LEGO® models will be more than 6-feet-tall. Interactive buttons will allow children to activate animations throughout the scenes.

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The Star Wars Miniland Cluster Model layout.

I had the chance to attend the Press Conference at LEGOLAND Florida where we the Star Wars Miniland Cluster was announced and where we were able to see a few of the LEGO® models, and they are amazingly detailed and even light up at night. The Millennium Falcon is AMAZING!!!! And the space that they have dedicated to this Miniland expansion is large in comparison to the other Miniland Clusters.

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I am beyond excited about the expansion and cannot wait to see the completed LEGO® Star Wars Miniland Cluster!!! Especially since the Miniland area of LEGOLAND Florida is my favorite part of the park!!!

I have included some of my pictures from the LEGO® Star Wars Miniland Cluster announcement so you can get an idea about the look and feel of the area will be.

To purchase tickets, visit www.legoland.com.

What do you think???

 

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A closer look at the Star Wars Miniland Area.
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Jason, a designer and builder for the Star Wars Miniland, proudly showed off his name tag figures.
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A close up view of Darth Maul in LEGO form.
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A creepy side view of Darth Maul .

 

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You can see that no detail, or pilot, was left out of the models.
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In the Star Wars Miniland Cluster LEGO Darth Vader will be out at various times to greet LEGOLAND Florida Guests.

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Review – Our Week On The Go September 3-7

Weekly Review – Our Week On The Go September 3-7

Weekly Review time!!! This past week here at On the Go has been full of great stuff, and now it’s time to look back at all that happened September 3-7!!!

Let’s get this party started!!!

We started the week with a look at SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team’s efforts to save stranded pilot whales. SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team, along with several local agencies, responded on September 1, 2012, to 22 short-finned pilot whales that stranded at Florida’s Avalon State Park Beach in St. Lucie County.

SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team Weekly Review
SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team, along with several agencies, responded to 22 short-finned pilot whales that stranded at Florida’s Avalon State Park Beach in St. Lucie County.

Tuesday, Aurora looked back on our time with the Orlando City Soccer Club this season.

Orlando City Soccer Weekly Review
Orlando City Soccer shoots and SCORES during their last game of the 2011-2012 Season!

Wordless Wednesday took us to one of my favorite moments in Wishes!

Wordless Wednesday Weekly Review
Wordless Wednesday – Wishes!

Scared Shrekless Family Fun is coming to the Gaylord Palms Resort this Halloween offering guests the opportunity to scare up some fun with their favorite characters from Shrek, Madagascar, and Kung Fu Panda!

Scared Shrekless at Gaylord Palms Resort Weekly Review
Scared Shrekless at Gaylord Palms Resort – October 13th and 27th

Betsy took us along on the final leg of her Disneyland in this amazing Trip Report!

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We also took a look at the adorable The Tigger Movie that is out now on Blu-Ray.

The Tigger Movie Weekly Review
The Tigger Movie is available now on Blu Ray!

And we ended the week with a giveaway that would make any woman happy…A chance to win a pair of Custom Christian Louboutin shoes! In honor of Disney’s global release of the classic animated masterpiece “Cinderella”, which will be available in Blu-ray™ Diamond Edition on October 2, 2012, Walt Disney Studios, in collaboration with Christian Louboutin and Glam Media, today reveal details of their national quest to find a modern-day Cinderella. One lucky woman whose style and fashion sense best embodies the Cinderella fairytale will ultimately be awarded with a pair of original Cinderella slippers re-imagined by world-renowned shoe designer Christian Louboutin during a private event at Disneyland, CA taking place on September 27th.

Cinderella Christian Louboutin Giveaway
Enter the Cinderella Christian Louboutin Giveaway Today!

Thanks for joining us our Weekly Review at On the Go, and we can’t wait to bring you even more posts next week!!! We’ll be covering Nights of Joy at the Magic Kingdom, Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After, LEGOLAND going to galaxies far away, and a ghostly Titanic Experience!

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Weekly Review August 27-31: Our Week On The Go!

Weekly Review: August 27 – August 31, 2012: Our Week on The Go!

Hidden Gems of WDW, Orlando City Soccer, Halloween at LEGOLAND Florida, Magic Kingdom in the Fall, And Solar Bears Hockey

 

Its Weekly Review Time!!!! This past week here at On the Go has been full of great stuff, and its almost my favorite time of year which makes me even more excited about all that is going on around Orlando! Now it’s time to look back, with our Weekly Review, at all that happened her at On the Go in MCO August 27th to August 31st!!!

Let’s Go!

On Monday, Megan started the week off with a look at a really fun Hidden Gem at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa!

Grand Floridian Entrance - Weekly Review
Grand Floridian Entrance

Tuesday, Aurora got us pumped up for Orlando City’s upcoming Playoff Game!

Orlando City Soccer  Club - Weekly Review
Cheering for the Orlando City Soccer Club!!!

For this week’s Wordless Wednesday, I looked at the parade that I absolutely adore!

Disney's Main Street Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom - Weekly Review
Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom

LEGOLAND Florida is adding Brick-Or-Treat, a Halloween Celebration, to its special events this year!

LEGOLAND Florida Halloween Brick or treat House - Weekly Review
LEGOLAND Florida Halloween Brick-Or-Treat House

The fall is our favorite time of year here at On the Go in MCO, and Betsy took us around the Magic Kingdom Fall Decorations that have gone up!

Magic Kingdom Fall Decorations - Train Station Weekly Review
Magic Kingdom Fall Decorations on the Main Street Train Station really set the mood for the Fall!

We love our Orlando City Soccer Club, and we wanted to take a more in-depth look at their Playoff Game!

Orlando City Soccer - Weekly Review
Orlando City Soccer Club

And we kept on the sports theme, and ended our week with some information about the Orlando Solar Bears Training Camp that is starting soon!

Orlando Solar Bears - Weekly Review
Orlando Solar Bears

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LEGOLAND Florida Halloween Fun Will Fill The Park During Its First Brick-Or-Treat Celebration!

LEGOLAND Florida Halloween Fun Will Fill The Park During Its First Brick-Or-Treat Celebration!

LEGOLAND Florida - LEGO Pumpkin for Brick-Or-Treat
LEGOLAND Florida Has Been Invaded With Halloween Fun For Its Firs Brick-Or-Treat

Ghouls, ghosts and goblins will invade LEGOLAND Florida during its first kid-friendly Halloween celebration of Brick-or-Treat presented by Wells Fargo.  This spooky, kooky event takes place on Saturdays in October from 10am to 9pm and Sundays in October from 10am to 5pm.

During Brick-or-Treat, presented by Wells Fargo, Miniland USA will transform into a fun, haunted scavenger hunt for the whole family with the invasion of LEGO® Monster Fighters and their enemies. With extended hours on Saturdays, Miniland USA gets a bit more spooky when the sun goes down and the fog rolls in on these LEGO® cities.

This thrilling family event also features trick-or-treating along the brick-or-treat trail, a kids’ four category costume contest with brick-tastic prizes and a build your own Halloween themed LEGO® pumpkin model activity station.  Only found at LEGOLAND Florida, families can also check out the world’s largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern made of 26,500 LEGO bricks and capture a great photo memory.

Activities Include:

  • LEGO® Pumpkin Build: Build your own LEGO Pumpkin at the model activity station in the Wells Fargo Fun Town 4D Theatre Plaza
  • LEGO® Monster Fighters Haunted Scavenger Hunt: Help the LEGO Monster Fighters capture monsters haunting the cities of Miniland USA in this haunted scavenger hunt. The whole family can enjoy searching for these creatures found in the over 30 million LEGO bricks that make up Miniland USA. With extended hours on Saturdays, Miniland USA gets a bit more spooky when the sun goes down and the fog rolls in on these LEGO cities.
  • Brick-or-Treat Trail: Trick-or-Treat along the Brick-or-Treat trail near the Pirates South Stadium for goodies, tasty treats and other fun surprises
  • Dance Party: Join us for our spooky Dance Party in the Haunted Miniland USA with a live DJ and dance games (Saturday only)
  • Kids Costume Contest: Show off your BOO-tiful costumes in the Kids Costume Contest in the Wells Fargo Fun Town 4D Theatre Plaza to win brick-tastic prizes like LEGO product and tickets to LEGOLAND Florida. Children may enter one of 4 specialized categories: Heroes & Villains, LEGO Monster Fighters, LEGO Themed, and most Creative.
LEGOLAND Florida Halloween Brick or treat House
LEGOLAND Florida Halloween Brick-Or-Treat House

This thrilling Halloween celebration is made possible by our generous sponsors: Hurricane Grill & Wings®, LEGO ClubTM, LEGO® Monster Fighters, Old Navy®, PEPSICO®, Sam’s Club®, Sour Jacks, TECO® Energy, Webb’s Candy Shop, Wells Fargo® and Wendy’s®.

Brick-or-Treat as well as more than 50 rides, shows and attractions can be experienced at LEGOLAND Florida and is included with normal park admission – No upcharge for evening events. For the most current information on LEGOLAND Florida special events, operating schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.LEGOLAND.com.

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LEGOLAND® FLORIDA: TICKET PRICE STAYS THE SAME

LEGOLAND® FLORIDA: TICKET PRICE STAYS THE SAME

– Central Florida’s newest theme park is also most affordable, best vacation value –

LEGOLAND Florida Ticket Prices Stay The Same

Despite rising ticket prices at other major Central Florida attractions, LEGOLAND® Florida today announced it will keep its prices steady through the summer at $75 for adults and $65 for children under 12.  A family of four visiting the park will save between $40 and $56 a day compared to a visit to a competing park.

“The comparisons are important, especially in today’s economy,” said LEGOLAND Florida Director of Sales & Marketing Kim Isemann.  “Families are looking for great experiences at prices they can afford.  A day at LEGOLAND Florida is one of the highest values in our industry.”

Isemann suggests families compare other incremental costs too, such as dining and parking.  At LEGOLAND Florida, all menu items – from mahi-mahi sandwiches to chicken Caesar salads – are priced no higher than $11.  Parking is also more affordable, at $12 per car, $6 for motorcycles.  Other parks charge $14 for both cars and motorcycles.

For those looking to visit LEGOLAND Florida and the all new water park attraction, which opened in May and features water slides, a wave pool, several playground areas and a lazy river called Build-A-Raft, they can for only an additional $12 a day.  A great value for families to experience more splashing thrills and family fun.

While ticket price comparisons are on single-day, full-price admissions, there are many discount and combination-ticket offers in the marketplace as well:

–       Florida Residents save $20 on a Premium Pass, with unlimited admission to the theme park and water park, as well as free parking, plus food and merchandise discounts, through July 31.

–       Guests save $10 off single-day combo tickets for the park and water park by purchasing online through October 28.

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LEGOLAND Florida Celebrates Its First Fourth Of July With Red, Brick, And Boom

LEGOLAND Florida Celebrates Its First Fourth Of July With Red, Brick, And Boom 

LEGOLAND® Florida celebrates with a bang this Fourth of July with its first Independence Day festivities, Red, Brick and Boom. Central Florida’s newest theme park will celebrate with four nights of family fun and fireworks, Jul. 4-7, 2012. But, this isn’t a typical fireworks show. LEGOLAND Florida’s special glasses turn ordinary fireworks into millions of exploding LEGO® bricks making this show a must-see. With over 50 rides, shows and attractions and the all-new LEGOLAND®Water Park, this independence celebration is perfect for families with children ages 2 to 12. The park will have extended hours with four nights of fireworks at 9pm.

 

A special all-American blow-out bash is reserved just for the fourth with atmospheric entertainment, backyard games and a Party in Miniland USA. Families can also build their very own star to add to LEGOLAND Florida’s first American Flag made out of thousands of LEGO bricks.

 

Red, Brick & Boom, July 4, 10:00am-9:00pm

Backyard games on the Mansion Lawn

10:00am – 5:00 pm

 

Build your own star to add to LEGOLAND Florida’s first LEGO American Flag at the Fun Town Plaza

10:00am – 5:00pm

 

Meet and Greet with LEGO Friends Olivia at the Fun Town Plaza

11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

 

Party in Miniland USA with DJ Renee

5:00pm – 8:30pm

 

Battle for Brickbeard’s Bounty Pirate-themed Pre-Show in the North and South Ski Stadium

8:30pm – 9:00pm

 

Fireworks Finale turns fireworks into millions of exploding LEGO bricks

9:00 pm

 

Red, Brick and Boom is included with park admission. The best way to experience LEGOLAND Florida is through two limited-time special offers on the Florida resident Premium Pass and $10-off a single-day water park combo ticket. Guests will enjoy extended summer hours where families can stay and play until 8pm daily Jun. 23 through Sept. 2. To purchase tickets, visit www.LEGOLAND.com.

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LEGOLANDO Florida Launches Limited Time Offer to Florida Residents


LEGOLAND® Florida Launches Limited Time Offer to Florida Residents

NEW! Savings on Premium Passes and Single Day Tickets

Winter Haven, FL (June 19, 2012) – Families can have a blast for less cash this summer at LEGOLAND® Florida. With over 50 rides, shows and attractions and the all-new LEGOLAND® Water Park, Central Florida’s newest theme park offers two great ways to save so families can take part in the ultimate LEGOLAND® Florida experience. Special offers on both Premium Passes and single day Water Park combo tickets add up to a summer of fun. Guests will also enjoy extended summer hours where families can stay and play until 8pm daily Jun. 23 through Sept. 2. From roller coasters to the Build-a-Raft Lazy River, LEGOLAND Florida is the perfect combination of thrill and chill for families with children ages 2 to 12.

New Florida Resident Premium Pass Offer: This 6-week promotional offer allows Florida Residents to get an unlimited, 12 month Premium Pass to LEGOLAND Florida and the all-new LEGOLAND Water Park for just $159 plus tax. The Premium Pass has no black-out dates and includes admission to a year filled with special events at LEGOLAND Florida including the Red, Brick and Boom 4th of July Celebration, the Brick-or-Treat Halloween events, Christmas Bricktacular, a Kid’s New Year’s Eve Celebration and more. Free parking, discounts on food and merchandise and a complimentary subscription to LEGO® Club Magazine are also included. Guests can purchase the Premium Pass at the front gate or online at www.LEGOLAND.com through Jul. 31.

$10 Off Single Day Combo Ticket: A new online discount offers $10 off combo tickets for single day admission into LEGOLAND Florida and the all-new LEGOLAND Water Park. Families can now enjoy both parks for only $77 for adults and $67 for children ages 3-12 and seniors. This promotional offer is only available when purchased online now through Oct. 28 at www.LEGOLAND.com.

Existing Plus and Premium Pass members will also be receiving their own special offer from LEGOLAND Florida. Visit www.LEGOLAND.com for more information.

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LEGOLAND Florida Expands Their Park With The Addition Of A Water Park

Just in time for summer, LEGOLAND Florida expanded their park options with the opening of their all-new Water Park on May 26, 2012.

“With the debut of our new water park, LEGOLAND Florida is now easily a two-day experience,” said LEGOLAND Florida General Manager Adrain Jones, “which puts us well down the road toward our goal of becoming a multi-day resort destination.”

A “park within a park,” the attraction includes Build-A-Raft River, where guests can build their own LEGO inner tubes and float down a 1,000-foot lazy river. For the little ones, the DUPLO Splash Safari is a toddler haven with perfectly sized slides a zero-depth wading pool. Guests of all ages can play for hours at the Joker Soaker water playground, a riot of brightly colored ladders, levers, pumps and slides of every length and type. And a 583,000 gallon, crystal clear wave pool and five slippery fast slides full of thrills.

The Water Park attraction is actually within LEGOLAND Florida, so guests must purchase a theme park ticket and pay an upgraded fee to enter the Water Park area and it also takes a lot more planning on your part to visit both in one day.

There are several different ticketing options if you are interested in visiting both the LEGOLAND theme park and water park.

  • Purchase a single-day LEGOLAND Florida ticket with water park upgrade for $87 (adult) or $77 (Children 3-12). Children under 3 only pay $3 for the water park.
  • Purchase a two-day ticket for $97 (adult) or $87 (Children 3-12) and get access to the theme park and water park for both days. Second day admission must be used within nine days of the first visit.
  • Purchase a Premium Pass for $179 (adult) or $149 (Children 3-12) and get unlimited access to LEGOLAND Florida and the water park (open Seasonally).

It is also important to know that the Water Park opens one hour after LEGOLAND Florida opens its gates seasonally, and since park hours fluctuate its a good idea to check www.LEGOLAND.com when you are planning your visit to the parks.

The first thing that you will want to do is reserve a locker for your belongings at a self-serve kiosk. There are three sizes of lockers available for rent small ($5), large ($7), and family ($12). Also, if you need an extra towel they are available for rent for a daily fee of $3.

There are plenty of umbrellas and lounge chairs, but if you are looking to have an upgraded experience you can reserve a private cabana online or when you arrive. The cabanas are large and airy and include a mini-fridge stocked with 10 bottles of water, upgraded lounge chairs and two souvenir towels. Daily cabana rental prices range from $79 to $199 based on season.

The LEGOLAND Water Park is a perfect way to introduce toddlers and younger children to the water park experience!

The Duplo Splash Safari is a play area perfect for timid toddlers that is loaded with hands on activities such as small slides, animal sprayers, and zero entry splash area. It is such a cute and perfect area for little ones to gain their confidence and have a great time learning about safety at a water park.

Another fun way to experience and see the park is by taking a ride on the 1,000 foot Build-A-Raft River where you can gather floating LEGO foam bricks to create your own perfect raft. This was by far my most favorite attraction! We had a blast floating around the lazy river gathering LEGO pieces to decorate our rafts!!!

Wave pools are tame at the LEGOLAND Florida water park, where gentle rolling waves make the LEGO Wave Pool perfect for the whole family. Smaller children can play at the water’s edge and work up the courage to venture further into the deeper end. The pool is just the right size that its not overwhelming!!!

If the LEGO Wave Pool is too much, you can take a break at the LEGO Imagination Station where kids can test their building skills in this water play area in the shade. I really appreciated that this area was under a large shade, because its important to have some time out of the sun for the little ones.

The Joaker Soaker is a gigantic water playground that is full of brightly colored ladders, levers, pumps and slides of every length and type. It is a great place to let the kids climb and play while the adults take a small and well deserved break! Who am I kidding? We had a blast running and splashing around in this area!!!

If you have thrill seekers in your party, you might want to check out Splash Out and Twin Towers which play home to five super fast slides.

At the Beach-n-Brick Grille there are several healthy (and not so healthy options) available with value in mind since every menu item is priced below $10, before tax, including combos that come with fries, salad or slaw and a 22-ounce drink.

The Surf Shop is the perfect place to shop for things you may have forgotten at home such as sunscreen, towels, swimsuits, and all sorts of things that may be useful for a day at the water park.

I really enjoyed my time at the LEGOLAND Water Park, and think that it is an excellent way to introduce toddlers and younger children to a water park experience!

 

 

 

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LEGOLAND Florida – My Thoughts and Hopes

LEGOLAND Florida….Oh, LEGOLAND Florida…I have struggled about how I feel about you, and I have to be honest and say that after some careful consideration I am still confused about how I feel about us. So let’s take this one step at a time…

Rides & Attractions

There are ten themed zones at LEGOLAND Florida that are chocked full of Rides and Attractions that offer “Pink Knuckle” thrills.

“The entire LEGOLAND experience is designed for families with kids ages 2 to 12, so there’s no longer any reason to delay the decision to take that first family theme park vacation,” said Adrian Jones, LEGOLAND Florida general manager. “Our highly immersive rides and experiences are designed to encourage children and their parents to play together, and are perfect for creating cherished memories for every member of the family.”

One thing to consider when looking at the number of Rides and Attractions at LEGOLAND Florida is the age group that they are designed to entertain. This means that a lot of their rides go at a slower pace, and are not very thrilling. Another careful consideration is the size and scale to which they are built. The Rides & Attractions were definitely sized for children to enjoy, the seats are smaller and the details are at lower levels which at times made it uncomfortable to experience for adults.

The Safari Trek vehicles are pretty tiny...

Our interactions with the Model Citizens of LEGOLAND Florida manning the Rides and Attractions were amazing! Since a lot of the Rides and Attractions require guests to ‘work’, they are great at cheering you on to pedal faster or push harder.

My biggest problem with the Rides and Attractions at LEGOLAND Florida was that their load/unload process was extremely slow. I am hoping that this is just because this is relatively new process to the model citizens of LEGOLAND. However the Rollercoasters had only one car running, except for the LEGO TECHNIC® Test Track Coaster, and the automated times between cars on other Rides and Attractions were slow, like on The Lost Kingdom Adventure.

The ride vehicles from 'Lost Kingdom Adventure'.

One thing to definitely experience is the Factory Tour in FUN TOWN. There you will be able to watch a short fun film about how LEGOS are made, followed by a very cute re-enactment of they are REALLY made. As a bonus, at the end of your tour you will receive a very special and free gift.

The special LEGO from The Factory Tour.

Zoe absolutely enjoyed the Rides & Attractions, and at the end of the day that is what matters the most! Her favorites were Coastersaurus, AQUAZONE® Wave Racers, and The Ford Driving School.

Shows

Our day at LEGOLAND Florida was super full and went by entirely too quickly!

With our hectic schedule, we only got to watch The Pirates Cove Live Water Ski Show at Pirates’ Cove.

The view as you walk up to Pirates' Cove.

Pirates’ Cove is nestled along the beautiful shores of Lake Eloise, and is the home to some swashbuckling LEGO ‘mini-fig’ pirates who star in “The Battle for Brickbeard’s Bounty”, a live action, water-stunt show that is full of action, fun, and most importantly water-skiing!!!

Who knew these guys could ski so well???

The show itself was really entertaining and cute! And the water skiing elements were really well placed and executed. I can’t imagine how hard it is to get those flips right all of the time!!!

Yowsas!!!!

 

The dread Pirate Brickbeard!!!

My only wish was that the story featured Miranda as more of a strong female lead who didn’t have to be ‘saved’ when things didn’t go as well as she hoped with Brickbeard the Pirate.

Come on Miranda! You can do it!!!

Dining

There were definitely a lot of counter service options at LEGOLAND Florida, from burgers to healthier entrees using ingredients that are locally grown.

Another option was an all you can eat pizza and pasta buffet that was really reasonably priced.

The signature snack of LEGOLAND Florida is Granny’s Apple Fries that can be found in FUN TOWN. These are Granny Smith apples that are lightly fried, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, and served with icing. I didn’t get the chance to try them…but I will next time!!!

Also, there is a real coffee shop located just inside of the Market Restaurant in THE BEGINNING.

Services and Model Citizens

LEGOLAND Florida offers all of the things that you would come to expect from a theme park.

Stroller rental is located at the front of the park, $9 for a single and $14 for a double, alongside of the locker rental area, package pick-up, and photo (pictures are taken on rides and by photographers located around the park) area.

The Annual Pass Center is also located inside the park at THE BEGINNING with Lost Parents and Ticket Upgrades.

First Aid is located near The Factory Tour in FUN TOWN, and there is a Pet Kennel located outside of the front gates.

Again, every Model Citizen of LEGOLAND Florida that we encountered was extremely helpful and friendly. This was a gigantic plus, and made things more enjoyable!

My Favorite Part…

I have to say that my absolute favorite part of LEGOLAND Florida was the MINILAND area.

I could seriously stay here all day and take pictures!!! The detail and craftsmanship that went into this area is absolutely mind blowing!!!

I will be doing a post in the near future of all of my favorite pictures, but here are a few to tide you over…

From the Kennedy Space Center

 

Key West

 

Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington, DC

 

PIRATES!!!

My Biggest Concern…

The cost of admission, $75 plus tax for ages 13+ and $65 plus tax for ages 3-12/60+, seems a little steep. While it is less than Disney, I feel like it is a little too high once you factor in travel and daily costs of visiting a park that is 45 minutes away.

Also the Annual Passes are a better value if you plan on visiting often, but without a payment plan I have a feeling a lot of people might balk at the purchase price. In Florida, where many of us have several annual passes, we are used to having this option, and hopefully it is one that LEGOLAND Florida will re-visit and offer in the future.

What I’m Hoping…

I really hope that LEGOLAND Florida succeeds and continues to grow! I really enjoyed a lot of our experiences during our day, but I feel like there is still a lot of tweaking that still needs to be done in terms of park operations.

Also I am looking forward to experiencing the upcoming Special Events at LEGOLAND Florida around the holiday Season.

In Conclusion

While I loved a lot of what LEGOLAND Florida had to offer, I find that I am still wanting more from my time there.

Maybe this will come from spending more time there…or maybe having a better idea of what to expect…

Right now, I know that I need more time to think and I want to see what more you are willing to bring to the table before I make my final decision.

 

 

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100 Days Until LEGOLAND FLORIDA Opens!!!

With the Grand Opening of LEGOLAND FLORIDA only 100 days away, I have to say that I am getting pretty stoked about taking the family over to Winter Haven to check it out!

From new photos just released by LEGOLAND FLORIDA construction crews are hard at work transforming the property into the interactive theme park geared toward families with children ages 2-12, while still preserving the charm of the gardens that so many people have loved over the years.

I hope you enjoy them!!!

The Royal Joust, where kids ride LEGO-themed horses through a number of medieval scenes where they encounter other riders in a simulated joust.

LEGO TECHNIC® Test Track is a “wild mouse-style roller coaster where brave guests feel the power of acceleration, braking and maneuverability as they race a life-size LEGO TECHNIC vehicle along a wildly twisting track.

I love this unique perspective of the Grand Central Station NY that is part of the Miniland USA.

This Picture of the Banyan Tree is amazing!!!!

 

And the DUPLO® Farm and Safari Trek are well under way, as well!!!

 

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