LEGOLAND Florida Brings Back Police, Fire and EMS Appreciation Days in September to Honor Everyday Heroes
LEGOLAND Florida is bringing back Police, Fire and EMS Appreciation Days to honor everyday heroes that work tirelessly to protect and serve cities across the country. Police officers, fire fighters and EMS employees will receive a free one-time single day admission to LEGOLAND Florida for use during the month of September 2013 with the opportunity to purchase up to four additional tickets for only $40 plus tax per adult/child/senior ticket. Our heroes can unwind with special family time and experience LEGOLAND Florida’s more than 50 rides, shows and attractions geared to families with children ages 2 to 12 and the newest expansion, The LEGO® World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network that features an interactive water ride, The Quest for CHI, and more.
This offer is valid for all police officers, fire fighters, and EMS employees working and serving in the United States. Active and retired personnel with identification are eligible. Eligible personnel should present their employee ID or professional organization membership card to LEGOLAND Florida’s ticket window the day they plan to visit to redeem their one free admission ticket and purchase up to four additional tickets at only $40 per ticket.
For the most current information on operating hours at LEGOLAND Florida and the LEGOLAND Water Park, visit www.LEGOLAND.com.
There are a couple of things that I find myself obsessing over and one of those things is Legos. Seriously…this is what’s in my office…
So when I found out LEGOLAND Florida was happening I knew I HAD to go! Well, after a year+, I finally made it out there and I have loved visiting LEGOLAND Florida and exploring what there is to see.
Thankfully I now have an annual pass because I could just go walk around the park for hours and hours randomly wandering around. While I already have my favorite places to hang out in, I wanted to break LEGOLAND Florida down piece by piece (…see what I did there…)
Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?
If you’re visiting the Central Florida area, LEGOLAND Florida is about a 45 minutes drive from the rest of the theme park world, which is not bad because you get to see parts of Florida that most people look over. The address?
1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884
Like any other theme park, there is a fee to park. If you plan on paying when you get there it’s $14, however if you prepay for your parking online, you can save yourself $2! Something to keep in mind is that if you’re planning on purchasing a yearly pass when you get there, take your parking receipt with you to guest services and they will refund the parking fee – pretty sweet, right? 🙂
As I mentioned before, I have an annual pass and so now my parking is free AND I get discounts on dining and merchandise! Bonus!
Back to the fun stuff…
A gloomy day at LEGOLAND is a great day to me! So when I got to guest services to get my pass, since they weren’t too busy, they took my picture and processed my annual pass right then and there.
As you can see, if you’re a Florida resident, the annual pass is the way to go! Even if you’re visiting and plan on doing a couple of days at LEGOLAND and the waterpark, the standard annual pass is still a great deal!
Once you get in the park, the first thing that greets you (besides Model Citizens that work there aka the employees) are these dinosaurs!
Watch yourself though because that big red dinosaur on the right tends to spray water here and there 😉
If you’re in need of a stroller, they are located over to the left of the dinosaurs. Lockers and package pick-up is there as well.
Not sure where to go from there? There’s a big map that you can study and also the times for shows can be found here as well so you can try to plan our day accordingly.
Before you get too hungry or thirsty (make sure to stay hydrated!) there is a big restaurant called The Market near the front of the park as well. They have lots of different food options for everyone in your party.
If for some reason when you buy an annual pass and a Model Citizen directs you to go to the Annual Pass Processing Center…this is where you need to go. It’s on the left hand side right past The Market. This is also where you would go if you want to upgrade your tickets or if you are a lost parent. Of the times I’ve been here, I’ve only seen it open once, so I’m pretty sure on the weekdays most of the ticket processing will happen before you even enter the park.
The first time I went to explore I hopped on the Island in the Sky to get a 360 view of LEGOLAND Florida. If you ever went to Cypress Gardens when it was there, I’m pretty sure this is the same attraction that was there before, but it’s a pretty cool view to see everything that the park has to offer.
A cool element I saw in the front of the park (and I’m assuming it’s like this through the park) was the benches.
A closer look shows what the benches are made of – 800 recycled milk jugs! So cool!
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 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
LEGOLAND Florida gift bag
Lunch with reserved seating and refreshments
A digital photograph package for the day
Prices start from $445 per child & $495 per adult
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
Prices start from $545 per child & $595 per adult
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
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.
The LEGO World of Chima Presented by Cartoon Network
Expansion Features Thrilling, Interactive Water Ride and Play Areas
Today LEGOLAND Florida celebrates the opening of The LEGO® World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network today, and we were able to visit for Media Day yesterday.
The World of Chima is a new direction for LEGOLAND Florida, as it marks the first of many highly-themed areas that will be coming to the park in the years to come.
The Quest for Chi, is the centerpiece attraction for The World of Chima, and features an interactive water ride where guests will join in the battle to protect the Chi and get SOAKED!
On The Quest for Chi after boarding your watercraft, families can use water cannons activate the story in each of the scenes along their journey as well as have a chance to battle other boats and guests along the shore line.
The Quest for Chi is a fun attraction! The controls for the ride are simple for children to operate without help from adults and the theming is age appropriate.
Some things to keep in mind while you’re riding The Quest for Chi…
Each boat has 2 rows of cannons with benches for you to sit, but you can also stand.
As you load your watercraft, the benches on the side closest to the load area are a little dryer…just a little tho!
YOU WILL GET WET!!! Please head this warning, and watch out for your cameras and phones!!!
The only height requirement for The Quest for Chi is that riders under 48” must ride with a supervising companion.
Cragger’s Swamp Play Area is a water play area for younger gueststhat features playful bubbles, intermittent water spouts, andinteractive elements that trigger swamp water effects.
The models in Cragger’s Swamp are pretty awesome and the water cannons are a lot of fun! I almost got soaked from the water spouts that go off as you get closer to them!
At the Speedorz Arena, guests can take part in a multiple players battle against each other using rip cordpowered LEGO vehicles. The Arena is under shade, and there are benches for parents to sit which is a huge plus for this area!!!
The World of Chima also features a character meet and greet area, located near Razar’s Bazaar.
Razar’s Bazaar is the merchandise location that carries the latest LEGO Legends of Chima building sets, costumes, and other Chima merchandise.
LEGO Legends of Chima fans also shouldn’t miss the new and exclusive to LEGOLAND Parks and Discovery Centers 4-D movie experience, The LEGO Chima Movie Experience.
“The World of Chima will become a signature land for LEGOLAND Florida and provides an experience unlike any other in our park today,” said Adrian Jones, LEGOLAND Florida General Manager. “Developing and opening yet another expansion is a prime example of how LEGOLAND Florida continues to provide unique guest experiences, rides, shows and attractions for families with children ages 2-12.”
The World of Chima features:
2 million LEGO bricks, (bringing the total of LEGO bricks found in
LEGOLAND Florida to an astounding 58 million)
Nearly 150 LEGO models
219,000 gallons of water in The Quest for CHI
Capacity for approximately 1,200 guests per hour to experience The Quest
for CHI ride
Mount Cavora which stands 55 feet from the ground
Mount Cavora itself is 23 feet high and 40 feet in diameter
Weighs 7,500 lbs.
Rushes 1,000 gallons of water every minute
We really enjoyed our visit to The World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida, and I know that we are going to have to pry Zoe out of here!!!
For more pictures from Media Day at the World of Chima, check out our Facebookalbum!
LEGO® Legends of Chima™ fans can also tune into Cartoon Network on July 10 at 8 p.m. for the cartoon series premiere.
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” – John F. Kennedy
On Memorial Day, we pause our lives for a day to honor, remember, and celebrate the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedom.
We should never forget these sacrifices, and hope that they don’t have to be made again by future generations.
Thank you seems like such a small gift to give to those who have served our country, but I give it with all of my heart.
Animal Tribes Invade LEGOLAND! World Of Chima Opening Date Announced!
An army of animal tribes from LEGOLANDFlorida’s newest expansion featuring interactive family fun, The World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network, invaded Central Florida with an important announcement. The dozens of three-foot LEGO® models of characters from the new product line, LEGO® Legends of Chima, descended upon downtown Orlando and downtown Tampa, bearing tags announcing that the park’s The World of Chima attraction will open to the public on July 3.
Laval the Lion, Eris the Eagle and members of other Chima animal tribes are searching for the missing CHI, a powerful energy source needed to power LEGOLAND Florida’s newest attraction that was stolen by Cragger, the leader of the Crocodile tribe.
Soon fans can join The Quest for CHI to help Laval and his friends find the CHI needed to power The World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network by joining an interactive Facebook contest beginning May 27. One grand prize winner will be selected to be a VIP for the Opening Ceremony on July 3.
This expansion will be one of the centerpieces of the new LEGO Chima brand, which already includes a major LEGO product line, a stunningly animated television series to air on Cartoon Network beginning in July and multiple interactive video games and apps. LEGOLAND Florida is the only place in the world that LEGO fans can go to unleash the power and be fully immersed in The World of Chima, providing an experience like no other.
The centerpiece of the new World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida is an interactive, family-friendly water ride, The Quest for CHI. Guests will enter The World of Chima through a fantastical stone and moss covered entrance which leads to the Lion Temple at the base of the majestic 45-foot tall floating Mount Cavora. There, guests will explore a diverse landscape setting and join the Lion Tribe in an epic battle to recover the stolen CHI orbs. Guests will board a watercraft which will take them on an interactive experience using water cannons to help their hero, Laval the Lion Prince, defeat Cragger the Crocodile King as he attempts to steal the precious supply of CHI. The journey will take them through the land of Chima where they will meet some of the highly advanced animal tribal habitats, including the Rhino Quarry, Raven’s Roost, Eagle’s Nest, Wolves Encampment, Gorilla Forest and Crocodile Swamp among other imaginative settings.
The World of Chima also features a super-charged, super-fast SpeedorzTM Arena where multiple players build their LEGO Speedorz and compete to win the precious supply of CHI by participating in-group challenges and competing in a series of obstacles. Families can also enter Cragger’s Swamp, the Croc Tribe’s secret hideout, where they will find a lush green foggy swamp filled with playful bubbles, intermittent water spouts and interactive elements that trigger swamp water effects. A new 4D movie, the LEGO Chima 4D Movie Xperience, will further immerse families into The World of Chima by bringing the characters to life on the big screen. Kids will also get to meet their hero Laval the Lion Prince and Cragger the Crocodile King at daily character meet and greet sessions. Plus, with the largest supply of LEGO products in Central Florida, guests can find their favorite LEGO Legends of Chima sets and Speedorz.
For more information regarding The World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network and the more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, visit www.LEGOLAND.com. The best way to experience LEGOLAND Florida is with a Florida Resident Annual Pass for just $99 plus tax. Pass members will receive unlimited admission for 12 months to LEGOLAND Florida and the LEGOLAND Water Park along with other Merlin U.S. attractions including LEGOLAND California Resort & Water Park, LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, Sea Life Centers and Madame Tussauds with no blackout dates. The LEGOLAND Florida Resident Annual Pass also includes admission into special events throughout the year including Red, Brick & Boom, Brick-or-Treat, Christmas Bricktacular and Kid’s New Year’s Eve. Additionally, pass members will enjoy free parking and discounts on all food and merchandise throughout the year.
Fans of the beloved Star Wars saga can celebrate their fan-created holiday, May the Fourth Be With You (#MayThe4thBeWithYou), at LEGOLAND® Florida with a LEGO® Star Wars Miniland Yoda Model Build event May 4-5, 2013. Guests will enjoy a special LEGO Yoda building event, a Yoda Scavenger Hunt in Miniland USA and more.
The LEGOLAND Florida Miniland Yoda Model Build will be Saturday, May 4th & 5th, and the activities will include:
• LEGO Yoda Build in Fun Town outside of the Wells Fargo 4D Theater.
• Yoda Scavenger Hunt in Miniland USA. Guests will complete their forms and enter the daily drawing for a chance to win a LEGOLAND Florida Prize Pack with admission tickets and a special LEGO Star Wars set.
• LEGO Star Wars Video Showing in the Wells Fargo 4D Theater (3 show times per day).
• Photo Opportunity in the LEGO Star Wars Miniland Model Display cluster.
The best way to experience LEGOLAND Florida and the Water Park is with a Florida Resident Annual Pass for just $99 plus tax. Pass members will receive unlimited admission for 12 months to LEGOLAND Florida and the LEGOLAND Water Park along with other Merlin U.S. attractions including LEGOLAND California Resort & Water Park, LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, Sea Life Centers and Madame Tussauds with no black-out dates. The LEGOLAND Florida Resident Annual Pass also includes admission into special events throughout the year including Red, Brick & Boom, Brick-or-Treat, Christmas Bricktacular and Kid’s New Year’s Eve. Additionally, pass members will enjoy free parking and discounts on all food and merchandise throughout the year.
For the most current information on operating hours and special events throughout the year at LEGOLAND Florida, visit www.LEGOLAND.com.
In the 18 months that LEGOLAND has been open in Florida, they have kept busy with numerous additions…
But yesterday LEGOLAND FLORIDA announced a major park expansion that promises to be epic.
We’re talking a whole new natural resource here…CHI! We will be the first to get this new resource straight from The World of Chima!
This expansion will be one of the centerpieces of the new LEGO Chima brand, which already includes a major LEGO product line, a stunningly animated television series to air on Cartoon Network and multiple interactive video games and apps. LEGOLAND Florida is the only place in the world that LEGO fans can go to unleash the power and be fully immersed in The World of Chima, providing an experience like no other.
LEGOLAND Florida’s newest expansion is the first time a theme park has put so much into a brand new product line. While Legends of Chima maybe one of the newest brands of LEGO, it has taken off to a whole new level.
“This is the first time a theme park has invested in a major expansion concurrently with the rollout of a new brand and product line, and it was an easy decision based on how well LEGO Legends of Chima has been received by children and those who are young at heart around the world,” said LEGOLAND Florida General Manager Adrian Jones. “This is also a reflection of the overall success of the park, which has already enabled us to open a new Water Park and build multiple new attractions during the past 18 months.”
Now is the time that I should probably tell you what this “CHI” is, right? (Hang on while I do some research…)
CHI is a water-like substance. All of the animal tribes (lion, eagle, croc, raven & wolf) of Chima can use it when it turns into blue orbs. The tribes need it to power vehicles and machines. Bonus! It can also give them speed, stamina and strength. (Do you get it now? You should ask your child, they can probably explain it better.)
This land, set to open Summer 2013, is focused around a water ride called, The Quest for CHI.
The Quest for CHI will be the centerpiece of the new World of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida and will be an interactive, family-friendly water ride,. Guests will enter The World of Chima through a fantastical stone and moss covered entrance which leads to the Lion Temple at the base of the majestic 45-foot tall floating Mount Cavora. There, guests will explore a diverse landscape setting and join the Lion Tribe in an epic battle to recover the stolen CHI orbs. Guests will board a watercraft which will take them on an interactive experience using water cannons to help their hero, Laval the Lion Prince, defeat Cragger the Crocodile King as he attempts to steal the precious supply of CHI. The journey will take them through the land of Chima where they will meet some of the highly advanced animal tribal habitats, including the Rhino Quarry, Raven’s Roost, Eagle’s Nest, Wolves Encampment, Gorilla Forest and Crocodile Swamp among other imaginative settings.
There will also be a 4D movie that will put you right into The World of Chima.
Also there will be a Speedorz Arena, where guests can build ripcord powered vehicle models out of LEGO bricks and compete against each other.
And the kids will also get the chance to meet their hero Laval the Lion Prince and Cragger the Crocodile King at daily character meet and greet sessions in the World of Chima expansion.
Another cool aspect of this new expansion is the partnership with Cartoon Network and the show that is airing on the station.
“This is a great opportunity to continue the successful relationship that Cartoon Network has had with LEGO Group,” said Cartoon Network Chief Marketing Officer Brenda Piper. “We are always looking to expand the Cartoon Network brand to reach children outside the world of television and what better way to do that than by bringing the Legends of Chima to life at a theme park.”
As the presenting partner, Cartoon Network will have a major presence in the park during the summer months, and beyond. In addition, Cartoon Network will have screens placed around the park that will consist of other content from the network including the hit original series, Adventure Time.
It’s crazy to me that the construction site looks like this now and in just a few short months we’ll all be back to see this awesome new place and get immersed in The World of Chima.
Being the huge LEGO fan that I am, I know that I’m ready for it! I can’t wait to check it out and see all that The World of Chima has to offer!!
So a while back I did a post on my own site at the suggestion of our fearless leader, Shelley. To this day that post, The Butts of the Kilimanjaro Safaris, remains the most popular on my blog. While at LEGOLAND Florida a few weeks ago, I laughed when I noticed the backsides of some of the Lego statues around the park. I thought it would be entertaining to go around the park and take see what I could see as far as the backsides of LEGOLAND.
The culprit that inspired this redux of the previous blog post was the snowman above in Fun Town. Next I noticed the painter at the entrance to Miniland USA. On the way to lunch we passed the otters and deer. We caught the back of the shark and Captain Brickbeard during the waterskiing show in Pirates’ Cove.
By far, the most were spotted on the Safari Trek in the Land of Adventure. Here we saw elephants, zebras, giraffes, lions, meerkats, ostriches, parrots and the monkey. I found this to be appropriate due to the inspiration.
Back on the way towards the front of the park, we found the Bird Lady in Fun Town, Tourist and the Plumber in The Beginning. This is also where we encountered the Climbers in the Market Restaurant. As we exited, we stumbled upon the last few above the entrance sign in the Adventurer, the Construction worker, the guy with Overalls and the Racer.
Have you been to LEGOLAND to see any of these backsides? Would you like to see more in this tongue in cheek 😉 series?
Join your LEGO Friends Olivia, Andrea, Stephanie, Emma, and Mia as LEGOLAND Florida Friends Weekend returns February 9th and 10th.
During LEGO Friends Weekend glitz, glamour, and sparkles will fill the park with fabulous fun! This second annual event celebrates girls and their personal individuality, just like the LEGO Friends product line for girls.
LEGO Friends Weekend Events
Live from the Pink Carpet with Emma & Stephanie – Market Restaurant, 9:30am-4:30pm – Make a superstar entrance to the LEGO Friends weekend. Girls feel famous as they walk the pink carpet with two of their favorite LEGO Friends, Emma & Stephanie. Be sure to stop and pose for fashion photos from the star-struck paparazzi.
Olivia’s Girls Just Wanna Build Bash – Fun Town Plaza, 9:30am-4:30pm – Olivia and LEGOLAND Model Builder, Angie are building masterful LEGO creations and need your help. Stop by to see how much fun building with friends can be!
Mia’s Missing Animal Search – Cypress Gardens, 9:30am-5:00pm – Mia needs your help to find her missing animals. Families have fun as they hunt together through the historic Cypress Gardens to find Mia’s favorite furry friends. Once you find all Mia’s animals, place your turn in your tracking guide for your chance to win a prize.
Rising Star Sing-a-Along – Miniland USA, 12:00pm and 3:00pm – Andrea is looking for new talent! Show her what you’ve got during her show-stopping Karaoke sessions.
A LEGO Friends Special , “A New Girl in Town” – Wells Fargo 4D Theatre, 11:45am, 12:45pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm – Check out all your LEGO Friends on the big screen. Olivia is new in town, and she can’t wait to make new friends. So she volunteers to help out at the pet adoption booth at the Heartlake City World Petacular. But after a few mishaps, Olivia’s made four brand-new enemies. There’s only one way to repair the damage – teamwork! Can Olivia, Andrea, Emma, Mia, and Stephanie work together to put things right in time for the Petacular?
A LEGO Friends Special Premiere Wrap Party – Miniland USA, 5:00pm – The LEGO Friends Special, “A New Girl in Town”, was a success and now it’s time to party like a star! Join all your LEGO Friends for a dance party celebration.
LEGO Friends Farewell – Market Restaurant, 5:45pm – The LEGO Friends Party might be ending, but the friendship will last forever. Come say goodnight to all your LEGO Friends.
All of the LEGO Friends Weekend activities are included in admission to LEGOLAND Florida!
The best way to experience LEGOLAND Florida is with the new LEGOLAND Florida Resident Pass starting at just $10 per month after a down payment (only $159 for adults, only $129 for children/seniors). Pass members receive unlimited admission for 12 months to LEGOLAND Florida and the LEGOLAND Water Park, as well as all other Merlin US attractions (LEGOLAND California & Water Park, LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, Sea Life Centers and Madam Tussauds), free parking and 10% off food and merchandise with no black-out dates. The Monthly Payment Plan includes a down payment of $57.24 with a monthly payment of $9.26 for an adult and a $46.44 down payment with a monthly payment of only $7.51 (pre-tax) for a child/senior. For the most current information on special events, daily operating hours and to purchase tickets, visit www.LEGOLAND.com.
Recently I visited LEGOLAND Florida for the first time with my mom. Ever since we learned of it being announced in the central Florida area we both wanted to go. Having grown up playing with Legos, this was a great treat to be able to finally attend this relatively new theme park. We were both excited to be able to explore the park as adults (read as kids at heart) without any kids this trip.
As a kid I would spend hours on end creating with Legos and dreaming up new landscapes, vehicles, and architectural designs. I couldn’t wait to see the minilands in particular at the park, but also the great rides, shows and the ability to visit Cypress Gardens. LEGOLAND Florida did not disappoint at all! I had done little research ahead of time as to what attractions there were, but had heard great things from friends by word of mouth ensuring me that I’d enjoy my visit.
One of the first things we did upon entering the parks was to pick up maps, even though I already downloaded the great LEGOLAND Florida app for my iphone. My mom is more inclined to use a paper map than the newer technology and I am a fan of ephemera from parks in particular, so it was nice to have a backup to the user friendly app I prefer to use on my phone. We devised a plan to catch several of the shows that were at set times so we would make sure not to miss them.
The park is divided into different areas: The Beginning, Fun Town, Miniland USA, Duplo Village, Lego Kingdoms, Land of Adventure, Lego City, Imagination Zone, Lego Technic, Pirates’ Cove and Cypress Gardens. The first attraction we experienced was in The Beginning, Island in the Sky, an enclosed platform with seats around the perimeter facing outwards. The platform rises up to 150 feet in the air and slowly rotates 360 degrees giving an amazing panoramic view of the park as well as miles in every direction, including as far as the Bok Tower. This was an absolutely gorgeous way to start the day and to get our bearings and see an overview of the park.
From here we went to catch one of the 4-D shows, A Clutch Powers 4-D Adventure, in the nearby theatre in the Fun Town section of LEGOLAND. This was an entertaining show that featured great graphics and a fun story. We didn’t get a chance to catch any of the other 4-D movies, but look forward to coming back again to see the others we missed. Since it was mid morning we stopped for a quick snack, one of my favorites of the day, Granny’s Apple Fries. These fried apple slices were served warm with cinnamon sugar and a tasty vanilla dipping sauce. This was the perfect way to get energized before tackling some rides.
As I mentioned, we are just big kids at heart, so even though we were enjoying the park sans kids, it didn’t mean we were going to explore rides intended for younger children. After our snack break, we rode the double-decker Grand Carousel before heading into Duplo Village. We briefly looked around the playground area of Duplo Farm before riding Granny’s Jalopies, participating in the Junior Fire Academy, and then I rode Big Rig Rally. Yes, these rides are intended for smaller folks, but we still had a great time in this section of the park.
Next up, I wanted to ride some bigger rides, but my mom just wanted to explore, so we headed into the Lego Kingdoms where I rode the Dragon. This is a great coaster that is a combination of indoor dark ride and outdoor roller coaster with some thrills! I especially enjoyed the scenes inside the castle of what is going on before you arrive at the dragon. The other attraction we experienced in this area was Merlin’s Challenge, which I was glad we did before lunch. This ride is a train of sorts that runs seemingly by Merlin’s magic. It is on an undulating track that makes this unassuming appearing ride even more fun once it gets going.
Since I am currently not eating meat, I did look at the official LEGOLAND Florida app ahead of time to see that there were vegetarian options for meals and was happy to see that there were several options to choose from. Based on show schedules and where we wanted to be when, we decided to take our lunch break at I-Zone Panini in the Imagination Zone where I opted for a great vegetarian panzanella.
This was a nice resting point before taking in the Live Water Ski show, The Battle for Brickbeard’s Bounty at Pirates’ Cove. We thoroughly enjoyed this stunt show that featured water skiing, adventure and more on the shores of Lake Eloise. Being a fan of pirates in general, this was definitely one of the highlights of my day with an entertaining story intertwined with great action stunts.
Another one of our favorite parts of the day was definitely Cypress Gardens. This beautiful botanical garden was one of the aspects of the park my mom was most looking forward to since she had never been to the park in its previous incarnation. My grandparents had taken me as a child, so it was nice to revisit it as an adult. I absolutely loved the time (almost an hour!) we spent leisurely exploring the meandering paths in this gorgeously preserved area of the park. There is even a fun game to get the kids involved searching for five hidden Travelocity gnomes (I only stumbled upon four – guess this means I’ll have to go back soon to find the fifth one).
My mom wanted to take a break to find a gift for my brother, who is also a huge fan of Legos, so I decided to do a few more of the rollercoasters she said she was going to skip. I think my favorite was the Lego Technic Coaster, which had an awesome drop almost right out of the gate. I also enjoyed the classic wooden coaster, Coastersaurus. We met back up and both rode the fun Safari Trek also in the Land of Adventure.
The area of the park we both knew we were looking forward to the most, and somewhere we ended up spending over an hour in, was Miniland USA. We have varied interests, so we split up part of the time, and reconvened several times crossing paths between the different locations. This section of LEGOLAND is broken up into Daytona International Speedway, Kennedy Space Center, Las Vegas, Florida (with several major cities like Miami, Key West and Tampa represented), Washington D.C., Pirate’s Shores, San Francisco, Hollywood, New York City, and the new Lego Star Wars! I was just telling a friend today I could have easily spent all day in the Miniland USA displays pushing buttons to make the interactive parts work. It is so cool seeing some of these places I’ve visited, and some I’ve seen only in films, come to life right in front of your eyes.
Finishing up the day, we rode one last right in the Land of Adventure, Lost Kingdom Adventure, which is a ride where you shoot lasers at targets to accumulate points. My mom was very proud she beat me in this fun attraction.On our way out, we meandered through stores and the factory tour. We even found ourselves riding the Island in the Sky again since there was next to no wait. Our last stop before heading out of the park for the day was The Big Shop, the park’s largest gift shop. I found an awesome lightweight hooded sweatshirt in my size and favorite color that I couldn’t resist bringing home with me. It was a steal at half off!
We had an amazing time at LEGOLAND Florida as adults, acting like big kids, for the most part. There were a couple of attractions that were challenges for me personally as a larger person, but other than that, we had just as much fun as everyone else enjoying the park. I can’t wait to go back and explore, especially as we get closer to the opening of the LEGOLAND Florida Water Park in a few weeks on March 9th. Overall, LEGOLAND is a great place for kids and adults of all ages. If you want to feel like a kid again, but still enjoy some of the more thrilling rides as an adult, LEGOLAND Florida is a fantastic choice!
Check out some of our other posts about LEGOLAND Water Park here and Star Wars Miniland here.
Christmas Bricktacular and Kid’s New Year’s Eve Brings Joy to Kids this Holiday Season
LEGOLAND® Florida is getting into the holiday spirit with brick-loads of family-friendly fun with its second annual Christmas Bricktacular and Kid’s New Year’s Eve. Sounds of the season and stunning holiday decorations fill The Beginning and Fun Town with festivities every Saturday and Sunday in December, 10am-5pm.
The Beginning is home to a truly Bricktacular sight – a more than 30-foot-tall LEGO Christmas tree made with a combination of 270,000forest green LEGO and DUPLO® bricks. The official tree lighting ceremony will be held Nov. 29 at 5pm with a special master of ceremonies.
Holiday festivities on Saturdays and Sundays in December during Christmas Bricktacular will feature tons of family fun:
· LEGO® Christmas Tree: The more than 30-foot-tall LEGO Christmas tree made with a combination of 270,000 forest green LEGO and DUPLO® bricks provides the perfect place for every holiday family photo. Through Dec. 25, a special family will be chosen to help light the Bricktacular tree each night.
· LEGO Model BuildActivity: What LEGO lover doesn’t want a chance to build while at Central Florida’s newest theme park featuring massive creations of the world’s most beloved toy? Help LEGOLAND Florida build a LEGO Christmas Tree in the Wells Fargo Fun Town 4D Theatre Plaza that will stand over 20 foot tall when completed.
· LEGO Santa Scavenger Hunt: It’s Christmas Eve in Miniland USA and Santa is busy delivering gifts to all the good girl and boy minilanders. Help find Santa in this fun-filled holiday scavenger hunt. The whole family can enjoy searching for Santa in the over 30 million LEGO bricks that make up Miniland USA. One lucky hunter each day will receive a prize from the daily drawing.
· LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier: Guests will have meet and greet opportunities with LEGOLAND Florida’s special holiday friends, LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier.
Holiday Festivities and Entertainment: Festive decorations and sounds of the season will fill the entrance of the park and a variety of holiday entertainment will take place throughout the weekend to delight guests of all ages.
· Holiday Shopping: LEGOLAND Florida is the best place to celebrate the season and pick up the holiday gifts that are on every child’s wish list – LEGO! With six specialty stores, the park is proud to offer a unique and often hard to find selection of LEGO products and more.
Along with LEGOLAND Florida’s Christmas Bricktacular, guests can still enjoy a full day of theme park fun with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. Holiday events are included with normal park admission. The best way to experience LEGOLAND Florida for the best value is with the new LEGOLAND Florida Resident Pass. Pass members receive unlimited admission for 12 months to LEGOLAND Florida and the LEGOLAND Water Park, as well as all other Merlin US attractions (LEGOLAND California & Water Park, LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, Sea Life Centers and Madam Tussauds), free parking and 10% off food and merchandise with no black-out dates. A new monthly payment option of less than $10 per month is also available both at the front gate and online. The Monthly Payment Plan includes a down payment of $57.24 for and adult with monthly payment of $9.26 and $46.44 for child/senior with a monthly payment of only $7.51 (pre-tax).To purchase tickets, visit www.legoland.com.
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.
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.
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.
LEGOLAND Brick Or Treat Offers Kid Friendly Halloween Fun
Pirates, witches, Dracula and even Mr. Potato Head made appearances at LEGOLAND® Florida this weekend during its first kid-friendly Halloween celebration of LEGOLAND Brick or Treat presented by Wells Fargo. This month-long spooky, kooky event takes place on Saturdays in October from 10am-9pm and Sundays in October from 10am to 5pm.
During LEGOLAND Brick or Treat, presented by Wells Fargo, Miniland USA has been transformed 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.
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.
This fun-filled 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®.
Along with LEGOLAND Brick or Treat, guests can still enjoy a full day of theme park fun with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. Brick-or-Treat is included with normal park admission – No upcharge for events. The best way to experience LEGOLAND Florida for the best value is with the new LEGOLAND Florida Resident Pass. Pass members receive unlimited admission for 12 months to LEGOLAND Florida and the LEGOLAND Water Park, as well as all other Merlin US attractions (LEGOLAND California & Water Park, LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, Sea Life Centers and Madam Tussauds), free parking and 10% off food and merchandise with no black-out dates. A new monthly payment option of less than $10 per month is also available both at the front gate and online. The Monthly Payment Plan includes a down payment of $57.24 for and adult with monthly payment of $9.26 and $46.44 for child/senior with a monthly payment of only $7.51 (pre-tax).
For the most current information on LEGOLAND Florida special events, operating schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.LEGOLAND.com.
Celebrate October 15 with 50% single day admission, Special Prizes and Free Cupcakes
Put on your party hat because LEGOLAND Florida Birthday Celebration will be on October 15th in honor of their first Birthday! Guests will feel like it’s their birthday with 50% off single day admission to enjoy the park on Oct. 15, a prize patrol with hundreds of gifts to give away and free cupcakes for the first 5,000.
Guests can experience the more than 50 rides, shows and attractions with 50% off single day admission to come and celebrate on October 15 (only $37.50 – adults, $32.50 – children/seniors). This amazing discount will go on-sale online beginning Oct. 3 at http://florida.legoland.com/FirstBirthday. Tickets must be purchased online and redeemed on Oct. 15. Only while supplies last. Offer limited to maximum of 5,000 tickets with a limit of 6 tickets per purchase.
LEGOLAND Florida’s Prize Patrol is a team armed with hundreds of gifts and will sporadically surprise guests throughout the day during the LEGOLAND Florida Birthday Celebration. Gifts include such amazing prizes as:
· Meet & Greet with a Master Model Builder
· Tours of the Model Shop
· Free Food Vouchers
· Free Hero Passes for front-of-the-line access to rides
· Free Single Day Admission Tickets to LEGOLAND Florida
· Free Standard Annual Passes which includes unlimited 12 month access to LEGOLAND Florida
· Free Merlin Annual Passes USA which includes unlimited 12 month access to LEGOLAND Florida, LEGOLAND Water Park and all Merlin US attractions throughout the USA, free parking and more
Purchase your tickets today so you don’t miss your chance to join in on the birthday celebration. Park operating hours are 10am-5pm so arrive early and stay the whole day for the most fun.