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A Day At LEGOLAND® Florida

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A Day At LEGOLAND® Florida by Mark and Jen Vitek

On Monday, April 15th, Jen and I took Ben and Catie to LEGOLAND as part of their Homeschool Days.  Ben has been waiting since before we moved to go, even though it didn’t open until October, 2011.  🙂  LEGOLAND is in Winter Haven, FL on the site of the old Cypress Gardens and is conveniently located 45 minutes from Orlando and Tampa.  Here’s our experience.

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We decided to arrive at park opening so that we could see and do as much as possible.  This time of year, LEGOLAND is open 9:30am to 6:00pm most days; but those hours vary by the season.  We were surprised by some of the differences to our usual days at Disney or SeaWorld.  First, we parked within just a short parking distance of the entrance.  There are no bag security checks, but there are also no carry-ins (except for water bottles).  And the turnstiles were very quick and easy with no finger scan.  Then we were in.

The park wasn’t very busy this day, mainly as this was a day for Homeschooled students and their families to come and enjoy the park.  So we had very little (if any) wait for any of the rides that we went on.  There is no fast pass type system here, so all of the queues are together; but most rides do have a quiet area where children can sit, wait and build with LEGOs while the parents wait in the lines.  LEGOLAND Florida is the largest LEGOLAND Park in the world, but it isn’t too big to enjoy in one day.

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You start your park adventure walking through The Beginning, the entrance area.  Here you’ll find Guest Services, the Annual Pass Center (and they do have a dedicated AP office as they take your picture which is on the AP), The Big Shop (their LEGO Store), the Market Restaurant (an indoor ‘food court’ that serves a variety of food items) and the Island In The Sky (a 150 foot high platform that gives you a view of LEGOLAND and the area).


Once you leave The Beginning you can branch out in various directions.  We entered into Fu
n Town.  Fun Town lives up to its name with tons of LEGO fun.  Here you’ll experience a simulated LEGO Factory Tour, The Grand Carousel (a double decker carousel featuring LEGO horses), a Florida Greenhouse, several shops (including a ‘Pick-a-Brick’ shop ($8.49 for a ¼ pound bag of Lego pieces), a LEGO Friends shop and LEGO Studios – dedicated to LEGOs from TV and Movies), the Wells Fargo 4D Theater where you can see 3 different 4D movies (we saw Spellbreakers and LEGO Racers, both awesome!), 3 snack shops (Ice Cream, Slushies and Granny’s Apple Fries) and the Pizza & Pasta Buffet (a sit-down buffet restaurant).  We had a lot of fun touring Fun Town.  We did stop for ice cream at Sunny’s Ice Cream Shop; and the scoops there are very big.  So, unless you’re very hungry or really love a lot of ice cream, one scoop may be plenty.  🙂

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From here you can enter Miniland USA, the heart of LEGOLAND.  Plan to spend at least an hour of your day here, this is just the most amazing area.  We’d also recommend visiting here toward the start or end of your day while the sun isn’t directly overhead as there is little shade as you walk through.  Here you visit Florida in general, Daytona International Speedway, the Kennedy Space Center, Pirate Shores, California (LA, San Francisco and Hollywood), Washington DC, Las Vegas, New York City and, the newest addition, LEGO Star Wars Miniland.  You walk through and the details are amazing!  In several areas, stop and push the buttons and watch (and listen) for the surprising actions that take place.  This was one of our favourite parts of the entire day (and I particularly enjoyed the Star Wars area – too bad you can’t take things with you).

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Next we went into LEGO City.  This is a child’s paradise.  You can drive your own boat at Boating School, earn your LEGO driver license at Ford Driving School (ages 6-13) or Ford Junior Driving School (ages 3-5), take a flight on an inverted rollercoaster in the Flying School or compete against other families to put out a fire in the Rescue Academy.  The ‘Big Test Live Show’ is here, watch as the Fun Town Fire Department teaches you about fire safety during this funny show featuring acrobatics and comedy.  There is LEGO City merchandise at the City Shop and you can enjoy a fried chicken dinner at the Fried Chicken Co. restaurant.  This area also has the entrance to the LEGO Waterpark, but we didn’t make use of that on this visit.

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From here, move into the LEGO Technic area.  The Aquazone Wave Racers are a fantastic ride as you zoom around on your own ‘jet ski’ carousel while dodging water cannons.  On the Technicycle, you fly higher the faster that you pedal and the Project X Technic Test Track rollercoaster is a high-speed thrill ride.  You can shop in the Extreme Zone which features ‘extreme’ LEGO products, Florida-themed merchandise and many clearance items.  You can eat indoors at the Lakeside Sandwich Co. which features pre-made sandwiches, wraps and bakery goods or outdoors at the Drivin’ Drive-in where you can grab a hot dog and chips.

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Next up is Pirate’s Cove.  Here you’ll see the water ski and action show, The Battle for Brickbeard’s Bounty.  And you can grab a burger at Cap’n Brickbeard’s Burgers.  This is an outdoor eating area, but there is a covered area with picnic tables and fans; and with a view of Cypress Gardens across the waterway.  This is where we ate lunch and these burgers were excellent.  There is also a chicken sandwich available.  Take a moment here to look into the bordering waterway and you’ll see many wild turtles and the occasional alligator.  But watch your food, the birds here are “burger hunters”.  One landed on Ben’s burger (luckily he had finished) and then flew off and grabbed another child’s burger right off his plate.  🙂

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Cypress Gardens is next, a quiet area which kept the garden atmosphere of the park’s predecessor, Cypress Gardens Park.  You can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the gardens and watch for the LEGO Southern Belles and the 74-year old Banyan tree.

From here you can enter the Imagination Zone, an area devoted to using your…imagination.  Enter past the giant LEGO Albert Einstein and let the fun begin.  You can build and program your own LEGO Mindstorms robot, build and test a LEGO race car, play and build with the LEGO Hero Factory and try the latest LEGO videogames in the WB Games Zone.  Enjoy the Kids Power Towers, where you pull yourself up a 30-foot tower and then ‘free fall’ back down.  You can grab lunch and get a pressed sandwich at the I-Zone Panini restaurant.

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Moving on you enter the Land of Adventure.  You’ll enjoy Safari Trek, a LEGO jeep trip through Africa featuring many LEGO animals.  You can thrill on Coastersaurus, a dinosaur themed old-time wooden rollercoaster, enjoy a bouncing ride on Beetle Bounce and explore the maze of the Pharaoh’s Revenge.  We loved the Lost Kingdom Adventure, a dark ride through Egypt firing your lasers at targets to earn points and defeat Sam Sinister.  You can snack on Waffle Spears (warm chocolate-covered waffles) and have lunch at the BBQ Pit which features a Barbecue Pulled Pork sandwich on pita bread.

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Next is LEGO Kingdoms, where you visit medieval times and the LEGOLAND Castle.  The main attraction here is The Dragon, an awesome dragon-themed rollercoaster that travels through the castle before launching you on an exciting coaster ride.  We were able to ride this back-to-back; jumping off and then right back on.  LEGO Kingdoms also features the Royal Joust for kids to age 12 ride horses through scenes where they will joust with targets along the way, The Forestman’s Hangout – a tree and rope-climb area and Merlin’s Challenge – a high-speed rambler-type ride.  You can shop at the King’s Market and enjoy lunch at Castle Burger; which serves the same menu as Cap’n Brickbeard’s with the substitution of a chicken salad for the chicken sandwich.  This is another outdoor eating area but not as shaded and quiet as Cap’n Brickbeard’s.

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The final area, and one we didn’t visit, is DUPLO Village; a play area for toddlers.  Most of the rides here are temporarily closed while the expansion ‘World of Chima’ area is constructed – to open this summer.  There are still play areas open here now, primarily DUPLO Farm, and this area also features an area for new mothers to nurse their babies.

The newest area, The World of Chima, is under construction and is scheduled to open this summer.  This area will feature rides based on the new LEGO product line and TV show, The Legends of Chima, as well as characters from the show.

We found LEGOLAND to be very fun and we do plan on going back.  This isn’t a park just for children as some might say, we had plenty of fun as adults.  But if you have kids, they will absolutely love this!  I’ve added some information and links for you below and below that are some photos and videos to enjoy.  Please let us know what you think of LEGOLAND if you’ve been and we hope we’ve given you enough information so that you can plan your visit soon.

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Official LEGOLAND® Florida App
This is an extremely helpful app, available for both iPhone and Android.  It helps with planning, buying tickets, finding places to eat and it even has a function that locates your car in the parking lot.

LEGOLAND® Florida App – Android

LEGOLAND® Florida App – iPhone

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LEGOLAND Florida Preview Video

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More LEGOLAND Photos

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LEGOLAND Florida Homepage

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Homeschool Days (Every Monday 5/6/13 to 12/23/13, except for 5/27 and 9/2)
Includes admission and water park, parking fee is separate.

Homeschool Students – $8
Accompanying Family/Friends – $25

http://florida.legoland.com/en/buy_tickets/Groups/education/Home-School-Days/

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Ticket Prices (Current as of 4/19/13)

LEGOLAND – PICK-A-DATE (Book 2 days in advance and pick a specific date)

Adult (13+)                Child (3-12) / Senior (60+)
1 Day  $64                             $56
2 Day  $79                             $71

LEGOLAND + Water Park Combo Tickets – PICK-A-DATE (Book 2 days in advance and pick a specific date)

Adult (13+)                Child (3-12) / Senior (60+)
1 Day  $79                             $71
2 Day  $94                             $86

LEGOLAND

Adult (13+)                Child (3-12) / Senior (60+)
1 Day  $79                             $71
2 Day  $94                             $86

LEGOLAND + Water Park Combo Tickets

Adult (13+)                Child (3-12) / Senior (60+)
1 Day  $94                             $86
2 Day  $109                           $101

Parking
$14

Annual Passes (FL Resident passes include free parking and water park admission)

FL Resident              Regular Adult           Regular Child/Senior
$99                             $129                           $99

Author: Disney Mark

Husband to a wonderful wife and father of 3 great children. Disney geek, NDD #178. Moved to Central Florida in July, 2011.

4 thoughts on “A Day At LEGOLAND® Florida

  1. Great write up! Legoland is on our list of places to go this summer. You just made me bump it up! I can’t wait to go now!

    • And I can add for you that LEGOLAND does use a version of a Guest Assistance pass; we just didn’t use one this trip because the park was mainly the homeschoolers so a light crowd with almost no waits. 🙂

  2. What a wonderful review, Mark, with some great pics too. We will definitely make time for Legoland when we come back to Florida next year.

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