If you’re older than 12, you’re too old for Legoland, but it might be worth a trip anyway. The park opens to the public – it has a “soft opening” right now, which means invited guests and employees – on Oct. 15, 2011.
This is not a first-hand account of the park, nor a review of the rides. However, Legoland Florida put out an extensive fact sheet on the park, and it provides a pretty extensive overview. The language sounds a bit perky, but that’s what you get from a marketing department.
Legoland Florida’s 2011 Fact Sheet
Legoland Florida is a 150-acre, full-day family theme park designed specifically for families with children ages 2 to 12. The largest Legoland Park in the world, it features more than 50 family rides, shows and interactive attractions, restaurants, shopping and beautiful botanical gardens.
Legoland Florida is located in Winter Haven, Florida, 45 minutes southwest of Orlando and 45 minutes from downtown Tampa. Address:
One Legoland Way
Winter Haven, FL 33884
Legoland Florida is the second United States park; the other is Legoland California, which opened in 1999. Other parks: Legoland Billund in Denmark, Legoland Windsor, outside London, and Legoland Deutschland in Günzburg, Germany (2002). An additional Legoland Park project is scheduled to open in Malaysia next year.
- General Admission: Adults 13-59: $75, plus tax • child 3-12 or senior, 60-plus: $65, plus tax • children under 3 free
- Standard Annual Pass: Adult: $129, plus tax • child/senior: $99 (unlimited admission)
- Plus Annual Pass: Adult: $159, plus tax • Child/Senior: $129, plus tax (also includes parking, food and merchandise discounts)
- Senior Garden Pass • Senior (60 and older): $60, plus tax (access Monday-Friday, parking, food and merchandise discounts)
- Ambassador Pass: $2,500, plus tax (lifetime admission, preferred parking, special events, discounts on food and merchandise)
The Beginning hosts the park entry, ticket and pass sales, the Garden Restaurant and The Big Shop.
- The Big Shop – One of the largest retail stores in the world where guests can take advantage of a huge selection of LEGO and Legoland merchandise
- Island in the Sky – 150-foot rotating platform ride that provides a 360-degree view of Legoland Florida
- The Market – Imported Danishes and freshly baked pastries, espresso, milk, juice, fruit, a selection of yogurts and soft serve ice cream
When guests enter Fun Town, they get a sense they’ve entered a LEGO village.
- Factory Tour – A firsthand look at how LEGO bricks are made from factory to finish
- Studio Store – Visit this store to pick up LEGO licensed products, such as Clutch Powers, SpongeBob, Indiana Jones, Star Wars and Batman
- Granny’s Apple Fries – The park’s signature dessert item made with crisp Granny Smith apples, powdered with cinnamon and sugar and served with sweet vanilla cream sauce
- Fun Town Theater – Three different 4-D movies show throughout the day at Legoland’s largest 4-D theater with seats for 700
The heart of every Legoland Park, Miniland USA is home to seven themed areas:
- Florida encompasses the entire state from Mallory Square in Key West to Bok Tower in Central Florida and antebellum mansions in the Panhandle. Miniland Florida also includes an expanded area for Kennedy Space Center and an interactive Daytona International Speedway racing experience where guests can race LEGO brick cars
- Las Vegas features “The Strip,” including the Luxor Las Vegas, New York, New York Hotel and Casino, Excalibur, Mirage, Treasure Island, Tropicana, MGM Grand, Venetian, Stratosphere tower and two iconic structures of Paris Las Vegas: the balloon sign and Eiffel Tower. “The Strip” at Legoland also features a miniature wedding chapel, monorails and real-life sounds recorded in Las Vegas
- Washington, D.C. has faithful re-creations of the White House (including the first family and “first dog”), the U.S. Capitol building, Smithsonian, Washington and Jefferson monuments and parts of Georgetown. An animated marching band parades in front of the Capitol and tiny cherry trees blossom every spring
- New York City features tiny jets of water shooting up from the fountain in Rockefeller Plaza as an army of yellow taxicabs travels the streets of Times Square. The Statue of Liberty, a cutaway view of Grand Central Station, The Empire State Building, the Guggenheim Museum and the Bronx Zoo are a few of the iconic landmarks
- • A Pirate-themed section hosts a pirate adventure as two opposing pirate ships and their “mates” battle it out upon the high seas
LEGO Kingdoms takes kids back to medieval times. In the Legoland Castle, spells are cast and many knights, damsels and dragons are found.
- The Dragon – An indoor/outdoor steel roller coaster features a funny, behind-the-scenes view of life within the enchanted Legoland Castle
- Royal Joust – Kids ride LEGO-themed horses through medieval scenes and encounter other riders in a simulated joust
- Merlin’s Challenge – A wizard’s magic powers a wooden train ride
- The Forestmen’s Hideout – A multi-level tree offers a rope-climbing adventure
- Princess Makeover – A little girl’s dream-come-true transformation includes a photo to mark the day
Land of Adventure
In Land of Adventure, visitors of all ages explore hidden tombs and hunt for treasure.
- Coastersaurus – This junior coaster reaches curves and dips in and around a prehistoric jungle of animated and life-sized LEGO brick dinosaurs
- Lost Kingdom Adventure – Legoland Florida’s dark ride invites guests to fire laser blasters at targets and brave the Egyptian landscape in all-terrain roadsters, while attempting to unearth the vast treasures of a forgotten empire
- Pharaoh’s Revenge – This outdoor attraction lets children and parents fire soft foam balls at enemies and explore the complex maze of the Pharaoh’s kingdom
- Beetle Bounce – Launch 15-feet up toward intricate, brightly jeweled LEGO scarab beetles perched on two monumental obelisks
- Safari Trek – explores the wilds of Africa and life-like LEGO animals
- LEGO TECHNIC Test Track – Guests feel acceleration, braking and maneuverability as they race life-size vehicles along a wild roller coaster track.
- AQUAZONE Wave Racers – Riders zip in and out of waves and dodge water blasters on this dual water carousel ride
- Technicycle – a pedal-powered spinning machine that shoot riders into the air
LEGO City allows youngsters to play in a scaled-down town created just for them.
- LEGO City Rescue Academy – Families ride in fire and police vehicles and compete to put out a simulated “blaze” and save the day
- Driving School – A “real-life” driving experience for children ages 6 through 13, where kids receive an official Legoland driver’s license
- Junior Driving School – A pint-size version the driving school course for children ages 3 through 5
- Boating School – Kids captain their own mini-vessels
- Flying School – A suspended steel coaster
• The Big Test – Interactive show uses acrobatics and music to teach fire safety as the crew of Fun Town Fire Department attempts to conquer the “Big Test” to become official firefighter
Imagination Zone emphasizes exploring and creation, while showcasing seven of the visually exciting LEGO models, including a replica of Albert Einstein’s head.
- Hero Factory – An immersive interactive play area based on LEGO’s popular Hero Factory line
- Build & Test – Visitors can build a LEGO car and test it against the competition on a digitally timed track
- LEGO MINDSTORMS – Guests can build and program computerized LEGO MINDSTORMS robots
- Kid Power Towers – Kids and parents hoist themselves up to the top of a tower to get a view of the entire park and Lake Eloise, and then enjoy a fun “free-fall” to the bottom
Pirates’ Cove has been taken over by swashbuckling pirates along the shores of Lake Eloise at Legoland Florida’s live-action, water-stunt show. (A nod to the famous Cypress Gardens water show, though featuring Lego characters instead of Southern belles.)
Duplo Village is made for toddlers. Youngsters can fly a plane, drive a car or explore a whole town designed with their height in mind
- Big Rig Rally – Buckle up in a semi truck and drive through the desert to deliver your cargo
- Junior Fire Academy – Tots become voluntary firemen and work together to extinguish “flames”
- Granny’s Jalopies –A beeping horn and a bumpy ride
- DUPLO Farm – Slide, climb and crawl through and around a host of farm animals
- DUPLO Playtown – Little ones take over a mini town built especially for them
Legoland Florida has preserved “the soul of the park” – the historic gardens established on the grounds of its Cypress Gardens predecessor more than 75 years ago. The setting has been restored, and the collection of native plants, including azaleas and camellias, have been reclaimed and combined with a range of exotic species. And still standing sentinel in the garden is a vast Banyan tree planted as a seedling in 1939.
More info: http://florida.legoland.com/