If your kids (or you) are true LEGO lovers, you’ve probably been planning a time to visit the famous LEGOLAND Florida for some time. LEGOLAND Florida is exactly what it sounds like, yet so much more!
A place dedicated to everybody’s favorite brick, LEGOLAND Florida brings the world of LEGO to life like you could never imagine. You truly feel like you’re walking through lands of actual LEGO creations in a 150-acre interactive theme park full of unique attractions, experiences, dining, shopping, and so much more.
It’s hard to know what to expect when heading to LEGOLAND Florida for the first time. So we’re here to give you all the details on how to live that LEGO life, and have a blast while doing it. Here are the top 10 things to know before you go for LEGOLAND Florida:
1. It’s For The Youngsters
The most important thing to note about LEGOLAND Florida is that it is designed for kids up to age 12. Rides are geared toward the thrill level and interest of little ones, rather than adults. We wouldn’t recommend LEGOLAND for adults without kiddos unless you’re a huge LEGO fan. I’d say the park is best suited for kids 8 and under, but older kids will appreciate the LEGO creations too.
2. It Used To Be Cypress Gardens
LEGOLAND Florida is on the property of what used to be Cypress Gardens, and there is still an area dedicated to the former park. Explore lush landscapes with huge trees, cool plants and a gorgeous gazebo for a quick getaway, or the perfect picnic location.
3. There Are Multiple Lands
LEGOLAND Florida is divided into multiple lands inspired by different LEGO product lines and destinations: The Beginning, Fun Town, The LEGO Movie World, MINILAND USA, Duplo Valley, LEGO Kingdoms, Land of Adventure, LEGO City, Imagination Zone, LEGO Technic, LEGOLAND Water Park, Cypress Gardens, Heartlake City and LEGO Ninjago World.
4. Legoland Florida Is Not In Orlando
People assume that everything exciting for kids happens in Orlando. LEGOLAND Florida proves otherwise, as it is no where near the heart of theme park Orlando. Rather, LEGOLAND is a located in Winter Haven which is approximately an hour from both Tampa and Orlando.
5. Size (And Age) Matters
Age and Height Matters on the Rides. Double check your child’s height before you head to the park. Better yet – when you first arrive, go to Guest services first and get your children measured. They will give each of your children a pin that shows if your child is tall enough to ride certain attractions. This helps make “wait time” quicker on lines, especially if you have multiple kids.
6. Build While You Wait
Every ride has a “build-while-you-wait” area to keep kids busy. It’s a designated area full of Lego tables for kids of all ages to enjoy. As a Mom, I really appreciated this because it keeps kids from not to asking, “how much longer,” every ten seconds.
7. Stay At The Hotel
There’s even a hotel! It is magical to drive up to the Legoland Hotel. The lobby has places to play and explore. The halls and restaurants are decorated with the Lego theme, and I was impressed by the design. LEGOLAND Florida now has three on-site, super-immersive hotels. So if you want the full immersive experience, stay at one of the three hotels.
We went full pirate mode and chose to stay at the brand new LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel that opened June 1, 2020. The kids had just about as much fun at the hotel as they did the actual theme park (which is only 130 steps away). More on the rooms below.
8. Breakfast Is A Blast
Stay for Breakfast. Legoland characters visit during the complimentary breakfast at Shipwreck Restaurant. It was buffet style in the past, but now food is served family style to each individual table by a server. Make sure you secure your reservation through Open Table!
9. The Rooms
Upon arrival, you are given clues to discover a 4 digit code to open a treasure box in your room. This is an easy and fun little exercise. A little Lego prize rewards the explorers. We stayed in the Pirate rooms, and they were fabulously themed. The parrot and monkey made out of LEGOS was just adorable and the kids loved the illuminated treasure map (which doubles as a night light), bunk beds, lego play area and in-room Alexa (we love a good dance party – more on that below too). Bonus, there is also a LEGOLAND newspaper delivered to your room every morning!
10. Elevator Dance Party
One of my favorite little elements was the dance party in the elevator. You get into the elevator and everyone enters and stands normally. Everything changes once the doors close. At the LEGOLAND Pirate hotel, lights start flashing and you hear pirates singing. At the LEGOLAND hotel, a disco ball starts spinning and music starts playing. Time for a dance party. Once the elevator opens again, everything stops and hotel guests stand there like nothing just happened.
We partnered with LEGOLAND, FLORIDA for a review in exchange for our visit. We only recommend places that we visit and trust.
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