Construction kids, unite! Just outside of Orlando is LEGOLAND Florida Resort Theme Park and Water Park. Designed for children under the age of 12, this interactive, 150-acre theme park in Winter Haven offers more than 50 rides and attractions, an exciting water park and botanical gardens – all inspired by the popular LEGO® brand and its world-famous, quirky characters.
Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa… don’t plan a day just following the kiddies around and sitting on park benches – this theme park is fun for all ages and well worth every second you spend there! So, LEGO enthusiast or not, plan a full day or two – LEGOLAND Florida is much bigger than you’d imagine, and our insider tips and tricks below will help you get the most out of every second you spend there.
LEGOLAND Guide: Getting Down to Basics
Bring Bathing Suits
It’s no secret Florida is hot pretty much year-round. At LEGOLAND, there is plenty of direct sunlight and not a lot of shade, so we recommend taking advantage of the water adventure rides to help beat the heat. From everyone’s favorite—the wave pool—to the Build-A-Raft lazy river, tube and body slides, and the very popular interactive water-play structures (Joker Soaker and DUPLO Safari), there are ample opportunities to cool off.
If you don’t want to bring bathing suits but plan to ride the attractions where you’ll get wet, like Quest for CHI, come prepared with ponchos, rain gear, extra socks and a change of clothes. If you forget the gear, there are ponchos available for purchase just outside of the Quest for CHI ride, although you’ll pay a hefty sum for them.
Catch the Entertainment and Live Shows
With several 12-minute 4D movies and a “Friends to the Rescue” live stage show (about 20 minutes), the entertainment at LEGOLAND is much more than an air-conditioned pit stop. From the most popular pirate-themed water ski spectacular to character meet-and-greets, the shows and entertainment are perfect for every member of the family – yes, all ages will love the LEGOLAND shows!
Bring a Picnic
As with most theme parks, LEGOLAND has excellent dining options, but if you’re looking to save a little money, consider packing a picnic. Don’t worry about lugging around your cooler all day – there are plenty of lockers at the theme park where you can store your things. Another fun option is to take a break from the park and check out a local restaurant for your meals. You can easily re-enter the theme park parking lot with a valid parking stub during the same day of your visit.
LEGOLAND Florida Insider Tips
Here are a few things to plan for before your trip to LEGOLAND:
• Your children will want to buy toys and souvenirs from their trip – and LEGOLAND will make those things very tempting to buy. However, you will find the exact same merchandise at much lower prices outside the theme park.
• LEGOLAND staff members will trade the mini-figurines on their employee name tags with park visitors, so have your children bring some of their mini-figurines from home to trade – just make sure they understand they will be trading them away and should choose their least favorites. Trading is a blast for the kiddos who will see other guests doing it and will want to participate, and bringing them from home ensures you don’t pay quadruple the price for one at a souvenir shop only to swap at the park. One more thing: DO NOT bring your character figurines to swap. We cannot stress this enough – LEGOLAND employees will be trading generic ones with your figurines, so don’t let your children trade away their prized characters.
• Avoid the lines by arriving early, heading to the back of the park and working your way forward. To avoid long lines at the roller coasters, come back closer to closing time. Lunchtime is also a great time to avoid lines as most families plan their breaks then – get crazy and have your lunch at an unconventional time.
Save Money on Admission to the LEGOLAND Parks
Admission to LEGOLAND Florida Resort Theme Park and Water Park ranges in price, starting in the mid $80s per person. However, prices are lower if you buy them online before you go to the theme park. You can also check out the Visit Orlando Magicard for special discounts. There are many other online specials and bundles that will bring the prices down if you do a little research online. And if you happen to subscribe to the LEGO Life magazine, there are even more deals! So, before you go, be in the know!
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